Google Removes Closed H.264 Codec from Chrome Browser

Wednesday Jan 12th 2011 by Staff

Google says the widely used codec isn't open enough.

The Inquirer: In a move that's sparked a lot of debate, Google has announced that its Chrome browser will no longer support the popular but patented H.264 video codec. "Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies," blogged Google's Mike Jazayeri.

Supporters say the move will help spur the development of more open video standards. Critics say it will hamper the transition to HTML5. Others wonder if Google will also drop support for other closed technologies, like Flash.

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