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Firefox to Support Open Video Format in Next Release

July 30th, 2008 by Dean Jansen

Chris Blizzard reports from this week’s Mozilla Summit: Firefox will natively support the Ogg Theora video format!

The Ogg Theora format is a codec (like .mp3 or .mp4), but it’s different than most. The majority of codecs make software developers liable for expensive royalty fees when their programs can create or play back the patented media format. Ogg Theora is completely patent and royalty free.

Anyone using Firefox will be able stream Ogg Theora video without downloading or installing any extra software. Mozilla will never be liable to pay patent licensing fees for the codec. Website creators will be able to embed Ogg Theora videos using simple html

We will likely see this in the next release of Firefox.

This is incredibly exciting news and may be the defining stroke that eventually cracks the closed codec oligopoly. The open codec movement and transition will take time to mature, but we’ll be advocating all the more strongly for these open formats!

Note: Miro currently supports Ogg Theora video

7 Responses to “Firefox to Support Open Video Format in Next Release”

  1. Mike says:

    This is great news.

    Any ideas on how sites should think about supporting this?

    For example, using our sweet Internet Archive + Drupal integration, we can easily create a page with Flash player + mp4 download link like so:
    http://www.wccatv.com/node/13165

    Assuming the Archive takes the bull by the horns and derives theora files for everything, what’s an elegant way to offer people the option of an in-browser theora player, assuming this won’t work for most users? (At least not anytime soon.)

  2. Dean Jansen says:

    I can’t say what Archive will do — I’ve been trying to convince them to add basic RSS feeds to users, categories, searches, etc. (and haven’t had any luck yet).

    I would download the nightly version of Firefox and start tinkering (check the link to Chris Blizzard’s post for info on the nightly).

    Check out this page: http://www.double.co.nz/video_test/

  3. [...] גורמים יודעי דבר מדווחים כי דפדפן הקוד הפתוח המוביל, פיירפוקס, שהצליח לקבוע שיא גינס ביום השקת גרסה 3, מתכונן להתחיל לתמוך בקידוד המדיה החינמי Theora מבית Ogg כבר בגרסה 3.1 אם לא יווצרו עכובים בלתי צפויים. [...]

  4. xyzmjf says:

    One needs to persuade the BBC news organisation in the UK to support and (most importantly) use ogg theora. See news.bbc.co.uk.

  5. Jose says:

    I think that this is great news. I like open video format

  6. Geek says:

    Great news!

    Finally Adobe's GLOBAL CONTROL over web video is over !!!

  7. jason says:

    I think this is such good news to hear and now Adobe is rolling this out – whoa!
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