You might have heard about HTML5 and specifically HTML5 Video in the news lately. How it is supposed to replace Flash based video players eventually. Some websites are already experimenting with HTML5 video players including Youtube and Dailymotion.
Two standards are currently competing with each other to become the HTML5 video standard: Ogg Theora and h.264. This would not be such a big deal for computer users if most browser developer’s have not decided to support only one of the two formats.
If you visit Youtube’s experimental HTML5 video page you notice that they make use of the h.264 video codec only meaning that browsers that only support Ogg will not be able to play the videos. Dailymotion on the other hand supports only Ogg, Theora + Vorbis and not h.264.
This means that users will run into situations where they cannot play HTML5 videos even if they browser supports HTML5 because of the different standards and they browser developer who decided to only support one standard.
Here is a list of web browsers and the HTML5 video formats they support (included the minimum version required)
Which browser is the best for end users? Google Chrome 3 and newer versions obviously as it is the only web browser that supports both video standards. Have a different opinion? Lets here it in the comments.
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