I don't know a lot, I'm basically just an end user, but this question does affect us regularly.
Mozilla's blog, two comments:
- "To that end, we are developing Daala, a fully open next generation codec."
- "Cisco has announced today that they are going to release a gratis, high quality, open source H.264 implementation — along with gratis binary modules compiled from that source and hosted by Cisco for download. This move enables any open source project to incorporate Cisco’s H.264 module without paying MPEG LA license fees.
And the Daala site: http://www.xiph.org/daala/
- "Daala is the code-name for a new video compression technology. The effort is a collaboration between Mozilla Foundation, Xiph.Org Foundation and other contributors."
Not sure at all what this means in practical or real terms, but I was interested.
I did think of titling this post "More on the video codec wars"