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"
Re: the Cisco CODEC, it isn't really open source, they're just going to pay the licence holders for the parts of the h.264 specification that they're using and absorb the cost (i.e. pass it on to their clients and customers). It's more than likely a stop-gap measure until an open source solution comes along. However, MPEG LA, the H.264 licence holders, are likely to fight tooth and nail to preserve their market share. I'd expect a lot of litigation along the way and attempts to bankrupt open source CODEC projects that might compete with them.
So yeah, "More on the video codec wars" seems like an appropriate title.