H.264 Standard Will Remain Royalty-Free

This is big because there’s potentially big money in Web video. With a free and high-quality standard in place we can all get past the encumbrance of Flash and see a lot more rich content sent directly to the Web from any number of devices. And that content will be easily viewed as well. This is a good thing:

MPEG LA, the group that oversees licensing for a number of Internet media standards, today announced that Internet broadcast content using the H.264 video coding standard will remain royalty-free for the entire life of the license, quashing fears that the standard could suddenly become subject to royalty payments in 2016 after the current licensing term expires and is required to be renewed.”

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