Chromium team blogs todayÂ that Google Chrome will drop support for H.264 in the coming months and will only support WebM (VP8) and Theora codecs.
We expect even more rapid innovation in the web media platform in the coming year and are focusing our investments in those technologies that are developed and licensed based on open web principles. To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 <video> support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open Chromium project. Specifically, we are supporting the WebM (VP8) and Theora video codecs, and will consider adding support for other high-quality open codecs in the future. Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.
Google Chrome team has foreseen that H.264 may require a licence in future and is taking a move to have some more open or to have more control over what they are shipping with Chrome and Chrome OS. Techcrunch thinks that
You couldÂ see this a mile away. GoogleÂ announced the WebM project last May, along with other partners Mozilla and Opera (Apple, which relies on H.264 in its mission to squash Flash, was conspicuously absent). The H.264 codec is owned by the MPEG-LA consortium, and may in the future require a license. Although the consortium was pressured into promising that H.264 streaming would beÂ free forever that isÂ only for non-commercial Internet video.
Google sure wants to move towards more HTML5ish web and less of fragmented web technologies where you will need to install dozens of video codecs and plugins to play various web videos and streaming websites. They along with other browsers are pushing WebM format, as a future. This might be a good start. Â What do you think ?
Do you think Google will drop support for Flash too ? Techcrunch thinks so !