Posted Feb 5, 2010 16:57 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Sun OMS
Parent article: HTML5 video element codec debate reignited
It's worked well for MPEG— they claim responsibility for over $66 from every person on earth. (Also, checkout their development man-hour estimates. It's rather daunting to go up against that)
This is highly misleading. I checked out the link (which is just the visual aids for a presentation I didn't see, so take even this clarification with a grain of salt).
The $66 is for all products that use MPEG-2 in some way. It would be a mistake to say that MPEG-2 is responsible for all that value. And it's pretty arbitrary, because e.g. it includes the cost the screen in my TV, but not of the couch in my TV room.
The man-hour estimate given is one million people working for 15 years. That's obviously not people working on MPEG-2. My guess is it's people working on developing and delivering products that use MPEG-2 in some way, like the guy who created the injection molds for my TV's case.
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