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Posted Jan 15, 2011 16:37 UTC (Sat) by hitmark (guest, #34609)
And digital broadcasting have basically hitched their wagon on H264.
Posted Jan 15, 2011 17:51 UTC (Sat) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Well that's the point of MPEG right?
MPEG = "Moving Picture Experts Group". They are the standards group for helping to ensure interoperability in media processing and delivery technologies. Unfortunately they are also a front group for a corporate cabal designed to use USA government laws and enforcement to protect their control of the industry and extract licensing fees from anybody that matters.
If it wasn't for the patents then groups like MPEG-LA would be entirely good things as they would provide a important service. The standardization around H.264 would reap tremendous benefits for everybody, big and small.
It's one of the challenges with this sort of thing. People in the industry may have a hard time understanding why something that should be so good is so bad.
So they automatically assume that it has something to do with some sort of irrational 'Open Source Ideology'. From our point of view it's seems self-evident that a encumbered media codec is a bad thing as we have been running into issues with other formats for so long and bumping against the legal limitations is nothing new.
Posted Jan 15, 2011 21:03 UTC (Sat) by Los__D (guest, #15263)
MPEG-LA is a set of patent pools (and not limited to video anymore, it is more or less every field). Without the patents, it would not exist.
Posted Jan 16, 2011 7:41 UTC (Sun) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Posted Jan 17, 2011 1:51 UTC (Mon) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
This isn't just a fairy tale, it happens, and it will probably continue to happen so long as software patents (and perhaps patents generally) exist. When it trips up the Microsofts of this world they just pay up and move on, but if you're a start up you will probably go out of business.
Posted Jan 17, 2011 14:26 UTC (Mon) by clump (subscriber, #27801)
The same argument is true of encumbered codecs after you've 'licensed' them.
Apple appears in movies because it is what the professionals have at hand?
Posted Jan 17, 2011 0:51 UTC (Mon) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
Oh, come on. To get your product/logo to show up in a movie/TV show/book does cost real money, it's not that they use as prop the first thing they have on hand. If you are spending a few million dollars on your cast, you won't skimp on random props...
Posted Jan 17, 2011 16:55 UTC (Mon) by jmm82 (guest, #59425)
Or maybe they just have aesthetically more pleasing case designs;)
Posted Jan 17, 2011 23:12 UTC (Mon) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Apple literally sends hardware to TV studios and movies so that it gets used. It's easier for the studios to use Apple products since they don't actually have to go to the store and buy it, as well as they are happy to get free stuff.
Posted Jan 17, 2011 23:45 UTC (Mon) by jmm82 (guest, #59425)
Apple does some stuff good and their products are nicely designed from a visual prospective. The HP Envy is one of the few computers not made by Apple which has a nice design and I sometimes see that computer in ads and movies, also.
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