> And digital broadcasting have basically hitched their wagon on H264.
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.