[whatwg] <video> element proposal

Gervase Markham gerv at mozilla.org
Fri Mar 2 05:56:38 PST 2007

Elliotte Harold wrote:
> I'm just not sure that I see a strong enough use case here to justify 
> the introduction of another element most browsers will not support for 
> years if ever.

I think there's a strong driver for uptake. As I understand it, all 
these video-sharing sites are paying mountains of cash to 
Adobe/Macromedia for the backend software licences to support Flash 
video streaming. If they could have 15 or 20% fewer servers doing that, 
and stream to Firefox using Theora instead, the cost saving would be an 
incentive for them to change their site. Particularly if we implemented 
<video> in a way which gave them all the capabilities the flash player 
has - e.g. fast forward, rewind, seek etc.

Of course, I don't know how those costs compare to the bandwidth bill.


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