People who deal with putting video on websites are closely watching the developing reality tv series revolving around HTML5 video. Here are the things that I am watching as they will most definitely affect how Digital Asset Management and Video asset management systems ingest, manage and distribute video assets. Since video support in html5 is dependent on the browser, I will look at this from the different major browser choices:
1. Internet Explorer (60% market share) – Microsoft owned. Has recently put their support behind H.264. Will not support Ogg Theora, and popular opinion has them not supporting VP8 if Google makes it open source. Seemingly has given up on Silverlight and VC1 as a web standard codec. But is a major player because of it’s browsers market share.
2. Firefox (25% market share) – Only supports open source royalty free standards. Will not support H.264. Currently supports Ogg Theora and there is a good chance it will back VP8 if it goes open source. Firefox is a major player because of its browser market share.