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Google Opens Up VP8, Launches New Container Format
I'd say it clearly beats xvid and it's worse than baseline, from those pics. The author of the comparison acknowledged that the difference between baseline and VP8 is down to lack of psy optimisations in the latter. With all the hype and the window of opportunity this codec represents I doubt it'll take 8 years to get them.
I don't know the affiliations of these guys and I guess they only used baseline, but here there is another data point:
Yes, but we all know that from that day on we will have to pay if h.264 is the standard web video format. The whole idea behind mpegla is to corner the market for video so as to be the only game in town and then profit handsomely from licencing fees. Hulu and Netflix are not the targets of vp8 since they likely have strong ties to many companies in the mpeg la patent pool. But they are also not particularly important in the success or failure of a video codec. There's still a huge amount of sites hosting videos and this will just continue to grow. And these sites will likely see vp8 as the most attractive choice given that h.264 licence fees will kick in for them either immediately if they are a pay to view or in 5 years even if they are free.
Just had to dig this up.
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MPEG LA announced today that its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users (known as “Internet Broadcast AVC Video”) during the entire life of this License. MPEG LA previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through December 31, 2015 (see http://www.mpegla.com/Lists/MPEG%20LA%20News%20List/Attachments/226/n-10-02-02.pdf), and today’s announcement makes clear that royalties will continue not to be charged for such video beyond that time.