open video : Java Glossary
- open video
Most formats for Internet streaming video are proprietary, e.g. QuickTime, Real
Player, Microsoft wmv. There has been a move to create open formats that anyone can
use. The most likely contender backed by Mozilla is Theora. Ogg Vorbis is a companion audio format.
- It makes it more likely you can view any movie on any computer. Anyone can
write a viewer program.
- It makes it more difficult for vendors to collect data improperly.
- It ends lockin.
- Many vendors for the same product means competition and low or free
- The protocol effectively becomes frozen for all time. It is much harder to
change an open protocol. It becomes a political exercise.
- It stifles innovation. Consider how open email protocols have remained frozen
incapable of dealing effectively with spam, phishing and counterfeit emails. It
becomes politically impossible to modify the protocols.
- You can leave room for new codecs (compression methods), but just as with zip,
this is for all practical purposes gets you back to proprietary protocols since not
all codecs are universally supported.