[theora] Fwd: [whatwg] Suddenly, ~40% of IE users get HTML5 Theora with no effort

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 6 00:01:49 PST 2010

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Christopher Blizzard
<blizzard at mozilla.com> wrote:
> On 2/6/2010 4:16 AM, Benjamin M. Schwartz wrote:
>> Remco wrote:
>>> Still, something is missing for the mobile crowd.
>> Yep.  We need player apps: just simple wrappers around theorarm [1] or
>> libtheora to play Theora videos.  I don't think any of these phones have a
>> way to install browser plugins, and I doubt Flash 10 will be fast enough
>> for Theora-in-Flash on a handheld ARM chip, so apps are the best we can
>> do.   At least with a player app users can download a file and then view
>> it, or copy a URL and watch it in the app.
>> If you want, you could call it a "Wikivideo app", since Wikipedia uses
>> Theora exclusively.
> Yeah, I'd like to echo this.  Ubiquity is the important thing.  And
> stuff that brings access to large numbers of users to good content is
> the key thing.  We've got Firefox, Chrome, XiphQT for Safari, Java for
> IE, now some Silverlight thing.  Over the last couple of weeks I've
> watch Christian Adam slowly convince himself that he wants to work on a
> very simple native plugin for IE users that could cover basically
> everyone.  And I love the iPhone and Android app ideas.

For that same reason I think it would be awesome if Remco continued
with his native Flash implementation. There will always be people in
some non-html5 browser that will not have silverlight installed and
not have java, but will have flash - it's those that you will reach!


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