An open source and royalty-free lossy video compression technology Theora 1.0 will be integrated to the next Firefox (already in Firefox 3.1 beta) and Opera browser releases.
Theora is a video codec with a small CPU footprint that offers easy portability and requires no patent royalties.
A number of leading multimedia web groups already support Theora. Upcoming releases of Mozilla Firefox, the world’s most popular open source browser, will support Theora natively, as will releases of the multi-platform Opera browser. Top-10 website Wikipedia uses Theora for all of its video. “Open media formats are critical for ensuring a future where everyone can create and share media freely,” says Kat Walsh, Wikimedia Foundation board member, “and so we congratulate Xiph.org on this important achievement.” Theora’s success in these applications paves the way for wider adoption.
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