IF ANECDOTAL EVIDENCE in my life has any meaning, people have retired "surfing the web" from their vernacular and now do specific things like watch video online. You'd expect that as a trend anyway because of all the video content uploaded to YouTube every minute. My personal blogging habits have changed too. I'm more prone to shout out an Audioboo or record and post a Qik clip than type a blog post. I know the networks can't handle the surge in video traffic so it's important to provide the internet with some sort of infrastructure that reduces the load imposed by rich media. That's why I like it when hardware accelerators for video are specified for manufacturers. While a lot of my Twitter and webfeeds are taken over by rants by developers who see emerging standards like WebM as an affront to the easy pathway for web video, I feel there's a big speed bump in the road ahead for mobile video playback and something other than more network masts needs to be the solution. I don't know if VP8 (the video codec used in WebM) is the right path but I'm getting exceptional results with hardware decoding in my current laptop and with IP for the same kind os result available from Google for semiconductor companies who want to support high-quality WebM playback in their mobile chipsets, I'm keen to watch and hope. The most exciting things emerging from IT are almost always the result of consumers' unquenchable thirst for something to watch. I'm watching WebM feed this frenzy.
Jani Huoponen -- "Availability of WebM VP8 Video Hardware" on the WebM Project Blog, 10 January 2011.