May 8th, 2009
Google has been heavily promoting Chrome on its main search page and on the YouTube home page. Now they plan to run TV ads. What I find interesting about this is how Chrome will implement the new HTML 5.0 video tag. This will provide native video support in the browser. FireFox 3.2 already supports OGG video. Google and Apple may be in a position to provide an alternative video platform to Flash by extending the video support in WebKit. I predict that both Chrome and Safari will support native H264 streaming via RTSP. Apple’s new MPEG-TS via HTTP for the iPhone could be another protocol that is more widely adopted by Chrome and Safari. Either way, I believe that Google Chrome and Apple Safari will provide an alternative to Flash video with their native support for the HTML 5.0 tag.
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