And your expertise is...?
A codec is a very hard bit of programming to optimize for all uses. H.264 is a damned good job, that exists on Blu-ray down to cellphones, giving the best possible image in each case. The world is full of hardware that is compatible with it, and hardware encoding and decoding is in a lot of programs and hardware throughout the industry. Yes, the consortium controls the patents. Big movie studios pay the most, and companies that distribute the codecs, like Apple, Google (yes!), and Microsoft, pay about a million a year. If you want to distribute your own movie on discs, you have to pay a modest bit of royalty with exemptions for charities and non-profits.
Let's see: Google Chrome, rightfully, has grown very popular over the past year. I had adopted it as my default because it's so damn fast. If they carry through with this, that's the end of it for me. Firefox I find has become unusable too. I know the problems with Safari and speed, memory leaks, etc. -- but this is intolerable. It is unfair practice, and if Chrome was any bigger, it would get the attention of the Justice Department. If Google also dropped h.264 from YouTube, you bet they'd be investigated. (Apple, by the way, has now relented and allowed Flash Builder apps to be run on the iPhone. The Justice Department may have influenced that, too.)