Quote from liz on October 27, 2011, 22:30
Whatever we end up doing, I do want to draw attention to just how much of the cost of a unit is sunk in licensing fees. Pretty much all of the hardware manufacturers we've dealt with have been extremely cool, have given us discounts because they want to support what the charity's doing, and have been very easy to work with. Not so the codec licensing guys, who have been absolutely immovable.
Yeah, that's awful. You said also that a lot of people wouldn't find the device useful without the dolby license, does that imply that without the license we couldn't get any kind of sound if connected by hdmi or just that you would end up without 5.1?
Also about h.264, as the codec of choice for web video is now webm (patent-free, yay!), is there any chance to get webm hardware based decoders instead of h.264? I know there are dedicated chips to decode h.264, but I have no clue about the status of those for webm. Google said they were on the pipeline when they released webm, and that was quite some time ago