There’s a battle
over technology standards being waged right now, and the future of video on the Internet hangs in the balance. In some ways, the debate over WebRTC is par for the course in Silicon Valley, with
proponents of an open source, royalty-free standard clashing with the inventors (and paid patent-holders) of a more established, higher-quality standard.
That argument played out onstage this
week at the WebRTC Conference & Expo in Santa Clara, Calif. The discussions between rivals
here have been cordial, at turns deeply technical, but they all seem to come back to the same sticking point–whether WebRTC will be powered in the future by VP9 or H.265.