Video on the Web
The most common video delivery format for the last five years has been the World Wide Web. Sites such as Vimeo and YouTube, as well as single-purpose streaming sites such as Discovery Education, contain vast repositories of video from sources ranging from an individual with a smart phone to commercial cable TV channels. With all that video on the web, we might be tempted to think this is a mature and stable technology.
It is not.
Formats for video change and continue to change, for all sorts of reasons. (Most of the reasons do not have to do with technology, but let's take that discussion to a blog somewhere.)
The basic issue with video on the web is that video files are very large and Internet bandwidth is always ...