Free HTML5 codec delivers death blow to Flash

The dominance of Adobe's Flash video player over the Web could be coming to an end.

Mpeg LA, the standards body which oversees multimedia standards for the Internet, has announced that the H.264 video streaming codec will be made available on a royalty-free basis, bringing long-running fears over HTML5 video licensing restrictions to an end.

In a statement made today, Mpeg LA said its AVC Patent Portfolio License will continue not to charge royalties for Internet Video that is free to end users.

The organisation had previously announced it would not charge royalties for such video through to December 31, 2015. Today’s announcement makes clear that it will continue not to charge royalties after that date.

The open source agreement also applies to "set-top boxes, media player and other personal computer software, mobile devices including telephones and mobile television receivers, Blu-ray Disc players and recorders, Blu-ray video optical discs, game machines, personal media player devices and still and video cameras,” according to the licensing body.