According to Gawker, Apple is abandoning support for Flash, which means owners of the new iPad will not be able to view web videos encoded using Flash, including the videos on YouTube. Steve Jobs reportedly believes that HTML 5 in combination with H.264 will soon make Flash irrelevant if not obsolete.
Now, according to ZDNet UK, Firefox is refusing to support H.264. The article goes on to discuss some of the open source alternative codecs available for web video compression.
Bottom line for viewers is that everyone would benefit from embracing standards that don’t leave some consumers in the lurch.