updated 01:45 pm EDT, Mon October 19, 2009
Controversy surrounds H.264 on iPhone
Apple is not playing fair in terms of supporting video hosting services beyond YouTube, claims the chief technical officer of Dailymotion. Olivier Poitrey comments that the iPhone edition of Safari relies on a special plug-in for YouTube videos, allowing it to jump straight to H.264-encoded copies. Because of Apple's battery and processor worries, Flash is not supported in any form on iPhones or iPod touches.
The problem, says Poitrey, is that the plug-in technology is not being offered for other services, making it impossible to replicate YouTube's convenience. Dailymotion is said to have contacted Apple on the matter and proposed solutions, but without any response. One workaround is said to involve altering object tags, but this is not supported by a number of CMS (content management) platforms.
Dailymotion is nevertheless developing a dedicated iPhone application, which should circumvent Safari limits and be available in paid and ad-supported versions.