I don't get it, what exactly does this mean? That we're going to have to pay for firefox? How does mozilla not supporting H264 affect mobile devices?
No to a normal user it means that Firefox will come out of the box with supports for H.264 on all platforms including mobile. I'm assuming they meant HTML5 new video and audio markups that can embed video for streaming. Previously Mozilla only support the use of Ogg format and not H.264 so obviously now they're going to add that support to it.
And they're going to have to pay for the use of that license I think as they're making money from their browser software. How much ? Who knows... But the company that looking after the licensing of the patent was nice enough to:
On August 26, 2010 MPEG LA announced that H.264 encoded internet video is free to end users who will never be charged royalties. All other royalties will remain in place such as the royalties for products that decode and encode H.264 video. The license terms are updated in 5-year blocks.
Too bad Ogg didn't win this one... Only if Adobe and Google just stop fucking around and support Ogg and started shipping their products with Ogg support a few years ago...
Now Adobe is getting its arse kicked by Apple (massive H.264 supporter), and Google well, they're just dicking around with WebM which is going no where fast. Microsoft being Microsoft picked to support H.264.. so now all of the sudden, H.264 became the de-facto video encoding/streaming for the Internet.