Google is planning to open source “VP8,” – the video codec that powers YouTube. “That could put an end to HTML5 video wars between open codec Ogg Theora (backed by Mozilla, and backed by Google on mobile devices) and H.264, the proprietary codec favored by Apple and Microsofts’ Internet Explorer 9. By making VP8 open source Google will provide a high-quality and open alternative to H.264 and other existing codecs. When VP8 was first launched its inventors at On2 claimed it could provide “50 percent bandwidth savings compared to leading H.264 implementations.” The move has the backing of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) as a way of killing Flash and avoiding potential lock-in to patented technology. VP8 arguably offers better quality than Theora, and it wouldn’t have H.264’s licensing issues if it were made open source. In theory, it could crush them both,” The Inquirer is reporting that Google’s announcement is expected next month.