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  4. <title>Tagesschau.de awarded for the use of Open Standards</title>
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  7. <h1>Tagesschau.de awarded for the use of Open Standards</h1>
  8. <p newsteaser="yes">Today the ARD internet platform Tagesschau.de will
  9. receive an award for the use of Open Standards at the "<a
  10. href="http://documentfreedom.org/index.en.html">Document Freedom
  11. Day</a>". The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe
  12. (FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII)
  13. for offering the broadcasted shows also in the free video format "<a
  14. href="http://theora.org/">Ogg Theora</a>".</p>
  15. <p>In Berlin <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a> and <a
  16. href="http://www.ffii.org">FFII</a> will hand over a certificate and a
  17. cake with the "rOgg On!" label on to Sven Bruns, technical manager at
  18. tagesschau.de. In Hamburg, Sabine Klein, vice editorial director of
  19. tagesschau.de will accept a DFD cake on behalf of the editorial team.</p>
  20. <p>"In times of non-free video formats still dominating the internet,
  21. tagesschau.de is an example for other broadcasting corporations how to
  22. provide unrestricted access to their media.", says <a
  23. href="/about/kirschner/kirschner.html">Matthias Kirschner</a>,
  24. Germany-Coordinator of FSFE.</p>
  25. <p>In contrast to proprietary video formats Ogg Theora is free video format
  26. that every software producer is allowed to support without licensing
  27. requirements. Therefore software users are not dependent on a single
  28. software vender but can apply Ogg Theora on various devices.</p>
  29. <p>Stephan Uhlmann, member of the FFII board: "It's convenient to support
  30. the currently dominating format instead of using Open Standards. But this
  31. domination brings along patents whose exclusive control disables
  32. alternative software solutions and later innovations. In contrast to this
  33. users of Open Standards have free choice of their software. But no matter
  34. whether Apple, Microsoft or GNU/Linux: the videos of tagesschau.de will
  35. always be playable."</p>
  36. <p>Ogg Theora is supported by all media players in common GNU/Linux
  37. distributions. One can also play Ogg-files on Microsoft Windows or Apple's
  38. Mac OS X by using the VLC player. Furthermore, many modern webbrowsers
  39. directly support the format.</p>
  40. <p>On tagesschau.de, all regular videos are available as Ogg Theora. At <a
  41. href="http://www.tagesschau.de/tagesschau24/">tagesschau24</a>, videos
  42. are directly embedded via the new webstandard HTML5. In other parts of the
  43. website, it still needs to be manually set to "download the file" and then
  44. the format "Medium (Ogg)" has to be clicked.</p>
  45. <p>"We hope that all other multimedia contents – especially the media
  46. library and live streams – will soon be available in a free format.
  47. Moreover we would be glad about Ogg Theora or <a
  48. href="http://www.webmproject.org/">WebM videos</a> in higher quality
  49. levels", indicates Matthias Kirschner.</p>
  50. <p>Press pictures of the award ceremony will be available March 30. at 2pm.
  51. <a href="http://wiki.fsfe.org/DFD-2011-Berlin-Hamburg-Bilder">on a separate
  52. site</a>.</p>
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