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<title> awarded for the use of Open Standards</title>
<h1> awarded for the use of Open Standards</h1>
<p>Today the ARD internet platform will
receive an award for the use of Open Standards at the "<a
href="">Document Freedom
Day</a>". The prize is awarded by the Free Software Foundation Europe
(FSFE) and the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure e.V. (FFII)
for offering the broadcasted shows also in the free video format "<a
href="">Ogg Theora</a>".</p>
<p>In Berlin <a href="/index.html">FSFE</a> and <a
href="">FFII</a> will hand over a certificate and a
cake with the "rOgg On!" label on to Sven Bruns, technical manager at In Hamburg, Sabine Klein, vice editorial director of will accept a DFD cake on behalf of the editorial team.</p>
<p>"In times of non-free video formats still dominating the internet, is an example for other broadcasting corporations how to
provide unrestricted access to their media.", says <a
href="/about/people/kirschner/kirschner.html">Matthias Kirschner</a>,
Germany-Coordinator of FSFE.</p>
<p>In contrast to proprietary video formats Ogg Theora is free video format
that every software producer is allowed to support without licensing
requirements. Therefore software users are not dependent on a single
software vender but can apply Ogg Theora on various devices.</p>
<p>Stephan Uhlmann, member of the FFII board: "It's convenient to support
the currently dominating format instead of using Open Standards. But this
domination brings along patents whose exclusive control disables
alternative software solutions and later innovations. In contrast to this
users of Open Standards have free choice of their software. But no matter
whether Apple, Microsoft or GNU/Linux: the videos of will
always be playable."</p>
<p>Ogg Theora is supported by all media players in common GNU/Linux
distributions. One can also play Ogg-files on Microsoft Windows or Apple's
Mac OS X by using the VLC player. Furthermore, many modern webbrowsers
directly support the format.</p>
<p>On, all regular videos are available as Ogg Theora. At <a
href="">tagesschau24</a>, videos
are directly embedded via the new webstandard HTML5. In other parts of the
website, it still needs to be manually set to "download the file" and then
the format "Medium (Ogg)" has to be clicked.</p>
<p>"We hope that all other multimedia contents – especially the media
library and live streams – will soon be available in a free format.
Moreover we would be glad about Ogg Theora or <a
href="">WebM videos</a> in higher quality
levels", indicates Matthias Kirschner.</p>
<p>Press pictures of the award ceremony will be available March 30. at 2pm.
<a href="">on a separate
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