The vote for YouTube to support HTML5 with open video formats was a huge success.
Right now, the "Support HTML5 open web video with open formats" option has more than 12 000 votes, whereas the most popular request that is unrelated to HTML5 has about 5 000 votes. The HTML5 requests were so popular that YouTube had to hide them to give other options a chance to be seen:
We've heard a lot of feedback around supporting HTML5 and are working hard to meet your request, so stay tuned. We'll be following up when we have more information. We're answering this idea now because there are so many similar HTML5 ideas and we want to give other ideas a chance to be seen.
Yesterday, YouTube's blog was updated with news on HTML5. They explained that the number one request was "that YouTube do more with HTML5", and as a "response", they pointed to their existing experimental HTML5 page which only supports H.264 encoded video…
Sadly, it seems that YouTube has failed to deliver on the most popular requests, despite claims to the contrary in their blog. Their enthusiastic words about HTML5 as an open standard decidedly ring hollow when you are required to use a closed, proprietary format to view video in the first place.
Come on, YouTube (and Google!), you can do better than that! Show us that you can walk the walk and not just talk the talk when it comes to open standards.