Hot on the heels of YouTube's failure to deliver open video, it seems that Vimeo has decided to introduce HTML5 video support as well. But like YouTube, they decided to go for a patent-encumbered and non-free video codec instead of Theora.
While this is disappointing, there are other sites out there that are more than happy to lead the way into an open future. They may not be as big as YouTube, but one can hope that their early adoption of open video technologies will give them a nice boost. …
Dailymotion was one of the early adopters of open video. Sadly, it only works in Firefox at the moment due to browser sniffing, but now that Opera also supports the VIDEO element I'm sure they will update their site.
There's also The Video Bay, which was launched a few months ago as an experimental open video site. It seems to be down at the moment (is it permanently down?), so I can't really say much about it.
Are there any other open video sites out there people should check out?
These are certainly interesting times. Once again, it's the open Web vs. closed, proprietary, patent-encumbered solutions. Will the proponents of an open Web win this time around?