I have often been wondering WHY neither Apple nor Microsoft have ever supported ANY of the open source container formats - not even the most successful ones, such as FLAC and Matroska (MKV) although they have both been around for over 10 years, and become some of the most popular media formats during the last 5 years?
In the piracy scene, Outside there there is feck all use its all either iso mp4 or bluray.
It took them years to get tagged mp4 I wouldn't hold my breath for mkv.
What if I want Chapters ?
MP4 did it first.
Mp4 has it.
FLAC Audio ? DTS ? Any of the HD Audio Formats [ TrueHD, DTS-HD, etc ] ?
There's a container & disk format for that! Bluray
How about 3D Support since that is getting popular..
No container change needed
How about if I don't want to pay the MPEG-LA for the rights to use it in my hardware ? MP4 is not a "free" container, it's full of patents.
Was its been released as the MPEG are developing its replacemetn.
MKV is superior in every single way outside of Native support. Why ? Because pirates use it.. why? Because it's Better.
Anyone can make a container that holds anything, Lets use the humble zip file itll hold anything even text files! Now all we need is every manufacturer to get decent hardware and software support shouldnt take long.
It's the same reason it took a while to get MP3 support in lots of hardware players, or Xvid/DivX support..
The above offered enhanced compression not needless incompatibility.
I've encoded or remuxed almost all of my DVD's and Blurays into H264 MKV's.. Best video with best audio, chapters, subtitles if needed. Telling me or anything else to go backward to MP4 is like telling people to go back to AVI, or RM. It's inferior, in almost every way.
And ive mine tagged with all the metadata inside including the poster and have better audio compression all with out of the box support on all devices.
Its fine as a container for open codecs like ogg but we already have perfectly good and supported containers for highly compressed and lossless media