YouTube switches to HTML5 by default; proves Steve Jobs was right about Flash

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YouTube switches to HTML5 by default; proves Steve Jobs was right about Flash

  • 2015-02-13 13:24:31
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News / Mobile phones YouTube switches to HTML5 by default; proves Steve Jobs was right about Flash

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The biggest video platform on the web is finally ditching Flash. YouTube has announced that all videos will now load in HTML5 by default when you watch them in a number of popular browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

When Steve Jobs announced the iPad back in 2010, Apple was once again criticized for not supporting Adobe’s Flash platform, which at the time was near enough the standard for multimedia on the web. Five years on, Flash is on its knees.

There’s no doubt that the incredible success of the iPhone and the iPad have boosted the adoption of HTML5. It’s increasingly becoming the prefered platform for web developers, and slowly but surely, it is taking the reigns from Flash once and for all.

Google’s decision to drop Flash video on YouTube is a major milestone for HTML5, and it proves Jobs’ instincts towards the platform and the future of the web were right.

In a new blog post, YouTube explains how HTML5’s lack of support for Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) four years ago was one of the reasons why Flash continued to be its prefered method of video delivery. But in recent years, it has been working with browser vendors and the community to close the gaps.

Now, if you visit YouTube in Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8, or beta versions of Firefox, you’ll be presented with HTML5 videos by default.

YouTube has also detailed some of the benefits of HTML5 videos, such as better fullscreen viewing, support for the VP9 codec and MediaSource extensions, and WebRTC integration. You can read about all of these in its original blog post.

[via YouTube]



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