YouTube drops Adobe Flash for HTML5 video as default web player

youtubeYouTube has dropped Adobe Flash platform as the standard way to play its videos for HTML5.

This  now means HTML5 will now be YouTube default web player.

YouTube said Four years ago, it had written about its early support for the HTML5 <video> tag and how it performed compared to Flash.  ”At the time, there were limitations that held it back from becoming our preferred platform for video delivery” YouTube engineer Richard Leider said.

According to to the Richard Leider,  the site will now use HTML5 video as standard in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and in beta versions of Firefox.

These advancements YouTube says have benefitted not just YouTube’s community, but the entire industry.

”Other content providers like Netflix and Vimeo, as well as companies like Microsoft and Apple have embraced HTML5 and been key contributors to its success. By providing an open standard platform, HTML5 has also enabled new classes of devices like Chromebooks and Chromecast”  Richard Leider wrote.

The company says you can support HTML5 by using the <iframe> API everywhere you embed YouTube videos on the web.


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