Here is one more nail in Flash’s coffin. Today Youtube has announced that its Web video player will now default to HTML5 over Adobe Flash. It is currently running in Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and the beta versions of Firefox. It is a brave move forward especially for a service that is absolutely reliant on the smooth and flawless delivery of multimedia content.
The switch to using HTML5 video brings many benefits. First is that HTML5 video is a formal standard that browsers will want and need to comply with. Second is the independence from third-party plugins that bring their own set of vulnerabilities. The latter also means that video can be delivered on platforms and devices that don’t support those plugins, like Xbox and PlayStation consoles and Chromecast.
HTML5 will also allow users to view and stream higher quality resolution videos while using less bandwidth. What that translates to is the possibility of 4K videos at a smooth 60 frames per second while still maintaining faster load times.
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