Farewell Flash YouTube adopts the default HTML5 video player

Chrome browsers, Internet Explorer 11, and Safari beta versions of Firefox will automatically display the view HTML5 video player during their next visit to YouTube.

There are 4 years, YouTube’s engineers incorporated the <video> tag in HTML5 from the popular video portal. Users wishing to abandon Flash technology as much as possible, then they had the option of switching to this alternative view mode. Unfortunately, the technology was not quite to the point at the time: HTML5 was not compatible with the adaptive rate that allowed YouTube to broadcast more content with less buffer.

YouTube adopts the default HTML5 video

The advantages of HTML5 extend beyond browsers. The technology is particularly used by smart TVs and media players.

Since YouTube has worked closely with web browser developers to further democratize the use of HTML5. So today, the platform can afford to announce that the HTML5 video player becomes the new standard on YouTube, now compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, and Safari beta versions of Firefox.

According to the company, the benefits of HTML5 extend beyond web browsers. The technology is particularly used by smart TVs, mobile devices and media players.

In the blog post announcing the news, we also took the opportunity to praise the use of VP9, free video codec for Google (which, needless to recall, was carried YouTube buyer in 2006). According to YouTube, a video compressed with this codec is on average 35% lighter than the equivalent H.264.1. Therefore, this technology allows more people to access HD content and 4K at 60 I / s and these videos initial average of 15 to 80% faster.

Google said in January 2014 that VP9 could generate a video up to 50% lighter than equivalent H.264. All indications are that this assertion is true that in certain circumstances, which is why YouTube prefer to be cautious in advancing a bandwidth reduced to 35% compared to H.264.

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One Response to “Farewell Flash YouTube adopts the default HTML5 video player”

  1. John Wheeler

    Mar 23. 2015

    This seems great news and knowing that they continuously make improvements for all the viewers.

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