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the goodbye Flash in favor of HTML5

YouTube started testing an HTML5 player in January 2010. Since then, time has done its work. Additional features have been added to complement the basic ones from the start and at the whim of the implementations, YouTube now considers that HTML5 technology can take the place of Flash.

YouTube-Android-logoIt is not yet a question of permanently burying this Flash technology. The announcement of the famous online video platform concerns the default choice of HTML5 during a consultation with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and beta versions of Firefox.

A presence of Flash therefore less and less necessary until its disappearance which seems inevitable. But how could it be otherwise taking into account the context of mobile terminals where Flash does not smell of holiness.

However, it has been a long way to get there. The W3C Media Source Extensions specification played a key role in particular. Among its possibilities, preloading and buffering in JavaScript. But YouTube also cites for HTML5 the possibility of opting for the VP9 codec and new APIs for the full screen.

We can not ignore the thorny problem of the introduction of DRM in HTML5 via the Encrypted Media Extensions. It is this implementation that has enabled Netflix to offer an HTML5 player with digital lock management included.

With this boost from the big YouTube platform in favor of HTML5, Flash technology should start to more widely desert video on the Web.