YouTube kind to HTML5, says Flash is still needed

YouTube logoYouTube Software Engineer John Harding today explained that the video site was still closely tied to Flash. While the site is "excited" about HTML5 and is using it for most videos in its optional player and mobile devices, many of the site's features still need Adobe's plugin to work well or to work at all. At a minimum, embedding needs the option as videos otherwise can't port over their ads, annotations or notes.

Many of the secondary features considered important to YouTube also need Flash to work. As HTML5 just provides direct access to the video, it can't dynamically adjust the buffer or the bitrate of the video to reflect the quality of service or the sheer load on YouTube's servers. The new web standard can't yet fully address microphone and webcams, doesn't always elegantly scale to full screen, and sometimes has trouble with content showing over top.

The recently introduced YouTube movie rental service also won't work as it needs copy protection due to studio requests.

Harding was emphatic that HTML5 was making "good progress" and that some issues like scaling were being addressed, but he warned that for now there were too many issues on both the creation and playback sides to ignore. Standards would play a part: YouTube has had to fork its video to support both H.264, which Apple and Microsoft are endorsing alongside Google, and the WebM standard Google created to help Chrome, Firefox and other browsers use a patent-free format. Splintering support makes it difficult to advance video technology.

WebM may not help Google's video development, as the MPEG-LA group and members like Apple have warned of patent issues that might not be addressed simply by claiming the format is royalty-free.

Source: electronista

Tags: Adobe Flash, Google, HTML5, Internet, YouTube

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

A mobile hotspot in Australia will be capable of hitting gigabit speeds on the go
A new game could be in the works as Blizzard appears to have been hiring for a Diablo-related project
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will speak at MWC 2017
However what if you could go way, way back?
The Helio P15 packs an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.2GHz
Samsung claims up to 27-percent higher performance or 40-percent lower power
Preliminary data for October shows another Windows 10 boom
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
HP Slate 7 is a 7-inch Android 4 Tablet PC with good sound
A cost-effective, 7-inch tablet PC from a renowned manufacturer
October 25, 2013 / 4

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments