YouTube: Why the Flash Era Isn’t Over

YouTube: Why the Flash Era Isn’t Over

Yet another site has weighed in on the Flash vs. HTML5 debate. YouTube says it’s sticking with Flash. “While HTML5’s video support enables us to bring most of the content and features of YouTube to computers and other devices that don’t support Flash Player, it does not yet meet all of our needs,” said YouTube programmer John Harding. “Today, Adobe Flash provides the best platform for YouTube’s video distribution requirements, which is why our primary video player is built with it.”

What’s wrong with HTML5? For starters, browsers haven’t agreed on a standard video codec. Also, Harding cites playback issues, buffering and other video controls, DRM, lack of full-screen video capabilities and a number of other issues.

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