Twitch Joins YouTube and Moves to HTML5 Video Player

Twitch, an online video streaming service, today announced that they have dropped Adobe Flash in favor of HTML 5 and JavaScript to stream their videos on its web site.

Why switch now? Well, over the past couple of months there have been more than a handful of Adobe Flash vulnerabilities discovered and leaked, especially from the Hacking Team breach. Nobody knows how many more undiscovered vulnerabilities that are out there and perhaps undiscovered by the general population but known to only a select few that may have actually found them and exploiting them for their own personal gain.

“Today’s redesign moves half of the video player – specifically the controls – from Flash to HTML5 and Javascript. The video itself is still in Flash underneath the controls. However, this is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player.” The Twitch Blog stated today.

“You’ll begin to see the new player on channel pages first. As previously mentioned, this is a gradual roll out. If you are not part of our initial pool of users, please be patient as we release the redesigned player at a steady pace.”

We’ll continue to see this shift from Flash to HTML5 as time goes on. The move from Flash to HTML5 players was inevitable any way because of how much more efficient it is and how it does not require any additional addons or plugins to make streaming content work. I think with the vulnerabilities and heightened awareness around the security of Adobe Flash, moving to HTML 5 Players will be at a more rapid pace.. or at least it should be!

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