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YouTube now supports HTML5 videos

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Jan 2010 4:05 User comments (5)

YouTube now supports HTML5 videos According to the latest official blog, YouTube has now released an experimental version of an HTML5-supported player, giving users their "number one request" for new updates.
To join the beta, Google links to this page, as long as you have an HTML5-supportive browser:

The full post:

A while ago, YouTube launched a simple demo of an HTML5-based video player. Recently, we published a blog post on our pre-spring cleaning effort and your number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5. Today, we're introducing an experimental version of an HTML5-supported player.

HTML5 is a new web standard that is gaining popularity rapidly and adds many new features to your web experience. Most notably for YouTube users, HTML5 includes support for video and audio playback. This means that users with an HTML5 compatible browser, and support for the proper audio and video codecs can watch a video without needing to download a browser plugin.

Our support for HTML5 is an early experiment, and there are some limitations. HTML5 on YouTube doesn't support videos with ads, captions, or annotations and it requires a browser that supports both the video tag and h.264 encoded video (currently that means Chrome, Safari, and ChromeFrame on Internet Explorer). We will be expanding the capabilities of the player in the future, so get ready for new and improved versions in the months to come.

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5 user comments

121.1.2010 16:35

Yay! We're finally getting away from the proprietary ridiculousness that is Flash.

221.1.2010 16:45

I like the fact that you no longer need plug-ins to watch video as long as it's encoded in h.264. Flash has bad problems with crashing, it's also another avenue for hackers to exploit.

321.1.2010 17:06

Wider support of their content is a good thing, but I wish they would stop banning my accounts.

422.1.2010 05:40

nonoitall i am fully with you, no more propertarian flash, any company that pushes propertarian software or hardware are best avoided as much as is possible.

528.1.2010 12:27

Maybe they were a little worried about competition from the Video Bay??

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