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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:12 PM   #1
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CBS.com Prepping HTML5 Video Playback for iPad



With the imminent arrival of the Apple iPad, it seems at least one major television network is updating their website to provide video playback support for new tablet device -- without Flash. CBS.com's website began displaying a couple of strange "iPad - test" video links, first noted by The Other Mac Blog.

We investigated further and found that clicking on these "iPad" labeled links in your normal desktop browser brings you to the usual Flash versions of these videos. Of course, these wouldn't properly play on the Apple iPad due to Apple's well known decision not to support Flash. However, if you visit CBS.com using the iPad SDK Simulator or spoofing your browser's User-Agent to impersonate an iPad, you are sent to a different version of the video:




This new version of the video does not yet work but appears to be based on HTML5. The css files reference HTML5 and have a number of "webkit" specific calls. Webkit is the browser engine used in the iPad's mobile safari. While the videos don't play, the "fullscreen mode" reportedly already works in the iPad simulator.

Apple has been a strong proponent of HTML5 and has suggested it as an alternative solution to Flash. It appears at least one major network will be supporting HTML5 alongside Flash video to deliver their content at iPad launch.

Article Link: CBS.com Prepping HTML5 Video Playback for iPad
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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Finally CBS does something right with their online player. Now they just need to make it available for desktop too...
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I can't wait for more and more HTML5 video! Flash can go die.
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Adobe Flash, you are the weakest link, Good Bye
So true. I expect to see many more articles like this one in the coming days/weeks.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:19 PM   #6
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just wait for Hulu on HTML5 then that shall be the slow death of flash.
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:27 PM   #9
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:30 PM   #10
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And so it begins …

Expect ABC to follow suit shortly. There’s been rumors for months Disney is ditching Flash entirely on all their properties, which is a big deal considering pretty much every site they have is made in Flash.
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I'm amazed that even Apple can influence so many major companies to bend to their standards for a product that hasn't even been shipped to reviewers yet. What other company could do this? I bow to the all-powerful Steve.
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I wonder what Mozilla is going to do about H264 being the unanimous vote standard for HTML5.
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Does HTML5 support interactive features/animation? and if you can you make it with Adobe Flash?
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Old Mar 24, 2010, 11:43 PM   #14
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Does HTML5 support interactive features/animation? and if you can you make it with Adobe Flash?
Javascript, and no.
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A lot has changed since the iPad was announced. It sounds like a lack of Flash won't be a problem at all. I am amazed at the power that Apple has, I hope it doesn't corrupt them too much.
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A lot has changed since the iPad was announced. It sounds like a lack of Flash won't be a problem at all. I am amazed at the power that Apple has, I hope it doesn't corrupt them too much.
Tad bit late don't you think?
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Javascript, and no.
Thanks, so what's the best way to convert a Flash site to HTML5? Rewrite it all?
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.... I am amazed at the power that Apple has, I hope it doesn't corrupt them too much.
Apple's influence has far outstripped its market share for years.
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Apple's influence has far outstripped its market share for years.
That's what happens when your products have a deathgrip on the Mindshare of the people.
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Thanks, so what's the best way to convert a Flash site to HTML5? Rewrite it all?
Yea, unless we're really lucky and Adobe makes a porting function in Dreamweaver.
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I'm amazed that even Apple can influence so many major companies to bend to their standards for a product that hasn't even been shipped to reviewers yet. What other company could do this?
It's not just the potential for the unreleased iPad. It's also the possible benefit for other mobile devices that don't support Flash, including iPhones and iPod touches as well as released and unreleased products from Apple's competitors (like Android-based phones). It's not just about benefiting Apple users.

Apple hasn't shipped a single iPad yet, but there are over 65 million iPhones/iPod touches sold. If rewriting your content to HTML5 helps those users, that's a lot of eyeballs.
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Flash isn't going anywhere for a while.

HTML5 isn't even close to a complete standard yet.
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HTML5 isn't even close to a complete standard yet.
Unfortunately W3C have been living in a cave for the last few years.
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you can embed flash video in html 5 but the video has to be set to play automatically i think. Html 5 is extremely powerful, check out the <canvas> function, developers are already porting games over with it.

In any event CBS and NBC both have full episodes now on their sites, that's extremely good news.
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