OS X Yosemite Brings HTML5 Video Support for Netflix

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    During yesterday's WWDC keynote, Apple announced several improvements to Safari in OS X Yosemite, including HTML5 video support for Netflix. According to Apple, the improvements bring an extra two hours of video watching under a single battery charge when streaming Netflix video with Yosemite.

    Netflix today confirmed that it supports HTML5 video streaming on Safari in OS X Yosemite, explaining that it has worked closely with Apple to implement Premium Video Extensions in Safari. The extensions allow playback of video content in the browser without using plugins like Microsoft's Silverlight.
    Netflix's plugin-free video is currently available to all OS X Yosemite users who have installed the beta. OS X Yosemite will be released to the public this fall.

    Update 6/10 5:10 PM PT: A thread on the MacRumors forums suggests Netflix's HTML 5 player requires sandy bridge architecture or better, meaning it will work with Macs from 2011 and later.

    Article Link: OS X Yosemite Brings HTML5 Video Support for Netflix
  2. macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2009
    Sweet, now I have no reason for Silverlight to be on my computer.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2010
    Between items like this or Final Cut Pro X's usage of the GPUs, it's a friendly reminder of how much software optimization really matters, just as much as the CPU year over year percentage performance race.
  4. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Some may not realize it yet but Yosemite also brings native support for AC-3 5.1 audio.
  5. macrumors 603

    Sep 19, 2003
  6. macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2011
  7. macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2011
    Scotland, UK
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2011
    Now if only Apple can follow this up with a new 12" Air with Intel Broadwell processor, I'll be in computing heaven - iPhone + iPad + MBA.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Yup. Netflix is the only reason I have Silverlight.
  10. macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2011
    Los Angeles
    wonder if this will be exclusive to safari or will it be open for other browsers to use as well.
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jan 17, 2008
    Big D
  12. macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013

    Is this going to be the only way to use html5 with Netflix currently? There is no one else doing it? Everything else using Silverlight?
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  14. macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2012
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2008
    Does anyone know if this will work for everything on Netflix? Will I be able to kill Silverlight completely?
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Great, I might go back to Netflix. I won't have Silverlight on my Mac, as it slowed down Safari too much when it was installed, even if Silverlight wasn't doing anything.

    They say buttery smooth 1080p. Does than mean they won't be having 4K?Several TV's already have Netflix 4K, and they have a lot less computing power. Could H.265 be the problem? I haven't heard anything about H.265 on the Mac.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2012
    If the implement the extensions like Apple has, it will...
  18. macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    any mac?

    I thought in the presentation he said Newer Macs would support this feature. Can anyone test on older macs for us?
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2012
    my apple tv has been doing that without silverlight for ages!

    now they even copy their own product!!!
  20. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011

    Even better. Now I can finally get more use out of the Logitech Z906 plugged into my iMac! :D

    So does that mean we'll also get 5.1 audio out of Netflix streams?


    Craig Federighi did say "modern Macs" in the keynote. The question is, what does Apple consider a modern Mac for a feature like this?

    I'm thinking at least 2010 Macs shouldn't have a problem, well except for maybe 2010 MacBook Airs.
  21. macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2010

    That was one of the things from the keynote that most excited me, as a heavy Netflix user, and a heavy Safari user. I hate Silverlight.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    Are you using the optical input on your speakers? I have x 540s which don't have optical so I don't think I can achieve true surround sound but want to be sure.
  23. macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    Anything bought after the Aug 31st introduction, right after the Back to School promo ends, of the new Macs.

    Seriously, Apple seems to support about 4-5 years of tech for it's MacBook Pro and Desktop Macs so a 2010 should be OK; I'd hazard a SWAG that anything that runs Mavericks will run Yosemite about the same or maybe slightly better overall.
  24. macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2011

    Yeah my iMac and the Z906 are connected through an optical cable so I get true 5.1 surround sound. However, the only times I get 5.1 audio is when I play a DVD through DVD Player or a video/tv show from iTunes. DVDs are in standard def as OS X does not support Blu-ray natively and I don't have much iTunes content considering I all ready have a Netflix subscription. So I'm really hoping that this support true 5.1 surround sound so I can really get the most out of the Z906 when playing movies and shows.

    If your 540 supports 5.1 audio but through 3.5mm jacks, you can get an external sound card that may give you true surround sound. I remember seeing a video about it on YouTube.

    Here is a list of some of the new features in Mavericks and the modern Macs that support them via Apple's Mavericks page:

    I'm always a little weary when every Apple says "modern" Mac because it can mean "within the last two or three years" to Apple. Just look at the AirPlay Mirroring and Power Nap requirements above.
  25. macrumors G3


    May 18, 2008
    Hartford, CT
    Those are features that utilize hardware built into the "i" core series intel processors (i3, i5, i7). There is physically no way to implement them using the same protocols for older devices.

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