HTML5, how long until most use it for playing videos in a browser?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by MythicFrost, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040


    Mar 11, 2009
    I'm using HTML5 in YouTube, it's fantastic! a lot of complaints about the iPhone/iPod Touch and, now the iPad, are lack of flash. Do you think it's likely Hulu and other video sites like that will switch sometime soon?
  2. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    I guess it would depend on how much they spend on licensing for flash from Adobe, and is it really worthwhile to spend the coding time/money to convert the site.
  3. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Can HTML5 video even be secured/encrypted in the same way as Flash video can?

    If not then I'm going to wager that Flash will never be replaced by HTML5 for video.
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    it will be a while and until the 2 major browsers support HTLM5 it is not going to happen.

    IE does not support HTML5 and firefox does not support h.264 codex for video. It supports a open source codex for video. h.264 codex is not free and does have some licensee cost for it. Apple likes it because it owns some of the patents on it.
  5. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    I've already switched to it on YouTube. So far so good.
  6. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
  7. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    several scenarios:

    1. it can be done in a year, if most web uses Ogg/Theora.

    only IE and safari refuses to support theora, and arstechinica is saying some company is developing a silverlight plug in for IE to support theora. At that time, safari will be the only one that doesn't support theora. but since safari only has 4-5% marketshare, we can say "most people" will be able to use it.

    time needed: ~1 year

    2. it can be done with a new open codec, google is in process of buying On2, a codec company, if google were to release a free codec and use it in youtube, then everybody can support it. apple probably still won't be happy, but again, safari is a 4-5% marketshare browser, we can say "most people" again

    time needed: ~ 1 year

    3. it can be done with H.264, after MPEG-LA patent expire in 2028.

    time needed: ~18 years

    4. it can be done whatever way MS wants, once IE throw support behind any of the solutions, all other browsers will have to follow, native, or by plugins.

    time needed: MS's choice

    yeah, it will eventually be done, but during the process, who knows, flash might get even better, become a standard, and become OSS.
  8. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Everyone keeps saying "until it's supported by 2 major browsers" or the like but fact is, Safari and Firefox both support it. I'm watching video through HTML5 just fine on PC and Mac, Safari and Firefox.

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