Twitch finally starts ditching Flash for HTML5

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Now Twitch Is Trying To Kill Flash: Video Game Streaming Service To Use HTML5 And Javascript In New Player.

The game streaming site is starting to release its HTML5-based video player for the web in small increments. Twitch is not just wholly forsaking Adobe’s Flash at this point, but kicked off step one by drasticly changing its online video participant manages and offering opportunities HTML5 and Javascript. But, as Product Marketing Manager Georgia Price wrote in a blog post, “this is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player.” This move is not news to many Twitch fans, who have no doubt been keeping tabs on Reddit, where a Twitch employee provides occasional reports on HTML5 progress. The streaming service today announced that it was rolling out a redesign to its video player controls, replacing the old Flash versions with new Javascipt and HTML5 options.

Flash has been a boil on the butt of the Internet for years, but we’ve just put up with it despite the often horrid performance and numerous security lapses. Twitch is currently the biggest video game streaming service in the world, in 2014 it broke 100 million unique monthly viewers and rolled out mobile and console apps.

In February, engineer “kixelated” announced a Flash Player update, and tipped the future implementation of the latest HTML standard. “I’ve … been making steady progress on a prototype HTML5 video player but it’s still off in the distance,” he wrote five months ago. “Browser support is still pending, so we can’t get rid of the Flash player even if we wanted.” He then posted about two weeks ago, hinting at an impending two-part release. However, some recent high-priority hacks using Flash as a conduit have only increased the number of people calling for the demise of the most hated piece of software on the Internet. Twitch, the online game streaming giant, is the latest to announce that it will move away from using Flash (Google’s competing YouTube Gaming service debuted with HTML5 support).

Those urging Twitch on to release the “much-anticipated full HTML5 player,” are asked to be patient, keep an eye out for the new player controls and stay tuned to the blog for updates. YouTube dropped the player as its default option in January, switching instead to HTML5, while earlier this month, Facebook’s chief security officer called for its execution.

Mozilla, like we indicated, recently carried the action to dam Flash of its Firefox opera browser naturally on account of the mounting intrusion woes. Flash has not had an excellent safety record in general, but major security vulnerabilities in the software, uncovered after the Hacking Team leak earlier in July, have amplified calls for its death.

Once complete, the engineers can turn their focus to the HTML5 video element, which will release first in alpha. “I don’t have any dates for it but I personally want to release something ASAP (even with the current bugs),” kixelated wrote, adding that the unoptimized version uses about a third of the CPU and only a fraction of the memory that Twitch’s current Flash player requires. Don’t expect the complete removal of Flash any time soon: Browser support for Media Source Extensions is still missing for Firefox and older Safari and Internet Explorer browsers. As previously mentioned, this is a gradual roll out,” wrote Georgia Price on the official Twitch blog. “If you are not part of our initial pool of users, please be patient as we release the redesigned player at a steady pace.” The second step, which is much more arduous, involves transitioning the actual video player to HTML5/JS. A few months later, YouTube discussed how HTML5 video performed compared to Flash, and improved its embed code, which is how many YouTube videos are distributed.

Twitch has yet to say when we’ll see video move from Flash to HTML5; however, over on Reddit the site’s staff member did offer a little bit of information. Over the following few years, we didn’t hear much from the Google-owned company, but a lot of work was in progress, and there were hints that a change was imminent.

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