Twitch Transitioning From Flash to HTML5

/ 1 year ago


Game streaming platform Twitch is finally switching from the notoriously unsafe Adobe Flash to HTML5, following in the steps of YouTube, which made the same change to its videos in January this year. The HTML5 rollout, which also includes JavaScript controls, will be gradual, and the underlying videos will still be powered by Flash for the time being. Twitch calls it “an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player” and that users should “stay tuned for more HTML5 updates.”

Luckily for Twitch, it is well placed to learn lessons from YouTube’s transition over the last six months, and longer since Google has been doing some stellar work with HTML5 since 2010. Five years ago, Google revealed a test version of the HTML5 video player it had been developing, a system that came to be used by YouTube this year. The prototype HTML5 player out-performed its Flash equivalent, and the code made it easier to embed videos.

Twitch’s transition to HTML5 shouldn’t take five years, like YouTube, but it is bound to be a slow and meticulous process. Short of taking the site down for a few months, which I’m sure owner Amazon would be loath to do, a creeping change should help Twitch move away from Flash as painlessly for its users as possible.

Thank you The Trigger for providing us with this information.

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  • Alistair Hardy

    Wait, so they’re moving from using FLASH, which is a safe as a public toilet next to a curry house, HTML5, supported by JAVA.
    JAVA is as safe as taking a dip in a nuclear reactors cooling tank.

    Both are bits of tech that need to be phased out of day to day web browsing. Entirely.

    • Flash is number one worst in internet history by hackers. Java is second worst and hackers can throw virus/malware/spyware at you if your computer already installed Java and visit non-safe websites like malicious and dangerous, same like Flash. JavaScript is different from Java.

      Reasons why companies should pull Flash and Java out to protect all people from harmful by hackers to throw virus/malware/spyware on their computers without permission. Companies always keep JavaScript only.

      Minecraft is still use Java. I don’t trust Java! I just use VMware workstation to install another operating system and protect my real operating system without Java at all cost.