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Netflix making a move away from Microsoft’s Silverlight to HTML5

admin Apr 4

Netflix has formally reported its intentions to cross over from using Microsoft’s Silverlight for internet streaming video in PC internet browsers into a solution that utilizes an HTML5-based video player.

Mozilla is in opposition to html5 DRM so I can only imagine we’ll likely have to install an add-on for this to function in Firefox until Mozilla realizes they were wrong in not supporting it and add support 12 months afterwards.


Today, we’re excited to talk about proposed extensions to HTML5 video that enable playback of premium video content on the web.

We currently use Microsoft Silverlight to deliver streaming video to web browsers on the PC and Mac.  It provides a high-quality streaming experience and lets us easily experiment with improvements to our adaptive streaming algorithms.  But since Microsoft announced the end of life of Silverlight 5 in 2021, we need to find a replacement some time within the next 8 years.  We’d like to share some progress we’ve made towards our goal of moving to HTML5 video.

Source Netflix.

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