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October 1, 2015

BBC iPlayer video ditches Flash for HTML5

News: Company also adds a new volume control usable by touch, mouse or keyboard navigation.

By CBR Staff Writer

BBC has dumped Flash and has moved on to HTML5 for the desktop version of its iPlayer video streaming service.

The media giant is also planning to introduce a new native Android player for the service, which includes television and radio shows that can be accessed over a wide range of devices.

The HTML5 version of the service has been rolled out in Beta, which will allow users to set a cookie in their browser to access HTML5 player on BBC iPlayer.

However, if the user switches to another browser or clear the cookies then they will have to go to the HTML5 Player beta page to re-enter the trial.

BBC is currently testing the HTML5 player in Firefox 41, Opera 32, Safari on iOS 5 and above, BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 and above, Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, and Google Chrome.

BBC Media Playout product manager James East said: "Most programmes on BBC iPlayer should play in the HTML5 player from today, but there are some archive and late-delivered programmes which aren’t yet encoded for the new MPEG-DASH streaming technology."

BBC‘s media service has been one of the major online platforms to use Flash but the Adobe product, which has been criticised by some security experts, who said it was a weak point of many sites.

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Adobe flash was once the most important plug-in used for multimedia content on websites, but HTML5 facilitates video hosting whereas its predecessors did not, withFlash also criticised by some security experts for being a weak point of many sites.

With the introduction of HTML5, BBC has joined the ranks of Netflix, which has moved to HTML5.

However, some sites like Amazon, IMDB and the US video site Hulu still uses Flash.

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