August 20, 2013
Netflix Plan Silverlight Departure In Favor Of HTML5
I think HTML5 switch is basically for DRM protection.
Following in the footsteps of Adobe, streaming giants Netflix have announced that they are making a change to their video delivery providers, dropping Microsoft’s ‘Silverlight’ platform in favor of the HTML5 video ‘no plug-in’ concept.
July 5, 2013
With the release of Windows 8.1 Preview, Netflix now supports streaming over HTML5 instead of Microsoft’s proprietary Silverlight plug-in. The caveat is that only Internet Explorer 11, which is bundled with Windows 8.1, supports the necessary HTML5 extensions; if you’re a Firefox or Chrome user, you’ll continue to use the Silverlight plug-in. In our initial testing, the switch to HTML5 sees a massive reduction in CPU usage — about one third of Silverlight’s CPU usage.
Full story here …
So far its for IE 11 only. But can Chrome and Firefox be far behind? The holdup is over DRM.
Smaller less powerful chips needed for streaming videos?