After Apple went out of their way to publish an article that says that the iPhone and the iPad will NEVER get Flash… adding also that the flash plugin is; buggy, slow and outdated technology. Apple have also advertised it’s support for the latest HTML5 format, and that they say this is the way to go as a new standard for web animation/video.
Youtube however just released a different statement, saying that “HTML5 is not yet ready to meet all of its needs.”
- Standard Video Format – Not all browsers support H.264 because of licensing concerns, holding back HTML5.
- Robust video streaming – There’s more to video that just pointing to a file. People want control to be able to stream live video or go to a particular spot in a video.
- Content Protection – DRM! No matter how you feel about it, some content providers love it.
- Encapsulation + Embedding – There’s a lot more to a YouTube videos than the video. There’s stuff such as captions, annotations, and advertising.
- Fullscreen Video – Still a pain for HTML5 to handle fullscreen video.
- Camera and Microphone access – Some folks record their YouTube videos using YouTube, something that’s not possible with HTML5.