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New York Times moves from Flash to HTML5

11:46 pm on Feb 8, 2016 (gmt 0)

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http://open.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/08/flash-free-video-in-2016/ [open.blogs.nytimes.com]

Flash-Free Video in 2016

At the beginning of this year, we officially turned off Flash support for VHS, the New York Times video player. We now use HTML5 video technology for all video playback on desktop and mobile web browsers. Flash was a very powerful and popular technology in its day but it has waned over the years as browsers have embraced the open standard of HTML5. Throughout the second half of 2015, Chrome, Firefox and Safari also began blocking the Flash plugin from automatically loading content unless users gave their permission. In order to continue providing a quality video experience for our viewers, switching exclusively to HTML5 video became necessary.
2:46 am on Feb 9, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Many chuckles. Still doesn't play (if you are ad and script blocking).

I (PERSONALLY) do not play js, json, or any other jimmies out there. Not in my personal browser. And guess what, can still read the site just fine, loads PDQ and I don't have annoying audio in my ear. Of course HTML5 video can be served straight... but the current methodology doesn't lean that direction.

DO NOTE I am only one of 10s of millions shutting down js of any kind (number growing) and merely offer that your vids are not hidden in a script. That's all.

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