Netflix already uses HTML5 to build the user interfaces of some of its embedded applications, including the one on the PS3. The company has soundly praised the strengths of a standards-based Web technology stack and has found that there are many advantages. But the DRM issue and the lack of suitably robust support for adaptive streaming have prevented Netflix from dropping its Silverlight-based player in regular Web browsers.
The company has committed to participating in the effort to make HTML5 a viable choice for all video streaming. Netflix believes that the new Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) standard being devised by the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) will address many of the existing challenges and pave the way for ubiquitous adoption of HTML5 for streaming Internet video.
Three releases are planned this year. Version 11.2, due this quarter, will incorporate the mouse improvements, greater hardware acceleration, and multithreaded video decoding. Following that in the second quarter is codename "Cyril," with the keyboard changes, low-latency audio, and richer 3D support. In the second half of 2012, Adobe will release "Dolores," which will introduce support for multithreaded applications, using a model similar to HTML5's Web Workers.
Adobe has issued a statement this morning that they will effectively be abandoning Flash Player support on Linux. After Flash Player 11.2 they will no longer be providing updates for Linux users but just maintaining the 11.2 release. Google is expected to take over with a Flash Player implementation based upon a new API, but only for Google Chrome-based web-browsers.
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