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This article was published on July 22, 2015

Twitch is finally transitioning from Flash to HTML5

Twitch is finally transitioning from Flash to HTML5
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Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

Video game streaming mecca Twitch announced via blog post today that it has redesigned its video player — shedding Flash controls in favor of HTML5 and Javascript.

“The video itself is still in Flash underneath the controls,” the post said. “However, this is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player.”

This is a big step for Twitch, mostly because Flash is buggy and inflexible across devices. Plus, it really sucks.

The company is following in the footsteps of another major online video haven. Youtube switched its default player to HTML5 in January of this year, citing the format’s recent adoption of Adaptive Bitrate (ABR).

Twitch’s big move to cut ties with Flash is another nail in the coffin for the perpetually vulnerable and generally annoying format.

Video Player Controls Now in HTML! [Twitch]

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