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This article was published on September 26, 2015

Twitch reveals it will convert its streaming video to HTML5 next year

Twitch reveals it will convert its streaming video to HTML5 next year
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Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015. Jackie Dove was in charge of The Next Web's Creativity channel from February 2014 through October 2015.

Twitch, the popular game-streaming service that is currently holding its first community event TwitchCon in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, announced during yesterday’s keynote that it will overhaul its live-streaming video players and controls from Flash to HTML5. The changeover will take place in the second quarter of 2016.

The new technology will allow Twitch to offer its service to more platforms without having to hassle with third-party app support.

In other news, Twitch said that it was updating its Whisper private-messaging app with a feature that pops out messages so users can’t miss them and that conversations will transfer back and forth from web to mobile.

Twitch also said it would allow streamers to create custom thumbnails for past broadcasts and highlights.

The two-day TwitchCon event will conclude on Saturday evening Pacific time.

➤ Twitch goes full HTML5 in 2016, revamps private messages [Engadget]