The BBC on Tuesday announced that it would be adding a layer of HTML5 compatibility to the desktop version of its iPlayer. Users will be invited to install a cookie in their browser for access to the HTML5 iPlayer, and for those that opt out of the prompt, the Adobe Flash version will remain available.
Adobe’s Flash Player is slowly being used less and less. In fact, it’s almost surprising it hasn’t been killed off in favor of HTML5, but many corporations and avenues continue to use the service, even after seeing some serious security vulnerabilities.
The BBC in a Tuesday blog post said that it was “now confident [it could] achieve the playback quality you’d expect from the BBC without using a third-party plug-in,” such as Flash. Flash will remain an option in iPlayer, but that’s largely due to the HTML5 iPlayer only being beta. The BBC is testing the HTML5 iPlayer in the following websites:
- Firefox 41
- Opera 32
- Safari on iOS 5 and above
- BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 and above
- Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
- Google Chrome on all platforms
BBC also said that it was offering the HTML5 iPlayer for Android, only the beta will be limited to 1,000 users, for the time being. Those interested can sign up here.
Hopefully it won’t be long before the BBC is able to move the iPlayer to HTML5 only, as it’s a fast moving technology that’s only getting better and better. Then again, it’s possible a new video format could take the crown in the future.