Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

Nate Swanner - Jun 3, 2014, 4:09 pm CDT
Netflix uses HTML5 in Safari on OS X Yosemite

If you’re one to watch Netflix on Safari, you’re about tot get a more streamlined experience. Netflix today announced that they’ve worked closely with Apple to bring HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite. There is no longe a need for the Silverlight plugin used in former (current, really) iterations of Safari.

Netflix notes that with Safari, there is no longer a need for any extension to be present, so you can stream all you like. We’ve given it a go, and can say it’s as smooth as ever, with no buffering or lag issues. Netflix also notes this has some other implications; all positive.

Via their blog, Netflix also notes Apple implemented several extensions into Safari, natively, which allows them to protect their content as needed as well as stream efficiently. The use of HTML5 over Silverlight also means better battery life, where Netflix says a MacBook Air can squeeze an extra 2 hours of playback.

This is the latest tidbit of great news to come from WWDC, where we are finding all kinds of quiet goodies from Apple. From OS X and iOS playing nice together to Safari’s new tweaks, it looks as though things are a touch more streamlined in the Apple universe.

Source: Netflix

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