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Player only supports a few browsers now, Firefox not included

The top video destination online is YouTube by a large margin – other video watching sites like Hulu are much further behind YouTube in the number of users. YouTube is constantly working to improve its service to keep its edge and help bring in more advertisers.

YouTube already showcased HTML5-based video player demo, but the video site reports that users have been asking it to do more with HTML5. To give the viewers what they want, YouTube has announced a new experimental HTML5 supported video player.

YouTube engineers wrote on the official YouTube blog, "HTML5 is a new web standard that is gaining popularity rapidly and adds many new features to your web experience. Most notably for YouTube users, HTML5 includes support for video and audio playback. This means that users with an HTML5 compatible browser, and support for the proper audio and video codecs can watch a video without needing to download a browser plugin."

There are a few caveats to the experimental player right now. The biggest is that there are a relative few browsers that support HTML5 at this time. YouTube lists Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer running ChromeFrame as being compatible. The capabilities will be expanded later to include new capabilities. The new video player can be used by visiting TestTube if your browser is compatible. Other issues include the lack of support for videos with ads, captions, or annotations.

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By ZachDontScare on 1/21/2010 2:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
So basically, it doesnt support the one browser that best supports HTML 5 video - Firefox.

RE: Firefox
By MrFord on 1/21/2010 2:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
Well apparently it does with 3.6, I just tried one, works flawlessly.

RE: Firefox
By MrFord on 1/21/2010 2:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
My bad, I was mistaken, still no support for FF

RE: Firefox
By tomorrow on 1/21/2010 5:39:06 PM , Rating: 3
Yeah.Im really dissapointed by this.Seems Google is being anti-mozilla because Chrome is listed as supported.

RE: Firefox
By adiposity on 1/24/2010 2:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
Im really dissapointed by this.Seems Google is being anti-mozilla because Chrome is listed as supported.

Bit of a stretch. Google had their own ideas about which codecs HTML5 video should support, and designed their browser accordingly. Is it a big surprise that, when they decided to do a beta test of HTML5 video, they went with the codec they chose to support originally?

The Mozilla makers had their own choice to make, and you could expect them to do the same if they had a video sharing site.

Personally, I like Mozilla's decision better for licensing sake, but Google's better for quality's sake. Ideally, in the future, sites will support both codecs, so if you have a licensed codec you can get the best quality, and if you don't, you can get 90% of that quality. Also, here's hoping Theora improves.


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