Twitch has moved closer to running the streaming service fully in HTML5 and ditching resource hog, Flash. Recently ditching Flash for HTML5 for the chat system, the video player itself is now in line for HTML5 upgrade.
A Twitch engineer took to Reddit explaining how the video player is fully in Flash right now and moving over to HTML5 is underway but rolling it out is not a trivial task. Explaining that the HTML5 player, “uses a third of the CPU and a fraction of the memory compared to our current Flash player.”
Twitch has pushed out player UI controls in HTML5 which overlay the Flash video player. On the company blog, Twitch explained that
This is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player. You’ll begin to see the new player on channel pages first. As previously mentioned, this is a gradual roll out. If you are not part of our initial pool of users, please be patient as we release the redesigned player at a steady pace.
The HTML5 Twitch player has no set release date but the company does want it to be launched as soon as possible.
Flash accounts for just 5% of Adobe’s revenue but numerous security issues and bloated system requirements can only mean one thing for the ageing software.