Twitch is taking a massive step to dumping Flash today by announcing that video streams will be going through HTML5 starting today in Beta.
Previously the site had updated the chat to be HTML5 based but the video player remained stuck in Flash. The reason for moving to HTML5 is partially due to Flash being notoriously sought after in day one exploits. The update also allows Twitch streams to work on a wider range of devices. A number of mobile devices have not had true Flash support for a while.
Twitch explains that the switch to HTML5 for their video player will provide a better experience including:
- Faster loading — we expect streams to start faster, letting you join streams more quickly!
- More consistent video — when your favourite streamers broadcast in 30 or 60 frames per second (fps), many users will see a noticeable improvement in video stability.
- Fewer Interruptions — HTML5 is known for going easy on your CPU. With extended battery life and less overheating, you can keep watching and chatting during those marathon streaming sessions.
Starting today, the HTML5 video player Beta is available to select Twitch Turbo subscribers who can give feedback and try out the new system. To activate the Beta, click on the settings icon and enable HTML5 Player Beta:
If you are selected, you will see an alert on the video player informing you that you can enable the new setting. For more on the HTML5 player Beta check out the official help article.