How Online Video Works: Flash Very Much Alive

Bytehas a look at why, for some Web producers, the technologies selected to deploy video is driven by religious zeal, which was evident when Apple launched the Flash-less iPad to the joy of plug-in haters everywhere. HTML5 went from obscurity to top of mind, and Flash was declared dead on dozens, if not hundreds, of websites.

A more pragmatic view focuses on the viewers the website is seeking to reach, identifies the required features of the video presentation, and chooses the best technology for the job. That’s the approach we’ll take in this review. Since the capabilities and technologies are different for desktop and the increasingly important mobile market, I’ll analyze the desktop and mobile markets separately, and briefly touch on Windows 8. Let’s start by identifying the most relevant video-related features.

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