Netflix Streams In HTML5 On Mac OS X YosemiteBy: Chris Crum - June 3, 2014
On Monday, Apple revealed its newest version of Mac OS X – Yosemite. It’s available to developers now, and will be available for everyone in the fall. You can also sign up for an upcoming beta program.
Netflix announced on Tuesday that it is offering HTML5 streaming in Safari on Yosemite.
“We’ve been working closely with Apple to implement the Premium Video Extensions in Safari, which allow playback of premium video content in the browser without the use of plugins,” Netflix’s Anthony Park and Mark Watson write in a blog post. “If you’re in Apple’s Mac Developer Program, or soon the OS X Beta Program, you can install the beta version of OS X Yosemite. With the OS X Yosemite Beta on a modern Mac, you can visit Netflix.com today in Safari and watch your favorite movies and TV shows using HTML5 video without the need to install any plugins.”
“We’re especially excited that Apple implemented the Media Source Extensions (MSE) using their highly optimized video pipeline on OS X,” they add. “This lets you watch Netflix in buttery smooth 1080p without hogging your CPU or draining your battery. In fact, this allows you to get up to 2 hours longer battery life on a MacBook Air streaming Netflix in 1080p – that’s enough time for one more movie!”
Netflix also streams in HTML5 in Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, as it announced nearly a year ago, when it said it expects premium video on the web to continue to shift away from using proprietary plugin technologies to using newer video extensions.
Netflix also announced on Tuesday the release date for its upcoming animated comedy series BoJack Horseman.
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