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Microsoft has made it clear that its Silverlight browser plugin will be going away in the years to come, which is forcing companies like Netflix who rely on it for desktop streaming to adopt other technologies.
The Netflix Tech Blog announced that the streaming giant plans to shift away from Microsoft Silverlight for its Mac and Windows web browser streaming, with the ultimate goal of shifting to HTML5.
The move is hardly a surprise, given that Microsoft plans to ditch Silverlight entirely in 2021, which gives Netflix plenty of time to come up with a suitable alternative.
"Over the last year, we've been collaborating with other industry leaders on three W3C initiatives which are positioned to solve this problem of playing premium video content directly in the browser without the need for browser plugins such as Silverlight," the blog post reveals. "We call these, collectively, the 'HTML5 Premium Video Extensions.'"
Netflix already has the HTML5 Premium Video Extensions running in Google Chrome running on a Samsung Chromebook, but plans to soon begin testing on both Windows and OS X. No word on how soon that might happen or when Silverlight may finally get kicked to the curb, however…
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