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Netflix: OS X 10.10 Testers Get HTML5 Upgrade

3 June 2014 96 views No Comment

No more plugins to watch Netflix on your Mac. However, because the future isn't evenly distributed, only OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta testers have access

No more plugins to watch Netflix on your Mac. However, because the future isn’t evenly distributed, only OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta testers have access to this “advanced” functionality.

“We’re excited to announce that Netflix streaming in HTML5 video is now available in Safari on OS X Yosemite!” writes Netflix in a blog post. “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.”

In this particular instance, ‘no mo’ plugins’ means no more Silverlight. In addition to feeling cleaner and lighter, OS X 10.10 beta testers watching Netflix will also experience longer battery life.

OS X 10.10: To Infinity and…

Fundamentally, Netflix required Silverlight because this aging Microsoft rip off Adobe Air, which smells more than a little like Java, provided digital rights management. With OS X 10.10 and Safari 8, Apple has implemented Encrypted Media Extensions, which sunsets Silverlight but keeps DRM alive.

So, is plugin (ie Silverlight) free playback a happy thing or just a slightly less crappy representation of Netflix which is awesome?

Strange days, indeed. When will the movie/TV industry learn that DRM only hurts honest people? The music clung to DRM until it was almost too late…

What’s your take?

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