Last updated on November 29, 2016
You have read it all over the (online video industry) news over the past few months: Flash is gone. Just so we are clear: I am talking about Adobe Flash - The Flash (2014 TV series) has not been cancelled. You can breathe now :)
I have worked for nearly a decade in the online video industry and I think it is in order to say this first: thank you Flash. You have brought the online video world to another dimension, one that can actually compete with the TV world, if not overtake it. But sadly it is now time to say good bye (well almost ^^): security issues, Steve Jobs and the mobile world have taken you out of the picture. HTML5 video is now the coolest kid in town.
Hopefully not much. As of today you should have a well-established HTML5-first video strategy. So browsers blocking Flash is not a major issue any more. If you are not there yet it is never too late. At Radiant Media Player we have adopted an HTML5-first strategy since beginning 2015 and we have a rock-solid solution for displaying content with adaptive bitrate streaming to HTML5 video (including advanced features like video ads or content security). You can try all Radiant Media Player features for free by requesting a 14 days trial here.
A lot. Better performance and security with HTML5 video make your viewers online experience a much better one.
Well Google said it:
In December (2016), Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash. For those, you'll be prompted to enable Flash when you first visit the site. Aside from that, the only change you'll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience.
Enough said. Google Chrome is going to make it difficult to view Flash content and given the significant market share (more than 50% in some countries) of Google Chrome you want to follow what Google is saying on the subject.
Not totally if you want to keep supporting the legacy web. If you drop Flash today how are you going to target Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 or Firefox versions before Firefox 42 with a rich video experience using adaptive bitrate streaming? As it happens Flash is still the best available option for delivering a decent video experience for those legacy browsers. Yes the market share is thin and is getting thinner but this could be balanced with the fact that some companies or administrations are still running Windows 7 or older browser versions. Changes and updates to software and hardware cost time and money.
At Radiant Media Player we have a proficient Flash fallback with support for HLS, video ads or multi-audio/captions tracks. This should help you better support the legacy web ... if you want to.
As of end of 2016 any new development for your online video strategy should revolve around HTML5 video for web-based environments.
Arnaud - Radiant Media Player creator