BBC: HTML5 Is Not Ready For Video And Sailing Off-Course http://bit.ly/ckjcQS
The corporationâ€™s future media and technology director Erik HuggersÂ writes:
â€œThe fact is thatÂ thereâ€™s still a lot of work to be done on HTML5 before we can integrate it fully into our products. As things stand, I have concerns about HTML5â€™s ability to deliver on the vision of a single open browser standard which goes beyond the whole debate around video playback.â€
I think it’s widely agreed that HTML5 is not a complete replacement for every use of Flash at this time of the technology’s development, but this attack is hard to separate from the fact that there is a long-standing agreement between the BBC and Adobe to transition the BBC’s video to Flash.
The BBC is invested in a long-standing strategic relationshipsigned with Adobe late in 2007, allowing it to move its media delivery away from RealMedia to Flash. So itâ€™s Flash on which one of the worldâ€™s most popular VOD services is now built – BBC iPlayerÂ served 100.2 million online requests in June.