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BBC: HTML5 Is Not Ready For Video

BBC: HTML5 Is Not Ready For Video And Sailing Off-Course

The corporation’s future media and technology director Erik Huggers writes:

“The fact is that there’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 HTML5’s ability to deliver on the vision of a single open browser standard which goes beyond the whole debate around video playback.”

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 it’s Flash on which one of the world’s most popular VOD services is now built – BBC iPlayer served 100.2 million online requests in June.




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4 responses to “BBC: HTML5 Is Not Ready For Video”

  1. One of the biggest problems with html5 for video is that you can’t get full screen playback. If you ask me, that’s a big thing- you have a netbook or laptop and you’re out with your friends and you want to share the video with them, but the video defaults to the size of your browser when you hit full screen playback, plus it gets cut off at constrained webpage size (eg. fixed width CSS settings)…

    1. No full screen for the moment, but it’s on its way in HTML5.


  2. Good one.

  3. It’s amusing and really shows where BBC stands on technology. They want all their thinking done FOR them. Like a retarded 10 year old. Same rhetoric as Hulu had.

    And btw we do have full-screen video in HTML5 on desktop browsers as well. At least in WebKit. People just need to call it up in their players. It’s just that with all the Flash crap people aren’t used to using their own brains anymore, Adobe told them what to think for years.

    @G if the playback is cut off wrong, likely it’s the CSS. If it scales wrong, it’s the JS.