Game streaming service Twitch, now an official Amazon property, has followed in YouTube's footsteps and begun the process of migrating away from Adobe's once-ubiquitous Flash Player.
While once the king of rich-media content, Adobe's Flash has been decreasing in popularity of late thanks to a combination of improved in-browser media support and a string of serious security issues over the years culminating in three zero-day vulnerabilities
becoming public knowledge following a breach on grey-hat security firm Hacking Team. Now, Twitch - purchased by Amazon for $970 million
in August last year - has taken a leaf from web video giant YouTube and begun the process of shifting away from Flash to the newer HTML5 standard.
' explained Twitch's Georgia Price in a blog post
detailing the update. 'The video itself is still in Flash underneath the controls. However, this is an important step to releasing the much-anticipated full HTML5 player.
The new player will appear on channel pages initially, and will be gradually rolled out across the site 'at a steady pace,
' Price explained. No date has been yet given for the migration to a pure-HTML5 video playback system.