HTML5 vs. Flash: Fisticuffs for the Future of Internet Video


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This presentation looks at the ongoing struggle between Adobe Flash and HTML5 for the dominance of Internet video. Particular points of interest: open standards software, browser compatibility, video compression codex, mobile devices, Apple, and Android.

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  • Flash is a
  • Flash is a plugin.
  • Flash: Jack of all browsers, master of none.
  • HTML5 cuts the need for proprietary plugins and APIs.HTML5 introduces <video>, <audio>, <header> and <canvas> elements, whichmake it easy to include and deliver multimedia and graphical content on the web without resorting to proprietary plugins and APIs. HTML5 also includes <section>,<article>, <header> and <nav> elements that are to replace the generic <object> tag.
  • With HTML5, Javascript, and CSS3, you can create video/animation content for web pages.
  • HTML5 is designed so that old browsers can safely ignore new HTML5 constructs and that HTML5 will work with previous versions of HTML.
  • 1996-Present: Flashdance. It’s been a good time for Flash.
  • On 4/29/10 day, Steve Jobs confirmed that none of the mobile devices that Apple develops will ever run Flash.
  • “The mobile era is about low power devices, touch interfaces and open web standards – all areas where Flash falls short.” – Steve Jobs
  • On November 9th of 2011, Adobe confirmed that they will soon stop developing their Flash Player plug-in for mobile browsers & will instead focus on HTML5 tools. They will continue to develop Flash tools for the non-mobile web, but since the mobile web is the fastest growing segment of the Internet, things aren’t looking too good for Flash.
  • About a week after Adobe announced it would no longer support Flash for the mobile web, an anonymous group of developers banded together and created “Occupy Flash,” an organization that has one goal: “To get the world to uninstall the Flash Player plug-in from their desktop browsers.” They contend that if Flash continues to dominate the non-mobile web, but doesn’t apply to the mobile web, the Internet will be effectively split in two, causing headaches for all involved.You can find the Occupy Flash website here:
  • It’s inevitable: Flash will die.
  • Concerns about HTML5.
  • The lovely people at Mozilla, who created Firefox, only believe in software that conforms to open standards. Firefox itself is an open source platform, and they have repeatedly stated that the browser would not support functionality that uses licensed software. The standard video compression codec for HTML5 is the H.264 video codec, which doesn’t conform to open standards. From the beginning, Firefox has not supported this codec, opting instead for the open and royalty-free OggTheora and WebM codex.
  • On January 11, 2011 Google Chrome tossed its hat in with Firefox and Opera and ceased support for the H.254 codec
  • Opera, Firefox, and Chrome use the OggTheora and WebM codex, Safari and Internet Explorer use the H.264 codec.
  • Complexity brings variability.
  • HTML5 is expected to be finished by 2022.
  • Mobile Internet vs. Traditional Internet.
  • Flash runs on computers.
  • From June 29, 2007 until the present day, Flash has not worked on any Apple mobile device.
  • On 6/21/11, Blackberry proudly announced that the newest version of their tablet OS supports Flash. This year, Blackberry has sold 200,00 tablets. Apple, on the other hand, has sold 11.1 million tablets in the fourth quarter of this year alone.
  • “In August 2011, five global markets (Singapore, UK, U.S., Japan and Australia) had more than 5 percent of Internet traffic coming from non-computer devices … The share of non-computer traffic for the U.S. stood at 6.85 in August 2011 …” (Comscore: Digital Omnivores: How Tablets, Smartphones and Connected Devices are Changing U.S. Digital Media Consumption Habits)
  • 7 Billion. Yup, that’s a ton of cellphones.Source:
  • Source: comScoreMobiLens, U.S., 3 mon. avg. ending Aug-2011
  • That’s all and thanks for your time.
  • HTML5 vs. Flash: Fisticuffs for the Future of Internet Video

    1. 1. By: Joe Robb
    2. 2. Who is Flash? Hes a multimedia platform used to add video, animati on and interactivity to web pages.
    3. 3. IS
    4. 4. Many Moving Parts, Many Points of Failure
    5. 5. Jack of all Browsers, Master of None
    6. 6. Flash is:bad, terrible, abhorrent, appalling, atrocious, awful, beastly, dreadful, dire, disastrous, harrowing, horrid, loathsome, odious, offensive, repulsive , revolting, rotten, unfortunate, unwelcome, & vile for SEO
    7. 7. Who is HTML5?She is Semantics
    8. 8. What HTML5 does
    9. 9. + BFF
    10. 10. 1996-Present F L A S H D A N C E
    11. 11. The mobile era is about lowpower devices, touchinterfaces and open webstandards – all areas whereFlash falls short.
    12. 12. HTML5 is drowning in a sea of tears.
    13. 13. H.264Ogg Theora & WebM
    14. 14. Complexity Brings VariabilityComplexity Brings Variability
    15. 15. Mobile vs. Traditional
    16. 16. Flash Runs On Computers
    17. 17. Mobile is growing
    18. 18. By 2012, it estimated that there will be one mobile device for every person on the planet.
    19. 19. Go Where the Money At Apple iOS Google Android RIM Other
    20. 20. To Close: I am Joe Robb You can find me here: Today, you should go here: