Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
There seems to be a huge misconception going around the Web and Media lately that the new fandangled HTML5 is going to be be the final technology that essentially kills and replaces the use of Flash on the web. The way I see it is that Flash or any other multimedia plugin is not going to be threatened by HTML5. The new Video, Audio and Canvas APIs will really only steal the more boring work that Flash has had to adopt over the last several years to fill a gap that HTML, up until now, was not capable of doing.
The main misconception I see is that people associate Video playback as the major reason to use Flash. Whilst it is quite a significant percentage, Flash was not originally designed to be a Video player, it just evolved that way, due to lack of any better alternative. If you want to see the amazing uses that Flash has outside of Video Players, just pop on over to the
Flash Favourite Website Awards, spend a few moments browsing and let me know what you think. But even now with the widespread adoption of HTML5 Video, I still see Flash Video living on. Features such as Live Streaming, Digital Rights Management and rich interactive video controls will keep a lot of the community from switching any time soon.
Let me know if you agree or disagree and why. I am interested in hearing other peoples opinions on this hot topic.
EDIT: This article got picked up on Reddit. There are some interesting discussions going on over there about this topic. Both negative and positive.