Hulu Sides With Flash, Says HTML 5 is not Ready for Primetime


hulu sides with flash says html 5 is not ready for primetime bigIt must have started to feel like the world was turning against Flash, at least for Adobe execs. Apple has brazenly attacked Flash, stopping just short of giving them the finger, and Microsoft confirmed that the flagship Adobe program, well, kinda sucks. HTML5, the computer equivalent of the prettier, more interesting woman that all the men are enthralled with, seems to be the belle of the ball, and Flash was yesterday’s news, sticking around because it had to, not because it was wanted.

But not everyone is quite yet ready to abandon Flash in favor of the sexier HTML5. Hulu has today announced that it will not be adopting HTML5. At least not yet. The online TV provider will continue to exclusively use Flash to play videos, which means that Apple’s mobile devices, and Google’s Android OS will not be able to run them.

For those new to the issue, HTML5 is a new form of code that is used to create websites. The main benefit of HTML5 in this case is that it does not require plug-ins to run video, as Flash does. Plug-ins, according to Steve Jobs are the number one cause for crashes in Macs. As a result, Apple modified its license agreement to force developers to use only Apple’s development tools, a move that prompted an Antitrust inquiry (that began after a complaint from Adobe).

Jobs also stated that the Flash program was, among other things, prone to security issues. In a “dogs and cats living together” sort of moment, Microsoft actually agreed with Jobs, and also claimed that HTML5 was the way of the future.

It is odd that a program that has over a 90 percent saturation rate can be viewed as obsolete by so many, but not everyone is quite ready to abandon Flash for the promises of HTML5.

Hulu is not the first website to confirm its support of Flash, but it may be the biggest- or at least have the biggest parent companies. Hulu, which is owned by NBC universal, Fox Entertainment, and ABC, Inc., issued a statement today on its blog in support of Flash, citing that HTML5 is not yet ready.

“When it comes to technology, our only guiding principle is to best serve the needs of all of our key customers: our viewers,” Eugen Wei, VP of Product at Hulu said. “We continue to monitor developments on HTML5, but as of now it doesn’t yet meet all of our customers’ needs.

“That’s not to say these features won’t be added to HTML5 in the future (or be easier to implement),”  Wei added. “Technology is a fast-moving space and we’re constantly evaluating which tools will best allow us to fulfill our mission for as many of our customers as possible.”

Strangely, Hulu seems to have pulled the post, but there is an existing copy of the full blog on Bing.

So it seems that Flash isn’t going anywhere, at least for now. Hulu is obviously heavily reliant on video technology. If they support Flash, it might be enough to stop people deserting the program- or at least to stop openly telling everyone how much it sucks.

Mobile

Is the Apple Card any better than a regular credit card? We asked an expert

The new Apple Card is integrated with your iPhone and comes with a titanium backup card for places that don’t accept Apple Pay, but how does it stack up against the competition? We asked some experts to find out.
Mobile

Apple’s iOS 12.4 apparently unpatched a security flaw and enabled a jailbreak

It looks like iOS 12.4 may not be the safest version of iOS, according to a new report. Apparently, Apple accidentally unpatched a security flaw that was previously fixed in iOS 12.3 -- and the result is that any phone with iOS 12.4 can now…
Deals

The 2018 Apple iPad Pro Wi-Fi tablet gets a huge $124 discount on Amazon

If you have been holding off on buying the Apple iPad Pro because of its price, now is the time. The best tablet for 2019 gets a $124 discount on Amazon today. This deal is more affordable than the one we previously found.
Mobile

The best iPhone car mounts to keep your smartphone in sight and stable

The best iPhone car mounts are designed to securely hold your device in place and keep it in view while on the road. Here are some of the mounts you should look into if you're in the market for a quality piece of equipment.
Movies & TV

Apple TV+ : Everything we know about Apple’s Netflix-style streaming service

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing for its streaming service Apple TV+, and now we know some details about where and when we'll be able to see it. Here's everything we know about Apple TV+ so far.
Mobile

Apple Card is finally available. Here’s everything you need to know about it

Apple is getting into the credit card business. Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for directly on your iPhone, and it doesn't have fees. There's a lower interest rate and you can even get Daily Cash from all purchases.
Mobile

Apple Card Review: Come for the titanium card, stay for the app

The Apple Card has a lot of buzz, even if it’s iPhone-only card management will leave you stranded should you lose your phone. Apple’s more concerned with getting reluctant Americans to use mobile payments.
Computing

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for August 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Deals

Looking to upgrade? These are the best iPhone deals for August 2019

Apple devices can get expensive, but if you just can't live without iOS, don't despair: We've curated an up-to-date list of all of the absolute best iPhone deals available for August 2019.
Computing

The best web browsers for 2019

Choosing a web browser for surfing the web can be tough with all the great options available. Here we pit the latest versions of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Edge, and Vivaldi against one another to find the best browsers for most users.
Deals

Pick up the latest model of AirPods with a charging case for $145 on Amazon

Apple’s AirPods are among the best wireless earbuds out there, especially for iOS users. Amazon has the latest model on sale (wired charging case included) right now, bringing its price down from $159 to $145.
Deals

Get yourself an Amazon-renewed iPhone 8 Plus at a $135 discount

If you’re not keen about spending around $1,000 or more for the newest iPhone X series, then this Amazon-renewed iPhone 8 Plus is your best bet. Amazon is offering the 64GB unlocked version for only $465 instead of $600.
Mobile

Galaxy Note 10 vs. iPhone XS: We expected more from Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 is the smaller sibling to the Note 10 Plus, as the iPhone XS is to the XS Max. Unlike Samsung, Apple didn't leave anything out of the smaller iPhone when the pair came out. Can the Note 10 still compete?
Mobile

What is 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.