Facebook video goes iPhone and iPad compatible with H.264

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Speaking of Facebook, it looks like they've joined the growing list of sites that are now providing HTML5 video for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad compatible playback. UPDATE: As noted in the comments, Faceboo

That list now includes YouTube and Vimeo, TED, Brightcove-powered sites such as New York Times and Time Magazine, CBS.com (in trial form),

Good news for us and for Apple, not great news for Adobe on the video front, as yet another reason for needing Flash bites the dust.

And boy does Hulu look like last-mover these days...

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Jellotime91 says:

Finally! They've been promising this forever..

Kick Butt Applications says:

I agree this is good for Apple... too bad so sad for Adobe me thinks.
Just a question about the picture posted, what the heck is that in the top-left corner?
Kick Butt

raul says:

So you're saying we don't need flash anymore?.
even though, it's a sort of "dying technology" now, since HTML5 and Javascript tools are so widely used and open, Flash will always be needed for certain things, and the lack of it's presence on the iPlatform just shortens our usage range.
Just my 2 cents.

Karen says:

@Raul:
"Needed" is a strong word. What will Flash "always" be "needed" for? I'm trying to think of any kind of technology that we've "needed" indefinitely. Floppy disks? Hard drives? CRTs?

Ben Gillam says:

so does this apply to videos being played via the facebook app itself? as i remember it you used to just get a popup saying facebook videos arent compatible yet

jonar1us says:

@Ben my question as well

rAg says:

Has it already been upgraded?? Am still not able to play videos on Facebook when I browse on my iPad.

Damien says:

Just uploaded a video to facebook.. Does not playback.. Still get the same pop up

pants says:

HMTL5? That's a new standard to me. Is it anything like HTML5? =P

Joe McG says:

See: beating a dead horse

Hang says:

Good news .... Good for apple n as always, I'm always on apple side.

Justin says:

It works through safari and the quality is great. I'm sure the app will eventually get updated.

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johncblandii says:

"Good news for us and for Apple, not great news for Adobe on the video front, as yet another reason for needing Flash bites the dust."
That actually isn't true.
"...for needing Flash [for mobile] bites the dust."
This might be a bit more true but for the web? No way does this even put a dent into it. HTML 5 needs way more than video.play(...) to compete with Flash video. It'll get there but don't think this is a serious step by any means.

Hang says:

I hope the app get updated soon coz itsn't currently supported in mobile version of safari either.

Justin says:

@Hang actually if you switch from Facebook Touch view to Facebook Mobile or Full Site it works.

Vince says:

To bad there isn't a native Ipad app yet. The doubled iphone version sucks. Guess i'll be using safari until they get it right.

Steve woz says:

I don't think this affects adobe, html5 video is absolutely frustrating on my iPad, it is much worse than flash on a desktop. Performance isn't that great, quality options do not even exist, and we cannot manipulate embed videos or do anythingwith it. This is better than nothing but I certainly doesn't replace flash. Not even close.

Berk Gun says:

İt is not even html5.. They are converting video to quicktime friendly format. Search before you report something please!

johncblandii says:

@Berk
LMBO. Link to proof of @tipd's mistake?

Rulasiu says:

Just tried, it doesnt work :/

Matt(sZ) says:

Berk is right, they're actually transcoding the video to .mp4, either way it's not a good look for flash...

mark says:

is there a source for this information? none was mentioned in the article.

johncblandii says:

@Matt(sZ)
Transcoding to other formats isn't new. People have done it for years (3gp, mov, etc).
@TiPB
Nothing new here and a poorly misleading blog post. :-/ I expect better research.

KaiVanRay says:

Yes, you can watch if you have the iphone App "Facebook Video+". There is a lite version too.

Rene Ritchie says:

Updated: yep, just pumping the H.264 straight to QuickTime, no HTML5 (yet?)

a1by says:

Isn't html5 video a misnomer, doesn't it just mean that as long as the browser supports the codec it'll play?
I mean just saying html5 doesn't make the world of video sing kum ba ya

johncblandii says:

@Rene
Retraction in order? ;-) such a big "oops" isn't good to leave open. Lol.

Scott says:

Does not work on the iphone app.

Tinbear says:

Three thumbs up! But wait... Will this solution enable me to launch FB games (e.g., Farmville)?

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