Netflix continues to get rid of using Microsoft's Silverlight video player in its web browser versions. Today, the streaming video company announced that, starting with the version of Safari in Apple's OS X 10.10 Yosemite, it will move over to HTML5.
Netflix stated they have "been working closely with Apple" to allow Safari to use the Premium Video Extensions, which lets browsers play streaming videos without the need for a plug-in program like Silverlight. The feature is already available in the developer preview version of Yosemite.
Netflix also announced that OS X 10.10 uses the Media Source Extension. It stated:
This lets you watch Netflix in buttery smooth 1080p without hogging your CPU or draining your battery. In fact, this allows you to get up to 2 hours longer battery life on a MacBook Air streaming Netflix in 1080p - that's enough time for one more movie!
Before now, the only way to view Netflix streaming videos on a web browser that used the HTML5 features was with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11. However, Netflix said it is looking forward to a time in the future where all modern browsers will be able to support these new APIs