Netflix brings HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite's Safari

Netflix will now stream its video natively in Safari on Apple's new OS X Yosemite operating system on the Mac

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!

In addition, Apple put in the Encrypted Media Extensions for video content protection in OS X 10.10, along with the Web Cryptography API in Safari, which Netflix says "allows us to encrypt and decrypt communication between our JavaScript application and the Netflix servers."

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

Source: Netflix

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Netflix brings HTML5 streaming to OS X Yosemite's Safari

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Interesting. Running Yosemite and a Microsoft Silverlight update popped up last night before starting my selected show. Will check again when I get home.

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This should be available when Yosemite is in Gold Master and released to the public. As stated previously: "Not all features will be available".