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Flash is DEAD Church

It was about 10 years ago that I wrote an article about how Microsoft Windows Media Player was losing the battle to Flash. Flash quickly became King soon after. Flash was lightweight, free, and easy to use. You could also make some pretty eye-catching media players with Flash.
That was then; this is now.

If you haven’t noticed, there has been a change in streaming technology over the past year or so. Flash is out the door, and HTML5 has arrived. Though I am not an Apple fan, I will admit Steve Jobs was correct: Flash was the wrong technology not only for streaming but also for games on mobile devices. Today, Flash is heavy and bulky. In my first article, it was a 3.5 MB plugin; now, it is over 20 MB. Flash is not secure, and it drains your battery quickly.

Yes, Google tried to keep it alive with Android at first, but it just didn’t work out. Android finally adopted HLS, which is the same protocol Apple uses for streaming video. Lesson learned: if your technology does not work on a mobile platform, you will be gone in a Flash.

So, why should this matter to the church? Well, for starters, even Adobe announced to the world, “Stop using Flash and start using HTML5.” OK, Adobe, we hear you, but moving away from Flash to HTML5how will that benefit us, or does it really matter? It does, and this announcement should cause all of us to take notice.

By doing away with plugins, HTML5 provides a lot more security. Video streaming is done natively in the browser now.
It allows for a smoother transition from one technology to another. In the past, going from Windows Media Player to Flash required the plugin to be, well, plugged in before the video would play. If it was not, the end user had to download the plugin and install it. HTML5 is native in the browser, and since both the number 1 (Chrome) and number 2 (Firefox, which is supported by Google) browsers are all for HTML5 video, the days of checking for and downloading additional plugins are gone.
The HTML5 video codecs are more efficient. No matter what format you’re streaming (4K, 1080, 720, 480…), your bandwidth and storage costs will be reduced with the new video codecs, because they cut the amount of data needed to maintain the same quality as current codecs produce. For example, did you know Google has switched to their VP9 codec for Youtube, which reduces their bandwidth and storage costs by 50%? IHOPKC, pay attention…
No doubt Adobe will completely stop supporting Flash, and if you’re still using it, this will leave you vulnerable and isolated. Don’t be slow to adopt HTML5 technology–run and embrace it today!
Moving your streaming technology to HTML5 not only allows you to be current with new technology, but it also opens the doors to future expansion with streaming.

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