Most find it a big surprise that YouTube’s engineers outlining many reasons why they’ll still continue to use Flash, even though they were developing an HTML5 player and were at the forefront to bring it to the masses. YouTube software engineer John Harding has cited a lack of a standard video format for HTML5, less than stellar streaming technology, little to no content protection and problems with creating embeddable and full-screen video as reasons to why the choice has been made… for now.
Google is trying to solve these problems and attempting to develop a standard video player for HTML5 with the release of WebM. Mozilla and Opera both support WebM while Microsoft and Apple support H.264 with Internet Explorer and Safari, which is where the divide continues.
Still, YouTube isn’t alone in their lack of faith with HTML5. Eugene Wei, Hulu’s VP of product, says they won’t be supporting HTML5 anytime soon, saying it ‘lacks maturity in reporting, advertising and content security.’ The same goes with Netflix and their Instant Watch format, where they cite content security being the biggest reason for their non-support.