Netflix to Drop Microsoft Silverlight

Online video streamer Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) has now outlined its intentions to move away from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Silverlight as the browser plugin that it uses to stream content. The change was announced on Netflix's Tech Blog, and the company will be transitioning toward HTML5 instead. Netflix cites Microsoft's decision to end Silverlight support in 2021, giving Netflix plenty of time to find a replacement.

Netflix acknowledges that some users view browser plugins as security and privacy risks, and Netflix may be the only reason some use Silverlight in the first place. Silverlight also isn't ubiquitous, as many browsers (even Microsoft's own Metro version of Internet Explorer in Windows 8) do not support plugins. That limits the reach of Silverlight, while HTML5 is an accepted open standard.

The company says it's been collaborating with Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) to implement support in its popular Chrome browser. The announcement comes just months after CEO Reed Hastings stepped down from Microsoft's board late last year.

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  • Report this Comment On April 15, 2013, at 10:19 PM, AceInMySleeve wrote:

    Not that I expect you to have made this up, but you should prolly include your source here for convenience.

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 4:01 AM, Petronilus wrote:

    Silverlight supported until 2021?

    I'll suggest Microsoft put their efforts on something more relevant than supporting something already dead. E.g. merging the XBOX and Windows platforms into one would be nice.

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 6:38 AM, zocolofishing wrote:

    I would really doubt Silverlight will stay around that long...2021? When I saw the title I thought it was another April fools joke. Anyway, in the shorter term, I'm hoping that it provides a way for us who do stream from Netflix on a Windows7 machine to actually get Multi-Channel audio. Currently the Silverlight option does not.

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 12:55 PM, speechisntfree wrote:

    if Netflix is moving towards Google Chrome to replace how it now uses Microsoft..... and it's primary reason of changing from Microsoft is the security concerns of Silverlight as a plugin..... that's the equivalent of replacing the pot with a kettle.....

    Netflix had better consider the silent majority of it's customer base that wants no part of Google anything on their electronic devices..... and the reason you ask?..... because of our concern for security and Google's disregard for it..... we don't want Google invading our data which resides on our devices.

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 1:23 PM, cdkeli wrote:

    For all the technical ignornamuses out there, Silverlight is to Microsoft as Token-Ring was to IBM,,,if you want deeper insight then send me money.

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