Netflix Is Changing Your Web Browser

There was a time when third-party plug-ins were required to do anything fun or useful on the Web. Without Adobe 's (NASDAQ: ADBE  ) Flash, you couldn't watch YouTube videos. You still can't stream Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) videos without the Silverlight plug-in from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) .

But one bog-standard technology will replace all of that, and has already started in many cases. YouTube handles many videos in HTML5 formats now, for example -- and that technology is built right into every browser, leaving Adobe by the wayside.

Mr. Softy is forcing Netflix's hand to accelerate the browser revolution, and the video expert is only too happy to oblige. Learn more in this video by Fool analyst Anders Bylund.

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  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 5:52 PM, RudiXeno wrote:

    Google is playing its part in killing the PC. While its Chromebook looks and largely operates as a PC, it's clearly a post-PC device. For my more complete assessment of the $249 Samsung Chromebook, read:

    And its ARM processor now gives you Netflix via HTML5.

  • Report this Comment On April 17, 2013, at 11:01 AM, Burstedbladder wrote:

    Silverlight is another piece of krappi Microsuck software. We all can definitely live without it.


  • Report this Comment On April 19, 2013, at 11:14 PM, NalaWala2 wrote:

    Interesting background, Anders, but is there a financial takeaway here?

    Is this development likely to hurt or help ADBE, GOOG, NFLX, AAPL...?

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