Netflix Takes Another Step Away From Microsoft

After years of using Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Silverlight to support video streams, Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX  ) has announced plans to move to HTML5.

While it may be unrelated, it was only October when Reed Hastings left Microsoft's board. Meanwhile, with HTML5, Netflix could theoretically bring its service to any browser-based system without need for users to install anything, says Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova in the following interview with The Motley Fool's Erin Miller.

There's still work to do. A series of extensions for allowing secure handling of JavaScript and proper encoding to protect against piracy are still to be built and adopted, though Google already has a functioning prototype in Chrome OS that Netflix is already using.

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  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 3:35 AM, Frequentviewer wrote:

    On the technical side.Have you ever noticed that it does not matter what level of video card you have installed in the PC you are using to watch NetFlix,at times you can still get the buffering stall or if you are using an older PC with a single core cpu (or even a dual core atom) you will get the stuttering? This is because despite both NetFlix and Microsofts best intentions Silverlight does not allow hardware acceleration on the user end.In order for this HTML5 hardware acceleration must be allowed and it must work. NetFlix really taxes your cpu (on a system using a dual core cpu you will see 50-70% core utilization,this is not good.One reason it is "not good" is it causes the cpu to run hot.HTML5 must be able to transfer most of the work to the video card in order for it to be called "better than Silverlight".

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 10:24 AM, SpideySMJ wrote:

    Microsoft is throwing in the towel on Silverlight, discontinuing support and everything. They've actually told companies that use it to start moving towards HTML5. This article is a little misleading, or at the very least, is jumping to conclusions. Netflix may not be doing this to pull away from Microsoft, they're very well may be just heading what Microsoft has told them (and others) to do.

  • Report this Comment On April 22, 2013, at 7:25 PM, jumbled wrote:

    As a Linux user, I can only cheer this decision!

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