There was a time when third-party plug-ins were required to do anything fun or useful on the Web. Without Adobe 's (ADBE 1.26%) Flash, you couldn't watch YouTube videos. You still can't stream Netflix (NFLX 3.30%) videos without the Silverlight plug-in from Microsoft (MSFT 1.38%).
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.