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Netflix Takes Another Step Away From Microsoft

By Tim Beyers and Erin Miller - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:59PM

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HTML5 streaming to replace Silverlight.

After years of using Microsoft's (MSFT -0.23%) Silverlight to support video streams, Netflix (NFLX 1.56%) 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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