There’s a really interesting post over on the YouTube API Blog from Google’s YouTube team explaining their reasons for using the Flash Platform to deliver video.
The article discusses the advantages Flash currently has over the HTML5 <video> tag including:
- A Standardised Video Format
- Robust Video Streaming
- Content Protection
- Encapsulation & Embedding of Video
- Fullscreen Support
- Camera and Microphone access
It’s definitely worth your while reading through the article and I’ll leave you with this quote, which I think sums things up nicely.
Today, Adobe Flash provides the best platform for YouTube’s video distribution requirements, which is why our primary video player is built with it.