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JW Player Updates HTML5 Video Report, Finds Broad H.264 Support

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The Apple iPad was released five years ago, and video player company JW Player chose the occasion to update its State of HTML5 Video report. The iPad wasn't just a breakthrough for the tablet computer market, but for HTML5 video, as well, since its lack of Flash support made HTML5 video more important to publishers.

The report notes that all browsers have supported HTML5 video for a few years now. Early on, some browsers supported the H.264 video codec and others the VP8/WebM codec, but that was resolved when Firefox added H.264 support. "H.264 can now be played everywhere," the report says, but publishers will need a Flash fallback for Opera and Internet Explorer 8 users.

Not all browsers offer the same HTML5 Video features, however. The report shows which browsers support full-screen video playback, and which do so with built-in support or with the W3C full-screen API.

The report also shows browser support for WebVTT closed captioning, styling, and scripting, as well as support for Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions. "Several browsers support these APIs, but severe limitations still exist," the report notes. The full report is available online with no registration required. JW Player updates it regularly to show changes in support.

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