Som videoformat er Adobe Flash næsten væk for godt.
Ifølge a report by Encoding.com, Flash accounted for just 6 percent of video output last year, down 15 percent from 2014. Today, it’s mainly used for legacy browsers, banner ads, and some specific edge cases. “We expect to see the Flash video codec disappear completely from our report with 24 months,” the report says.
That sounds like great news for people who’ve dropped Flash from their web browsers due to security concerns and performance drawbacks. But for Encoding.com’s bold prediction to pan out, several major streaming sites will have to change their ways.
For eksempel kræver Hulu fortsat Flash Player til sit desktop-websted. (Webstedet koder faktisk video i H.264, men bruger en Flash Video-container til streaming. Encoding.com CEO Greggory Heil sagde, at denne type scenarie stadig tæller som brug af Flash Video i dens procentdele.) Andre store streaming-websteder, der stadig er afhængige af på Flash Player inkluderer HBO Go, CBS, NBC, MLB.TV, Showtime, Pandora og Spotify.
The notion of major sites clinging to Flash video is more than just anecdotal. For a story in Fast Company last August, web technology metrics firm W3Techs told me that Flash was still in use on roughly 10 percent of all websites, but on roughly 15 percent of the top 1000 sites. It makes sense that bigger sites would have a tougher time changing their technologies.
Still, there has been some progress in moving away from Flash Player. Last summer, Twitch switched to HTML5 for its video player and HTTP Live Streaming for the underlying stream last summer. Amazon rolled out an HTML5 web video player around the same time. Netflix and YouTube have offered HTML5 players for years.
Det er nogens gæt, når andre store websteder muligvis følger udviklingen. I mellemtiden kommer Flashs tilbagegang i vid udstrækning fra eksplosionen af mobile enheder, hvoraf ingen understøtter Adobes aldrende videoformat eller medieafspiller.