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HTML5 is now YouTube’s default player

HTML5 replaced Adobe Flash as the default video player on the popular video-sharing site YouTube.

People using Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8 and Firefox beta can now use HTML5 in viewing videos on YouTube. This new default player ensures lesser buffering and allows livestreaming on game consoles and in web browsers.

With HTML5, users can take advantage of the VP9 codec from Google used by YouTube in introducing the 4K streaming video at the CES last year. This codec lessen the bandwidth by 35 percent for a wider access to 4K, and HD (60fps) videos.

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