Streaming video on the Web: a good example of more work to do

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Yesterday we announced the HTML5 Recommendation. One of the most significant features of HTML5, and one that has been deployed for some time, is the <video> element, which will make it easier to include video in pages and applications without requiring users to download plug-ins.

There is already strong browser support for video today, but we have more work to do on interoperable support for streaming video. That is why we are working on a number of specifications to support streaming media interoperability, including Media Source Extensions, currently a Candidate Recommendation.

We ran into live stream interop issues as part of planning our W3C20 Webcast today (from 3pm-6pm Pacific Time) and ensuring the widest audience as possible. The deployed solutions we found (and will be using) rely on Flash plugins and other platform-specific approaches such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS).

Despite that limitation, we are happy to offer the live stream with captions to those who cannot join us in Santa Clara.

Interoperable streaming is just one area where we want to make it easier for developers and users to play video and audio on the Web. We still need Royalty-Free codecs, the ability to play the content on second screens, improved support for accessibility, and more.

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