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EFF: T-Mobile’s Binge On is throttling video streaming speeds

Binge On

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Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) also went after T-Mobile and Binge On. The organization confirms that T-Mobile is lowering the data speed of all HTML5 video streamed by its customers, not just those available with Binge On. EFF ran a series of tests using the same phone, during the same time of day, and made sure that there was a good 4G LTE connection at all times. Each test was run twice, one using an HTTP connection which allowed T-Mobile’s network to recognize the video content and optimize it. The other test was dome using an HTTPS connection which prevented the network from optimizing the stream. – Alan F., PhoneArena

Twitch reveals it will convert its streaming video to HTML5 next year

Twitch, […] announced during yesterday’s keynote that it will overhaul its live-streaming video players and controls from Flash to HTML5. The changeover will take place in the second quarter of 2016. […] Twitch also said it would allow streamers to create custom thumbnails for past broadcasts and highlights. – Jackie Dove, The Next Web

Twitch is finally transitioning from Flash to HTML5

The company is following in the footsteps of another major online video haven. Youtube switched its default player to HTML5 in January of this year, citing the format’s recent adoption of Adaptive Bitrate (ABR). Twitch.TV’s big move to cut ties with Adobe Flash is another nail in the coffin for the perpetually vulnerable and generally annoying format. – Lauren Hockenson, The Next Web

10 Years Later, YouTube is Still Pure Internet


YouTube proved to be the answer to the emerging digital video conundrum. Phones and cheap point-and-shoot cameras were shooting lots of video, but what were you supposed to do with it? You could transfer it to DVD and send it to friends through the mail, but the Internet was supposed to make things like this easy. Until YouTube arrived, it was still all about embedding QuickTime and Flash videos into your personal Web site. – Roberto Baldwin, The Next Web 
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YouTube says HTML5 video ready for primetime, makes it default

Everyone hates Flash, right? You have to install a plug-in, it’s resource intensive, it doesn’t work on mobile, and it causes all sorts of security problems. YouTube has been working on ridding itself of Adobe’s ancient Web plug-in for several years now, and while the whole site has been slowly transitioning away from Flash, today YouTube announced that it finally serves HTML5 video by default. Users of Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8, and “beta versions of Firefox” will all have a Flash-less experience. – Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica 
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Netflix goes HTML5 for laptop streaming

Netflix said Wednesday that it is midway through a transition to HTML5 for its laptop streaming technology at the expense of Microsoft’s Silverlight. […] Netflix highlighted that it is able to support more set-top boxes and that it is updating its recommendation engine, which now includes visual searches on the Web and mobile. […] Netflix continued to emphasize its support for net neutrality and reiterated that it wants U.S. regulators to block the Time Warner Cable and Comcast merger. – Larry Dignan,ZDNet
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Netflix arrives on Linux, if you use Chrome

Netflix officially arrived on Linux this week: Linux users can now access Netflix streams without resorting to any complicated workarounds. All they need is Google’s Chrome browser, as well as the latest version of a security library called NSS. […] Netflix has started to embrace HTML5-based streaming. HTML5 has already been used by Netflix for some time to deliver streams to users of Google‘s Chromebooks, and the company made some advances in recent months to bring the same approach to full-blown Linux distributions such as Ubuntu as well. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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YouTube starts cleaning up its streaming apps, starting with Xbox One

YouTube announced Thursday that it would make its assortment of apps for streaming videos on TVs easier to use, starting with the release of the new YouTube Xbox One app. The new version features a one-click What to Watch guide on the left side of the screen. It’s similar to the YouTube channel guide already found on the desktop and mobile versions of YouTube, and it gives Xbox One users direct access to their video channel subscriptions and playlists. The updated app also features new channel pages. – James Careless,TechHive