YouTube Launches HTML5 (H.264) Player

For some time now, two versions of YouTube videos have existed.  If you visited YouTube’s website, you were served videos through their Flash player.  If you visited on a device like an AppleTV, iPhone, or set-top box, you were likely served an H.264 version.

This week, YouTube introduced beta support for an HTML5-compliant player.  In short, this is great news for anyone interested in web video.  The player loads faster, the videos look better, and your computer/device is less prone to experience Flash-related crashes as a result.

As long as you’re using a current (not Internet Explorer 6) browser, you can enable HTML5 in YouTube here.

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