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Twitch rolls out beta HTML5 player as it bids farewell to Flash

Twitch rolls out beta HTML5 player as it bids farewell to Flash

July 14, 2016 | By Alex Wawro

Twitch added another nail to the coffin of Adobe Flash this week by launching a limited beta of a new HTML5 video player that will eventually replace Twitch's current player, which runs on Flash.

That's a bit surprising given that everyone from Google to game developers to Adobe itself have already sounded the death knell for Flash. Now, Twitch is making an HTML5 version of its video player available in closed beta to its "Turbo" subscribers and plans to expand beta access to more Twitch users over time.

The company has been promising its community an HTML5 video player for some time, and it's yet unclear to what extent this will directly impact developers who broadcast their games (or their game dev work) on the platform.

No termination date was given for Twitch's current Flash player, with the company stating simply (via press release) that it will "eventually be sunsetted."

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