YouTube says good bye to Adobe Flash

February 07, 2015

Since the arrival of the iPhone, and Apple's refusal to support Adobe's Flash player on it, the popular web browser plugin started its steady demise. From banner ads to websites, Flash has always been a popular solution to create engaging content, and with HTML5 standards gaining popularity, its been largely relegated to a video player plugin, i.e. YouTube. 

As far back as 2010, Google had started experimenting with a test version of an HTML5 video player on YouTube. 5 years later, YouTube finally announced that it will stop using Adobe Flash by default. The HTML5 video player will be the default player in Google's own Chrome, Microsoft's IE11, Apple's Safari 8 and in beta versions of Mozilla's Firefox. 

For our customers and fans visiting what does it mean? 

For visitors who are still on older versions of web browsers, you won't see much changes. However, please do make sure you are updated to the latest version of the Flash player available at

For visitors using modern web browsers as listed above, the HTML5 video player supports Adaptive Bitrate (ABR). What ABR does is quickly and seamlessly adjust resolution and bitrate to your internet speed. According to Google, ABR has been demonstrated to reduce buffering by more than 50% globally. So less disruption when it comes to previewing the tons of video trailers from Movimus Wrestling. Yay!

There are a lot of other advantages as well moving to HTML5 player for YouTube, which we won't bore you with. However, to us, being somewhat skewed technologically forward, we do appreciate every little bit of advancement made.