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Twitch's HTML5 Video Player Enters Closed Beta

Posted on 7.19.2016

Social video platform and gamer community Twitch announced the closed beta of its new HTML5 Video Player.

Users with Turbo subscription will now be able to join the beta and begin viewing broadcasts in HTML5. That should provide Twitch users a smoother streaming experience, faster load times and more consistent delivery than the existing Flash player.

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The company announced that it will be expanding access to the closed beta (viewers in the closed beta can actually toggle HTML5 on and off via Player Settings on the channel user interface) to more users later this summer (2016) and that the current Flash player will soon be put out to digital pastures.

“Among the Twitch community’s wish list has been a full migration to HTML5 which is why it has been a major focus for our engineers,” said Noreen McInnis, Product Marketing Manager, Twitch. “Compared to our current Flash Player, load times are expected to be faster with better frame rates, while taxing our viewers’ devices less. The end result is a better viewing experience for our community.”

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