Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Slash Gear)   Netflix dumping Silverlight for HTML5   (slashgear.com ) divider line
    More: Cool, Netflix, silverlight, Chromebook, dry cask storage  
•       •       •

4892 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Apr 2013 at 7:41 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



74 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-04-16 07:08:10 AM  
It's about time. Silverlight hasn't worked on my laptop in months, so I can only watch Netflix on my desktop. Hopefully they'll roll this out before my next laptop upgrade, whenever that'll be.
 
2013-04-16 07:34:52 AM  
Silverlight reminds me of when MS tried to compete against Flash BACK IN THE DAY and churned out something with the UI of a high school programming class exercise.
 
2013-04-16 07:46:34 AM  
Good. I hate Silverlight.
 
2013-04-16 07:48:08 AM  
So Netflix will finally be Linux-friendly? Awesome
 
2013-04-16 07:48:53 AM  
Just last week they started supporting Netflix on my Chromebook, which I imagine doesn't have Silverlight. Does that mean, at least for my OS, that they already have HTML5?
 
2013-04-16 07:49:32 AM  
The name just always gives me heebie-jeebies since I think of silverfish when I hear it...
 
2013-04-16 07:51:08 AM  
Sweet.  Silverlight is a major ballache for people trying to build XBMC/MythTV systems because all of the cheap frontends run ARM and thus neither OS X or Windows.

So that's Netflix, LoveFilm, Sky Ondemand and such that are total no go zones as they just won't work.

This is excellent news for all of us trying to build the perfect multi-room media centre.
 
2013-04-16 07:55:33 AM  
A day late (well a year late) and $8/month short Netflix. I cancelled my subscription shortly after they went to Silverlight and that shiat wouldn't work on my laptop.


/good riddance
 
2013-04-16 07:59:35 AM  
+1 4 HTML5
 
2013-04-16 08:00:17 AM  
It's bullshiat when my cellphone doesn't have issues streaming netflix and my laptop DOES.

EABODd SILVERLIGHT!

(data dick?)
 
2013-04-16 08:01:00 AM  

Phaeon: Just last week they started supporting Netflix on my Chromebook, which I imagine doesn't have Silverlight. Does that mean, at least for my OS, that they already have HTML5?


According to the article that was the first step.
fta:
"For now, Netflix is waiting to make the switch on what it calls three "premium video extensions": Media Source Extensions, Encrypted Media Extensions, and Web Cryptography API. The company says it is working with industry leaders, and that these initiatives will be the solution to current issues with delivering video in the absense of a plugin like Silverlight.
The first iteration of this has been pushed out for the Samsung ARM-based Chromebook, which takes advantage of the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions in Chrome browser to deliver Silverlight-free video content."

This is good all around. Especially, as they mention in the article, for security reasons. No more bullshiat plugins
 
2013-04-16 08:21:30 AM  
Put more jigawatts in mah line!
 
2013-04-16 09:21:37 AM  
1-media-cdn.foolz.us
 
2013-04-16 09:31:44 AM  

Unoriginal_Username: This is good all around. Especially, as they mention in the article, for security reasons. No more bullshiat plugins


And what are the odds that Netflix will bother paying to have these extensions written for anything other than market leading products? The Linux/FOSS/XBMC/MythTV crowd are celebrating way too early.
 
2013-04-16 09:36:28 AM  

EngineerAU: And what are the odds that Netflix will bother paying to have these extensions written for anything other than market leading products?


These extensions are part of the web browser. So a better question: how many web browsers are going to want to sit in the market with the "Doesn't do Netflix" label? Google, Microsoft and Apple have all said that they want these extensions.
 
2013-04-16 09:48:16 AM  
pathetic that it took this long.
 
2013-04-16 09:56:44 AM  
EngineerAU:

And what are the odds that Netflix will bother paying to have these extensions written for anything other than market leading products? The Linux/FOSS/XBMC/MythTV crowd are celebrating way too early.

We have a better chance of being able to yoink them and make them run on weird archs like ARM than we ever have of getting 'moonlight' to the state where it's both truly multiplatform and 1:1 compatible with Silverlight.

After all we can make WebKit run on ARM... these extensions will run inside a WebKit browser...  time and effort.

We are celebrating because the wicked witch is dead more that the job in hand just went from 'impossible' to 'bastard hard'... we can do bastard hard.
 
2013-04-16 09:58:48 AM  
I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.
 
2013-04-16 09:59:44 AM  
bah.

Celebrating NOT because...
 
2013-04-16 09:59:53 AM  
I guess I'm the odd person who never had a problem with Silverlight, but had a fairly steady stream of Flash issues?
 
2013-04-16 10:01:15 AM  
Thank christ, finally.  Thank you netflix, I'm sure this about to open an awesome world of further interoperability.

+1, would like again.
 
2013-04-16 10:03:26 AM  

TNel: I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.


LOL

You have version xxx.yyy.zzz.1, you need version xxx.yyy.zzz.2.  The autoupdate is however telling you that "You have the latest version" but still Netflix refuses to work.

It's like like the VisC redist packages.  I have install 2008 (x86) countless times but they're all slightly different versions and none of the programs recognise that there is a slightly earlier/later version already there providing exactly what they need.

It's pure crap.
 
2013-04-16 10:13:01 AM  

TNel: I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.


Firefox tells me that the plugin is incompatible with OS X.  Which is weird because it does work on Safari for me.  But I don't like using multiple browsers and I don't like Safari - I'm picky about that.

Let's definitely expedite this, Netflix.
 
2013-04-16 10:13:45 AM  

Vaneshi: TNel: I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.

LOL

You have version xxx.yyy.zzz.1, you need version xxx.yyy.zzz.2.  The autoupdate is however telling you that "You have the latest version" but still Netflix refuses to work.

It's like like the VisC redist packages.  I have install 2008 (x86) countless times but they're all slightly different versions and none of the programs recognise that there is a slightly earlier/later version already there providing exactly what they need.

It's pure crap.


I use Netflix daily on my laptop and desktop and I've never had any issues with Silverlight, but I guess that sucks for you.
 
2013-04-16 10:16:07 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: TNel: I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.

Firefox tells me that the plugin is incompatible with OS X.  Which is weird because it does work on Safari for me.  But I don't like using multiple browsers and I don't like Safari - I'm picky about that.

Let's definitely expedite this, Netflix.


So a firefox for OSX is a pile of suck but you refuse to use the browser that it works on and yet you are blaming the plugin.....  not sure how to follow this.  Maybe use a browser that doesn't suck.
 
2013-04-16 10:18:49 AM  
Cool, now maybe NBC will follow suit for Sunday Night Football and drop Silverlight!

Oh wait, MSNBC

goddammitsomuch....
 
2013-04-16 10:20:14 AM  
SockMonkeyHolocaust:  Silverlight reminds me of when MS tried to compete against Flash BACK IN THE DAY and churned out something with the UI of a high school programming class exercise.

It was Liquid something or other, looked nice but was intended to only work on Internet Explorer which made it useless for many web designers as they needed to design their pages for most browsers, not limit themselves to just one.
 
2013-04-16 10:30:15 AM  
So does this mean I can finally get some 5.1 surround sound?
 
2013-04-16 10:39:17 AM  
TNel:
I use Netflix daily on my laptop and desktop and I've never had any issues with Silverlight, but I guess that sucks for you.

If they can't be bothered to make their container work properly.... I'll take the standard h.264/2cn AAC mp4 I downloaded instead.   Because that, unlike these ondemand services does actually play everywhere and when I want.

This is the 21st Century, I won't stand for MS-Kerberos vs Kerberos type bullshiat anymore.  You wrap it in a standard container format or you get lost.
 
2013-04-16 10:53:58 AM  

TNel: Crackers Are a Family Food: TNel: I'm confused on people saying their laptop doesn't work with Netflix because of Silverlight.  Why? Just download the plugin.

Firefox tells me that the plugin is incompatible with OS X.  Which is weird because it does work on Safari for me.  But I don't like using multiple browsers and I don't like Safari - I'm picky about that.

Let's definitely expedite this, Netflix.

So a firefox for OSX is a pile of suck but you refuse to use the browser that it works on and yet you are blaming the plugin.....  not sure how to follow this.  Maybe use a browser that doesn't suck.


Nothing wrong with complaining about a plugin that doesn't work.  And I have used other browsers, but they're all much slower than Firefox.  Seeing as most people these days use Firefox, it only makes sense to create a product that works for all operating systems in that browser.
 
2013-04-16 11:14:05 AM  

Crackers Are a Family Food: Nothing wrong with complaining about a plugin that doesn't work.  And I have used other browsers, but they're all much slower than Firefox.  Seeing as most people these days use Firefox, it only makes sense to create a product that works for all operating systems in that browser.


No there isn't anything wrong with that but is seems you haven't narrowed down if it's the browser or the plugin. I was shocked to see that Chrome is number 1 at 51% market share on browsers I would have guess it to be lower and IE only gets 13%;  Again with the way Mozilla does updates I would not be surprised if it's them and not the plugin.  You haven't said what version you have but a generic search doesn't have that many people complaining about Silverlight.
 
2013-04-16 11:22:57 AM  

joseelsegundo: Cool, now maybe NBC will follow suit for Sunday Night Football and drop Silverlight!

Oh wait, MSNBC

goddammitsomuch....


Aren't they in the process of splitting up?

Don't slit your wrists just yet.
 
2013-04-16 11:28:57 AM  
Netflix dumping Silverlight for HTML5

Also known as "f*ck you, microsoft"

well done, Netflix.
 
2013-04-16 11:29:36 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So Netflix will finally be Linux-friendly? Awesome



they're seeing the Light.  and the Future.
 
2013-04-16 11:31:44 AM  

Vaneshi: Sweet.  Silverlight is a major ballache for people trying to build XBMC/MythTV systems because all of the cheap frontends run ARM and thus neither OS X or Windows.

So that's Netflix, LoveFilm, Sky Ondemand and such that are total no go zones as they just won't work.

This is excellent news for all of us trying to build the perfect multi-room media centre.


LoveFilm????
 
2013-04-16 11:32:14 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: Silverlight reminds me of when MS tried to compete against Flash BACK IN THE DAY and churned out something with the UI of a high school programming class exercise.


Like Sony's Sonic Stage?
 
2013-04-16 11:32:18 AM  
ain't it hard when microsoft fan boys discover that,
HTML 5 really is
where its at.

after microsoft took from them
everything it could steal.

how does it Feel?

thanks bob dylan.
 
2013-04-16 11:49:44 AM  
Thank Christ.
 
2013-04-16 12:02:36 PM  

joseelsegundo: Cool, now maybe NBC will follow suit for Sunday Night Football and drop Silverlight!

Oh wait, MSNBC

goddammitsomuch....


Um, no.  That deal is over.
 
2013-04-16 12:03:31 PM  
As a PC user I have to say, awesome.

As someone who used to administer several computer labs needing something completely useless and proprietary like Silverlight to run Netflix kept a lot of streaming out of those labs. Sort of glad I don't have that job anymore and no longer have to worry about this and/or blacklisting Netflix/other sites now.
 
2013-04-16 12:07:13 PM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So Netflix will finally be Linux-friendly? Awesome


Oh, I'm sure they'll find some way to make sure it still doesn't work.
 
2013-04-16 12:10:59 PM  
About time...my poor little Lappy486 has a tough time with overheating on Netflix. Youtube is okay most times (as long as I dont run it in full screen) and the Liveleak flash player kills it in record time.

Yeah, yeah - I know - "upgrade your hardware, gramps" and all...

/unemployed for now...
//Start my new job next week...
///Thanks, Obama...?
 
2013-04-16 12:11:34 PM  

MetaCarpal: Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: So Netflix will finally be Linux-friendly? Awesome

Oh, I'm sure they'll find some way to make sure it still doesn't work.


Couldn't you install Bluestacks and run the Netflix app in Linux?
 
2013-04-16 12:14:43 PM  

finnished: The name just always gives me heebie-jeebies since I think of silverfish when I hear it...


I think of the song "Sugarlight" by X, which is about the underground gay scene in LA in the late 70s, which always makes me LOL.
 
2013-04-16 12:24:52 PM  
As a non-Netflix user, I didn't even realize Silverlight was still around until this past weekend, when I had to install it to program a new universal remote.
 
2013-04-16 12:24:53 PM  
This is actually kinda bad.

KEEP YOUR DRM OUT OF MY OPEN SPEC!

Seriously, the only way this can work is your formerly open source browser has closed-source components. The browser has been pretty much the last piece of software that serves the user rather than the vendor or the content-provider. Once these DRM specs are implemented everywhere, this will no longer be the case.
 
2013-04-16 12:27:10 PM  
mcreadyblue:

LoveFilm????

Weirdy beardy DRM mechanism, as they feed Tesco's (and others) services they all suffer the same problem.   Last I checked it required Flash (and I admit this was ages ago) so that discounts practically all ARM devices, the few that do support Flash are time bombs as Adobe aren't supporting it anymore.
 
2013-04-16 12:35:14 PM  

Altair: Bluestacks


Oops, it's not for Linux.

/not a Linux user
//obviously
 
2013-04-16 12:36:01 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: This is actually kinda bad.

KEEP YOUR DRM OUT OF MY OPEN SPEC!


It is perfectly possible to have an open digital rights management scheme if your intention is to be open and transparent about what (if any) restrictions and controls you are putting in place.  In essence an open DRM system would allow for a fair system.

That such DRM mechanisms are more often than not closed and jealously guarded really shows not only who's rights are really cared about (not yours) and that the end goal is NOT simply management but control. 

I'm not saying that this would be an open DRM mechanism just that the two goals: DRM and open specs aren't as mutually exclusive as people think.
 
2013-04-16 01:36:04 PM  
Yeeha! Netflix was literally the only reason I even installed Silverlight in the first place. Will gladly uninstall it the moment Netflix drops it.
 
Displayed 50 of 74 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
On Twitter






In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report