Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Oct 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Most websites glossed over this, but we didn't. Silverlight, once touted as Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash, has been retooled from its original purpose. Microsoft is betting big on HTML5 instead, turning Silverlight into the development platform for Windows Phone, and that's it. So... Silverlight is dead - long live Silerlight?
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What does this mean
by viator on Fri 29th Oct 2010 21:02 UTC
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Does this mean that in the near future we wont have to use silverlight for netflix on mac or windows? And maybe just maybe it will finally work on linux??

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RE: What does this mean
by siimo on Fri 29th Oct 2010 21:09 in reply to "What does this mean"
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Nope. HTML5 has no support for DRM. This is the reason YouTube mentioned that Flash is here to stay. The rented content on YouTube is delivered through Flash.

It is unlikely that Netflix will use HTML5 video in its current state, so they will probably continue with Silverlight.

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RE[2]: What does this mean
by RichterKuato on Fri 29th Oct 2010 21:40 in reply to "RE: What does this mean"
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I think he was asking if Netflix will abandon Silverlight/PlayReady, and use something that has proper Linux support, like Flash, which Hulu uses.

He never mentioned the video element or HTML5 support. It's funny how you could miss that considering it was only two sentences.

Edited 2010-10-29 21:41 UTC

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RE: What does this mean
by sukru on Fri 29th Oct 2010 22:19 in reply to "What does this mean"
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Until Flash reaches the performance of Silverlight in video playback, I don't think it would happen.

Yes it's not really cross platform (Moonlight is halfway there), and not gained very high traction, however there are quite a few areas where Silverlight is ahead of competition. One is multimedia, the second one is language support (C#, VB, F#, Python, Ruby, JS, and more), and of course another one is performance - the code is JIT'd most of the time.

So it won't be the flash replacement, but will probably stay in its (small) market for a while.

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