According to a Chrome blog released this month, Chrome 53 will start to block Adobe Flash Player starting September this year. It will be replaced with HTML5, which is “much lighter and faster, and publishers are switching over to speed up page loading and save you more battery life”.
This was not the first time that Chrome has urged users to use HTML5 player instead of Flash. In September of last year, “Flash content became click-to-play with Chrome 42”. Chrome claimed it had a positive impact on users, saving on battery power and improving a website’s page load times. Back then, HTML5 was no match to the capabilities of Adobe Flash Player. But due to the vulnerabilities that have plagued Flash, Chrome is doing everything to ensure HTML5 will be the player of choice.
Blocking it in Chrome 53 this September is just the first step. By December, when Chrome 55 will be released, HTML5 will become the default experience. However, websites that only support Flash are exempted.
But what if you’d rather not use HTML5? Nevermind the security risks that come with the Adobe Flash Player. In viewing YouTube videos, you can simply disable HTML5 player in Chrome. Just install the extension Disable YouTube HTML5 Player from the Chrome store.
What it does is un-set the HTML5 extension to fool YouTube into delivering content using the Adobe Flash Player. In Chrome, the cookie that YouTube relies on to switch to HTML5 is always set and there is no way to un-set it in the opt-in page. But the Disable extension will do the trick.
Another option would be to use the YouTube Options Extension for Chrome, which will cost you around $2 per month. With this extension, you can change the Video Codec settings to Flash instead of HTML5.
With Chrome to pull the plug on the Adobe Flash player, you should start searching for options to skip HTML5 and stick with Flash instead.