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As much as every website wants to adopt HTML5, there are several factors that make this impossible. This is why many websites, apps and software still uses Flash player despite its security concerns and vulnerabilities.

The problem with HTML5

Simple and easy to rip and pirate. Plain HTML5 streaming videos are so simple, they can be ripped and pirated without breaking a sweat. It lacks the additional toolkits and APIs that website coders can use to keep the videos from unwanted ripping. Of course, security measures have been improved, or Google would not insist that users and website owners switch to HTML5.

Expensive and difficult to implement. Netflix and Amazon have been two of the websites that managed to use HTML5 to develop a working premium video service, and that’s because they have a ton of money and resources that they can pour into the project.

Moreover, making a switch from Adobe Flash to HTML5 would mean reprogramming from scratch, and losing Flash-reliant ads that help pay the bills.

Websites that still rely on Flash

  1. Crunchyroll
  2. Hulu
  3. Funimation
  4. Huffington Post
  5. CNN
  6. New York Times
  7. Fox News
  8. Vimeo
  9. Videojug
  11. CBT Cafe
  12. Tutorial Paradise
  13. Oracle
  14. HP
  15. Cisco
  16. Vanguard
  17. J.P. Morgan
  18. Goldman Sachs
  20. Hindustan Unilever
  21. Monsanto
  22. Starbucks
  23. Bain
  24. The Boston Consulting Group
  25. Deloitte
  26. Accenture
  27. The Guardian

The list is not exhaustive. Suffice to say that, unless a website has a technology capacity to make a switch, they will be using the Adobe Flash Player.

Why are these websites still using Flash player?

In the case of Crunchyroll, moving away from Flash Player would mean giving up its crowning engineering achievement, which is to stream videos using Flash and adding removable subtitles using a text script. This is most significant with Crunchyroll because their particular Flash Player accept Aegisub subtitles that were popularized by fansubs. This gave Crunchyroll tight control over font size and typesetting.

While it is possible to implement all these features using HTML5 and Javascript, transition will be painfully slow. The same thing can be said with the other websites on the list. And until something can be done about the delivery of ads, migration to full HTML5 will take a while. At the moment, video advertising done over HTML5 is still not ready.

No one wants to be stuck with Flash, what with its many vulnerabilities and security concerns. But severing the ties completely might not be as easy as what many thinks. If there’s one thing the Adobe/Android Breakup tells us is that it will take a huge effort to achieve a full separation.

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