Tagged video

One of the OS X Yosemite features I had been looking forward to brings Netflix HTML5 streams to Safari. It’s supposed to drastically increase battery life and also takes away the last reason to have Silverlight installed.

But I uninstalled Silverlight and Netflix wouldn’t stop telling me I need to install Silverlight to watch anything. I found these requirements listed on the support site:

  • Early 2011 model or newer Mac
  • OS X 10.11 [sic] Yosemite or newer OS
  • Certain late Intel Sandy Bridge or any Intel Ivy Bridge/Haswell processor

As someone with a mid-2010 MacBook Pro that has a Core 2 Duo, this was really disappointing to discover. But it turns out Chrome has included the DRM components necessary for a while. Watching Netflix with HTML5 is as simple as installing Chrome.

If it doesn’t work right away, try going to chrome://components and seeing if the WidevineCdm component is installed. If it isn’t, click Check for update and it should install it. Once I installed this, Netflix started to stream perfectly without a trace of Silverlight in my system.

From the Netflix blog today:

If you’re in Apple’s Mac Developer Program, or soon the OS X Beta Program, you can install the beta version of OS X Yosemite. With the OS X Yosemite Beta on a modern Mac, you can visit today in Safari and watch your favorite movies and TV shows using HTML5 video without the need to install any plugins.

This might be one of my favorite details coming out of Yosemite so far. I’ve been waiting for the day I can uninstall Silverlight for good. Netflix is claiming another 2 hours of battery while streaming in 1080p on a MacBook Air, which is pretty impressive.

It turns out Netflix already uses HTML5 for Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, so that has gone from being useless to being my Netflix app.