I am a MacBook Pro owner and, for known issues, I have not installed the Adobe Flash Player, nor I have no intention at all to install it. So, despite the HTML5 mode, I denied to myself to watch several videos on YouTube, but I don't care so much about it. However, at the same time, I noticed a strange "phenomenon" - at least for me - that is, if I find on a website or a blog a video that I cannot watch on YouTube, they "mysteriously" work there. One of the last times that happened to me was with a video of Led Zeppelin, about the Celebration Day DVD/Blu-Ray release: the Black Dog video works perfectly if I watch it on the home page of their official website, but if I decide to watch it on YouTube I'm informed that I have to install Flash to watch it.
Has anyone noticed the same thing or is able to explain it?
Thanks a lot in advance.
Rosario Ciccarelli wrote:
...is that the same reason because it doesn't happen with iPhone? I mean, that's why it's possible to watch all the YouTube videos on iPhone, just because its iOS can't handle Flash?
It has to do with the processor performance capability of the device your using.
iOS devices currently don't have powerful processors and elaborate cooling to handle more feature rich content which Flash provides.
Flash was written in the time that all computers were essentially open platforms, adequate cooling/power and increased in performance capability according to Moore's Law.
Apple issued recent closed operating system iOS devices with LESS processor performance capability as to avoid elaborate cooling and large batteries, so Flash was determined not to jive with those requirements.
Flash has been attempted to run on Android tablets and netbooks, but it's too processor intensive for those low performance machines.
Since there is now two classes of web surfing devices, low and higher performance, one gets HTML 5 and one gets Flash accordingly.
I hope this answers your question.