Netflix to abandon Silverlight for OS X Yosemite, go with Media Source Extensions for video streaming on the Mac
Date: Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, 11:34
Category: News, Software
Maybe it wasn’t meant to be between Netflix and Silverlight.
According to the cool cats at The Mac Observer, Netflix is finally moving away from Microsoft’s Silverlight for video streaming on the Mac, at least for OS X Yosemite users. The company said it is instead relying on a feature called Media Source Extensions which will give subscribers 1080p quality video without taxing your Mac’s CPU or battery.
Currently, Netflix streaming on the Mac requires Silverlight, which is a multimedia playback and streaming extension from Microsoft. Much like Adobe’s Flash, Silverlight is proprietary and requires users to install extra software on their Mac. In OS X Yosemite, however, no extra software is needed because all the pieces are already in place to support HTML5 video.