Reply to post: "why would disabling Flash- or making it click-to-play- break it?"

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Crazy Operations Guy Silver badge

"why would disabling Flash- or making it click-to-play- break it?"

Simple: the JavaScript that loads the video and makes the decision to use HTML5 vs. Flash simply detects the presence of the Flash plugin rather than checks if it works. Properly checking for Flash would take an unnecessary amount of time since you'd have to wait for it time-out before you can declare it non-functional, or risk throwing errors all over the place.

Video streaming services tend to prefer Flash since its had more time to mature, and Flash running on one platform works just as well as Flash on a completely different one whereas different browsers implement HTML5 differently.

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