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Start saying goodbye to Flash… HTML5 beta access expands

Aug 3 2016 - By Noreen T. M.

Today we are expanding HTML5 access to thousands of new users! We will start with an initial set of users and gradually increase access over the coming months. If you are randomly selected to be part of the beta test, you will see an alert on the video player letting you know you have access to HTML5.

With our new HTML5 video player, you’ll watch the same streams you love with a much smoother experience. We expect that you’ll see faster loading, more consistent video delivery when streamers broadcast in 30 or 60 frames per second, and fewer interruptions from overheating and battery drain thanks to HTML5 going easy on your CPU.

When this beta started just a few weeks ago, we knew it would take a lot of work to address newly-identified bugs, while also building in the ad support needed to expand access beyond Twitch Turbo subscribers. What we didn’t expect was the flood of detailed and constructive feedback we received from our initial beta users. That feedback helped us improve on some initial issues and begin today’s release of the HTML5 video player beta to more users on Twitch.

Of course, because this is a beta release, you might come across unresolved bugs that impact your viewing experience. Please be sure to help us continue making improvements to the video player by sharing your feedback. If you have questions about what you can expect from this early release of HTML5 on Twitch, please visit our Guide to the Twitch HTML5 Video Player.

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