Mac OS X Yosemite Brings HTML5 Video Support For Netflix


Yesterday during its WWDC keynote, Apple announced several new features and improvements that are coming to Safari in Mac OS X Yosemite, including HTML5 video support for Netflix. 

Apple claims that the new version of Safari in Yosemite will bring an extra two hours of Netflix video playback on a single charge. 

Netflix confirmed Apple’s statements in a blog post today. The company says that it has worked closely with Apple to provide a premium video playback experience. 

We’re especially excited that Apple implemented the Media Source Extensions(MSE) using their highly optimized video pipeline on OS X. This lets you watch Netflix in buttery smooth 1080p without hogging your CPU or draining your battery. In fact, this allows you to get up to 2 hours longer battery life on a MacBook Air streaming Netflix in 1080p – that’s enough time for one more movie!

The Premium Video Extensions do away with the need for proprietary plugin technologies for streaming video.

Nexflix’s plugin free video experience is available now to all developers who have installed the OS X Yosemite developer preview.