Facebook videos go HTML5, now iPhone and iPad compatible

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“This is good news, one of those you’d want to wake up in the morning with,” Federico Viticci reports for MacStories.

“We’ve just found out that Facebook videos (the Facebook ones, those who used to be played in Flash; YouTube videos were already supported) are now iPad [and iPhone and iPod touch] compatible, as you can watch them from your new magical device using HTML5,” Viticci reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have a nice day, Adobe.

Note to advertisers: (including those who advertise via third-party ad networks and become, in effect, our advertisers): Your Flash-based ads are no longer reaching the most discerning and well-heeled customers online: 50+ million iPhone owners. They’re also not hitting brand new iPad users or 35+ million iPod touch users. If you care about reaching people with discretionary income, you might want to consider dumping your flash-based ads and moving to a more open format that people with money and the will to spend it can actually see.

Help kill Adobe’s Flash:
• Ask CBS via online feedback form to offer HTML5 video here.
• Ask MarketWatch via the customer support web form to offer HTML5 video here.
• Ask CNBC via the customer support web form to offer HTML5 video here.
• Contact Hulu via email and ask them to offer HTML5 video:
• Ask ESPN360 via their feedback page to offer HTML5 video instead Flash here.
• Join YouTube’s HTML5 beta here.
• On Vimeo, click the “Switch to HTML5 player” link below any video.


  1. Did I somehow offend some gods here? My post had just disappeared:

    …”When does ClickToHTML5 come out?”

    Rather than doing that, you can always get a nice HOSTS file that blocks out access to ALL advertising servers. The site is Win-centric, but HOSTS file is universal. Works like a charm.

    Make sure you rename the HOSTS file before visiting MDN, though. It is only fair to let them pay for the content they provide for us by showing us ads for Nexus One and Dell. After all, nothingis sweeter than taking advertising money from Google, Dell, MS, etc., knowing that they’ll NEVER benefit from those ads (after all, how many MDNers are ever going to buy Nexus One…???)

  2. Is Facebook serving up h.264 (as per jjjj above) AND Flash videos or did Facebook just add h.264 support in addition?

    Replacing Flash with an open standard would be HUGE! Offering up a second format – not so much.

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