Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179213/why-browser-plug-ins-are-going-away-and-whats-replacing-them/
Browser plug-ins are on their way out. Apple’s iOS has never supported plug-ins, Flash is long-discontinued for Android, and the new version of IE for Windows 8 doesn’t support most plug-ins. Chrome will soon be blocking traditional NPAPI browser plug-ins.
I can't see this more than just a generalization. While the average person would use a stock browser, I use firefox, for noscript, downloadhelper, DoNotTrackMe and a couple web development plugins. Options is power.
What I do see is the slow death of power user software through the influx of "tablet mentality" simplified software - basic example - try setting up proxy or a custom proxy.pac on a tablet browser.
Instead of watching online I prefer to download Youtube (and similars) videos to watch then later streaming from my PC to my HDTV, sitting in my couch. Even that is posible to download HTML5 videos, they comes with ogg audio track. That is not compatible with dlna devices (e.g. Samsung, LG, etc). Therefore, without Flash, it will become difficult to see videos offline with my current TV. I know that is possible to reencode the audio track, but it is tedious.
I do the same. sometimes I flip through tagging videos I'd like to watch downloading them, and load it on my phone/tablet or just drop it in a shared folder to playback on the TV. I'm curious how much more efficient it is - how much battery like a portable device will have compared to playing the video in browser...
Perhaps you can use handbrake to convert the video's audio format? Save a profile to make it easier? I get around it by having a little PC hooked up to my TV, so i don't have to rely on the limitations of the TV. You can also use an android stick (they're like $40 for a dual core rk3066) or a device like micca speck that take sd/usb and plays pretty much video type.
Thanks for the suggestions, beomagi. I will give a look to those tools you mention. By the way, I use my HDTV with the shared/streaming method. My phone is a piece of crap XD. My problem with playing videos in the browser is the buffering/lag/stuttering, specially if they are in HighRes (720-1080). Besides that, my couch is more comfortable than my chair and my TV is bigger than my computer screen, hehe. While it is true that with my TV I can browse in Youtube, it's awful to use the onscreen keyboard and there is still the buffering/lag/stuttering problem.
How do you stream to your TV? TVersity?
I use this on my phone and tablet:
It will let you download youtube videos in a variety of quality levels directly on your phone. Playing directly with mx-player is way way lighter. My LG Motion plays back 1080p video fine there. In a browser I wouldn't dream of it.
My TV is completely dumb - so, I use a PC and wireless keyboard. If I were doing it today, I'd use something like a "sanoxy mk808" (can't post links - search on amazon)
Which would give me a basic android experience, complete video players that handle most of what I'd want.
Yet another option is to use a miracast adapter:
"Tronsmart T1000" (i can't put more than 2 links per post, search in amazon).
This will let you stream from your phone or PC to your TV. Even for video games.
It's more versatile than chromecast in that it will also work with downloaded media, not just youtube.
My first DLNA device, an LG BD Player, came with Nero Media Home 4 Essentials. Later I bought my LG 'smart' TV and I have continued using NMH4E. The emphasis is in 'essentials' without transcoding and only basic security options. It allows to share folders and you can 'remote' play (stream) media files into compatible devices. Sometimes I have issues with the subtitles but it works for me (restarting solves it). I just installed Serviio to give it a try although I don't like the fact that it requires Java. It's free and at first glance, it has the simplicity of NMH4E plus transcoding capabilities and options for the subtitles (can be burned-in onto the video stream). There is the complete NMH (no 'essentials') for free but I don't like it because it's complicated, scans all my folders without asking and adds to its 'libraries' all the media files it finds (including the 'private' folders). I am proficient enough for organizing my files and classifying them in folders. I don't want a sniffing program that 'categorizes' and shares all my files. Worse, it shows thumbnails of every file, even the 'embarrassing' ones.
Tronsmart looks handy. I could use it for the 'dumbs' TVs in the living room & the kitchen. I kept the big 'smart' TV for my room because I am the boss, hehe
I can't wait for a few of the plugins to disappear and be replaced by HTML5. The only reason that I had to install Windows XP (within VirtualBox) on my Linux computer was to be able to use the full functionality of a certain website (that I use very day) that uses Adobe Flash Player.
That is not what is meant here by "plugins". You're talking about extensions.
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