Initially promised for Q2 2016, the beta test for HTML5 video player is starting this month. It will be available to Turbo subscribers first with expansion to more users happening toward the end of summer. Currently, most of the site has converted to HTML5 but the video player is seemingly the last one to switch from the security-hole-ridden and archaic Flash. Twitch has explained that Turbo users will be the first to access this feature because “there are still several systems, including ad support, that are not quite ready for full release, so we are starting the beta with users who do not see ads site-wide.” There’s also the simple fact that Turbo users “watch video at significantly higher rates than any other users on Twitch” and Twitch needs “lots of feedback and lots of minutes watched.”

To elaborate more on the delay, Twitch declared “Our top priority in building an HTML5 video player has been to make sure you can watch the same streams you love in a noticeably smoother package. When faced with the decision of releasing a product that did not meet our quality standards or spending more time to fine-tune your viewing experience, we made the hard choice to delay our release past our second quarter deadline. After months of hard work, we finally have just a few finishing touches to wrap up before we start our beta test.”

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