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How to Avoid Flash on the BBC Website

Anthony LaForge, on the Chrome Blog:

In December, Chrome 55 will make HTML5 the default experience, except for sites which only support Flash.

The biggest culprit for not moving to HTML5 is the BBC. Their content defaults to HTML5 on mobile devices and Flash on desktops — resulting in a You need to install Flash Player to play this content alert. Their reasoning to run with this approach for as long as they have continues to baffle me. Luckily, there is an easy fix for Safari:

  • In Preferences -> Advanced: enable the Show Develop menu in menu bar option
  • In the Develop menu -> User Agent submenu: Select one of the Safari — iOS options
  • Reload the website and the Flash content will be presented as HTML5 content.

I can’t wait until Flash is no longer used.