Recently YouTube and Vimeo added HTML5 players to their websites, with options to use them rather than the FLV video. I understand that HTML5 video is less CPU intensive, but what about bandwidth? So...

Given the same video on YouTube/Vimeo which format would be "cheaper" to view: HTML5 or FLV?

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    FLV is a container, not a codec, and you can't embed FLV files directly in websites anyway. Maybe you're asking Flash vs HTML5? – Brendan Long Feb 15 '10 at 1:35

Neither, it's totally dependant on the codec used, just as flash is. I believe they stream in the same format, though they don't have to.


YouTube and Vimeo both use the H.264 codec for video, be it displayed via Flash or HTML5. You're downloading the same file either way - the only thing changing is the application that's playing that file

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