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How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash

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How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Michael Ellestad 4/12/16 10:01 PM
The other day the Adobe flash player was working and today I got on my YouTube and noticed that it switched to the dreaded HTML5 player. How do I disable HTML5 and use Adobe Flash Player
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash AshTube 4/12/16 11:13 PM
Hi,

YouTube only uses Flash player for a small number of remaining videos on the platform.

HTML5 allows for the videos to be served in .webm format, which is a much faster loading format than Flash. This allows for a better user experience, and also allows the videos to take up less space on YouTube's servers.
Higher quality version of videos may be stored in original format and then optimised, such as 4K content.

Ash
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash anmoose 4/13/16 10:13 AM
On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 2:13:00 AM UTC-4, AshTube wrote:
Hi,

YouTube only uses Flash player for a small number of remaining videos on the platform.

Not entirely accurate. I'm intentionally using an older version of Firefox, which does not support bug-laden HTML5. I'm running the current version of Flash, and every single video on YouTube plays without flaw. They are all still encoded in MP4 format, which is what the Flash player uses.

HTML5 allows for the videos to be served in .webm format, which is a much faster loading format than Flash. This allows for a better user experience,

User feedback and complaints in this forum indicate otherwise. HTML5 seems to be an almost constant source of bugs and headaches, all of which are cured by simply not using it. 

Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Joshua Morrow 4/13/16 9:42 PM
I'm used to watching videos in Adobe Flash Player and YouTube is now playing videos in HTML5 only. As I looked at https://www.youtube.com/html5 between yesterday & today, YouTube has disabled the setting to where you can request the HTML5 Player (If on Default Player) & request the Default Player (If on HTML5 Player), meaning that I can't switch it back to the Default Player now (My Default Player is the Adobe Flash Player.). How can I watch videos in Adobe Flash Player now if the request button for HTML5 was disabled, playing videos in HTML5 only? This is on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 BTW. I did download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player yesterday. I just don't know why that YouTube disabled the request button on Internet Explorer 11, playing videos in HTML5 only. I really want to continue watching videos in Adobe Flash Player because Adobe Flash Player works better for me and gives me lots of video qualities to choose from than what HTML5 is doing. HTML5 also probably plays a bit chunky. That's why I use Adobe Flash Player because the videos play a bit smoother on Adobe Flash Player. YouTube still has the request button on Linux though. But I really need the request button back on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. What can I do to get the request button back and watch videos in Adobe Flash Player again?
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash anmoose 4/13/16 11:58 PM
@Joshua Morrow, in the case of IE, you're unfortunately on your own. There may or may not be a way to force it to default back to Flash, but the chances are slim. (I personally haven't touched IE since about version 6.)

With Firefox, however, there is an addon, here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/youtube-flash-video-player/ ,  which forces the current versions of Firefox to override Google's push, and default to using Flash. If you can't find a similar fix for IE, you may have to consider changing browsers.
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Joshua Morrow 4/14/16 2:30 AM
Normally, when I see things a bit different on YouTube on IE 11, I keep thinking that it's temporary or something like that. The HTML5 part happened on me 2 days ago after I downloaded the latest version of Adobe Flash Player when it was outdated. But I did see that YouTube disabled the option to where I can request the HTML5 player or not, meaning that HTML5 is now automatic. I'm used to Adobe Flash Player because I get all the video qualities and the videos run smoother, even when I'm playing 2 or more videos at once. HTML5 probably doesn't do much with the qualities or something and I don't like HTML5 that much. Are there any ideas to get Adobe Flash Player back on IE 11?
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Joshua Morrow 4/14/16 9:33 PM
Update: I found a way to get Adobe Flash Player back. I'm viewing YouTube in Compatabilty View. Luckily that Adobe Flash Player is still available in Compatabilty View on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. It does give me a message in the video page saying that I need to install Adobe Flash Player in order to view, which lasts for 2 - 3 seconds, then shows the video in Adobe Flash Player. It may drive me crazy, but this is the only way for right now. This at least makes me happy to get Adobe Flash Player back on YouTube on Internet Explorer 11.
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash recentteen14 4/16/16 12:44 PM
Compatability view works for now, thanks for the fix. Hopefully it'll stick.
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Joshua Morrow 4/16/16 4:32 PM
My mother did say that it may be for a limited amount of time. To me, I don't really know yet. At least that it'll let me continue watching YouTube videos in Adobe Flash Player longer using Compatabilty View on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. :-)
Re: How do I disable html5 player in Internet Explorer and go to Adobeflash Joshua Morrow 4/18/16 2:02 AM
Update from 2 days ago: You can also install an add-on on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox that enables YouTube to play in Adobe Flash Player instead of HTML5 Player. I decided to do that 2 days ago. It can also let you select the player that you want YouTube to play the videos in. Pretty cool huh? :-)