As part of the push to put Flash into the background, YouTube says it is also deprecating its option to embed YouTube videos as Flash objects. The site offers its iFrame embeds instead, which allow YouTube to decide on the fly whether to use HTML5- or Flash-based video depending on client-side capabilities.
YouTube’s embed transition has been ongoing for some time, just as its efforts to default to HTML5 video on the major browsers have been. When you try to embed a video from YouTube you’ll be hard-pressed to find a video with the option to use a Flash-based embed code—an option that was not the default but readily available just a few years ago.
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