The HTML5 and Flash Player

BBC video and audio content is delivered to web browsers using one of our two video players: the HTML5 player and the Flash player.

In most cases the HTML5 player is used by default - where it's compatible with browser and content. In some cases, the Flash player will be used instead. There is no appreciable difference in video quality or functionality between them.

If we give you the Flash player by default you can use this page to select the HTML5 player instead. There will be an opt-in to the right if this is an option for your browser.

There are some places where the HTML5 player won't work. These include:

  • Windows XP
  • Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 or below
  • Safari on MacOS El Capitan or older

Get in touch

If you have any feedback, please email — we can only respond to comments regarding playback if you are experiencing difficulties choosing between Flash and HTML5.

For any other comments or concerns, please use the BBC contact form.