We love Netflix, but every time the company pesters us to download Silverlight again we cringe just a little bit. Thankfully this small annoyance is finally coming to an end for Mac users, though you’ll have to download OS X Yosemite first.
Netflix is getting rid of the Silverlight plugin in the new version of Safari, instead relying on HTML5 to power its streaming service. The company says it’s been working closely with Apple to bake its service right into the new version of Safari which comes with OS X Yosemite. Netflix already offers a similar feature on Windows 8.1 using Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 11 browser and on Google Chromebooks.
The company also notes the new version of Netflix is just as secure and actually helps save battery life, adding about two hours of use even if you’re streaming at 1080p. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t extend to third-party browsers, meaning if you use Chrome on a Mac or PC you’ll still need Silverlight. Netflix says it’s hopeful the same APIs will be available on all browsers at some point in the future, though it’s unclear when that day will arrive.
OS X Yosemite is available as a free download, though for now you’ll need to join the Mac Developer Program to get your hands on a super early beta version of it. You can also wait for Apple to launch its public OS X Beta Program later, or just hold off until the official release this fall.