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The real reason flash video exists

(My mental blank from last post came unblanked)

Despite all the protestations of 'seamless play', 'unified experience', 'rich viewing controls', 'no codec hassles' I strongly suspect the following:

The real reason flash video even exists is to prevent "downloads".

The tech-savvy know streaming==downloading, but look at all the trouble most video sites take to defeat FLV-downloaders.

Surely, no matter how great HTML5 video embedding is, those sites aren't gonna touch it as long as their copyright lawyers are in the policy driver's seat.

Counterpoint: Youtube is dipping their toe in the HTML5 waters...I'm keen to see whether the sharks bite it off.