Because Apple and Google both championed the destruction of flash on mobile browsers nearly 8 years ago Youtube has largely been considered HTML5 friendly because it was the first major streaming site to convert all its videos to the new format for Apple’s new device. That was of course before Android and the Samsung lawsuits.
While YouTube is still very HTML5 friendly there are a few differences between a self-hosted video platform serving only HTML5 and Youtube’s advertiser friendly HTML5 compatible website.
Below is the YouTube Vs. HTML5 Videos breakdown:
HTML5 Self-Hosted videos have the following advantages:
-Faster load times than YouTube, often bypassing ISPs.
-Engagement within the mobile browser without switching to the Youtube App.
-Users that share the video with friends will exchange the website link rather than YouTube link, promoting domain.
-No suggested videos by default, YouTube can be switched off but is often forgotten.
-Option to Remove play heads, auto play, mute, and layer are available on desktop.
-Larger Audience for discoverability.
-Videos rank well on YouTube page, when optimized.
-Channels can earn ad dollars.
-Advertisers can promote their business on the paid platform.