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May 8, 2010 09:00 PM

please make this site iPad friendly

I just found this awesome site via @kevinrose, I'm very impressed and love the videos. However, I'm disappointed that the videos are not compatible on the iPad. Please make this site compatible with the iPad.


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  1. Please make the iPad compatible with the rest of the world. ;-)

    7 Replies
    1. re: ChinoWayne

      ipad uses HTML5 video players, the web standard.

      chow uses Flash, a proprietary plugin owned by Adobe and not a standard part of the web.

      wrapping video in standard HTML5 is better kung-fu than using an Abobe-owned format. most major publishers (including YouTube) have already switched to the standardized HTML5 wrappers for mobile devices.

      chow has not.

      1. re: kibbles

        Any ideas how we can encourage Chow to switch over?

        1. re: josephnl

          i would recommend using the Contact info on this website and submit your complaint/suggestion. their main email is:

          more located here:

          ...with millions upon millions of iOS users (15MM ipads alone sold in past 9 mos) they would be fools not to have something in the works.

        2. re: kibbles

          Kind of disingenuous to claim that HTML5 is the web standard. It's being slowly adopted and there are many experimental players. But it's certainly not the standard by a long shot.

          I can see where CH and many other sites wouldn't want to devote resources until things do stabilize.

          1. re: Jase

            regardless of adoption speed, HTML5 is "standard" as "HTML5" is the official HTML spec, and lives natively within the "web" world and will render in any HTML5 browser w/o add-ons. Flash, while a popular third-party plugin, is completely not part of any HTML spec -- it's a "plugin", which means Flash content will not render in a browser w/o installing an after-market add-on. it is not web. it's Adobe Flash.

            sorry but this is my trade.

            as for waiting for things to "stabilize", this doesnt hold water -- using an HTML5 wrapper is stable, now, today. which is why all of the major web publishers, including YouTube, CNN, etc, have already done so.

            1. re: kibbles

              Folks, we've had to remove some unfriendly replies from this thread. We appreciate the functionality discussion here, but please steer clear of getting too personal when engaging other hounds.

              1. re: The Chowhound Team

                So CH Team...are you guys considering a CH app and/or changing your video format to make this site more iPad friendly? An update would be appreciated!

      2. Hmmm, site looks JUST FINE on my cheap-o Dell notebook. Me thinks the issue is with your iPad.

        1. Pretty sure its the i-pad that's not compatible with Flash

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          1. re: enbell

            Yup... it's the iPad's fault for not supporting Flash, which is just stupid, IMO.

            1. re: vorpal

              IMO, it's a smart decision. I prefer the trade-off. I've set up my laptop browser to block Flash, and for as much browsing as I do (i.e., constantly), I only unblock it a couple times a week, if that. So for me, it's not a necessity when I'm mobile on iPhone or iPad.

              But on a lighter note,

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                I would prefer to have the choice whether or not to have Flash enabled. Given the vast number of Flash games, videos, and websites that use Flash to deliver content, I quite like Flash as a medium.

                While I love Apple, I have no intention, though, of purchasing an iPad, so it's not particularly important to me.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Agree. I don't want Flash on my iPad.

                  1. re: GH1618

                    oh no! you've drank the Steve Jobs kool-aid!!

                    HTML5 is making in-roads, sure, but Flash is still out there en-mass.

                    i have an iPad and am pissed at Apple for this. all these sites i visit saying that the content can't display because of lack of Flash.

                    most sites are not running out to convert to HTML5 just to support iDevices (iPad/iPhone).

                    Grumpiness really won the day since Adobe has discontinued support for Flash on all mobile devices.

                    yeah for less functionality and compatibility! another win for Apple!!

                    i still love my iPad, despite this obvious and egregious shortcoming.

                    1. re: drewskiSF

                      I'm quite familiar with PCs and hated Flash long before I had ever used a Mac.

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              1. I can view videos on my iPhone using the app from CBS Mobile.


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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Jobs isn't a flash fan. But exposure will bring the sites to Apple.