Those using the newly released Windows 8.1 Preview to stream Netflix titles are in for a treat, as the movie and TV site has dropped the requirement to use the Silverlight plugin to power its streams on PC in favour of HTML5. The catch being you have to use Internet Explorer 11.
The move to HTML5 comes thanks to Microsoft implementing Media Foundation APIs to handle GPU hardware acceleration within Windows, Encrypted Media Extensions to handle the DRM demands and the Web Cryptography API inside Internet Explorer for secure encryption and decryption of content.
The latter means HTML5 support is for those using IE 11 only for the time being, but Netflix says it hopes to see these plugins adopted by other browsers. [Netflix]