All of a sudden, changing nothing on our index.html, our site is showing up in Google search results (on multiple browsers and devices) with Google Preview text that — instead of giving a summary of our site —now says:

Your browser does not currently recognize any of the video formats available. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about HTML5 video.

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We have a YouTube embed on our homepage that does include an html5 parameter in the media URL link in the embed, but there are no issues playing the video with any browser and device we can find.

What would suddenly cause this text to appear in Google search results?

We are using the Open Graph tags as the metatags in the <head> of our webpage and do indeed have title and description tags.

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    Have you viewed your site in Chrome version 41? That is the version that Googlebot is based on. – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 1 at 1:27
  • @StephenOstermiller I can't seem to find a reliable source for downloading Chrome version 41, do you happen to have any suggestions? – AdjunctProfessorFalcon Dec 3 at 6:24
  • I can't speak to whether this site is trustworthy, but they have an in depth article about using Chrome 41 to test as Googlebot and host downloads for it: elephate.com/blog/chrome-41-key-to-website-rendering – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 3 at 7:26
  • @StephenOstermiller Thank you very much for that link. I installed Windows on a VM and got Chromium 41 running. I get the same Google Preview text with the html5 video message when the site comes up in Google search results using this browser. – AdjunctProfessorFalcon Dec 3 at 17:00
  • How about if you view your site using that browser? Do you see that text on the page instead of the video? – Stephen Ostermiller Dec 3 at 17:02

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