Adobe's New Software Splay Delivers Streaming Solutions To iOS

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News Posted: Fri, Sep 9 2011 8:34 PM
There's been a lot of hubbub recently surrounding Adobe's newest software reveal, and how it related to iOS. Unfortunately, it doesn't add Flash "support" to the iPod touch, iPad or iPhone. Wouldn't that be nice? That said, we are still moving in a positive direction. Adobe Pass, Flash Access 3.0 and Flash Media Server 4.5 were the flagship products being revealed at the International Broadcasters Convention, and yes, they do tie-in to iOS in a few key ways. But those Flash websites? Still unavailable on the world's most popular tablet...

With Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers can extend their already broad mobile reach via Flash-enabled devices, with the new ability to deliver video content to Apple's iPad and iPhone devices, enabling them to reach the widest audience possible. Adobe Flash Access 3.0, a robust content protection and monetization solution, will enable content owners to deliver on-demand content. But it's just a streaming solution; it's not something that'll change those errors you're seeing. That said, are we inching closer to a future where Flash websites will indeed load on the iPad? One can hope.

According to Adobe: "Delivery to iPad and iPhone enables businesses to use the same media and live streams to deliver full adaptive bit-rate experiences to platforms supporting Flash, as well as Apple devices, including iPad and iPhone." C'mon guys -- can't we just all be friends? 
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Mobixell replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 1:21 AM

The only way there will be Flash on iOS is when Apple says they want it. And they will never want it. HTML5 video and animation support should take up some of the slack starting soon. But that will have to wait until people stop using IE6 (PEOPLE! STOP USING IE6!!). In the meantime, there are solutions like Seamless Access from Mobixell which gives mobile carriers a way to transcode FLVs into formats that iOS devices can play. Carriers can do it on the network so that we subscribers don't have to download or pay for 3rd party apps that sometimes work. The Mobixell solution is also set to enable Flash animation in a release coming soon. There is light at the end of the Apple core.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Sep 11 2011 3:00 AM

Well, people have been saying that for years but it just doesn't seem like there's going to be any HTML5 video unless they all agree on a codec, and we've got proprietary codecs fighting with open codecs for the spot. I mean HTML5 video is interesting but the main thing that'll get it going is universal acceptance.

Also, I don't think the small minority of people using IE6 will matter much. Again, HTML5 video and animation will only take over once they have universal acceptance.


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I understand Apple wanting to control their devices more than the rest of manufacturers. But this is ridiculous that Apple and Adobe are basically fighting each other for this support. I have to say though good for Adobe at coming up a solution that will bypass the need to have flash installed. I personally would not have any plugins installed on my PC if it would not reduce the usability of so many websites.

@Taylor lets hope they can agree on some type of standard for video and HTML5 it would be great to not need plugins for so many sites.

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