Adobe's Flash Platform Coming To TVs, STBs
A whole slew of firms -- including System on Chips (SoC) vendors, OEMs, cable operators and content providers including Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors and Sigma Designs (we could go on, but we suspect you get the point) -- have banded together at the expo to voice their support. In theory, at least, this collaboration will enable Flash videos to be more easily accessed and viewed on TVs.
The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home is available immediately to OEMs and the first devices and SoC platforms with support for the optimized Flash technology are expected to ship in the second half of 2009. Specifically, the Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home (boy, what a mouthful!) will enable the deliver of HD web videos to home devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. The real kicker? Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser.