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Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 Brings Flash Video Streaming to iOS Devices


Adobe yesterday announced the release of Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, updated tools to allow publishers to host streaming Flash video content. As noted by Computerworld, the release includes a new solution to allow Flash content to be repackaged and streamed to iOS devices, which famously do not support Flash Player directly.
"With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad."

In other words, Adobe's solution repackages content in real-time, changing the protocol to suit the target device, HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HLS, for example. This should mean that iOS devices will get much of the advantages of Flash video support, without the processor degradation and battery life cost of the format in use on other devices.
Consequently, as media publishers begin to adopt the new Adobe software, they will be able to easily deliver HTML5-compatible content to mobile devices alongside the traditional Flash Player content. Because the feature utilizes video streaming technology rather than running the Flash content directly on the device, it does not yet support interactive Flash content such as games and banner ads, but the ability to access streaming Flash video on iOS devices will certainly be a welcome addition for many users.

A number of media providers have of course already taken to providing HTML5 versions of their video content in order to bring compatibility to iOS devices, but direct integration of the functionality into Flash Media Server should simplify the process for those content providers who have invested in the platform.

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39 months ago
This is what a good company does - find and provide a solution to a problem.

Now imagine if Adobe had released this during all that time they spent publicly fighting with Apple - they'd have a year or more of profit to account for.
Rating: 34 Votes
39 months ago

Flash support (kinda) for iOS without having to build it in...


don't know what the android boys will have to argue against compared to their local flash installation crap.


You both realise that streaming video is only a very small part of what Flash can do right ?

I bet the Android boys still have plenty of other advantages to their native Flash support, like you know, actually being able to play around on newgrounds or something. ;)
Rating: 23 Votes
39 months ago
Flash? The ONLY app/plugin that crashes my computers everyday?

Flash? Being an owner of iPhones - 3 - from the original launch, upgrading each update to currently 3 iPhone4's - people miss Flash on their iPhone device for? What? You need your iPhones to crash all day long? Which Flash is perfect for.

Flash exists for advertising. So people want MORE advertising on their iPhone?

Even Google knew not to use Flash on the iPhone. Now if Google could learn and make YouTube not use Flash - computers would crash 100% less a day for all people.

Flash = nightmare crashes for all devices.
Rating: 22 Votes
39 months ago
Oh, just let it die. Pleasee.
Rating: 22 Votes
39 months ago
Wow. Seems like a great thing, don't know what the android boys will have to argue against compared to their local flash installation crap.
Rating: 19 Votes
39 months ago
You know, I suppose this is basically good news. Flash support (kinda) for iOS without having to build it in...

Does feel like a bit too little too late though. At least the boxes are pretty.
Rating: 17 Votes
39 months ago
At $4500 a pop I doubt all websites will upgrade.
Rating: 17 Votes
39 months ago
Happy to have this functionality coming, but really it's been remarkably rare that I've missed Flash on my iStuff.
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

Wow. Seems like a great thing, don't know what the android boys will have to argue against compared to their local flash installation crap.


I think they will be mad that this new, more efficient method of streaming will only go to iOS devices and blame Apple for forcing them to continue to use their antiquated, memory hogging, local Flash installations and which slow down and/or crash and run their devices out of battery. Which of course they will package in a neat little pouty phrase like "yeah, you need to use this new, sissy Flash because Apple sucks".
Rating: 16 Votes
39 months ago

Yeah... too bad it doesn't do any of that other stuff very well. If it did, it would be awesome.


It doesn't ? I could swear I've been playing Actionscript games and watching vector graphic animations since the late 90s using Flash...

Good thing you've now told me it doesn't work. ;)
Rating: 15 Votes

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