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  • Adobe Compromise Will Finally Bring Flash Video Streaming to iOS

    Flash has been a thorn in Apple's side ever since the first iPhone shipped almost 4 years ago. While users have grown accustomed to their iOS devices not being able to display Flash content, it's unfortunate that Apple and Adobe have not been able to reach some sort of compromise before now.

    Adobe, however, may have finally come up with a solution to the Flash dilemma once and for all with their latest version of Flash. At the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas, Adobe recently previewed the latest version of Flash that incorporates HTTP live streaming. With this new version of Flash, iOS devices will finally be able to display Flash video without the need to install any additional software on their devices.

    Over the years Apple has been steadfast in their opposition to approving Flash for the iOS. Continually citing concerns over Flash’s poor overall performance and being detrimental to battery life. At one point Apple CEO Steve Jobs even went so far as to post an open letter on the company website defending their position regarding Flash on iOS devices entitled, Thoughts on Flash.

    Adobe's latest vision, however, is designed to help content publishers stream protected video to more types of mobile devices including Apple's iPad 2. This new streaming technology is being built into Adobe's Media Server and will allow a much wider variety of devices access to Flash video content. Their solution is designed to be transparent to the end user and will not require any additional software to be downloaded as well.

    According to Adobe’s company blog, “(HTTP Live Streaming) HLS is an MPEG2 transport stream (container) used by devices such as the Apple iPad 2. By adding support for HLS within the Flash Media Server, Adobe is reducing the publishing complexity for broadcasters who need to reach browsers supporting HLS through HTML5 (such as Safari) or devices where Adobe Flash is not installed.”

    For the average user, the details of this plan to get Flash video to more devices is a bit technical, however, in the not too distant future, Flash required warnings will be a thing of the past. If your device doesn’t have Flash installed on it, no problem, the server will send you the video in a format that your device is capable of displaying. It’s unclear just how long it will take Adobe to implement this across the board, but at least a solution to the Flash problem is finally on its way.

    Source: Adobe
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Adobe Compromise Will Finally Bring Flash Video Streaming to iOS started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 86 Comments
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      Also, a general question to the rest of you iPhone/iPad users, how often do you actually hit a brick wall on the internet because that site requires flash? In my 3 years of iPhone usage it's happened fewer than 10 times (and that's an overestimate).
      Same here and well under 10 times.
    1. wickedultracool1's Avatar
      wickedultracool1 -
      as a former android user... Flash wasnt so awesome that it kept me from switching to iPhone... it would be a nice bonus and this is definitely progress.... I will take it
    1. adityadx's Avatar
      adityadx -
      i heard that orignal ipad could be used to run flash (frash was there thought to prove that) and ipad 3 will run flash on mobile safari ? is it true ?
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Quote Originally Posted by adityadx View Post
      i heard that orignal ipad could be used to run flash (frash was there thought to prove that) and ipad 3 will run flash on mobile safari ? is it true ?
      Extremely doubtful. Jobs has been so adamant about not including flash iOS that if he were to suddenly allow it he would look like a fool.
    1. Mcbain-Flash's Avatar
      Mcbain-Flash -
      I think flash is a great idea to add even though i have frash.Half the reason why people bother jailbreaking iphone is for things like flash so why cant apple get these features added that were all trying to get and its forcing us to jailbreak our device.And does this mean Flash Iphone Developers can now publish apps in the App Store?

      There are lots of things i love about iOS but hate the restrictions.I myself am switching to a Mac soon just so i can develop apps because flash cs5 isnt getting me anywhere.

    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Is this update available to be implemented yet? I posted a message in hopes comedy central will update this soon.

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