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11-04-2010, 02:13 AM #1
Skyfire Developer Pulls Own App for Being Too Successful
Flash on iOS devices has been a hotly debated topic ever since the iPhone was first introduced three years ago. Apple and Adobe have not been able to resolve their differences during this time and there seems to be no end in sight. There is hope, however, and it lies with a new WebKit app called Skyfire. It’s not a perfect solution to flash on the iPhone, but it does give people access to a large number of Flash videos on the web. Unfortunately, Skyfire removed the app voluntarily soon after it was introduced.
The first five hours of Skyfire’s initial release went quite well. Enthusiasm for the app was so great that it overwhelmed their server’s capacity to deliver video at a reasonable rate. In just five hours, Skyfire became the top grossing app and the third highest paid app overall. This is quite an impressive feat, to say the least.
In the past, there have been many eagerly anticipated apps. When Skyfire launched with Apple’s blessing, there was no way for the company to know just how popular their app would become. “The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade,” said Robert on the Skyfire website.
I was fortunate enough to download Skyfire while it was still available and I can say that I was impressed with its ease of use and video quality. It was great being able to watch an episode of The Daily Show on my iPhone instead of having to go to my computer. Later in the day, I thought I’d watch something else on a different website, but was greeted with this message when I opened the app:
I have not been able to watch any Flash videos since this morning when I first bought the app. On the Skyfire website, the company says it is working to increase its capacity to meet demand. Hopefully they generated enough income to purchase a few more servers and will get them up and running quickly. With so many iOS users clamoring for more video content on their portable devices, I hope the company can resolve all of its technical issues and get the app back in the App Store quickly.
Skyfire was pulled not for violation of terms, but because it was just too popular. This is an unprecedented event in the history of the App Store. Flash may be on its way out, according to Apple, but if the success of this app is any indication, Flash will be with us a while longer. Now, if Hulu would just get on board and not lock everyone out of their site that uses an iPhone, I would be very happy indeed.
11-04-2010, 02:36 AM #2
Can't wait till it's up and running again
11-04-2010, 02:40 AM #3
so we cant use it anymore?
11-04-2010, 02:44 AM #4
^^for now no u cannot use it it says it down. read
11-04-2010, 02:47 AM #5
well the reason why im questioning it is because i just opened and loaded an episode of south park fine
11-04-2010, 02:55 AM #6
11-04-2010, 03:08 AM #7
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This is an amazing app.
There's been apps that load (OFFLINE) flv videos, but still has choppy framerates n horrible interface
this apps filled with IMPORTANT basic feature.
The framerates and Quality is AMAZING. considering it has to:
1. LOAD the video off of the original
2. Send The video to skyfire server
4. Let us retrieve the video....
that's just simply amazing
THE EXTRAORDINARY thing is I was able to load videos with 1 BAR on 3G network.
11-04-2010, 03:25 AM #8
working just fine for me, ive watched a few episodes from comedycentral.com
11-04-2010, 03:33 AM #9
Incredible, at least people are being understanding of the issue. Just means that when they get back up and running, should work better than before. I see great updates in the future.You don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
11-04-2010, 05:00 AM #10
how to get rich quick: make app for playing flash video on iphoneI am not a jailbreak n00bI like to drink iPhoneahol...Circa 2008
11-04-2010, 05:21 AM #11
Wow, I guess apple should really reconsider blocking flash on iOS devices. Hell, I don't care if it uses up battery, memory, whatever. I want a CHOICE! Thank goodness Skyfire is giving that to us (over 3 years overdue).
Anyways, can't wait to try it myself
11-04-2010, 05:51 AM #12
11-04-2010, 06:06 AM #13
I was not impressed with the app since it failed to play any of the videos I tried, but at least the devs had the decency of stopping sales when realized they werent able to deliver.
11-04-2010, 07:16 AM #14
it doesnt play megavideo, divxvideo any of the premium online streaming sites....We need a native flash app on safari ASAP...Jobs, dumb arse, ru listening?
11-04-2010, 07:23 AM #15
Wow, this is surprising. I checked it out when it was still up but decided I was gonna buy it later, any idea of when it's going back up?Name? whereswaldo
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11-04-2010, 07:33 AM #16
I was looking forward to installing this app today, but it looks like it's not going to happen for awhile now.
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11-04-2010, 07:39 AM #17
I'm not a fan yet. It still makes u click a separate window to play video instead of auto-play like regular Internet. Plus video decoding takes FOREVER! Also, try it on the MMI homepage... you can't load any of the other YouTube videos except for the first one.
Frash mimics the real internet better than Skyfires Flash player. Hopefully it will get better but I doubt it since it's built on the concept of separate-window Video play.
Just my opinion.....
11-04-2010, 07:52 AM #18
However there should be a feature for that. Not gonna lie.
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11-04-2010, 08:09 AM #19
11-04-2010, 09:03 AM #20
Works awesome!!! Finnally I can stream God.tv and Ihop.org!!!