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Adobe previews Flash video streaming to the iOS devices

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Wed April 13, 2011

Flash Media Server updated with new capabilities

Adobe has previewed new capabilities for the company's Flash Media Server platform, which will enable users to stream content to the iPad and other devices that do not directly support Flash-based media. The system uses a new format, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), that works as a MPED2 transport container supported by devices such as the iPad.

The company is working to simplify content delivery using Flash Media Server, which already supports HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) for MPEG-4 formats using H.264 and AAC codecs. For devices that do support Flash, the platform sends MPEG-4 fragments over HTTP to Flash utilities installed on devices.

Adobe is currently previewing the HLS capabilities used in conjunction with Safari on Mac, Safari on the iPad 2 and the browser on Motorola's Xoom tablet.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Gepard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Flash is dead!

    So in this example, why do we need Flash? Why not just to send a stream in HTML5?

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This is just Adobe going "What can we do to get video to iOS devices without supporting streaming h.264 video via standard html5 methods because doing that would undermine Flash". I would bet this actually takes extra processor time on both the client and the server as well as being buggier [as per Adobe standards] than standard streaming methods.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a bad thing..

    So Adobe is creating a set of tools that will allow content providers to get more of their content to more people. This is a good thing.

    As a consumer of content, I don't have to pay anything, I don't have to install anything. There's no cost to me.


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