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.