Apple has long put the kybosh on Adobe’s Flash to run natively on Safari which forced iPhone and iPad owners wanting to view what some say is 70% of the internets video content, to look to other means to render it server side like Skyfire’s browser. A clever manuever on Skyfire’s part to simply take the banned material by apple and covert it on their server to Apple approved HTML5 and then send it back to the device to play through Safari.

today however, Adobe has announced at the IBC 2011 Conference in Amsterdam that they have just relased Flash® Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access® 3.0 software. Flash Media Server 4.5 will alloow develoeprs to stream Flash content right iPhone and iPad owners Safari Browser. Definetly something a lot of people have been wanting and a lot of other tablet manufacturers (cough Samsung) have been using to their advantage in their marketing against Apple and the iPad.

Check out the entire announcement below.

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Adobe Announces Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Adobe Flash Access 3.0

New Ways to Deliver and Protect High-Quality Video Online and On-device Simplify Streaming Media and Content Protection for Superior Video Experiences Across Desktops and Devices Including iOS, Android and Playbook

IBC 2011 September 08, 2011 10:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SAN JOSE, Calif. & AMSTERDAM–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced at the IBC 2011 Conference and Exhibition significant new releases of industry-leading streaming video solutions, including Adobe® Flash® Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access® 3.0 software. With Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers can extend their already broad mobile reach via Flash-enabled devices, with the new ability to deliver video content to Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices, enabling them to reach the widest audience possible. Adobe Flash Access 3.0, a robust content protection and monetization solution, will enable content owners to deliver on-demand content with massive scale and strict studio-level security across a broad range of devices, following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR® 3.

“Adobe has a deep heritage in providing video solutions for delivering content online and on-device. With Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, we’re enabling businesses to reach more customers and more devices, helping them increase the impact of video experiences, enhance their brands and ultimately, drive business success”

At the IBC 2011 Exhibition, Adobe will demonstrate its streaming video solutions including the Flash Media Server family, Flash Access, the Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) and Adobe Pass, Adobe’s content authentication solution for TV Everywhere, at its stand (Hall 7 Stand 7.G27) in the RAI Convention Center, Sept. 9-13 in Amsterdam.

“Adobe has a deep heritage in providing video solutions for delivering content online and on-device. With Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, we’re enabling businesses to reach more customers and more devices, helping them increase the impact of video experiences, enhance their brands and ultimately, drive business success,” said Pritham Shetty, vice president, Video Solutions, Adobe.

“When your business is based on delivering live, broadcast-quality video streams for high-profile events to massive audiences across the world, having strong technology backing you is vital,” said Ben Rolling, vice president of development for AEG Digital Media, the leading provider of complete webcast management and media services for live streaming events and online video. “Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 improves the stability of our video streams, decreases load times, and helps us better manage encoding and bitrates for an improved end-user experience on mobile devices and online. We can trust that it will deliver rock solid video streams and please our clients, advertisers and viewers, whether we’re streaming the royal wedding or the Grammy Awards.”

Premium Video Streaming with Flash Media Server 4.5

Flash Media Server 4.5 expands on its mobile delivery options with the addition of iOS support and enables content owners to create HTTP content on the fly to reduce costs brought on by device proliferation. New features of Flash Media Server 4.5:

  • Delivery to iPad and iPhone enables businesses to use the same media and live streams to deliver full adaptive bit-rate experiences to platforms supporting Flash, as well as Apple devices, including iPad and iPhone.
  • Integrated Content Protection simplifies deployment and reduces infrastructure cost, enabling seamless streaming for advertising-funded online video.
  • On-demand Stream Packaging eliminates the need to prepare and protect assets ahead of time, reducing complexity and storage costs and simplifying publishing for businesses so they can use one set of source video to reach multiple downstream devices.

Premium Video Monetization and Content Protection with Flash Access 3.0

Flash Access 3.0 builds on Adobe’s strong traction in video delivery by extending support to reach mobile devices. This allows content providers to securely deliver and monetize content with a single back-end workflow, delivering rich, engaging experiences on desktop, connected TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and smartphones. New features of Flash Access 3.0:

  • Support on Mobile Devices will include Android tablets and smartphones, as well as other mobile devices, allowing video programmers to leverage the same content delivery, protection and monetization infrastructure to target mobile devices, following the upcoming release of Adobe Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 (set to be available later this quarter).
  • Scalable License Delivery and in-band Key Rotation enables Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs) and programmers to offer television experiences over IP, whether over the open Internet or on a managed network, at massive scale. With Flash Access 3.0, it is now possible to securely deliver multiple TV “channels” to millions of subscribers with a cost-effective premium content protection solution.
  • Compatibility with Industry Standards including UltraViolet, an industry-standard, cloud-based digital rights locker system that will allow consumers to create personal virtual video libraries and access them across multiple devices. Flash Access has been approved for use with UltraViolet, set to be released this fall. Flash Access 3.0 and the upcoming versions of Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be able to be leveraged by content retailers, service providers and device manufacturers to create full UltraViolet experiences, including playback for the UVVU Common File Format.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Flash Access 3.0 is offered at per unit CPM pricing. Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 4.5 is offered at US$995. Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server 4.5 is offered at US$4,500. Adobe Flash Media Enterprise Server 4.5 pricing can be quoted by contacting Adobe. Products can be ordered today at www.adobe.com/go/fms and are available immediately.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Argh you’re killing me with these bad jpeg decisions! Maybe you’re too old to notice but when you do this you clog up the logos and whatever with lossy compression artifacts. Use PNG.

    Last time I whined about this you said something about a screen shot program you use, something like that, to snap these things and the convenience outweighs consideration for my format OCD — what exactly is it that you need, describe that, and I’ll either set you up with an alternative that you like and I like or I’ll stop bitching.

    Now back to the topic, Flash and Apple, I love Flash as much as the next guy but one thing I liked about Jobs was his fierce resistance and the notion that Apple could actually snuff out Flash to the point that it would accelerate adoption of things like HTML5 so that I don’t have to make multiple versions of the same website.

    That said, I’m seeing very slow movement on Youtube cleaning up their HTML5 version (youtube.com/html5). Not to mention the browser families cannot agree on codecs which is irritating. Flip a damn coin if you have to, let’s just get an agreement and implement it into all the major browsers, phone browsers and Youtube which would be instrumental in leveraging support.

    When in doubt, PNGs Smith. But if you are just in love with making me nuts using JPG like this, or you use it extensively in your own life but wish you could save 80% of the space with no visible quality loss, and you should also maybe do an article on these guys, check out JPEGMini. Good stuff.

  2. I’ll see what I can do with the PNG’s Simmons, but when I am writing, the windows snipping tool is pretty handy to quickly grab images. I will try to convert them.

    Since it is still widely accepted that flash accounts for 70% of the video content on the internet, I had always thought that the Skyfire solution of server side rendering and converting a pretty swift idea. I understand the going forward plan of HTML5 but miss the sense in limiting mobile internet browsers from flash.

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