Flash video content comes to Apple’s iPhone and iPad via $2.99 Skyfire app

Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users will soon be able to view Flash videos.

“Skyfire, which will be available for download at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday for $2.99, is the first such application to receive Apple’s approval for distribution in its App Store,” David Goldman reports for CNNMoney. “When users click on a page that contains Flash video, Skyfire’s servers download, render and translate the video into HTML5, which is a Web standard that iOS devices support. Skyfire then displays a thumbnail that users can click on to stream the video from its servers. ‘We will attack those pesky blue Flash error messages,’ said Jeffrey Glueck, Skyfire’s CEO… Skyfire for iOS isn’t a standalone application, but rather a tool that works on top of Apple’s Safari Web browser.”

Goldman reports, “Though three-quarters of Web video may be encoded in Flash, that doesn’t mean that video is encoded only in Flash. More than half of the videos found online are also available in HTML5, according to a recent study by MeFeedia. YouTube, for instance, encodes its videos in multiple formats, including Flash and HTML5, so it can be viewed on mobile devices without Flash support. But one major website that Skyfire won’t have an effect on is Hulu, which blocked the app from downloading its videos. Hulu, which hosts TV shows and movies from the major networks and studios, is free for PC users in the United States. But mobile users have to pay $10 a month for a subscription to Hulu Plus.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Enabling incompetent/ignorant/lazy/cheap purveyors of web video is no substitute for having them do it right in the first place. Get with the program: Stop using Flash. 120+ million users can’t see your videos and most aren’t about to pony up $2.99 to a third-party in order to work around your incompetence/ignorance/laziness/cheapness.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Jax 44,” and “iWill” for the heads up.]

44 Comments

  1. Another site also noted that it could not be used for games.  I have a nephew that has a iPad and he only wants Flash for games.  One thing Steve wrote in his open letter was that there was not a way to make mouse hover work with a touchscreen.  This gets overlooked, but it is a big problem for Flash.  I would like to know if they have solved this problem with Android’s Flash. I don’t see how they can port mouse hover to HTML 5.  

  2. Another site also noted that it could not be used for games.  I have a nephew that has a iPad and he only wants Flash for games.  One thing Steve wrote in his open letter was that there was not a way to make mouse hover work with a touchscreen.  This gets overlooked, but it is a big problem for Flash.  I would like to know if they have solved this problem with Android’s Flash. I don’t see how they can port mouse hover to HTML 5.  

  3. Well, since every other phone and tablet will have flash ability this was a no-brainer.

    It just sucks that Apple is extorting 3 bucks from their customers for giving them what should have came with device originally.

    The apple greed machine keeps rolling.

  4. Well, since every other phone and tablet will have flash ability this was a no-brainer.

    It just sucks that Apple is extorting 3 bucks from their customers for giving them what should have came with device originally.

    The apple greed machine keeps rolling.

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