Adobe gives sneak peek of Flash video streaming to Apple iPad, iPhone (with video)

Adobe began previewing new video streaming technology today at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Conference in Las Vegas.

Built on the Adobe Flash Media Server these new capabilities are another demonstration against our vision of helping content publishers stream protected video to more mobile devices, including Apple iOS devices.

Adobe’s Kevin Towes explains via Adobe’s blog, “We introduced HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) last year for the Adobe Flash Platform. HDS leverages the MPEG-4 fragment container format using H.264/AAC codecs. The file format (F4F) is used today by CDNs such as Akamai and is benefiting broadcasters with greater reach and quality of service. It enables us to continue optimizing and innovating the HTTP delivery format for the best possible user experience and additional monetization opportunities.”

“As we continue to evolve this technology we will be adding support for another format, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS),” Towes writes. “HLS is an MPEG2 transport stream (container) used by devices such as the Apple iPad 2. By adding support for HLS within the Flash Media Server, Adobe is reducing the publishing complexity for broadcasters who need to reach browsers supporting HLS through HTML5 (such as Safari) or devices where Adobe Flash is not installed. Where Flash is installed, Flash Media Server packages the stream using MPEG4-fragments (F4F) to deliver video over HTTP to Flash.”

Towes reports, “We also began previewing the next version of Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, which can capture a live broadcast stream and publish out to multiple devices including Android, Apple iOS and Samsung TVs. Using the Matrox M02 or Blackmagic capture devices, you can see the complete broadcast workflow at work. We are also previewing content protection to the Motorola Xoom tablet and the Samsung connected TV using Adobe Flash Access.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: MacNN. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Maybe i’m confused… but this is NOT “Flash” on an ipad.. but Adobe converts it to HTML5?… or in other words, Apple wins again by proving that you can use HTML5 instead of Flash..

    “By adding support for HLS within the Flash Media Server, Adobe is reducing the publishing complexity for broadcasters who need to reach browsers supporting HLS through HTML5 (such as Safari) or devices where Adobe Flash is not installed”

    Or in other words, Broadcasters understand that Flash is dead…

  2. It just seems that Adobe is floundering. Besides the Apple Adobe feud, I am tired of Adobe’s introduction of new CS suites with very small differences but the same old upgrade price. Normal free product updates is what they are but apparently Adobe needs the $$.

    1. I hear you. After seeing how software can be done (Final Cut X) I have no respect for Adobe’s work. CS is one UI inconsistency away from being called Trollware.

      1. Yeah, Illustrator is brutal. Unintuitive and bloated. There was a ton of great innovation in Freehand when they bought it and instead of leveraging it they killed the features. Years later and they haven’t implemented some of them. Corel Draw?

        1. ditto on the squandering of FreeHand into Illustrator. For me not so much about features but the ease of use. Hey, try to draw an archimedean spiral in Illustrator that doesn’t take 15-20 minutes. Took 10 seconds in FreeHand… literally.

          Ah, but Adobe is now offering subscriptions to it’s Creative Suite so is that being innovative or something else?

        2. So true, I remember using Freehand before Macromedia murdered it and it was an user interface heaven and so innovative. In illustrator you still have to key in a rotation angle for for blends when as far back as can remember in Freehand you had a simple rotary dial so that you could easily and instantly see how different angles would transform the blend relative to the background especially useful for complex metallic or glass effects. I expected that this would be incorporated into illustrator almost immediately, yet ten odd years later I am still waiting. That alone says everything about Adobe innovation.

    1. flounder verb
      Definition of FLOUNDER

      intransitive verb
      : to struggle to move or obtain footing : thrash about wildly
      : to proceed or act clumsily or ineffectually
      See flounder defined for English-language learners »
      Examples of FLOUNDER

      The horses were floundering through the deep snow.
      He was floundering around in the pool like an amateur.
      After watching me flounder for a few minutes, my instructor took over.
      Origin of FLOUNDER

      probably alteration of founder
      First Known Use: 1592

    2. Honestly, foundering or floundering are relatively interchangeable. I’ve come across this usage a number of times. Just look at all the meanings for both words. I’m not trying to be some smart-ass definition nazi.

      1. Not so fast, steve…both words can mean stumble, stagger, etc. But if you see a ship floundering, then take some pictures. If you are on a ship that is foundering, then you need a lifeboat.

        1 the ship foundered: sink, go to the bottom, go down, be lost at sea.
        2 the scheme foundered: fail, be unsuccessful, not succeed, fall flat, fall through, collapse, backfire, meet with disaster, come to nothing, come to naught; informal flatline, flop, bomb. ANTONYMS succeed.
        3 their horses foundered in the river: stumble, trip, trip up, lose one’s balance, lose/miss one’s footing, slip, stagger, lurch, totter, fall, tumble, topple, sprawl, collapse.

          1. Drat!
            According to Seafood Watch, Atlantic flounder and sole are currently on the list of seafood that sustainability-minded consumers should avoid.
            On the other hand Monterey aquarium reckons stocks are recovering!

        1. If you ask people whether “the ship was floundering” is correct, most will say yes, and be wrong. The problem is that foundering is rarely used correctly, and most folks aren’t even aware of the word. It is defensible to say Adobe is floundering, but foundering is more precise. It is a failing scheme and a sinking ship. And any time you can use a word that people think is wrong — as opposed to one that is a quarter-bubble off but close enough — that is a cool thing. And if you can use lie and lay correctly, you are indeed a rarity. No lay. I mean, no lie.

        2. When you start to discuss the meanings of obscure words you usually get into trouble with the subtle differences between American English and British English.

          Hope this isn’t one of those times.

  3. Well, I’m sure not impressed with the clarity of his written message. The video is much easier to understand. But I’m not sure I see the need for a flash player – why not do it all in HTML? Also, did you notice the jerkiness of the playback on the xoom?

  4. Dear Adobe go and play in the road with your Flash. Thanks.

    I expect Apple are in the final stages of producing an application for outputting HTML5 packaged media that will finally kill of Flash. Alternatively they could just wait and watch Adobe kill flash off for themselves.

    The moment I installed ClickToFlash was the moment I took my Macs out of the fans spinning cpu draining mire that internet browsing had become thanks to Adobe Flash. There’s nothing flash about Flash is there Adobe?

  5. The “HTML5 instead of Flash” mantra has been repeated for so long that most people who heard it by now assume it is a simple and straightforward swap. It is NOT.

    On the web, Flash is primarily used for two things: streaming video, and interactive applications.

    Solid majority of Flash content online is actually just streaming video; much less of it is interactive applications, and even among those, vast majority are actually small Flash-based animated banners. With respect to streaming video, we have already seen that it can be delivered via alternative means (QuickTime, HTML5). For greedy (and paranoid) content owners who need DRM, Adobe has just closed the gap with the announcement today, providing DRM wrapper.

    However, animated and interactive applications CANNOT be simply ported over to HTML5 (or any other open standard). Most of them are build on complex ActionScript code, which does NOT translate well into anything else, being Adobe’s proprietary language. About the only alternative would be to develop those applications from the ground up in another equally complex programming language (perhaps Java).

    The number of high-profile web sites that extensively use Flash applications is not negligible. In addition to children’s sites (,,, etc), there are many commercial ones that leverage Flash for elegant user interface. Not all Flash code is ad banners (although, for sure, that is where it gets most of its notoriety); among thousands and thousands of Flash developers, there are many really, really gifted and good ones, who deliver very good applications.

    Until someone invents an alternative open-standard way for delivering these complex applications to the web browser, Flash will NOT go away.

  6. So instead of saying Hey Flash is getting old and it’s bloated, they can’t let go of the Flash name and they build a converter instead of building a new Flash that renders in HTML5 and converts your old stuff to the new standard, they build this stuff.

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