Adobe Delivers Flash Video to iPhone & iPad

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Adobe has finally figured out how to deliver Flash video to Apple’s iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. The company announced on Friday the release of Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, which makes it possible for content providers to use Flash to deliver video streams to many platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, OS X, and more.

We should note right at the top that Adobe is not announcing (or delivering) Flash support on iOS devices. Apple has chosen not to support Flash on its mobile devices, citing a variety of issues centered around performance and battery life. Instead, Apple supports HTTP Live Streaming, which is what YouTube and other video streaming sites use to deliver their content to iPhones and iPads.

What Adobe has done with Flash Media Server 4.5 is add in support for HTTP Live Streaming so that content providers can use the software to deliver their video streams in whatever form the user’s device supports. If a Mac or PC with Flash installed calls up the video stream, it will automatically be delivered via Flash. If an iOS device calls up the video stream, Adobe’s software will deliver it via HTTP Live Streaming, all without the content provider having to worry their pretty little heads about it.

This is significant for Adobe, because it removes a reason for its customers to leave Flash behind entirely as the needs of iOS device owners increasingly dictate online standards. The company has simultaneously increased the relevancy of Flash, but has done so in a way that keeps the burden of supporting the technology on the server side.

Please note (again) that this is not the same thing as “Flash on your iPhone.” Today’s announcement has nothing to do with playing Flash games on your iOS device or viewing other interactive Flash content. It is instead about delivering streaming video in a format that is already supported by iOS.

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Pseudo Flash Video Streaming on Your iPad
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Comments

Nemo

Yeah, but if you have got to support and are serving more and more of your video in HTTP Live Streaming, there is less and less reason and, perhaps, no reason to pay Adobe to use Flash, which is pretty damned expensive, while HTTP Live Streaming is free.

Oblivious

So this means I get flash games on my iPad, right?

sflocal

So this means I get flash games on my iPad, right?

You really should take a moment to read the article.  As the last paragraph clearly states:

“Please note (again) that this is not the same thing as ?Flash on your iPhone.? Today?s announcement has nothing to do with playing Flash games on your iOS device or viewing other interactive Flash content. It is instead about delivering streaming video in a format that is already supported by iOS.”

So to answer your question, the answer is clearly “No”.

somewhere-in-ca

sflocal, I believe you missed the point… “Oblivious” asked about getting flash games on their iPad.  =)

ALL_CAPS_DOLT

DONT TAKE PEOPLE SERIOUS WHEN THEIR NAME IS OBLIVIOUS

geoduck

Sounds good. I like anything that lets me strip Flash off of more of my devices.

I wonder though if this might become a “legacy server”. That is, sites with lots of flash video might use it for the moment but all new stuff will be in HTTP Live Streaming. After a couple of years when there is little call for the legacy videos, they and this server software will go away.

Just a thought.

mhikl

sflocal, I can understand Oblivious’ error. I was so excited to rant agin the possibility of Flash (spit) on any Apple device I was already working my rant to a storm, in my head. But I slowed down and determinedly studied Bryan’s words and caught myself in time.

Nothing is so clear when hopes (or disbelief) arise.

sflocal

sflocal, I believe you missed the point? ?Oblivious? asked about getting flash games on their iPad.? =)

Oh… my bad… I simply was under the impression that the iPad was just a big iPod Touch or a big iPhone without the phone that the two could overlap.  </sarcasm>  =)

I must be “oblivious”.  =)

El Barto

Finaly, flash games for the iPad!

omg_wow

Oblivious said:

So this means I get flash games on my iPad, right?

You really should take a moment to read the article.? As the last paragraph clearly states:

?Please note (again) that this is not the same thing as ?Flash on your iPhone.? Today?s announcement has nothing to do with playing Flash games on your iOS device or viewing other interactive Flash content. It is instead about delivering streaming video in a format that is already supported by iOS.?

So to answer your question, the answer is clearly ?No?.

OMG flash games on my iphone? Thats awesome!

stovetop ipad cooker

I can’t wait to finally have flash games on my iphone. Thanks for the posts.

BurmaYank

Dear “stovetop ipad cooker”/AKA-“omg_wow”/AKA-“El Barto”/AKA-“ALL_CAPS_DOLT”/AKA-“somewhere-in-ca”/AKA-“Oblivious”:

Thanks for your posts (and your good advice: “DONT TAKE PEOPLE SERIOUS WHEN THEIR NAME IS OBLIVIOUS”)

dmuzzy

Hehe, sudo Flash.

Flashmyass

Cool….Will Apple allow Adobe to post the new Flash App in it’s store?  LOL.

adam

sorry dummies its not flash or flash games on your ipad its simple video using the flash video streaming server so you can watch more vids on your ipad

Mikuro

I can’t wait for the browser plugins that make it use non-Flash streaming on my computer, too. Flash is still a big fat CPU hog. I can already trick YouTube into giving me plain ol’ H.264 video directly, but not most sites.

I wonder what the security implications are. Some sites go to a lot of trouble to make it difficult/impossible to download their Flash videos. I imagine using HTTP live streaming would pretty much negate those efforts.

Bryan Chaffin

Hehe, sudo Flash.

Bless you, dmuzzy, that was thing I giggled about the most when putting this image together and I feared no one would notice. smile

Left of Centre

This is one of the only things holding me back from buying an iPad…lack of Flash. But now that I know that games, websites, videos, presentations and whatnot are coming with Flash I’ll certainly reconsider my purchasing decision. Thanks Adobe! Booya.

HAUTE COUTURE

DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THIS WILL ALLOW ME TO WATCH PORN ON MY IPAD?

I WATCH A LOT OF PORN - FLASH VIDEOS - ON MY COMPUTER BUT ITS TOUGH TO DO ON MY IPAD.

THIS IS A SERIOUS QUESTION. WILL THE ADOBE ALLOW ME TO WATCH THIS STUFF ON MY IPAD??

Igor

This is great. Now we have options. 1) 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.
2) buy Puffin web browser at the Apple store for .99 cents.

smile

Fempopbypass

HAUTE COUTURE: iSwifter App

Droid All Day

This is y I will stick by my android to the death. I need adobe flash. All iphone users u need to switch. Android left iphones in the dust.

[deleted] APPLE!!!!!!!!!!

[Edit: Post like an adult when you’re here. - Bryan]

flash lover

i’m so glad i’ll be able to play flash games and watch flash porn on my iPhone…finally a reason to LIVE?  Wait, what’s that? It’s just http streaming. Where’s my firearm?  There it is.  BLAAAMMM!

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