Archive for January, 2010

RTMFP Groups / Multicast now available from Adobe Labs

Today, we released Stratus 2 RTMFP introduction service with full support RTMFP Groups. With this updated service, developers can start exploring a full set of Peer Assisted Networking functionality within Flash player 10.1 and AIR 2.0.

You can access your Developer key and more details here: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/stratus/

Adobe® Stratus 2 enables peer assisted networking using the Real Time Media Flow Protocol (RTMFP) within the Adobe Flash® Platform. RTMFP is the evolution of media delivery and real time communication over the Internet enabling peers on the network to assist in delivery. Stratus was first introduced in 2008 as a rendezvous-only service that allowed clients to send data from client to client without passing through a server. Adobe Flash Player 10, which debuted peer assisted networking, has been adopted today by over 90% of all internet connected PCs.

We have some new articles in the works, and sample applications coming soon, but you can start using the new service right now.

For details on RTMFP Groups, please visit this site:

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/stratus/rtmfpgroups.html

For support, you can use the Adobe Stratus forums here:

http://forums.adobe.com/community/labs/stratus

Epix brings thousands of films to Cox subscribers using Adobe Flash

2010 is going to be an exciting year for Video on the web. Last year we saw un-precidented investment into new businesses using Video to drive new revenue streams. Studios and broadcasters enabled more content to be made available on the web, and in Flash using content protection measures such as RTMPe + SWFVerification. In 2010, you can expect even more.

Epix (a JV between Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate) was a great example of a new business choosing the Adobe Flash Platform to provide access to over 3,000 films using Flash Media Server, and the Dynamic Streaming experiences to serve a stunning experience for the end consumer.

Yesterday, Epix announced another distribution Partner, Cox Communications – providing reach to an additional 5 million subscribers starting in April. You can read their release here.

Medici.tv using the Adobe Flash Platform to deliver high quality music performances online

We just released a case study for Medici.tv describing how they’ve used Flash and Flash Media Server to deliver over 100 live concerts each year to a live audience of 80,000 each time. They launched the service back in May 2008, and have served 3.4 million free live webcasts of concerts from around the world.

If you haven’t seen this experience, you have to visit their site: http://www.medici.tv/. As soon as you reach the site, you get full-browser video with interactive overlays, that let you browse details about the concert, and search their site – without leaving the experience. The sound quality is great, and so is the video quality.

Here’s a screenshot
Medici.tv screen shot

The streams are encoded from 500kbps through to 1.2Mbps from HD cameras encoded using Kulabyte Xtreme. The quality looks great in both fullscreen, and in the browser.