Archive for March, 2010

HTML5 Video and Flash: Brightcove delivering the best experience to consumers of video in Flash

Today, Jeff Whatcott, Vice President of Marketing at Brightcove posted a blog entry discussing Brightcove and HTML5, and the support for an emerging mobile ecosystem for media consumption. As many people know, Brightcove and Adobe are great partners in a joint mission to bring the highest quality video experience to the largest audience possible. To serve this mission, Brightcove relies on the Adobe Flash Platform, and its customers benefit from the great experiences that can be delivered through Flash to the largest audience.

Flash Player 10.1 will make it possible to run the standard Brightcove video player on mobile platforms with the same fidelity and features as desktop platforms. Today, the vast majority of Brightcove customers deliver their video using Flash and, with over 75% of all online video in Flash and Flash Player on 98% of desktops and a growing number of smartphones, tablets, netbook and smartbooks, vs the emerging ecosystem around HTML 5, it is safe to assume that Flash will remain the primary path for high quality video distribution for Brightcove customers.

As Jeff mentions, Brightcove continues to invest in and deepen its support for the Flash Platform.

Last month Brightcove unveiled the Brightcove Mobile Experience for Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1, which will enable organizations to easily deliver an optimized video viewing experience across smartphone platforms running Flash Player 10.1, including Google Android, Symbian S60, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and Research in Motion BlackBerry. The solution makes it possible to deploy video that adapts on demand to the playback environment to deliver a superior experience across desktops and mobile devices. Customers already taking advantage of the Brightcove Mobile Experience for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 include AOL, Atlantic Records, La Vanguardia, National Geographic, The New York Times, STV, Sun Media and The Weinstein Company. (you can read that Brightcove press release HERE )

While Brightcove, like Adobe, is a supporter of innovation such as HTML5, we are confident that high quality video experiences are likely to be in Flash. Flash solves key challenges that both media companies and providers like Brightcove face, such the ability to deliver ubiquitous “it just works” end-user experiences and key features such as content protection and dynamic media delivery for quality. Adobe will continue to innovate far beyond where we are today in terms of quality enhancements, monetization for customers, live events, and more.

We’re looking forward to the evolution of media delivery in Flash in the first half of 2010 when Adobe brings Flash Player 10.1 to the market, including with it, new delivery methods such as HTTP Dynamic Streaming and Flash Access 2, new content protection technology that will support driving video as a business online.

If you’d like to read more on Brightcove’s announcement today, please see the blog entry from Jeff Whatcott HERE

“Our work to support HTML5 is not about weakening Flash, it is about pragmatically solving problems for our customers. Flash is and will continue to be a critical platform for us and for our customers. The fact is, most online video is experienced through Flash today, and that will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. We have a very strong strategic alliance with Adobe, and we continue to believe that it is in our interests and the interests of our customers to be at the forefront of innovation on around the Flash Platform. Our work with HTML5 is in addition to, not instead of, our work with Flash.”

Matthew Kaufman on RTMFP at IETF

This week in Anaheim, California, Matthew Kaufman will be presenting on Adobe’s Real Time Media Flow protocol (RTMFP) at the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Transport working group, during the Transport Area Open Meeting on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 1pm (PST).

The full Agenda for the meeting is HERE.

Transport Area Open Meeting Agenda is HERE

For those of you not familiar with IETF, its an international group of network designers, operators, vendors and researches guiding the future of the Internet. We’re excited to have Matthew speak about the RTMFP protocol operating over the internet. RTMFP is a protocol that operates over UDP that enables Peer to Peer data flow within Flash Player 10.x (released November 2008) which is now available on over 95% of connected desktops. RTMFP enables groups of peer clients to share data efficiently and securely helping to reduce bandwidth costs for media and data delivery.