Sneak Peek: Future Adobe technology for HTTP streaming across multiple devices

We 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 the Apple iPad 2, Samsung TVs, and the Motorola Xoom tablet and Atrix smartphone.

We are in the midst of another revolution in video delivery as we see video consumed on more devices than ever before. The complexity faced by broadcasters to reach these devices with a high quality of service and content protection can be overwhelming. Adobe is committed to developing technologies that simplify broadcast workflows to make it simpler to reach a fragmented lineup of devices.   

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). 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

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.

It’s a busy week at NAB and we hope you get by the booth where you can experience firsthand these exciting additions to our streaming capabilities:

  • Monday, April 11 at 12:00 noon
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, April 13 at 5:00pm
  • Thursday, April 14 at 12:00 noon

You’ll also be able to dive into the just announced Creative Suite Production Premium CS5.5. For those not able to visit us at NAB, you can see the demo of live streaming to Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom and HTML 5 above.

Our vision to continue simplifying the publishing and protection workflow for multiple devices is well underway. We hope you agree and look forward to hearing what you think.