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.

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

  1. David B. says:

    Hi Kevin, I have a few questions just to make sure I’m getting this right…

    So, to deliver video NATIVELY to iOS devices, FMS will not be an alternative to Apple’s stream/file packager (i.e., it will not take a full video file or input stream and segment it into MPEG2 ts files). Instead, FMS will take existing F4F files (along with the F4M file) and create the equivalent MPEG2 ts files and associated M3U playlist for iOS devices. Is that correct???

    So the only product involved is FMS right (not Flash Player)? So all that will be required is an FMS update and we’ll be good to go??? Is that going to be released as a minor (read free) update to FMS 4 or will it be in FMS 5?

    Finally, is RTMP Dynamic Streaming lowly on iy’s way out? Adobe (and all other major players in the online video market) seem to be pushing HTTP streaming (like Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, etc.)..

    Thank you!

  2. I love the new changes.

  3. John Martin says:

    We really appreciate Adobe continue sharing valuable information about flexibility of streaming with media server, that is really amazing.

    Thanks Adobe.

    John Martin
    Projects Managder

  4. The link to Flash Media Live Encoder is actually pointing to apple.com/fmle.

  5. krishna says:

    From the video it looks like there’s a delay in streaming to the iPad and Android? What’s the approximate delay?

    • Edward Chan says:

      One of the downsides to HTTP is the inherent latency. For Apple HLS (HTTP Live Streaming), they require having at least 3 ts files before playback starts, and their recommended ts file duration is 10 secs. That means you can expect about a 30 sec latency in HLS. That’s per Apple specs and recommendations and not due to implementation. For Adobe HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming), you can expect a latency in the range of 1-2 F4F fragments; I believe we recommend a fragment duration of 4 seconds. So you can expect latency in the range of about 4-8 seconds. For the lowest latency possible, RTMP beats them all.

  6. ASF says:

    Congratulations!. It seems you’re finally on track.

  7. Glad to finally see this happen.

  8. Nio Ven says:

    I cannot wait for the HLS to be available for the Server and Live Encoder, do you have an estimated date when Adobe plans to release these updates on the site.

    Thanks

  9. Is there a ship date for FMS 4?

  10. PeterA says:

    Ugh. So you aren’t support HLS on the flash client side, instead you are supporting it on the server-side only.

    And I thought this was going to be a positive announcement for the consumer.

    I guess you guys gotta eat somehow, and maintaining your proprietary (but very similar to everyone elses) implementation of Adaptive Bitrate technology keeps you guys eating.

  11. Ed Henninger says:

    In a word: “Yay!”

  12. FotoTV says:

    Great development. My question though: Will it be possible to secure these streams just as I can using the flash player? Hiding the path the film comes from, hash authentification etc? Paid content needs these functions!

    • Kevin Towes says:

      We’ve not announced anything specific about content protection for HLS streams at this time. For content delivered Flash, customers have the option of using Adobe Flash Access – our DRM technology.

  13. FotoTV says:

    Hi,

    any new info on this?

    Hope you can find a solution soon!

    Best, regards!