Comcast Uses Flash Video

Comcast has a new beta site, FANCAST, where you can watch streaming episodes of many of your favorite shows. You can watch something as recent as a latest 30 Rock or something as old as the first Lost in Space from the 1960’s (in black-and-white no less). Oh, an it’s FREE! At least for now.

I suppose Comcast could have choosen to use any number of web technologies to do this, but to me, chosing Flash Video was the right choice. OK, I am a bit biased, but come on, this is really cool technology. Look at all the different ways video is being presented on the web when used with Flash Video.

I’ve watched a couple of episodes on both fast and slow connections including WiFi. Never a hiccup. That may change as more people find out about FANCAST, but that only means Comcast needs to upgrade its equipment, not the software.

For more information about Flash Video, check out the new Flash Media Server.

5 Responses to Comcast Uses Flash Video

  1. felix says:

    Is there any video on the web that *isnt* flash these days?
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    Peter: Sadly, there are still a few. While I like Apple, I do wish they’d just switch to Flash video. Half of the time I can’t get the Quicktime movies to run on my Windows machine.

  2. Reality check:

    I have a 40″ HDTV. I watch Heroes in 1080i through Tivo HD so I can skip ads.

    Aren’t we taking a step backwards by stuffing the content into a 3″ box on my computer screen with forced ads before the content, forced ads in the content, and forced ads around the content?

    Am I supposed to say “oh cool this is much better than the way i used to enjoy comcast’s content delivery”?
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    Peter: No, a 3″ screen is not cool. What’s cool is that you are witnessing the beginning of the change from traditional broadcast television programming to true on-demand (not Comcast’s version) viewing.

    By using Flash Video, it adds another notch in the Flash Video belt. As more and more companies use it, the more standard it becomes. The more standard it becomes the more we (Adobe) improve it and the more that happens, the more it is used. Unti finally you’re sitting in your home, watching your 52″ OLED device that’s running the AIR player allowing you to browse the web and call up any video stream you want – and watch it in HD at the full screen size.

  3. OK cool. I’m looking forward to having an AIR set-top box that can play 1080i content in full screen mode. Then I’ll never leave my couch!

  4. Nice. As i saw it i remembered about Brightcove.com. Looks quite similar.

    Adrian.

  5. Just fyi, Fancast will always remain open to all users on the web. Stay tuned for more video on Fancast 🙂