Adobe Primetime & NBC Sports Go for the Gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Adobe Primetime has been powering NBC Sports across screens since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. By gathering feedback directly from NBC and its viewers, we’ve continually enhanced Adobe Primetime — and the result is a more dynamic, more engaging viewing experience, on more screens, for sports fans everywhere.

Today, we announced that NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Adobe Primetime to power the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the U.S. across desktops and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, and others.

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Here are some highlights of the upcoming Olympics experience for viewers:

  1. Comprehensive coverage across more screens and device types. For the first time, every event will be available on every connected screen, live and on-demand. This means that viewers will be able to watch the action as it unfolds on any device, or view it later with full event replay. With the Sochi Games, we’ve expanded coverage to the X1 Platform by XFINITY from Comcast — the first IP-based set-top box to deliver live coverage through Adobe Primetime.

  2. Simplifying the authentication process. We’re working with five MVPDs to make watching the Games on devices as easy as changing the channel. Subscribers of Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, and Midcontinent pay-TV services will be able to bypass the login page of the NBC Sports Live Extra experience when accessing the site and apps from within their homes.

  3. Delivering on the promise of dynamic advertising. In another industry first, broadcast television commercials will be replaced dynamically across every screen for live and on-demand viewing. NBC Sports is leveraging its legacy ad serving infrastructure for campaign management and ad decisioning, while Adobe Primetime will handle the ad insertion process to manipulate and weave content and ads together into a single stream. The result is more-relevant ads, a buffer-free viewing experience, and more ad revenue for NBC.

In addition to all the enhancements to improve the viewing experience, we’re also continuing to work hard to scale our offering for NBC and other broadcasters and MVPDs. Advancements like enterprise-grade outage protection will ensure uninterrupted delivery for NBC’s broadcast operations team, and our work with Microsoft via Windows Azure Media Services (see press release) makes it even easier for programmers and operators to embrace cloud-based video delivery.

Our Adobe Digital Index team also released a Q4 Digital Video Benchmark Report, which looks at digital video viewing trends and offers some predictions based on 22.5 billion online video starts, 574 million authenticated streams (TV Everywhere), and survey results from 400 U.S. sports viewers about their new viewing habits.

We hope you enjoy watching the Winter Olympics as never before — on the IP-connected screen of your choice, live and on-demand — and that the Adobe Primetime-enabled viewing experience shows you that the future of TV is here.

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Adobe Primetime Wins 2014 SIIA Content CODiE Award

2013 was a busy year for Adobe Primetime, from bringing the full solution to market to building on customer and partner momentum. We’ve hit the ground running in 2014 with some exciting news on the horizon, and we’re thrilled to announce that Adobe Primetime was just named a 2014 SIIA Content CODiE Award winner in the “Best Video Platform for Media & Publishers” category.

During the past 28 years, the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards have recognized more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards are the only peer-recognized program in the content, education, and software industries. There were 91 finalists across 26 categories for the SIIA Content CODiE Awards representing the information industry’s best products, technologies, and services created by or for media, publishers, and information services providers. SIIA’s rigorous judging, evaluation and voting process is explained here.

Adobe Primetime’s CODiE Award win validates the innovation, vision and industry impact we’re delivering as we extend TV beyond the living room and bring it to every IP-connected screen. We’re giving programmers and cable operators the ability to stream, protect, analyze and monetize video across desktops and devices. It’s an honor to be recognized by SIIA alongside so many innovative players in the software industry.

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We’d also like to congratulate our fellow Adobe Marketing Cloud winners in the following Content CODiE Award categories:

Lastly, we’d like to say congrats to our own Jens Loeffler, who was named to CableFAX’s Digital Hot List, which “recognizes executives shepherding innovation and progress in social media, digital distribution, app development, web content, technology strategy, TV Everywhere/authentication and other cutting-edge multiplatform projects.”

Stay tuned for some news around Adobe Primetime coming next week. For the latest Adobe Primetime updates, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, and check out the website.

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Sky TV New Zealand Launches Sky Go on iOS with Adobe Primetime

Sky TV NZ launched its new Sky Go application for iOS leveraging Adobe Primetime Player SDKs and Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM. The iOS app provides viewers with instant access to 10 premium live-streaming channels and the Android version is scheduled to be released later this year.

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Adobe Primetime DRM recently launched a cloud-based deployment option to complement the on-premises solution. All major studios have approved apps and services that use Adobe’s DECE-approved DRM, which provides an easy-to-deploy, end-to-end DRM solution integrated with the Adobe Primetime Player SDKs. Adobe now offers the ability to run the same DRM-protected video stream on all Adobe Primetime enabled platforms, including desktops (see demo), iOS, Android, Roku, and Xbox — with more to come. The single publishing and monetization workflow leads to significantly lower operational costs.

If you are located in New Zealand, please download the Sky Go application directly from the iOS App Store and let us know what you think. For more information on Adobe Primetime, visit this blog, follow us on Twitter, or check out the website.

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Adobe Primetime 1.2 Adds Native HLS Support to Flash Player for Desktop

We are excited to showcase a new feature of Adobe Primetime: Native HLS support in Adobe Flash Player for desktop.

What does native HLS support mean? HLS playback in Adobe Flash Player for desktop provides best-in-class performance, with robust, Hollywood studio-mandated DRM support (Adobe Primetime DRM + PHLS), and AES-128 clear key protection for content protection compatibility.

The Adobe Primetime Player SDK with HLS support for Adobe Flash Player on desktops now supports VOD, live and linear simulcast use cases, with the following features:

  • Adobe Primetime DRM / Adobe Access, PHLS, AES-128 clear key

  • Decryption performed natively in Flash Player

  • Full hardware decoding and compositing

  • 608/708 and WebVTT Closed Captioning

  • Adjustable adaptive streaming

  • 100% dynamic ad insertion (no dual player)

  • Integration with Adobe Primetime ad decisioning or any VAST/VMAP-compatible third-party ad server

  • Support for Adobe Primetime Quality-of-Experience (QoE) monitoring

Besides getting a best-in-class video experience, Adobe Primetime now offers the ability to use the same DRM-protected, ad-supported content on every Adobe Primetime-enabled device, including iOS, Android, Roku, Xbox and more. A single workflow leads to lower storage costs, better caching efficiencies, and a more economical infrastructure.

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Above is a demonstration of an adaptive 10 Mbps HLS stream with Adobe Primetime ad insertion, ad decisioning, DRM protection, and accessibility enabled with WebVTT-based closed captioning.

For more information about Adobe Primetime, visit http://www.adobe.com/primetime. The desktop online video experience has never been better.

 

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Streaming Media Readers Recognize Adobe Primetime’s Industry Contributions

It’s been a busy week for us. At Streaming Media West in Southern California, Adobe Primetime team members Campbell Foster and Joel Huff spoke on panels about the state of TV Everywhere. At the OTTtv World Summit and AdMonsters Screens events in London, our own Steve Allison spoke with M6 about IP broadcasting trends in Europe. And we’re continuing our hard work with partners to bring major sporting events across screens in 2014. It’s clear that the future of TV is bright and Adobe Primetime is playing an integral role in taking TV beyond the living room and making any IP-connected screen a TV.

We’re excited to announce that Adobe Primetime was recognized today as a winner of the 7th annual Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards in three categories – DRM/Access Control Solution, Media & Entertainment Video Platform, and Video Advertising Management Platform. The awards honor the best online video technologies based on public voting. According to Streaming Media, more than 300 nominations were submitted across 26 categories. It’s always exciting to see our efforts recognized, but we’re especially pleased that this award recognition is based on voting by Streaming Media’s readers. Thank you to the Streaming Media staff for hosting this award and the readers who voted for Adobe Primetime. We appreciate the honor and we have some exciting innovations around Adobe Primetime coming in 2014 – along with continuing our hard work with partners to deliver major sporting events across screens – so stay tuned.

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And congratulations to our fellow Adobe Creative Cloud team who were also honored with a Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award for Adobe Premiere Pro CC in the “Desktop Video Editing Software” category.

UPDATE (11/25/13): Don’t miss our Streaming Media webinar on MPEG-DASH & HTTP Adaptive Streaming on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET. Register today and join our expert panel of speakers from Adobe, DASH Industry Forum, Microsoft and Dolby.

Adobe's Joel Huff (center, right) accepting a Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award for Adobe Primetime from Streaming Media's Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen (center, left)

Adobe’s Joel Huff (center, right) accepting a Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award for Adobe Primetime from Streaming Media’s Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen (center, left)

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Adobe Primetime & Turner Broadcasting: “Scale and Execution, Exactly Like TV”

As a lifelong sports fan, I get excited about working alongside the world’s largest media companies to make it easier for viewers like me to watch more events on more screens.

When Adobe Primetime first launched, we helped NBC Sports and the BBC bring the London 2012 Olympic Games to viewers everywhere. Adobe Primetime pay-TV pass (formerly Adobe Pass) has been instrumental in bringing the 2012 and 2013 NCAA basketball tournament to college hoops fans. Now we’re helping deliver NBA games to viewers who want to check in with their favorite teams and players when they’re not in front of a TV set.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve continued our work with Turner, rolling out dynamic ad insertion in NBA games streamed to TNTDrama.com, TNT’s mobile apps, and and TNT Overtime, showcasing Adobe’s deep expertise in live TV broadcasting to devices and desktops.

Outside the sporting arena, as it were, we’ve also helped enable the AdultSwim, Cartoon Network and TruTV apps for linear simulcast programming. A recent article in Adweek highlighted some of the innovative work the Adobe Primetime team has been doing with Turner to drive more revenue by expanding their breadth of advertising opportunities across screens, at scale.

The Adobe Primetime team is continuing to expand the product offering’s capabilities to address additional business needs and use cases. We look forward to working with more broadcasters, cable companies, satellite providers, telcos and industry partners to help make every screen a TV. As Seth Ladetsky, SVP for Turner digital ad sales commented to AdWeek regarding the development of digital ad opportunities, “If you look at the scale and execution, this is going to be exactly like TV.”

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Adobe Featured on the Streaming Media 100

I’m pleased to share that Adobe is once again featured on the “Streaming Media 100 (SM100): The One Hundred Companies that Matter Most in Online Video in 2013.” Now in its third year, we’re thrilled to be recognized on the SM100 alongside so many respected industry players as “doing the most interesting and innovative work in streaming video.” With Adobe Primetime, we’re helping MSOs and programmers reach viewers on any IP-connected screen, creating more value for pay-TV service and strengthening brand affinity for content owners. The Streaming Media judges noted that the SM100 recognizes companies with “online video in their DNA” and that definitely holds true for Adobe given our industry-leading video solutions – from our video creation tools within Adobe Creative Cloud to Adobe Primetime. Thanks to Streaming Media for recognizing Adobe for the third year in a row with a spot on the SM100.

SM100-2013If you’re attending Streaming Media West next month in Huntington Beach, California, stop by my panel on Tuesday, Nov. 19: “The State of Over-The-Top Video and TV Everywhere Rollouts.” I’ll be speaking on the panel with DirecTV, LG Electronics, and Sling Media about the state of over-the-top (OTT) and TV Everywhere rollouts. It should be an interesting and engaging discussion so I hope to see you there!

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Statement on Google Chrome Phasing Out the NPAPI Plug-In Interface

This week, the Google Chrome team announced it is phasing out the NPAPI plug-in interface, which has a direct impact on the functionality of major browsers plugins. Since it migrated from the NPAPI interface to the modern Pepper Plugin API (PPAPI), Adobe Flash Player is not affected by this change.

Video-specific functionality such as Adobe Primetime DRM (formerly Adobe Access) and Adobe Primetime Player SDKs are also not affected. There is no migration work required, as Chrome browser users have already been using the PPAPI version of Adobe Flash Player.

Chrome browser users will automatically receive new features and security updates due to the integration of Adobe Flash Player with Chrome, which permits seamless background updates.

For DRM-related questions or feedback, please visit the Adobe Primetime Community Forum.

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Adobe Primetime Continues to Drive TV Everywhere Momentum

Today we are announcing some great momentum for Adobe Primetime PayTV Pass (formerly Adobe Pass), as well as for the overall industry movement of TV Everywhere. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) is the latest Adobe Primetime customer delivering TV across screens as a leader in driving TV Everywhere adoption. To date, TV Everywhere has experienced bursts of success with large scale events like the Olympics and March Madness, but there has not been a critical mass of everyday use. That is now starting to change with more premium content coming online (both live linear and VOD), an increasing shift in viewership from traditional TV to online, and greater opportunities for content owners to monetize those online views thanks to innovative technologies such as Adobe Primetime.

In comparing the first half of 2013 with the same period last year, Adobe Digital Index has seen a 400% increase in authenticated streams, and the total number of Adobe Primetime PayTV Pass-enabled websites and apps has doubled across devices from 50 to more than 100. Online video consumption habits are definitely changing given the ever expanding breadth of devices and platforms – with tablets alone accounting for a 150% increase in video starts from Q2 2012 to Q2 2013. Web, iOS, and Android still represent the bulk of consumption, but other connected devices such as Xbox, Roku, Apple TV, and Smart TVs are rapidly gaining traction. Our data shows that 16% of U.S. households are watching pay-TV online as of September 2013 – representing more than100% growth since December 2012. We delivered 29.3 billion video streams to Adobe customers in Q3 2013 – up 124% year-over-year.

The conversations we are now having with our customers also suggest that the tipping point for mass TV Everywhere adoption is upon us. Whereas phase one of TV Everywhere was about “checking the box” to appease the pay TV operators, our programmer customers and pay TV partners alike are now focusing on growth with an emphasis on content discoverability, device expansion, and user experience. And most telling in my opinion, we are now getting considerable interest in our upcoming fraud limiting services to ensure people aren’t sharing credentials or otherwise trying to game the system. Considering the early critics questioned whether the traffic would come at all, it’s a nice twist that too much consumption has now become a concern!

AdobeBroadcastWe’re thrilled to see increased momentum around TV Everywhere on the rise with Adobe Primetime helping pave the way for success. Within two years, we expect TV Everywhere will advance with:

  • Every major TV channel having a TV Everywhere presence via websites or apps
  • The reported 40% of Internet-connect TVs in U.S. households (LGR Research) will actually be in use
  • Content authentication being fully automated – removing consumers from the process

We also found that mobile video viewing is up more than 2x year-over-year (YoY). Consumers of video content via mobile devices are on the rise (see graphs below). An Adobe Digital Index review of 1 billion video starts to 50 branded sites shows that mobile video viewing is up 134% YoY with tablets growing the fastest up 150% YoY.

ADI-Share-of-Video-StartsThe growing mobile audience provides incremental engagement and revenue opportunities for advertising. Tablet viewers, in particular, are early adopters who typically spend more money, book more trips, and consume more media content. Publishers can capitalize on this target audience with high CPMs (Cost Per thousand Impressions) and incremental impressions. Publishers may also consider creating more mobile-specific content to promote the use of mobile devices and further train consumers to use companion devices while watching a show live or online.

We’ve said that 2013 would be the year that TV Everywhere takes off and our forecast is holding true. Stay tuned for more updates and momentum coming as we head into 2014!

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Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service and Hardware DRM Support

Today, we announced two exciting new features to the Adobe Primetime DRM (formerly Adobe Access) offering. 1) Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service, and 2) Hardware DRM support on AMD chipsets. DRM is a critical component to enable premium content in early release windows on the web and across mobile devices. This means earlier access to better content for viewers.

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The Primetime Cloud DRM Service makes Primetime DRM easy to deploy. A DRM server requires security knowledge and hardware to be properly installed in a data center environment to fulfill compliance and robustness requirements. DRM deployments now get significantly easier with our new Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service.

This new service is completely managed by Adobe, including robust security through hardware Security Modules (HSMs), redundancy, and scalable architecture are always up-to-date with the compliance and robustness rules. With the Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service, a customer doesn’t need to worry about content delivery because they are out of compliance. Instead, customers can focus on creating and distributing the most engaging content. 

The Adobe Primetime Cloud DRM Service also dramatically simplifies the DRM operations. Once subscribed, the only step required is local DRM packaging of the content. Adobe Primetime DRM supports desktop, Android, iOS, XBox, Roku and Digital Home devices, and provides broad reach with a single DRM workflow.

Hardware DRM Support on AMD Chipsets

Adobe and AMD partnered in bringing the next level of content protection to desktop computers with AMD APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) or discreet GPUs (Graphics Processing Units). Hardware DRM increases the level of DRM security and robustness. Adobe and AMD believe this is better for consumers, programmers and distributors.

AMD_E_RGBTo learn more about Adobe Primetime DRM, please visit our website.

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