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Live-streaming Flash Video Coming to iPad

May you complain the Youtube were loading rather slowly on iPad, now good news that Adobe is adding support for Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming technology to Adobe Flash Media Server. This means that device that don’t support Adobe’s Flash player or plugin, like iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone, will instead get HTTP streaming videos.

From Adobe Annoucement:

Adobe has created consistency with Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR running on more devices than any other platform. With Flash, publishers are assured that protection, transport and quality is consistent across MAC, PC, Linux, Android and Blackberry Tablet OS. Apple iPhone and iPad have had a significant impact how consumers experience and engage with video and have changed the industry. Publishers are now faced with a challenge and forced to prepare content for delivery through HTML5 to play in the Apple Safari browser or native Apps. Now publishers can simplify their video publishing and protection workflows with Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 with protected HLS support, audio channel extraction, DVR/PVR live, on demand and variant playlists. One set of content without any preparation or additional storage and deliver safely to both Adobe Flash with HDS and to Apple devices using HLS.

Yes, you can use the same assets (if they are encoded to Apple Specs) and the same server to prepare, protect and deliver both to HLS to Apple devices and HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming) to Adobe Flash Player.

This is great news for iPad and iPhone users, but don’t think you’ll wake up one day soon and all of the Flash video on the web will magically start working. Webmasters will still need to upgrade to the newest version of the media server, and many may wait while any upcoming bugs are worked out before upgrading their own site.And the reality is that it’s up to content providers to decide where to deploy the new media server software, and native Flash support remains off limits to iOS.