Adobe demonstrating a new product at NAB which a Flash server broadcasts an iOS-readable HTTP stream.
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 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’ll 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