Adobe Launched Flash Media Server – Brings Flash to iPhones
Adobe yesterday announced the release of Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools to allow publishers to host streaming Flash video content. The Media Server release includes the technology to allow Flash content to be streamed to iOS devices, which famously do not support Flash Player directly.
With Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5, media publishers now have a single, simple workflow for delivering content using the same stream to Flash-enabled devices or to the Apple iPhone and iPad.
In other words, Adobe’s solution repackages content in real-time, changing the protocol to suit the target device, HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HLS, for example. This should mean that iOS devices will get much of the advantages of Flash video support, without the processor degradation and battery life cost of the format in use on other devices.
This doesn’t actually bring Flash to your web browser on the iPhone but it does allow sites with the Media Server 4.5 backend to stream one video source to both flash enabled browsers and to Mobile Safari using the Apple-friendly HTTP Live Streaming format.