Adobe Releases HTTP Dynamic Streaming
Only a day after Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that Adobe Flash was on the wane and old technology not unlike a floppy disc drive, Adobe has announced that HTTP Dynamic Streaming is available.
Adobe announced the technology's imminent release last month at the Streaming Media East 2010 conference in New York City. Dynamic Streaming is Adobe's name for adaptive bitrate technology, which automatically switches to a higher or lower bitrate video stream as needed, depending on the connection speed and the computer's processor.
This announcement lets content providers serve adaptive Flash video streams over HTTP connections, as opposed to offering progressive downloads, to viewers using the upcoming Flash Player 10.1 and AIR 2. HTTP Dynamic Streaming includes Flash Access 2.0 content protection, and supports all the codecs used by Flash currently, including H.264 and VP6.
Adobe has resources for HTTP Dynamic Streaming available for download on its site, as well as a VOD File Packager for sending a live stream. Expect content partners to announce adoption of HTTP Dynamic Streaming soon.
Additionally, Adobe announced the release of the Open Source Media Framework, an open framework for building custom media players. It's available as a free download.
With updates to content protection and the upcoming Flash Player 10.1, Adobe attempts to quiet the critics.