Thursday, August 23, 2007

so, how much would you pay to stream H.264 in Flash?

Well it seems that I've lived under a rock these last days. The label of the rock is CakePhp and it feels really good under there. But this should be another post...

The Flash Player 9 Update3 Beta2 has support for the H.264 and AAC+ formats !

Man this is so cool!
Check out Tinic's detailed announcement. Lots of implications and under the hood details laid down by the Flash Player daddyo.

Ok. Are you over excited towards horny yet?!
The new Flash Player will deliberately block any source of streaming of the new supported video format other than Flash Media Server!
"I am not in a position able to explain to you why we will not allow 3rd party streaming servers to stream H.264 video or AAC audio into the Flash Player. What I can tell you is that we do not allow this without proper licensing. Refer to Adobe's friendly Flash Media Server sales staff for more information."
Tinic Uro
Adobe Flash Player Engineer

Evil laughs anyone?
Well I'm a bit down...
When I heard the great news I immediately thought of the ways Red5 could benefit from it. Instead we're left stuck in the old Sorenson flv format. Good enough for casual video conferencing. Not so good for on demand high quality video streaming. But everyone will be able to progressively download and playback the new format. And I'm confident that the Red5 devs will find a workaround. They always do. Reverse engineering the format is not illegal. It's just a matter of trying hard enough.
I can understand that Adobe needs to make their Media Server profitable and I think they got to a reasonable compromise. The big TV broadcasters will shovel the cash needed for acquiring the server licenses.
We'll be left to play nice in the "rest of us" corner once more.
And M$ gets another lesson in real standards adherence.
I'm curious what On2 thinks about this. May be that their tight hold on the codec added to the final outcome. You win some, and you definitely lose some.
Nice effort Adobe!
Hope for even better news later on...
But hey, I say Europe should pay even more for this new feature!
Hehe, this time it's not "Take as much as you want!". It's rather "Pay as much as we want!".
God, I'm so hilarious!


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