Adobe extends its flash platform to the digital home devices
Adobe Systems Inc. announced at the NAB Show 2009, the extension of the Adobe Flash Platform to connected digital home devices with an optimized implementation of Flash technology that delivers HD video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room.
As part of the announcement, the company revealed a number of partners that plan to use the technology, including, Intel, Comcast, Disney Interactive, Netflix, Atlantic Records, STMicroelectronics, NXP Semiconductors, Sigma Designs and the New York Times Company.
"Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home will dramatically change the way we view content on televisions," said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. "Consumers are looking to access their favorite Flash technology-based videos, applications, services and other rich Web content across screens. We are looking forward to working with partners to create these new experiences and deliver content consistently across devices whether consumers view it on their desktop, mobile phone or television."
The company has also adapted its technology to create a mobile version of Flash that is used on smartphones. The mobile version lets people watch Flash-enabled video on the go. Now Adobe is turning its attention to the living room and big screen HD TVs. This means that people could have full access to the entire YouTube library of video on their TVs instead of a subset that has been specially encoded for TV viewing.
"There are some products and services that offer a subset of online video for TVs," said Anup Murarka, director of technology strategy and partner development for Adobe's Flash Platform Business Unit. "But they don't provide all the content. For example, a lot of devices play back YouTube content. But they can't offer all the videos on YouTube."
The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home is available immediately to OEMs and the first dev