Adobe has finally figured out a workaround to bring Flash video support to the iOS platform, where Apple adamantly refuses the format. During the IBC trade show today, the company unveiled the Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Adoble Flash Acess 3.0 products that will allow publishers to deliver Flash content to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices.
The Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0 will essentially process the Flash video on a server that is then able to deliver the same source video to a variety of platforms including both Apple devices and Flash-compatible devices. This will make life much easier for publishers and is done through HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HTTP Live Streaming, which are both compatible with iOS.
So, it’s not exactly real Flash support on iOS, but it could actually deliver some benefits over native support. Instead of relying on the device’s processor to render, the Flash Media Server 4.5 does all the work, repackaging the Flash content for streaming, and avoiding the battery drain and buggy experience that’s associated with using Flash on mobile devices.
The Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 solution is targeted for publishers that wish to deliver their Flash content to multiple platforms and costs $4,500.