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Adobe Bringing Flash to TVs This Year


Adobe Bringing Flash to TVs This Year

Internet-video fans will be pleased to hear Adobe has secured a deal to see Flash decoding brought to chips from Broadcom, Intel, NXT and STMicroelectronics. Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home should appear on Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, embedded into TVs and on other, similar consumer electronics devices.

Sony and Samsung TVs notably aren't covered by the deal. Hopefully separate agreements can be reached there! Content providers such as Netflix Disney and the New York Times have given Adobe their support which is great, but probably won't be of much benefit to those of us not in the US.

Adobe reckons around 80 per cent of online video is delivered using Flash, which it also claims is installed on 98 per cent of PCs, so the proposition that a large number of TVs will offer native decoding is pretty exciting. Especially given the increasing number of televisions which are touting Internet access as a major feature - widgets seem to be the buzzword of 2009.

Adobe also says it would like to see Flash video support on the Xbox 360. Both the Wii and PlayStation 3 already support Flash in their embedded web browsers; something the Xbox doesn't have making its adoption of Flash arguably less important.

Now if only Adobe would hurry up and get Flash on the iPhone!




April 20, 2009, 10:03 pm

Why would TV manufacturers do this to us? I was looking forward to flash finally dying!!!

DITTO for the Flash on the iPhone comment, are you crazy that is one of the best features for me, it automatically doesn't load crap websites.


April 21, 2009, 12:19 am

It is technically the misuse of flash that's annoying, flash video players like youtube seem to work reasonably well.

Unfortunately this move is just likely to spread the misuse. Killing flash and providing something different would at least have given us a chance to beat some sense into website designers.


April 21, 2009, 2:17 am

exactly flash isn't bad per se, fast good quality video, but the misuse is almost criminal


April 21, 2009, 2:37 am

ms need to get their asss in gear. i want 360 hd iplayer!

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