Sunday, April 19, 2009

Adobe Extends Flash for TVs, Set-Top Boxes and Blu-Ray Players

Adobe is extending its Flash platform for delivering HD video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other devices in the digital living room. Such digital home devices will support the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser.

The initiative has gained the support of major silicon developers, system OEMs, cable operators and content providers, including Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors and Sigma Designs.

"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."

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