New releases from Adobe announced just a couple days ago include Flash Media Server 4.5 and Flash Access 3.0, tools which have been updated to support streaming Flash video on iDevices by repackaging the content into a format that is playable in iOS. Adobe Flash Media Server 4.5 gives media publishers access to a single workflow to deliver content, using one stream to deliver video to both iDevices and Flash-enabled devices. Repackaging of content is done in real-time, modifying the protocol to those like HTTP Dynamic Streaming or HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) in order to fit compatibility with these devices. Therefore, iDevice users will essentially be able to view publishers’ Flash content without actually using Flash.
Since Adobe’s new software releases use video streaming technology to deliver content, they do not yet support interactive Flash content such as Flash games or advertisements, although video alone is a great start, and we can hopefully expect support for interactive Flash content in the future. A number of media providers have been switching from Flash to HTML5 video content in order to support compatibility with more devices that do not support Flash, such as Apple’s iDevices, although these new Adobe releases will make it easier for these providers by allowing them to simply stream their content in Flash while still supporting compatibility with these devices.