Today at IBC Amsterdam, Adobe officially announced the release of Flash Media Server 4.5, an update to their streaming server software that now supports streaming to iOS devices and protected HTTP streaming, among other enhanced features. Here’s a quick rundown:
HTTP Streaming for Apple iOS—Deliver high quality live and on demand video to devices and HTML5 supporting HLS video format with the same media and live streams used for Flash. Full adaptive bitrate can reach audiences without disruptions caused by wireless networks.
Protected HTTP Streaming for Adobe Flash—Add massive scale with HTTP protection built on Adobe Flash Access. This lightweight solution requires no content prepackaging or additional DRM license servers to add scalable, robust protection to your media assets or live streams.
Protected HTTP Streaming for Apple iOS— Expand your audience to include Apple iOS devices using HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Using the same media and live streams you use for standard Flash delivery, you can deliver and protect full adaptive bitrate experiences to Flash, Apple devices and HTML5 browsers.
On-Demand packaging for HTTP—Publish faster, reduce storage costs and save time by publishing video once and let Flash Media Server 4.5 optimize your media for HTTP delivery for both Apple iOS and Adobe Flash with full adaptive bitrate support. On-Demand packaging makes publishing easier by requiring one set of video assets to deliver to multiple devices with or without Flash installed.
Adobe Flash Access DRM ready—Full DRM support with Adobe Flash Access 3 lets you apply sophisticated business rules and policies to support premium video experiences for live, linear and on demand video.
Robust media origin services—Control your media publishing workflows, add redundancy, control access and protection, manage QoS, access advanced video player features and set up cloud services by operating your own media origin for both Flash and Apple HTTP streaming.
Scalable P2P introduction services for Adobe Flash—Increase the capacity and fault-tolerance of your social or enterprise video and voice apps with new server chaining technology that lets operators distribute peer introductions across multiple servers.
Connect people with unified communication applications—Integrate Flash or AIR softphone applications with SIP-enabled devices to create unified communication applications such as conference rooms, mobile calling, or other communication services that leverage new SIP Gateway support with G711 coding in Flash Player.
Live Streaming with Time shifting with DVR, now also supported on iOS — Archive live, high-definition streams on the server and give the viewer control over your live stream with pause and seek backwards, instant replay, or play from start with robust server DVR support for HTTP Dynamic Streaming and HLS for Apple iOS.
Advanced Disk Management for HTTP—Disk management for live HTTP streaming ensures your video stream will remain playing while managing your storage disks enabling you to safely deliver rich, live experiences with rolling DVR windows, time shifting and instant replay.
Adaptive Bitrate Manifest support—Manifest files inform the media player of the bitrates available to enable adaptive bitrate streaming. F4M and M3u8 Set Manifests describe the bitrates and file sources for the player. This feature requires OSMF 1.6 for Flash or Apple iOS.
As of this writing, Adobe hasn’t updated their FMS product page to enable download of the new version, but I expect that to happen later today. Also watch this site for my upcoming “Getting Started” tutorials to get you going with the new version, including live and on demand HLS streaming! UPDATE 9/14/2011: The FMS Product page is updated for purchasing the new version, but the download link for the free Development Edition, as of today, is not. I’ll let you know the moment it’s available — to receive this notification, sign up for my mailing list. UPDATE 9/17/2011: The download link on Adobe.com for the free Development Edition is now fully operational. Download away!
Buy Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server 4.5 from Adobe.com, available now!