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RTMP, RTMFP and HTTP – The multi-protocol experience with Flash Media Delivery on Flash Player 10.1
Adobe made a numerous announcements around the next version of Flash player (v10.1) and quite a few announcements that will increase the options for interactive media delivery. For this posting, I’ll take you through the Flash Media parts of the announcements to provide some additional context.
Today, the vast majority of video (over 75% worldwide - ComScore – Video Metrix Report (August 2009)) is delivered using Flash technology. People ask us every day to keep innovating , enable higher bitrates, increase capacity and help reduce costs. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen fundamental changes in not only the quality of the content, but the amount of content online.. We’re happy you chose Flash for your business , and Flash Player 10.1 will increase the options available to deliver high quality media including H.264 and VP6 over many different protocols. Put simply, Flash player 10.1 will allow Flash content to travel many different ways to reach your target audience. You will be able to monetize your media content because you can deliver more of it at higher quality with a variety of business models.
Flash Player 10.1 is another great step forward for real time interactive media experiences. We’ve enhanced the RTMP protocol with new buffer controls that will help keep the flow of audio and video streaming from Flash Media Server. We’ve also added significantly new functionality to RTMFP protocol (Peer Assisted Networking) that enables groups support and will add support for Multicast. Finally, we’ve added support for HTTP streaming with Project Zeri.