While I don’t think this is huge news (Flash “effects and transitions” are “slow and annoying”), it’s still good to see more open source platforms.
Flash’s future lies in media delivery (youtube, gawker, etc) in which they now compete with Silverlight.
Having TV’s able to access hulu and iplayer would be cool but I don’t think it will happen. The TV would need wifi access, a hard drive (or similar storage) a web browser and some way to interface with the TV other than the remote. At which point it would basically be a PC anyway. Things like iplayer are easier used through a 3rd party device (like the Wii), and not through the TV itself.
Specifically, this work will include:
- Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
- Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
- Publishing the Adobe FlashÂ® Castâ„¢ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
- Removing licensing fees â€“ making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free
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