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Adobe Releases HTTP Dynamic Streaming: Does RTMP Have A Future?

by Naresh Sarwan on June 4, 2010

Adobe has announced support for HTTP Dynamic Streaming:

The release of the Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR® 2 runtimes introduces support for HTTP Dynamic Streaming for on-demand and live video streaming online. This new delivery method enables on-demand and live adaptive bitrate video streaming of standards-based MP4 media over regular HTTP connections.” [Read More]

Until very recently, Adobe were fully wedded to streaming via RTMP only using it’s own Flash Media Server product.  With Flash under threat from native HTML5 video and the trend for HTTP based streaming on the increase, many industry watchers must be wondering whether RTMP has a viable future.

In the same press release, Adobe are quick to point to the benefits of RTMP:

While the Real Time Message Protocol (RTMP) remains the protocol of choice for lowest latency, fastest start, dynamic buffering, and stream encryption, HTTP Dynamic Streaming enables leveraging of existing caching infrastructures (for example, content delivery networks, ISPs, office caching, home networking), and provides tools for integrating content preparation into existing encoding workflows.” [Read More]

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