Issue: IBC 2007 - Day 1


AMSTERDAM - Adobe ( previewed something beyond its new Flash Media Server 3 here at IBC. Media Server 3 will offer traditional media streaming combined with a "flexible environment" for creating and delivering interactive social media applications to "the broadest possible audience" (online, that is).

The Adobe Media Player, AMP, which was announced in April, has attracted many third party media-management systems providers such as Akamai,, Brightcove, Maven Networks, Motionbox and Reality Digital, which are supporting AMP with branding, advertising, measurement and content protection capabilities.  This means the growing world of Flash users will be able not only to create but also brand their online content, provide advertising, and measure viewership, much like a miniature TV network, except with all the promise of a potential global audience.

"Change is accelerating," says Jim Guerrard, Adobe VP. "Today the richest form of communication is through video, and there are new ways to watch." Adobe's relationship with Cisco, for instance, will provide content from “any stream to any screen." The proof came from Adobe's Mark Randall and Karl Miller, who demonstrated that the "new cable TV" will arrive via IP cable and wireless rather than coax. Their tauted RSS - really simple syndication - promised access to "massive audiences" online via use of the Adobe Media Player. 

Randall and Miller demoed self-produced, AMP-powered online content that looked and behaved much like a VOD network. "You brand your content for your viewers," Randall says, “and encrypt your videos so viewers cannot re-edit, but can share." 

Third-party Maven would be the publishing system for such P2P (peer to peer) delivery.