Somewhat to my surprise I have to admit it has been video that has led to the greatest deployment of Flash based content in the last few years. With big players like Google, YouTube and MySpace using it and people's insatiable lust for seeing someone getting a ball kicked in the face or a teenager singing karaoke to the latest pop jingle with a hairbrush for a mic -- we are all enjoying a greatly increased Flash Player install base.
Now, what I think is an interesting development is home entertainment and game consoles getting browsers embedded - more often than not supporting some version of the Flash Player that allows FLV playback.
Websites currently offering video playback using Windows Media, Real Media or Quicktime have a choice to make, on whether to ignore this growing market or take advantage of Flash technology. Technically speaking the decision isn't all too difficult to make but there is more to it than meets the eye...
DRM is lurking around the corner, a concept cursed by many and defended to the teeth by others. Digital Rights Management is becoming increasingly widely used and for many organizations the checklist on whether or not to use a technology includes the question of whether it supports any form of DRM. Does this mean we can expect it to creep into the Flash Player at some point in the future, who knows?
In my opinion DRM as it is currently being used is plain and simple abuse of technology and digital content publishers who use it more often than not see their target audience as a threat to their intellectual property rather than an asset to their business.
How come we have a presumption of innocence in criminal law and the music industry can get away with charging hardware manufacturers for the presumed piracy of its users, how can the EU levy a tax on the sale of blank CD's assuming those are used to illegally copy audio, video and software.
More about this, the Microsoft Zune fiasco and the possible impact on Flash platform technologies in the next episode of the Skip Intro podcast.
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