After Nokia, Motorola, HP, and others, now Adobe Systems is knocking on your living-room door. It has announced today (April 20) the extension of the Adobe Flash Platform to connected digital home devices. The solution is to deliver high definition (HD) video and rich applications to Internet-connected televisions, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and other devices in the digital living room.
In January this year, Motorola had introduced its integrated solution for networked homes. The company is targeting home consumers who want to leverage wireless broadband for multimedia applications including voice and data.
Similarly, ITU’s standard, published under the G.hn banner, promises high quality multimedia over power, coaxial, phone and other home network wiring. ITU says it will give up to 20 times the throughput of existing wireless technologies and three times that of existing wired technologies.
And Nokia Home Control Center will allow home buyers to control their homes with a mobile device. The company will provide solutions for networked homes around security and household energy management by the end of 2009.
Today, most technology vendors are eyeing homes, as traditional corporate buyers are facing severe recession and cash crunch. Homes still hold better potential.
This is evident from HP’s example. Tech leader HP, which is known mainly for its corporate data center solutions, has introduced HP MediaSmart Server for PCs and Macs. Focusing on home networks, it will centralize digital media and files for backup, remote access, sharing and uploading to social media sites.
The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home enables the delivery of HD Web videos to digital home devices via the Flash Video (FLV) file format. Consumers will be able to have rich, interactive viewing experiences and new ways to engage with HD content on televisions, says Adobe.
It further says Flash technology-based applications will allow users to quickly switch between television programming and Web content outside the Web browser. With the optimized implementation of Flash technology, content providers are able to extend their reach to millions of connected digital home devices, and cable operators and device manufacturers are able to develop new services and user interfaces that deliver immersive experiences.
Adobe says major System on Chips (SoC) vendors, OEMs, cable operators, and content providers including Atlantic Records, Broadcom, Comcast, Disney Interactive Media Group, Intel, Netflix, STMicroelectronics, The New York Times Company, NXP Semiconductors, Sigma Designs, and others have announced support for the optimized Flash technology.
The Adobe Flash Platform for the Digital Home is available to OEMs and the first devices and SoC platforms with support for the optimized Flash technology are expected to ship in the second half of 2009.