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Old 04-20-2009, 08:44 AM   #1
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Default Flash, the new TV format

According to “Adobe in Push to Spread Web Video to TV Sets” in today’s New York Times, Adobe expects to see Flash-supporting TVs and set-top boxes on the market this year. It has agreements with Intel, Comcast, Netflix, Broadcom, and the New York Times. Its most likely competitor, Microsoft, has its own technology, Silverlight, which is being used by Netflix, the BBC, and some American TV networks.

The advantage for producers is a single format for Web and TV video. The advantage for users is not clear to me, but I read that Apple doesn’t want to make the iPhone Flash-compatible because it uses too much battery and processing power. Are they alone? Do most cell-phones use Flash?

The article seems to consider Flash innocuous. Wonder why Flash-blockers are so common on computers, then? And will it be as annoying on the big screen as it often is on computers?

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