One of the most compelling factors of a satisfying a rich user experience is the initial
performance when entering a use-case. For the video delivery ecosystem, this is most often
quantified with the metric: "How long do I wait to see the video after I hit PLAY?" A rapid start-up
is the bar that we, as developers, strive to attain. Long waits result in a poor experience and
unhappy customers; even-longer waits result in lost customers and revenue.
The primary use of Adobe Access technology is in Digital Rights Management (DRM) for
premium video content. In addition, the Adobe Pass solution, key to the TV-Everywhere
initiative, leverages Adobe Access technology, and can utilize most of the optimizations
described in this paper.