Adobe's updated media server takes the focus off Flash and offers enhanced HLS support. But what about DASH?
With the ship date just around the corner, what features will make AMS 5 different from FMS 4.5 for Adobe's target customer base? Towes provided a list that highlights Adobe's continued support for Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) for iOS devices:
- Protected HLS support via a content license technology embedded in AMS
- Additional digital rights management support for HLS using Adobe Access 4 licensing server (a separate purchase)
- The ability to segment HLS content for on-demand playback, using an offline HLS segmenting tool, which also supports encryption via Adobe Access 4
- Improvements for HTTP streaming failover and fault toleranceEIA-608 (line 21) closed caption support that will meet FCC requirements
Finally, what about MPEG-DASH support?
"Adobe is committed to supporting DASH in AMS in the future," says Towes. "Adobe has committed that our video streaming products will support MPEG-DASH, and we were one of the first companies to publicly demo DASH support at NAB this year, but we have not announced a timeline.