Application Development: Adobe Flash Helps Stream Major League Games

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-04-07 Print this article Print
Adobe Flash Helps Stream Major League Games

Adobe Flash Helps Stream Major League Games

by Darryl Taft, the official Website of Major League Baseball, is using Adobe's Flash Platform to stream games to viewers. Adobe and announced a two-year agreement in November for to use Flash to deliver all of its live and on-demand Web video offerings beginning this season, which officially started April 6 for most teams. Adobe Flash Media Server software is the video streaming engine behind the games, enabling fans to view live games from their desktops by taking advantage of Flash technology. enables fans to view games through its subscription service, MLB.TV. For the 2008 season, used Microsoft's Silverlight to stream games to viewers, but decided to go exclusive with Adobe's Flash beginning with the 2009 season. Microsoft has taken exception to Adobe's claims of ubiquity and also cited many sports events that have been or will be streamed using Silverlight, including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament, the Masters Golf tournament and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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