Brightcove Dials In Smartphones With Adobe's Flash

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Online-video management provider Brightcove will let customers extend their content to a range of mobile devices, via the forthcoming Adobe Flash Player 10.1 media player.

Adobe Systems' Flash 10.1, currently available through an invitation-only beta release, is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2010. The media player is set to be available on several phone platforms, including Google Android, Symbian S60, Palm webOS, Windows Mobile and Research in Motion's BlackBerry.

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Separately, the Brightcove platform also includes support for iPhone application development.

Customers already using the beta version of Brightcove's mobile service include AOL, The New York Times, The Weinstein Group and National Geographic. The company said the Brightcove Mobile Experience will be available to all customers later in the year for no additional cost.

The Brightcove Mobile Experience for Flash Player 10.1 includes new player templates that offer user-interface controls that are specifically designed for video viewing on small screen sizes. Flash 10.1, meanwhile, takes advantage of hardware-based H.264 video decoding and CPU optimization, aimed at reducing system resource utilization and extending battery life.

"National Geographic is all about telling inspiring stories," Pablo Silva, vice president of global online publishing at Fox International Channels, said in a statement. "Part of our mission at Fox International Channels is to look for new ways and platforms to tell these stories. With the Brightcove Mobile Experience solution for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, we're a step closer to delivering on this promise by publishing high quality, mobile video across multiple devices while still being able to protect, track and monetize our content."

Brightcove is demonstrating the Flash-based mobile service at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 15-18.

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