Posts Tagged ‘flash’

Flash in Media Center

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Microsoft?made use of Flash in Media Center for it’s integration with MSN Player. That was a startling announcement one month ago since it was assumed that Microsoft wanted to promote Silverlight over Flash, and would never allow Flash in Media Center. So, in the past month what has happened about that??Unfortunately?it seems to have moved backwards again. First of all, the UK integration with MSN Player has?disappeared, only to be replaced by the Sky subscription service. I think that is a major mistake by Microsoft, because I don’t think anyone will pay for a very cut down version of Sky on their PC, and it would have been better to have a working internet TV solution available.

Secondly, I have been trying to find out how independent developers such as myself can make use of Flash in Media Center. A friend of a friend managed to get this unofficial response;

As far as I know, the Platform/APIs are only available for internal use. We don?t have any plan to release public documentation on that at this moment.

So that means that until Microsoft change their minds or someone manages to?dissect?the?delivered?code to work out how to use the libraries in an unsupported way, we are stuck without Flash support for independent developer.

Sky and Flash in media center

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

With the public release of Windows 7, there have been some interesting developments;

1) Here in the UK, the Internet TV Beta 2 link has?disappeared?from our menus. I suspect that is because it was really buggy (I often got errors that my video library was unavailable). Hopefully it just means that a new better version is on the way

2) An advert for Sky Player has appeared in the menus;
sky

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Flash in windows media center

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Since my TunerFreeMCE code has been out there for almost a year now, I have picked up a fair bit of experience of playing flash on windows media center.

Most of the TV companies who provide flash video do so using the Akamai tech stack to secure and stream their content. They build their own custom flash players on top of that to provide their own flavour to the players, e.g. related videos and so on. The probably intentional side effect of this is that it is really not trivial to get in to their flash streams and do anything with it. It’s not like the have an rtmp url easily accessible for you to get hold of. There are ways of doing it, but not easily. There is for example a project on sourceforge called rtmpdump (http://sourceforge.net/projects/rtmpdump/) which allows you to download flash videos from the BBC and from Hulu. (more…)