Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 18:38 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless And so, Flash on mobile is now completely dead. "There will be no certified implementations of Flash Player for Android 4.1. Beginning August 15th we will use the configuration settings in the Google Play Store to limit continued access to Flash Player updates to only those devices that have Flash Player already installed. Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be able to install it from the Google Play Store after August 15th."
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RE[3]: Good riddance
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Jul 2012 14:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good riddance"
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HTML5 has no answer to paid content, how can it be considered a serious replacement.

It strikes me that adding this functionality to HTML 5 wouldn't actually be too difficult. All one would need is an agreed standard supported by all the major browsers (with the probable exception of any Mozilla products of course). If Microsoft, Apple, and Google settled on a standard for implementing DRM'd content in HTML 5, it wouldn't much matter what the W3C has to say about it. It would become the de facto standard, and we'd have the best of both worlds. Of course, I doubt these companies will ever sit down to agree on anything at all, so we'll see. At the same time, I don't think we're doomed to regress back to the 90's and the hundreds of different video codecs and players we had to deal with back then. The sheer diversity of platforms from Mac and PC to various mobile options is eventually going to force some sort of universal solution out into the open. We had the problem back then, in part, because almost everyone could be counted on to be running Windows, so any player developer could just target Windows and be done. As it stands now that's not a viable option for paid content as they'll cut off a massive segment of potential customers. It may even have the side effect of forcing big content to actually produce a useful standard player, wouldn't that be a shock?
I want Flash gone. I'm sick of its bloat and all the flash ads on web pages that suck my battery dry (yes I use flashblock but that shouldn't be necessary). The situation may deteriorate for a short time, but if in the long run we get something more stable and useful, I'll put up with the short-term pains.

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RE[4]: Good riddance
by dsmogor on Tue 3rd Jul 2012 05:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Good riddance"
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DRM is a technology that in every context is related to making money, so companies that control endpoints and can impose their technology, see it as a huge profit opportunity as they can monetize just about every user. They will fight till last breath to make their solution defacto standard (to position themselves as e.g. NagraVision in DTV). I wouldn't count on any sort of agreement soon, esp. we're at the end of semi open personal computing platforms era.

The only case I can see it happening is:
1. some regulative body like ITU stepping in with something that is technologically compelling (hard to imagine but has once happened in case of GSM)
2. broadcasters teaming up and proposing their own standard (the fate of bbc codec doesn't make me believer).

Edited 2012-07-03 05:51 UTC

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