Thursday, May 01, 2008

The Open Screen Project

Adobe (along with a long list of industry partners) have just announced the Open Screen Project. The aim of the project is to have a single consistent medium for content delivery across the full gamut of devices (computers, mobiles, TV ...). To facilitate this Adobe have announce four major initiatives:

  • Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications
  • Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player
  • Publishing the Adobe Flash® Cast™ protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services
  • Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

The list of industry partners is fairly impressive and includes : ARM, Chunghwa Telecom, Cisco, Intel, LG Electronics Inc., Marvell, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless, and leading content providers, including BBC, MTV Networks, and NBC Universal.

You can find out more at the Open Screen Project Web site. This strikes me as a very exciting initiative and I look forward to seeing what news and commentary emerges in the next week.

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