Adobe Rolled Out Media Player 1.0 Today

The Adobe Media Player 1.0 is a standalone Video Jukebox application that runs under its Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) platform. The Media Player is compatible with both PCs and Macs. It also allows users to subscribe to various web channels and stream free content. Companies that are offering content for the player include CBS, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, PBS, CondéNet, and Scripps Networks.

To that end Adobe has signed deals with content providers including MTV and Universal. Adobe claims that Media Player will let users watch their own content stored on their desktops, like QuickTime or Windows Media Player. However, Adobe Media Player is quite limited in the types of media it can actually play—downloaded FLV files (encoded with Spark or VP6) or MPEG-4 (encoded with H.264), and that’s it. The first version is restricted to Flash support, though the company hasn’t ruled out broadening that in the future.

The company also announced today the launch of the Media Player network, Adobe TV, a channel aimed specifically at providing users instructional programs targeted at users of Adobe apps.

Users can download the app for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe’s site.


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