Adobe and NBC to provide live streaming of NFL games

Summary:Adobe just announced that the NFL is going to use Flash to deliver live, online streaming video for NBC Sunday and Thursday night football games. You can go watch the games on NBCSports.

Adobe just announced that the NFL is going to use Flash to deliver live, online streaming video for NBC Sunday and Thursday night football games. You can go watch the games on NBCSports.com right now. It looks like they used Flex to build the player and I assume they're using H.264 as the codec.

Adobe and NBC to provide live streaming of NFL games

The NFL is a really, really tough nut to crack. As the biggest sports league in America in terms of revenue and viewership, they can basically do anything they want. And their incentive to take risks is very low.

The video quality is pretty good and I love the fact that you can switch between cameras. They've got 5 live streams going at the same time and it's going to be a great way to check out replays. And because it's live, they're still able to include advertising. The killer is a lack of full screen. The Olympics Silverlight app did this as well and I can't figure it out. That should be such a key, easy feature. Hopefully this isn't the start of a trend.

I think this is going to be a great example of Flash, a great showcase for RIAs, and hopefully a good point of comparison between the Olympic Silverlight player.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Mobility

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Ryan Stewart holds an economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Rich Internet Application developer and industry analyst. After graduating from Penn, he spent two years developing applications for the Wharton School and pushing the idea of the web as a platform for learning. Ryan now lives in Seattle with his wife... Full Bio

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