Originally Posted by Orlando
Much as I'd love to see html5 quickly take over from from Flash I don't see how Apple providing a video stream spells the death of Flash. You can do live streaming with Flash and it isn't doesn't restrict your audience to people with Safari on MacOS10.6 / iOS3.0 or higher. In fact Apple's move might strengthen Flash's position as it highlights how limited the audience is for the non-Flash alternative.
One argument the anti-Apple/pro-Flash advocates have had is that Adobe Flashs encryption will be a safer distribution model than HTML5 for content providers because Flash offers encryption while HTML5 does not. They are right, even if they are either being foolish and/or disingenuous with their comment as It makes no sense to add encryption to HTML standard.
HTTP Live Streaming can transmit encrypted content which can be linked from simple <audio>
tags.When a key file is listed in the index file, the key file contains a cipher key that must be used to decrypt subsequent media files listed in the index file. Currently HTTP Live Streaming supports AES-128 encryption using 16-octet keys. The format of the key file is a packed array of these 16 octets in binary format.http://developer.apple.com/iphone/li...Streaming.html
For this reason, a success with HTTP Live Streaming tomorrow could be the beginning of awareness that there are other methods for streaming content securely. Many of these large companies are already aware of HTTP Live Streaming for iOS devices, but they may see it as an option for desktop OSes, too. However, there seems to be little effort from 3rd-parties to add it to Windows so unless Apple comes out with a new version of QuickTime for Windows that offers HTTP Live Streaming it may be a long time before its even remotely viable for Windows users.