Brightcove Handles IPad Flash Issue

Posted: Mar 29 2010, 10:25am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:15pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets

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The biggest thing missing in Apple's iPad is Flash. So many Internet videos and games are simply unplayable without Flash. As long as it lacks Flash support, the iPad can't truly claim to be the best browsing device out there. While Apple is (violently) unwilling to work with Flash, the folks at Brightcove may have solved the problem for them.

PC World reports that Brightcove has launched the Brightcove Experience for HTML5. This is meant to “bridge the gap” between HTML5 and Flash by allowing businesses to automatically detect where incoming traffic is coming from (an iPad or normal device) and bring up appropriate content based on that. If someone visits on an iPad, you send them H.264 encoded video. If someone visits on a desktop, the normal Flash will load.

This is hardly a perfect or comprehensive solution for businesses, but it is a first easy step they can take to both wean themselves off of Flash, and become more compatible with the legions of iPad users soon to be tooling around the Internet.

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