So stream the MP4s as an RTMP stream - that would work as well as an HLS stream. Better than Flash crashing every time you want to watching something on demend on your computer. Even Adobe is shutting it down - for what we're being charged, Xfinity should be at the forefront of this, not playing catchup.
I don't have this problem with Amazon or Netflix. It's not a bandwidth problem, it's an Xfinity website/player problem.
adobe flash is used to enforce HDCP restrictions required by contract with the providers of the entertainment.
This is so very WRONG. I am tired of this same worn out excuse played out by Comcast and now others who begin to believe it. Comcast uses Adobe Primetime to handle licensing requirements between themselves and entertainment providers. Given that both the entertainment providers and Comcast fall under the same umbrella in-terms of content protection (Adobe Primetime) - THERE IS NO TECHNICAL NOR CONTRACTUAL LIMITATION TO DISALLOW HTML5 STREAMING. In fact, Adobe Primetime's Browser SDK is designed to first attempt a HTML5 supported player before using flash as a backup. You want to know how I know this? Download Comcast's Android Stream app, change the .apk to .zip, and extract it. Go into the folder called "assets" and you'll find a bunch of interesting .json configuration files - with one titled "AdobeTVSDKConfig":
The fact of the matter here is that Comcast can support HTML5 by updating the browser SDK they already utilize. Not that there's some hidden contract between Comcast and the entertainment industry. Most, if not all, entertainment companies use Adobe Primetime for their content protection. This is how the Apple TV is able to authenticate once through service providers and instantly authenticate across all entertainment companies. It is also why small service providers can do so. So why does Comcast decide to continue with this archaic platform and not provide services other service providers do? The easiest explanation tends to be the right one:
Providing HTML5 supported streams through the browser opens up support for other platforms Comcast wants to have control over. They explicitly handicap their browser based streaming so that it makes it difficult for those with HTPCs and/or mobile based streaming devices to utilize out-of-home content streaming. Given that a large chunk of Comcast's revenue stream consists of their X1 boxes...they treat that as a threat and thus will continue supporting flash until it's dead and buried 10 feet deep. If Comcast had a choice; they'd insist using their own proprietary content protection....but they can't because that's what the entertainment companies demand. Wouldn't it be in the best interest for TV networks to support as many devices/platforms as possible? That's what Adobe Primetime does....and Comcast hates it.
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I was wondering if anyone from Comcast had a timeline as to when we'll see the transition from flash to HTML5 for the online streaming service. I understand DRM is an issue, however, after analyzing traffic through the Xfinity Stream app on a jailbroken iphone (bypassed SSL pinning)...I've noticed a platform is already in place to handle HTML5 DRM. The only confirmation so far has been from this post saying this transition will occur in "early 2018":
I understand that migrating a video platform hosting content from various media companies is easier said than done. However, it would be great if Comcast can provide at least some input as to when we will see this. I personally do not want flash installed on my system and this is the only dependency I have that still utilizes it. Also, maybe integrating UserVoice would provide an effective way to provide customers with helpful updates regarding issues such as these...as well as a platform for customers to provide input y'all might find helpful. Just a thought.
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