Chizen: 'Flash Media Server A Big Surprise'
Interesting interview with Adobe's CEO Bruce Chizen on ZDNet.
In it he mentions his suprise about the power of Flash video and states how Flash Media Server turned out to be a big surprise.
I wonder what he means by that - Flash video is exploding, that's clear, but FMS was never a product that has been pushed very hard by neither Macromedia nor Adobe.
At least I didn't have the impression that it received many marketing dollars.
So did it sell better than expected?
Got more traction that expected?
What's also interesting (especially for people like myself who are in the middle of it) is what Chizen mentions first when asked about important new markets for Adobe.
The simple asnwer is: Video. Aight, I hear ya Bruce ;-)
He also mentions real-time editing, post-production, streaming, DRM, delivery... Wow what was that? DRM?
Oh dear, giving in to peer pressure are we?
Let's hope the approach to this will be sensible, which I am sure it will be.
I think DRM only works well if genuine customers are totally unaware and unaffected by it, it's pirates who should suffer instead.
So far that hasn't been achieved (by neither Microsoft nor Apple, to name but two) and I look forward to seeing the ideas that Adobe has up their sleeves.
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Stefan is a certified Flash Developer who has been involved with Flash Media
Server since its very early days. From his home office in the UK he has
handled a variety of projects, specializing in Flash Video and Rich Internet
Applications for clients that include CNET, USA Network and Unilever. Stefan
is the author of a series of Adobe Developer Center articles, has spoken at
several industry events and contributes a regular column on Flash Video to
Streaming Media Magazine. His site www.flashcomguru.com is one of the
largest online resources on Flash Video.
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