Adobe plans to expand Flash to TVs and set-top boxes. No information on timing was giving in the article. This seems quite natural to me in terms of interface, but I have to agree with MS on the matter of Flash’s limit video delivery capabilities. People expect to watch HD content on their HD TVs. Non-HD content on an HD TV looks like crap. I imagine none of this is lost on Adobe, so it should be interesting to see what they come up with. As for MS Silverlight, I did watch the extended Olympic coverage using the Silverlight and yay … but it wasn’t HD either, so I had to watch the video in a small window on my TV to see things clearly. That kinda defeats the point of have a ~50-inch screen. The other interesting part of this discussion is that Apple has yet to adopt Flash. It makes me wonder whether they have something up their sleeve or whether they are being the same old obnoxious Apple that has some philosophical objection to Flash. Either way it seems that Apple’s complaint that Flash is too processor intensive is a call to action since I imagine that concern would cross over into TV’s and set-top boxes too.
Here’s a link to an article/commentary about it.