Adobe announces FMS4
Today Adobe announced the release of FMS4.
The most important new features are:
– IP Multicast
– Live and onDemand HTTP Dynamic Streaming
– Peer assisted Networking
– Enhanced buffering
– Enhanced Bitrate switching
– Absolute Timecode
The product is offered in four editions:
Adobe Flash Developer Edition
Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server
Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server
and the new Flash Media Enterprice Server
I’m very excited about the new features but also a bit disappointed about the price.
You know that FMS has a very dynamic and affordable competitor like Wowza server, so I disagree with the new price policy. Infact the first three editions have the same price of FMS3 while the Enterprice edition, which is the most interesting because of the p2p capabilities, has a different (higher) price (not disclosed yet).
With the diffusion of HTTP Dynamic Streaming, that does not require a streaming server but only an HTTP server to deliver video, the p2p feature is becoming the flagship of Flash Media Server, and a wrong price policy can be very dangerous for the product and for FMS developers.