updated 04:45 pm EDT, Wed April 9, 2008
Adobe Media Player 1.0
Adobe has released v1.0 of its free, self-titled Media Player, in both Mac and Windows versions. The application is built on AIR technology, and plays various resolutions of Flash video, from 480i through to 1080p. While users can play clips downloaded via web, Adobe is focusing heavily on streaming or downloading content directly from within the browser; the company has signed deals with CBS, Comedy Central, PBS and other companies, in order to have their broadcasts included in a default catalog.
Distinguishing the software from the likes of Google's Flash player is the ability to subscribe to broadcasts, highlighting new episodes of a show as they become available. The Windows version of the program requires a 2.33GHz Pentium 4 or faster, with 1GB of RAM and Windows XP or Vista; the Mac download requires Mac OS X 10.4.9, and a 1.8GHz G5 or better.