When it first surfaced the market, the Flash Media Server was a blessing in disguise. The basic idea was great: the player needed for video files was already installed on the majority of computers so viewers would not have to download any player. Everyone could simply watch your video content easily. It all sounded amazing on paper but when the first version came out it was nothing short of a complete mess. The overall server performance was much worse than the already present at the time Windows Media Server. In order for FMS to support the same size audience one would have had to add many more servers. Therefore the FMS had a very slow start and the server licensing costs didn’t help either.
Companies that provided FMS services at the time were forced to either take losses on hosting for the format or to charge higher rates than the already established and better performing Windows Media. However due to the very high demand for this format, the Flash Media Server managed to finally overcome most of the issues. Many 3rd party developers had already started to develop severs in order to support the format. In time, Adobe’s version became better and better offering higher performance with each update.
Nowadays Flash has become the first choice for video content delivery for most users. The one major downside to the FMS is the lack of mobile device deliver to some of the devices on the market. Even worse is the fact that Adobe has recently announced that they are stopping developing flash players for mobile devices. The good news is that there is still hope for mobile device owners with the release of html5 player.
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