Exciting news – the leading media delivery platform received an update – Adobe Media Server 5 and Adobe Access 4 are now available. For the official announcement, read the Adobe Digital Media blog.

What is new in these releases? The Adobe Media Server 5 Professional and Adobe Access 4 FAQs provide some helpful information.


What is Adobe Media Server 5 Professional?

Adobe Media Server 5 Professional, when combined with Adobe Access 4 software, streams and protects studio-grade content using a single digital rights management (DRM) workflow across desktops, connected TVs, tablets, and smartphones, including content delivered through iOS native apps and on Android™ devices through the Adobe AIR® runtime. Target larger audiences, improve quality, and reduce costs with a simple workflow.


What are some of the top features in Adobe Media Server 5 Professional?

Studio-grade DRM packaging: Package content for a single DRM workflow that targets the desktop, connected TVs, tablets, and smartphones, including iOS and Android devices, when you include Adobe Access 4 software (available separately).

On-demand packaging for HTTP: Deliver video using HTTP for Adobe Flash® Player compatible and iOS devices without preparing the assets ahead of time. On-demand packaging makes publishing easier by requiring one set of video files to deliver to multiple devices with or without Flash Player installed.

Protected HTTP streaming for iOS:  Deliver high-quality live and on-demand video to devices and HTML5-enabled browsers that support the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) video format with the same media and live streams as those for Flash Player. Full adaptive bitrate can be used without disruption.

Protected HTTP streaming for Flash Player: Protect your content streamed to the desktop and devices using HTTP with reduced complexity thanks to real-time encryption, cacheable key delivery, and player binding.

Adobe Access DRM support: Dynamically segment and encrypt content with the Adobe Access DRM policy for HLS on iOS. Apply sophisticated business rules and policies to support premium video experiences for live, linear, and on-demand video.

More information in the Adobe Media Server 5 Professional FAQ.


What’s new in Adobe Access 4?

The main features added to Adobe Access 4 are:

  • Unprecedented reach — Reach the widest possible audience by delivering protected content to the Adobe Flash® Player and Adobe AIR® runtimes, and directly in native applications for iOS tablets and smartphones.
  • Single DRM across devices — Publish and protect video streams carrying studio-grade content using a single DRM platform to desktops, connected TVs, tablets, and smartphones, including iOS and Android devices.
  • Massive scaling of premium content protection — Achieve massive scale to address rapidly growing over-the-top (OTT) consumption by a large number of subscribers.
  • Monetization of linear content delivery — Effectively monetize and more securely deliver large linear lineups of broadcast content to large OTT audiences.

More information in the Adobe Access 4 FAQ.

For additional information, read the blog post, visit the Adobe Media Server 5 Professional and Adobe Access 4 product pages, and download the Adobe Access library for iOS.