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Insiders who own iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads are likely aware that these popular Apple products don’t play nice with Adobe’s Flash video software. Apple chief Steve Jobs has not held back when it comes to his distaste for Flash, and a war of words has been brewing between the two companies for some time now. Unfortunately for Apple, its rejection of Flash on its small devices could cost it some content from some major Hollywood players.
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The New York Post, citing unnamed sources, is reporting that “several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, told Apple they won’t retool their extensive video libraries to accommodate the iPad, arguing that such a reformatting would be expensive and not worth it because Flash dominates the Web.”

One of the sleek device’s major selling points is its slick movie and television show playback capability. Being denied content from several major Hollywood studios could come as a blow to Apple’s uber-popular iPad.

How do you think this dispute will shake out, Insiders?
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Does Apple have something to worry about, or will the immense success of the iPad force reticent content providers to get on board?

18 Responses to “Report: Warner, Universal Won’t Support Content on iPad”

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    John [visitor]

    That’s fine, then they have lost a viewer, potentially millions of viewers after all is said and done. I’ll watch the abc app and netflix. There are other things to watch. Good luck,….hmm trying to remember the names, oh Nbc and time Warner, didn’t one of them buy AOL a long time ago, another smart move of theirs..

  2. Member [Join Now]

    I actually side with Warner and Universal on this. Why reformat it just so Apple can have the content? If anything Apple should have Flash support for these devices.

  3. Member [Join Now]

    It’s a shame so many people misunderstand why Flash should be allowed to die. This isn’t about Apples needs, this is about how much Flash sucks. Killing Flash doesn’t only help Apple, it helps Windows, Linux and ESPECIALLY Mobile devices too because Flash requires far too much resources than most mobile phones (and batteries) can spare.

    There was a time when flash was important because it was the best way to get media content on the browser. But now Flash is this tech-generations floppy disk. It’s served its purpose in the past but it’s time to move on.

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      ChadCronin [chadcronin]

      I agree. I am over Flash. I have had so many problems with it. Companies need to move forward.

    • Visitor [Join Now]
      Dan [visitor]

      Apple doesn’t give users a choice. Who cares if you don’t like Flash. If I want Flash I want a device that gives me choice.

      This is why Apple fails. Flash is not dead if companies are offering content through Flash. Users lose here. Apple profits.

      Profits over people… Steve Jobs view of the world.

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    Faith [visitor]

    What does this mean for hulu?

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    Phil [visitor]

    There’s no logical defense for Flash. It’s a fat resource hog that has refused to slim down over the years. In fact, it only gets fatter as time goes on. It crashes browsers, mobile devices, and frequently requires updates. With the advent of HTML5, and browsers to support it, we will soon see the end of Flash. It’s had its day, but it’s time to move on.

    YouTube and VIMEO already provide HTML5 support, so a plug-in is not required to watch video there. Sites like Hulu will eventually need to move in this direction as well, or they may see their own end.

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    Cameronh [visitor]

    Flash is not that great and putting it on a mobile device is stupid. I have heard that when Flash is used on the Android phones (the ones that will save us all from the evil Apple), the battery life goes into the toilet and it causes the phone to run slow. Personally I can live without Flash on any kind of mobile device.

  7. Member [Join Now]

    Flash is horrid on mobile devices and in the end really you’re just pissing off the user for having to put up with the device malfunctioning because of software your company didn’t even develop. Steve had the cajones to say it to Adobe and in stead of Adobe getting pissed, it looks like they might have something even better cooked up in their software content that can serve those iPads!

    Here’s what cnet recently had to say,”Adobe reveals magazine iPad-izer software” (

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      Sara [visitor]

      If a $200 netbook from 4 years ago can run Flash fine, I expect a modern $500 device with superior hardware to be able to do the same.

      You can come up with all the excuses you want. OLD CRAPPY hardware is running Flash at half the price. It’s pathetic.

      • Member [Join Now]

        Try running a HD Stream on that device, I suspect it will die mid-stream, if it runs it at all

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          Sara [visitor]

          Yeah and the iPad can’t run ANY stream. lol

          I can run HD streaming when on Hulu without a problem on that netbook.

          +1 for crap netbook. Fail for iPad. :D

          Even if it couldn’t handle ALL streams, I still have the option of putting Flash on the device or making the choice to not have Flash on the device.

          I have access to thousands of Flash games and applications which I actually enjoy. 99% of my gaming are those pointless little Flash games but it’s fun to me.

          Four year old crap hardware that’s worth $100 today (if that) gives me more of a choice than a brand new iPad. That’s SAD.

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    Apple is doing the internet a favor, Adobe has been lazy, Flash as noted several times is a resource hog, not to mention the occasional security flaw..

    On Mobile devices, despite a number of attempts, it still runs poorly, and drains battery life significantly, as also noted..

    The Steve Job naysayers may just not like him but, you cannot argue to much with his success, if Adobe had tried to work with Apple (which BTW, Adobe would not even be here if not for Apple) to resolve the issues, instead of “their” arrogant and selfish stance, perhaps Flash would have been a better tool.

    However its time to move on, Flash should die and be replaced by newer and better methods of video delivery such as HTML5.

    Apple has sold two million iPads, this is only going to increase significantly, which means for those that elect to continue to support flash, their stuff will not be seen by the millions of people that want to go that direction and not backwards.

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      Sara [visitor]

      Forward is letting users make their own choices on what goes on their devices and having control.

      Backwards is letting companies make those decisions and control all your applications with the ability to remotely delete them from your device.

      Apple’s model is the exact opposite of progress.

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    How many user’s today still use Internet Explorer 6 or even Netscape? Much like how internet browsers update or scrap for a new (Netscape –> Firefox) so does the software when it changes with the hardware.

    HTML5 will become the new mainstream just like when people went from Standard TV’s to HD TV’s or heck even Antennas/Cable to Digital Cable. People don’t like change, especially when it messes with their technology, but HTML5 will find easier ways to stream media. Flash is just a huge resource hog. Try running those so-called “flash games” in several tabs at once and tell me your netbook doesn’t sound like it’s preparing for take off. ;)

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      Sara [visitor]

      It’s not an issue about where the internet is going. Of course HTML5 is best for users in the long run since it’s not controlled by just one company. That’s not the argument here.

      The argument is one of choice. If you like something that is based on Flash, you aren’t given the option to view that content whether it’s a game, tv show, or movie.

      If I own content that is based on Flash or any other platform, I would like the OPTION of using that content even if something is far superior.

      I realize that in coming years much of the content I enjoy will work in HTML5. I hope for that as well. But I also hope to use my old content as well that is based on other platforms.

      Certain hardware lets me make these choices on my own while other pieces of hardware do not. I think users should be ones who defend their ability to choose versus letting a company dictate what happens. Users are the best check against problems (like Flash) happening over and over locking people into just one thing.

      I want BOTH. I want the option to use Flash, HTML5, and whatever else I want to use on my hardware. I want to adopt the newest technologies and be able to use the old ones. Limiting yourself to FLASH or HTML5 is just a stupid argument when it’s clear that both work. My netbook, laptop, desktop all have both on them and they all work fine.

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    I think the question will ultimately boil down to how much are you willing to pay?

    If you want to refer to the Apple iPad, this is only the first generation. Other companies are dying to get in on the market share with their own media reader after seeing how popular the iPad is, but they have to keep one step ahead and add in extras like usb ports, cameras, & perhaps giving the option to use flash in a web browser.

    I’m sure when a second generation iPad rolls around Apple will have thought about all the stuff they wanted to put into the first generation iPad, and make sure it’s got all the extra goodies to keep them afloat & keep the consumer happy. Heck look at the so-called “4th generation iPhone” and how it had a major overhaul by Gizmodo’s report. Bout’ time the iPhone had a camera!

    Meeting everyone’s needs in a media rich environment in today’s world is a tough business. The content has to function on workstations, netbooks, laptops, mobile readers, Smart Phone’s/PDAs, & other media rich devices. It’s a never-ending evolving beast to keep up with! You’re bound to find that not all content works on all formats especially in this broad of a horizon for internet capable devices. Like I stated above; “how much are you willing to pay” especially for you want to be able to do online.

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    Amy [visitor]

    Flash is horrid on mobile devices and in the end really you’re just pissing off the user for having to put up with the device malfunctioning because of software your company didn’t even develop. Steve had the cajones to say it to Adobe and in stead of Adobe getting pissed, it looks like they might have something even better cooked up in their software content that can serve those iPads!

    Here’s what cnet recently had to say,”Adobe reveals magazine iPad-izer software” (