Adobe extends Flash to TVs, Blu-ray players

/ Source: msnbc.com staff and news service reports

Adobe Systems Inc. is extending its Flash platform to digital home entertainment devices like TV sets, Blu-ray players and set-top boxes.

Adobe announced Monday that the move will let people watch high-definition videos, play Flash-based games and access other Web content on their Internet-connected TV sets.

Flash is still not available for the iPhone, one of the most popular smartphones for Web browsing. A new version of the iPhone's software is due in June, and so far, no mention has been made of Flash being added.

An Adobe spokesman said previously that the company is “committed to bringing Flash Player to the iPhone,” although no timeline has been given.

Adobe says about 80 percent of all online videos run on the Flash platform. While it's been possible to watch online videos on TV sets, the company says it hasn't been "consistent." Some YouTube videos would work and some wouldn't, for example.

Adobe expects the first TVs and other devices that support the Flash platform to ship in the second half of this year.