Adobe Demonstrates March Madness Live on Nexus One


Want to watch a March Madness live stream on your Android mobile phone? Then let’s hope that you’ve got some good friends at Adobe. The company’s Platform Evangelist Ryan Stewart just published a video on YouTube that demonstrates watching March Madness live via 3G on a Google Nexus one, thanks to a yet-unreleased version 10.1 of Flash for Android (hat tip to

Stewart’s demo makes use of the fact that CBS (s CBS) is offering a live Flash stream of the tournament in addition to its Silverlight-based March Madness player. Silverlight users will get better video quality (up to 1.8Mbps), but the Flash stream should be good enough to watch on a mobile device like the Nexus One. Adobe has announced that it will release Flash 10.1 for Android within the first half of 2010. The company showed off a version of 10.1 running on a Nexus One in January, and it has been cooperating with third-party developers on Flash applications for Android, like the recently-demoed Tunevision jukebox.

March Madness host network CBS is offering iPhone users its own mobile solution to follow the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament in real time, but not for free: The network’s March Madness app provides live streams via 3G and WiFi connections for a price of $9.99. Adobe’s Nexus One demo, on the other hand, simply plays the streams in a browser, so there’s no need to purchase an application.

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Any idea whether the Android app is using h.264 in a Flash wrapper? If that is the case, it’s nothing special, since the PowerVR chip in the Nexus One has native h.264 support.

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