Last month I posted about VeriSign's video partnership with AxiomTV. At CES this week, VeriSign and Adobe Systems announced a much more far-reaching partnership involving the former's Kontiki distribution engine with the latter's Flash technology. Lisa Lerer writes that it:
... will integrate its recently launched peer-to-peer content distribution system into Adobe's Flash video software. The combined service will eventually allow media and entertainment companies to deliver high-quality, full-length movies, TV shows and videos over Adobe's 700-million-user network. ¶ Peer-to-peer distribution relies on using different users' bandwidth to transfer files, making it a faster and cheaper way to download large files. Free peer-to-peer services are popular with users but hated by entertainment companies for distributing pirated movies and music. VeriSign's peer-to-peer solution built digital rights management into the technology, blocking unauthorized distribution. ...
... VeriSign announced two new customers at CES on Monday and Tuesday, including online sports entertainment company NBX Video and the Open Media Network, a nonprofit library of 40,000 public broadcasting and education programs.
Update 18 Jan. 2007:
Robert Scoble calls it a "Netflix killer" in, Netflix is dead. Link: Scobleizer. --Dennis