Apple has released Safari 14 - no Flash support at all. IgniteTV Web affected

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Apple has released Safari 14 - no Flash support at all. IgniteTV Web affected

On September 16th Apple removed any and all Flash support from Safari.  This means anyone who uses Safari (the vast majority of Mac users ONLY use it) will not be able to watch IgniteTV via the web.  

 

Comcast, who controls this software, said back in 2018 that a new version would be coming "soon".  It is still not out.

 

Other browsers, and Adobe themselves, are dropping support for Flash at the end of December 2020.  This deadline has been known for a long time.  

 

This post is partially a question, do any of the Rogers people know when this is to be released?  The second part is informational for those who may be stuck in this situation.  

 

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Re: Apple has released Safari 14 - no Flash support at all. IgniteTV Web affected

It sounds like Comcast has started their transition away from Flash: https://forums.xfinity.com/t5/Stream-TV-App/Adobe-Flash-Discontinued-December-2020/m-p/3366162

 

All that I have heard so far are rumours, so I can't pass on any specifics about the new DRM implementation, nor do I know anything about Rogers' plans for upgrading https://ignitetv.rogers.com .



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Re: Apple has released Safari 14 - no Flash support at all. IgniteTV Web affected

I was wondering the same thing about the end of flash, what will happen after december 31.

 

Usually when I only have 1-2 shows or watch or manage recordings, I just use the web interface instead of turning on the TV, so it’s very practical for me. Specially that I live in a (non-sound proof) apartment building, I prefer to use my laptop with my headphones on. I know that the IgniteTV box have bluetooth, but my bluetooth headphones only last 3-4 hours per charge, it’s annoying, I prefer wired headphones.

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That is not much info, but good news. I bet they will treat Rogers as one region and flip the switch all at once.
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@Don_Ca wrote:
That is not much info, but good news. I bet they will treat Rogers as one region and flip the switch all at once.

Comcast would have developed the new video player but it would be Rogers leading the roll-out here.

 

Furthermore, switching over to an HTML 5-based player is also not as simple as "flipping a switch".  Another thing that I have heard is that Comcast may be moving away from Adobe Primetime and adopting other CDM 's such as Google Widevine, Apple FairPlay, and Microsoft PlayReady.  Adobe Primetime also provides things like an authentication framework, that also integrates tightly with Adobe's DRM, so that may also necessitate the migration to the W3 Credential Management API.  Regardless of what the exact underlying technical changes will be, any transition away from Flash will involve upgrades to various services in the back-end.  It's not a trivial endeavour.  There's a reason (actually, probably MANY) why the Flash replacement has been dragging on for ages.