Kicking old technologies to the curb is never easy. For Adobe, killing off Flash support for mobile browsers was a tough decision — but one that had to be made because HTML5 is getting so much better. Looks like Flash support on Internet connected TVs are getting the boot too.
Adobe's official statement is that it'll focus it's efforts on the mobile front with HTML5 and Adobe Air instead of the often buggy and battery-draining Flash.
"Adobe will continue to support existing licensees who are planning on supporting Flash Player for web browsing on digital home devices and are using the Flash Player Porting Kit to do so. However we believe the right approach to deliver content on televisions is through applications, not a web browsing experience, and we will continue to encourage the device and content publishing community down that path."
It's not quite as big a deal as killing Flash on mobile browsers, but TVs with Internet browsers that ran the "full" Web thanks to Flash, Google TV boxes or HDTVs and other devices that plug into the TV will no longer be supported down the road.
What does this mean for consoles like the PS3 and Wii that have Web browsers with Adobe Flash on them? Well, if it's buggy now, then it's going to buggy forever is what Adobe's telling you.
Are we already on the first leg of Flash being completely irrelevant for the Web?