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EBU BroadThinking 2016 – The Year When Broadcasters Became Multidisciplinary Scientists // DAY 1 Report

EBU’s BroadThinking conference is always a good spot to prepare a downstream NAB, IBC or HbbTV Symposium later in the year, as this conference allows spotting the challenges, the limitations and the false promises of the never ending video technology shift. When you arrive in Vegas straight after a BroadThinking like the 2016 one, you're obviously excited as there's a lot of interesting new stuff emerging - but you're also warned that only a few of these shiny new technologies will be deployed on the short term because of complexity, maturity or even relevance reasons. Passing through BroadThinking's X-Ray, innovation gets slimmer, but also safer for early implementers, as the complexity is tamed a bit via knowledge sharing and guild discussions. But this year though, we conscientized t

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Open Media day @ FOSDEM’16

You might have wondered if I disappeared from Earth for the last 16 months. Well, not exactly. I was quite busy writing articles for Streaming Media, which you probably read, and I hope you found useful insights in it. Today I'm officially reopening the Eltrovemo blog space after this long editorial break - and it's starting straight with a teaser: my next Streaming Media article after the "State of DASH 2016" will be about the role of Open Source in the video ecosystem. A major role, powered by dedicated people deserving our respect and gratitude. Here is an appetitizer :-) For those who don't know it, FOSDEM is one of the legendary European events of the open source community, where free beer meets lightning talks, tech lectures and hacking sessions. It's a crowdy 2-days event in ...

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EBU BroadThinking 2014: Forget Multiscreen, We Are Heading Towards ONE Screen

This year the EBU BroadThinking Conference was sounding like a holistic swirl, a milestone in the trend of technology to define sets that are greater than the sum of their parts, through creative evolution. « Where Broadcast Meets BroadBand », you get some interesting fusion effect occurring and diluting the traditional boundaries of the screens, with the handheld devices being part of the big screen experience or extending it rather than trying to scalp it, in an environment where all the devices converge towards a restricted set of standards rather than tracing their own line.   While we by default think that standardization kills creativity, events like BroadThinking show that it's the opposite: if we gather energies to solve common problems together, we can both come up with

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The new frontiers of OTT delivery: Multicast, P2P & Hybrid

DISCLAIMER : during my daily life I'm an Akamai Professional Services employee (Dr Jekyll), so you might want to take some critical distance with the following article. If you happen to know me personally, you also know that at nights, the blogger inside me (Mr Hyde) is always driven by objectivity and detached passion for innovation. This being said, I wish you an interesting reading! 4K streaming, mobile broadcasting for the crowd, generalized delinearization, worldwide video events... OTT delivery is just multiplying the challenges, as customers' expectations are raising each day in terms of video fast-start, instant channel switching, lack of buffer and high frame size/rate - on all devices in all network conditions. To answer those challenges, OTT delivery answer today is basically mo

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[IBC 2013 Report] MPEG-DASH Ecosystem Status

While the present article is frozen at the time of writing, the implementations directory is still updated to reflect the current market offer in all areas related to DASH. Update 03/20/15 : for a newest DASH technical status, please read my State of MPEG-DASH 2015 article on Streaming Media. Update 06/28/14 : for a newest DASH deployment status, please read my State of MPEG-DASH Deployment article on Streaming Media Europe. You might also be interested by the dual Adobe & Microsoft interview I made on this occasion. Update 11/15/14 : I added the Youtube video of the presentation I did on the DASH Ecosystem Status at the Akamai Edge 14 Conference (scroll down to find it, as well as the slidedeck). While most of IBC's buzz was generated by the shiny HEVC + 4K couple, it wa

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[IBC 2013 Talk] The Future of OTT Platforms

This year at IBC, I was invited by Vimond to take part into their Industry Visionaries talk series and discuss "The Future of OTT Platforms: Is it Diversification or Standardization ?" with Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, Editor of Streaming Media Magazine. As the 45 minutes talk was quite consistent, I thought I could take the occasion to go over the topic here also, as a follow-up of some general guidelines I previously exposed in "How to build a Netflix-like multiscreen OTT service (part 1)".   The entry point for this discussion was a controversial question from Vimond's Henriette Sæther, who asked Eric and me if the reign of end-to-end OTT platforms was over. It did ring a bell to me as this end-to-end perspective had been a major issue in the premium OTT projects I worked in, o

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