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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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OTT Video Services : Trends and Technologies [slide deck]

As a teaser for my upcoming blog post ("OTT distribution optimization technologies"), here is a bonus study for you, dear readers... It aims at isolating the main OTT Video Services trends (End-user driven & Production driven) and at pointing out relevant technologies with their maturity estimation and corresponding Vendor + Technology offer tuples. For a better presentation quality, you can download the PDF from the link below. Enjoy and share your thoughts/technology suggestions in comments !   Download PDF version

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NAB 2012 OTT Advancements & Doubts

NAB 2012 closed its doors two weeks ago, so it's a good time to draw an appraisal on various themes concerning OTT issues, and especially premium OTT issues, that have been handled through industry technology offer during the tradeshow. Here we'll go from production to distribution and examine the salient NAB facts and products, at least the ones which have a potential influence on OTT workflows evolution in the coming months (or years ?). Encoding workflow : standard integration takeover is not for this year... As FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Service, a workflow standardization and interoperability effort from EBU and AMWA) began to fly over the radar at NAB 2011, many NAB attendees (including me) were eager to check one year after if the initiative was gaining traction among

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What to see @ IBC 2011 : a selection of products for Streaming Workflows

If you got a plane for Amsterdam in September, there's a chance that it's not (only) to make you bulldog walking under the red lights : you will probably be undermining your new pair of shoes in the alleys of the RAI, seeking the freshness of streaming video innovations. Each year the trip is too short - and the feet do hurt - especially if you didn't carefully select your target booths in advance in order to see the more interesting technology breakthroughs. While making this preparation exercise, I thought that I could share my choices, in order to save your time and shoes a bit, and to hear back your tips as comments. So here are some suggestions of visits to arrange if your job is to build streaming-media-oriented-production-workflows like I do. See you there * !  

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WebM Streaming [Streaming Video Technologies Panorama, part 3]

WebM is surely one of the hotest streaming topics right now, because it's one of the two final HTML5 video standards with H.264. When Google bought On2 in 2009 and open-sourced its latest VP8 codec one year later, two promises were made : providing a codec which quality can compete with H.264 , and providing it in a royalty-free way. On the quality point, the general opinion is that the VP8 codec is slightly less performing than H.264 - but it can be an acceptable trade-off regarding the royalties point. Precisely, the royalty-free point is the one which raises the more questions now, as MPEG-LA is said to have a lineup of 12 patent owners ready to claim their rights on intellectual property, as VP8 would use compression techniques taken from H.264. Seeing their fight against Google being

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