There's a lot going on with WebRTC these days. Doing your own research can feel like scaling a cliff between entry-level and moderate understanding. Sitting and watching panels or reading articles is great but what if there's something more specific you've been wondering about. Maybe there's some sort of conversation you can join. Where can you find the geeks you need to geek out with? Well for WebRTC-related geekery check out the Wonder WebRTC unConference on May 18. For those unfamiliar with the off-beat and collaborative setting of an unConference,  you're in for a fun time! unConference describes itself as:…

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Recent research predicting a massive increase in live video traffic streamed via WebRTC offers another affirmation that interactive video streaming at massive scales is destined to play an ever larger role in consumer use cases over the coming years. Rethink Technology Research predicts "pure WebRTC" streaming will total 650 exabytes (EB) by 2025 compared to 16.8 EB in 2020. Based on the researcher's assessment that live video delivered over content delivery networks (CDNs) will reach about 3,628 EB by late 2024, pure WebRTC traffic would represent a better than 18% share of total live video traffic by 2025.…

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So it turns out that negative latency isn't quite a thing. We're still ironing out a few of the details and dealing with minor roadblocks caused by the laws of physics. Bending the laws of time and physics? I think we're going to need a bigger whiteboard. For those that missed it, we posted an April Fool's Day joke with the false claim that we had filed a patent for the creation of negative latency through the use of quantum mechanics. We hope it gave you a chuckle and if nothing else served as a reminder to always check the…

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As use cases calling for real-time interactive video streaming multiply, developers and service providers need to be sure the distribution platform they rely on has the flexibility to accommodate virtually any strategy. When users choose hosted platform-as-a-service (PaaS) support for real-time interactive streaming, they must be able to innovate through access to features that can be leveraged on server resources exclusively dedicated to them. At the same time, the supplier of the core infrastructure technology must be able to offer hands-on support for those who want to customize their uses of the platform independent from the PaaS model. In other…

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Video surveillance is widely used across the globe for a variety of applications. Monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, security systems encourage stability, and safety systems guide emergency response tactics. Widely adopted technology such as AI integrations and high-resolution cameras mean we can gather more accurate data. The challenge lies in compiling and displaying that information in real time to provide actionable intelligence. No matter the degree of automation, at some point in every surveillance system, an actual person will have to make a decision about how to respond to a situation. Ensuring that that person or team has everything…

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Live-streaming video has changed the way we interact online. Especially over the past year, the increasing demand for interactive video streaming has exposed many issues with outdated streaming solutions. The internet was designed to use HTTP to send emails, fetch web pages, and cache other static content. Advancements in the delivery infrastructure in the form of content delivery networks (CDNs) opened up the possibility for streaming more data such as recorded content for VOD use cases. However, HTTP was not designed to deliver live video and other dynamic content efficiently. And since CDNs were built on top of an HTTP…

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We might have mentioned a few things about experience delivery networks (XDNs) in previous posts, how they’re revolutionizing live streaming by supporting a new era of interactivity that remains beyond the reach of oldfangled HTTP-based content delivery networks (CDNs). XDNs use a cloud-based server infrastructure to deliver multidirectional live streams with under 500 milliseconds of real-time latency at scale. This allows them to deliver fully interactive experiences to the widest possible audience for a variety of applications from sports broadcasts with live betting and fan interactions to conference applications, drone streaming, and live shopping to name a few. But…

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Coming off the heels of our 8.0.0 server release, is the latest mobile SDK release. Version 8.0.0 includes multiple performance improvements as well as a suite of bug fixes including a fix on the rendering pipeline to prevent a crash on stream close.   We would like to reiterate our thanks to all of our customers for their enormous support in testing our beta releases before they went into production. We know your time is valuable and we very much appreciate that you spent some of it helping us out. As always, the noteworthy work of our…

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As NASA’s 2020 Perseverance rover mission reminds us, the Red Planet is pretty far away. In fact, it takes about 20 minutes for a signal to travel between Mars and Earth. That delay meant that any adjustments necessary for steering the Perseverance rover to a safe landing couldn’t be performed manually. Instead, AI processing with real-time optical and telemetry data enabled the lander to avoid obstacles in the landing zone as it touched down on February 18 this year. In other words, there wasn’t much the scientists could do but wait and hope everything would go as…

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Red5 Pro Release 8.0

Introducing Red5 Pro version 8.0. It’s a big one! Our latest release supports a new WebRTC data channel implementation which greatly improves the stream manager efficiency. It allows the WebSocket based signaling to disconnect after UDP connection is established, and all metadata uses the WebRTC DataChannel directly from the node over UDP. This way, the stream manager doesn’t have to maintain a TCP connection. Other major improvements include a new Social Media restreamer plugin, memory fixes, and the addition of the HTML5 JavaScript SDK to NPM. The latter makes it much easier for JS developers to update…

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Cable cutters are here to stay. The ever-increasing adoption of streaming services signals a permanent shift in viewing habits with live-streamed video traffic predicted to surpass non-live traffic by 2024. Adapting to the new reality of internet-based media consumption means reengineering the basic infrastructure behind media delivery. Advertising has always served as an important vehicle for selling goods and services while providing consistent funding for media broadcasters. IP-based live streaming services offer advanced opportunities for microtargeting audiences far beyond the capabilities of traditional broadcast TV. In fact, a recent survey of more than 200 advertisers and agencies conducted by Comcast's…

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Social media and other outlets now flooding the marketplace with watch party features are setting the stage for more advanced co-viewing experiences. The pandemic-fueled outpouring of these watch-party initiatives can definitely be seen as a testament to surging consumer demand for real-time video engagement with all kinds of streamed content. However, they can also be seen as rudimentary demonstrations failing to fully meet that demand, especially when people are sharing viewing experiences with live events. Indeed, these new viewer-engagement initiatives will seem quaint by the standards of experience now taking shape with productions of concerts, award shows, consumer product rollouts,…

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Just because something is widely used, doesn’t necessarily make it the best option. While big providers like AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure are popular choices for cloud-based hosting services, there are alternative options that can save money, and better streamline performance through dedicated support. This Wednesday, join Red5 Pro CEO Chris Allen, MIXR Co-Founders Garvan Doyle & Blaze Cerovcec, and Linode Head of Corporate Communications Mike Maney in a panel moderated by Brian Mahony, CEO, Trender Research and President, OTT Executive Magazine. How OTTs Save Money and Improve Performance by Streaming Video on the Alternative Cloud Find out…

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Live streaming sports are all about delivering the action to fans. A large part of the appeal is the shared experience of exciting events unfolding in real time. Virtual events need to be as close to the real thing as possible. Over the years, the methods for viewing live sports have changed from purely watching on television to watching on mobile devices and tablets. The increased distribution of 5G will further expand these portable viewing habits as it makes more data available to users for streaming more video. Furthermore, users are looking to improve upon the passive viewing experience with…

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It would be fantastic if everyone could have a high level of connectivity; but that’s not always possible. We're all familiar with the frustrating experience of watching people drop in and out of a Zoom conference — their video feed popping up from one side to another like a really boring game of whack-a-mole. Eventually their connection seems to stabilize only to freeze just as they are about to give their update. It's a fragmented and exhausting process. This freezing and disconnecting can stem from a poor network connection that is unable to handle the amount of data being sent…

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The Tech Behind the 2021 XDN Summit Organizing a live event is no small feat in normal times: indeed, over the past decade, event planning has mushroomed into a lucrative industry focused on helping businesses find the perfect city and venue, secure the required permits, and contract suppliers and vendors for their next big events. You’d think putting on a virtual event during a pandemic and in the age of Zoom would be a lot easier, but you’d be mistaken. As with traditional live events, infrastructure is a key component to success. Participants need to connect through natural…

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Although it feels like the COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything, it really hasn’t — OK, it’s changed everything, but many of those changes are really just an acceleration of ongoing trends. One example is the “sudden” emergence of video commerce. Our shopping habits have been increasingly moving online, but the static experience of clicking through the listings on your favorite online retailer can be tedious and boring. And what if a consumer is shopping for a new product they’re unfamiliar with? Leaving a customer to do their own research can give them a frustrating experience full of confusion…

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As someone interested in real-time video communications, you may have been wowed by the recent news that Google’s Duo engineering team has developed an audio codec capable of delivering a reasonable facsimile of human speech at 3 kbps. But — for now at least — the codec, dubbed Lyra, doesn’t look like anything to get excited about. Its development is far more interesting for where it might lead one day than for any impact it is likely to have anytime soon in the highly competitive social meeting app world occupied by Duo, Facetime, WhatsApp, and many others, let alone the…

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The global pandemic forced many changes upon us. Quarantines and a general preference for minimizing contact with other people drove shoppers online. This accelerated efforts that were already under way and opened new opportunities for the use of XDN-based real-time streaming. Often compared to traditional TV shopping channels like QVC, shoppable videos have the extra benefit of direct interactivity. A typical livestream shopping experience involves live broadcasts of pitches by salespeople or entrepreneurs, and occasionally a celebrity host. The underlying platforms support direct in-video purchasing options and chat links that presenters can respond to live as part of the webcast.…

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Investing in application development to meet demand for real-time interactive video streaming isn’t the speculative crap shoot it once was. Today, developers weighing the benefits of utilizing an experience delivery network (XDN) infrastructure to support new real-time video applications can easily assess the opportunities at hand. All they have to do is look at the vast range of use cases that are running on any of a growing number of commercially operating XDN-optimized cloud software platforms. An arresting case in point is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud-based visual engine developed by Norwood, MA-based Skreens Entertainment Technologies. Skreens is employing the…

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Your live streaming app is all set. It’s fully scalable and has all sorts of built-in security and custom features. All set and ready to go. Right? Maaaaybe not quite. What happens when one of your servers goes down? If you’re using a cloud-based hosting architecture, you can spin up a new server. However, those users connected to the crashed server will have to wait for the system to finish setting up that new instance which could be a matter of minutes. With a live streaming event or conference, this could mean missing a minute or two of…

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Mobile network operators (MNOs) have a new opportunity to facilitate the real-time video operations that are essential to some of the most promising 5G services: they can enable direct exchanges of mobile traffic to and from cloud computing platforms at their edge locations. 1. Growing Support for Cloud Extension into 5G Facilities So far, publicly announced implementations of the strategy include Amazon’s AWS Wavelength initiative, first announced in conjunction with a partnership with Verizon in late 2019, and carrier-related extensions of Microsoft’s Azure Edge Zones, announced in March 2020 in partnership with AT&T. Surely, other cloud…

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Changes in consumer shopping behavior accelerated by the Covid 19 pandemic have brought livestream shopping by video into the limelight, opening new opportunities for the use of XDN-based real-time streaming. Often likened to traditional TV shopping channels like QVC but with the added benefit of direct interactivity, livestream shopping typically involves live broadcasts of pitches by sales people or even individuals with something to sell and, occasionally, celebrity hosts. The underlying platforms support direct in-video purchasing options and chat links that presenters can respond to live as part of the webcast. 1) Livestream Shopping is Going Mainstream Livestream shopping has…

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Building on the momentum of day 1, the second day of the XDN Summit continued to demonstrate the expansive capabilities of XDN technology. After the team at Red5 Pro and other XDN developers worked overnight to iron out the technical issues from the day before, day 2 offered a smoother streaming experience We further unpacked how the live streaming landscape is evolving and the immediate need for a reimagined infrastructure that supports the next phase of live experiences. Day 2 featured another round of industry experts demonstrating how XDN streaming delivers the fully scalable, real-time latency, multidirectional video that the…

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First and foremost, we want to thank everyone that joined us and stuck it out through some of the technical issues we experienced. This kind of cutting-edge technology is prone to have a few hiccups along the way. We've been working on those and hope to have everything sorted out for the second day. The streaming industry’s first virtual XDN Summit took place today, February 9. Examining the convergence of video streaming innovations and experience delivery network (XDN) capabilities across multiple industries, we took a close look at the current needs of modern live streaming and contrasted those with…

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