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 Especially over the past year, the increasing demand for interactive video streaming has exposed many issues with outdated streaming solutions.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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The pandemic has accelerated efforts that were already underway to expand telemedicine. To avoid the spread of the coronavirus through in-person visits, doctors and patients turned to virtual visits as a safe and convenient way to ensure doctors’ and patients’ health. Telehealth, however, will likely continue to be an important health care service in our post-pandemic lives. The forced adoption of virtual doctor visits has shown how useful e-visits can be for routine check-ups. In fact, a recent study conducted by the American Medical Association concluded that 24% of health care office visits and outpatient volume could be delivered virtually…

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A rare opportunity to gain first-hand insights into how companies in multiple fields are capitalizing on the ability to deliver highly scalable real-time interactive video experiences is coming February 9–10 with the streaming industry’s first XDN Summit. The event — sponsored by DigitalOcean, Linode, Verizon Media and Xilinx — highlights the dawn of a new era when ever more entities of every description are moving beyond the limitations of traditional CDNs to exploit experience delivery network (XDN) technology. Executives from the sponsoring companies as well as Microsoft, AWS and many other cutting-edge firms will describe how they’re making use…

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The electric feeling of a live sports event is infectious. The exhilaration of a hard-fought victory or the anguish of defeat all stream through. Broadcasters of sporting events capitalize on that excitement, and trying to replicate an in-stadium experience for fans streaming from home can be a really lucrative opportunity. How we consume sports content has evolved from passively watching broadcasts with long delays to real-time interactive streaming. When done right, streaming live sports can elevate fans from simple spectators to fully involved participants. For this to happen, though, everything has to flow naturally. Let’s examine the recent history…

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