Support for real-time interactive video streaming in any configuration at any scale and any distance is proving to be invaluable to ever more applications tied to military and space operations. Security requirements obscure much of this activity. But there’s enough that can be said to make clear that performance meeting military-caliber standards is now a viable option for any business, institution or government entity in need of one-to-many, many-to-one or many-to-many video solutions, no matter what the application might be. Suppliers named here all have in common the fact that they’re providing government defense and space agencies solutions…

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When it comes to choosing WebRTC vs HLS, which protocol delivers the best live streaming experience? Making the correct decision is imperative since the protocol determines how quickly the encoded video data will be transported across an internet connection. WebRTC is a better choice. If that's all you wanted to know then feel free to stop reading and go build your live streaming application using WebRTC. However, if you want to know why it's the best choice — we're betting you do — then read on. After further analysis, the fact checkers at Red5 Pro have come up with five major factors…

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Where there's any kind of competition, there's gambling. People have been placing bets on races, competitions, games, and sports of all sizes and speeds — even competitive walking. The great- great-grandfather of all sporting events — the Olympics — even had people betting on them, from their ancient beginning all the way to today. Gambling used to be more limited insofar as you needed to be at a casino or racetrack to hand your bet to a bookie. Advancements with the internet have opened up the path to virtual casinos and arenas. Although Europe, Asia, and other areas have been open to online…

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Consumers’ exposure to multi-viewing experiences is raising the bar for providers of live-streamed sports, esports, music performances and other events who want to attract viewers by delivering services that look nothing like broadcast TV. Maturing technologies along two tracks are finally antiquating the one-view status quo: one approach allows viewers to choose from multiple camera feeds as they watch; the other enables them to look at whatever they choose across a seamlessly captured 3600 panoramic view, in some cases requiring use of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted devices (HMDs) but in many not.     Presently, commercial momentum centers around the former. While…

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Telemedicine has seen gigantic growth over the past year. Spurred by the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many medical consultations moved online to prevent in-person contact.  Doctors and patients turned to virtual visits as a safe and convenient alternative to continuing medical care while limiting the spread of the virus. Though the pandemic forced the widespread adoption of telehealth, it is likely to persist into the future and continues to be an important health-care service. The expansion of telehealth has shown how useful e-visits can be for routine check-ups and could have the potential to increase access to…

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We've all had live streams with family, friends, coworkers, or clients where poor internet connectivity results in one person repeatedly dropping in and out. And once they've rejoined, there is guaranteed to be at least a minute of "Hey, you're back. Can't hear you though . . . Nope. It's a little fuzzy . . . That's better. OK, not sure where I lost you, so I'll just start over." Even after the connection seems to have stabilized, it's all but guaranteed to freeze up right as someone is asking an important follow-up question. Dealing with low-bandwidth live streaming can be a frustrating experience. Of course,…

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Interactive shoppable videos were already an emerging trend. COVID-19 further accelerated the adoption of it as people looked for a way to minimize their contact with others. Often compared to TV shopping channels like QVC, video-based online shopping has 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. Additional features such as direct in-video purchasing options and live chats simplify the process for consumers to discuss and purchase products. 1. Widespread Adoption of Shoppable VideosAlready well established in China, livestream shopping generated $65 billion…

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NGINX is open-source software for web serving, caching, reverse proxying, media streaming, load balancing, and more. Originally developed as a web server for delivering websites, it has evolved into a multifaceted solution for proxying content making it one of the most widely deployed web servers in use today. In order to address scaling issues with plain RTMP streaming, NGINX added RTMP support. That provided high-level performance and stability for live streaming over less scalable solutions like Wowza and Flash Media Server. RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) is an application-level protocol owned by Adobe. It was originally designed for delivering on-demand media…

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Video surveillance streaming plays a wide role in modern-day society — and not just traditional security-based monitoring; a variety of other applications use surveillance technology in our everyday lives:  Safety systems guide emergency response tactics, monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, and, of course, security systems encourage stability. These mission-critical applications require gathering all the necessary information to mount a response as quickly as possible. Effective surveillance solutions use real-time latency to synchronize video and data elements as events unfold. Even with advanced analytics, a high-latency system forces operators to await extraction and pooling of critical tidbits of information from individual…

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Widely in use across the globe, video surveillance plays an important role in modern society. Monitoring systems ensure smooth day-to-day operations, security systems encourage stability, and safety systems guide emergency response tactics. AI integrations help us to gather more accurate and useful data to improve these applications. When it comes to dangerous situations such as fires, floods, energy outages, hurricanes, tornadoes, robberies, mass shootings, and military operations, first responders need real-time surveillance technology to guide their approach. AI-based video analytics help to gather essential information, including object recognition, event detection, motion estimation, identification of behavioral and audio anomalies, and image…

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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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