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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Effectively delivering live streaming video is hard. Lots of pieces have to be put together which means connections can drop in plenty of places if everything doesn’t fit correctly. A very big piece of the puzzle is the infrastructure behind transporting a video. You need to find a way to connect the video that is being broadcast with a subscriber who will watch it. Up until now, the best option to send a live video over the internet was a content delivery network (CDN). The three most important features for live video streaming are: Real-time latencyMulti-directional streamsData synchronizationHowever, it…

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As addressable advertising — that is, the ability to present different ads to different households while they’re watching the same program — gains momentum in the premium video streaming market, providers of real-time video experiences need to be able to support an approach to instantaneous server-side ad insertions that squares with their ultra-low latency mandates. This important monetization opportunity can be enabled by an experience delivery network (XDN) architecture that supports interactive real-time video applications at massive scale. By virtue of how it orchestrates multidirectional delivery of video streams, such an architecture is inherently optimized to enable real-time dynamic ad insertion…

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Some have characterized WebRTC as the gateway to a communication promised land that can connect people virtually anywhere in real time. Indeed, if you want to deliver real-time communications and low-latency video streaming in the browser, WebRTC is currently your only widely supported option. The challenge has been, as developers in this space know only too well, that WebRTC, by itself, doesn’t scale. To truly scale WebRTC applications, you have to leverage topologies designed to extend its capabilities. Each of these topologies has its pros and cons, of course, and which is best for any given application depends on…

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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. As such broadcasting sporting events capitalize on that excitement so trying to replicate an in-stadium experience for fans streaming from home is 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. However, everything needs to flow naturally in order for that to work. Let’s examine the…

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As the battle against online video piracy intensifies, license holders need better approaches to forensic watermarking that can accelerate action against theft of live content, including content streamed in real time, without creating vulnerabilities to pirates’ countermeasures. Given how hard it is to battle theft of live content streamed at multi-second latencies using current watermarking techniques, the idea that watermarking might be used to take effective action against theft of content streamed at 200-400ms latencies might seem farfetched. But, as shall be seen, it turns out that a next generation CDN, better described as an Experience Delivery Network (XDN), that…

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Chris Allen, Red5 Pro’s CEO and Co-Founder, spoke on the Linode podcast, Craft of Code to discuss the ends and outs of live real-time video streaming. Listen to the discussion as Chris covers the early days of Red5 Pro and how we identified major problems in the older live streaming infrastructure: latency and lack of support for a truly interactive experience for as many people as needed. Red5 Pro strives to give as much power as possible to the user, whether based on geography, technology, SDK orientation, or customizability. We want people to be able to build whatever’s…

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By its nature, video streaming is a quality-sensitive application, especially when it comes to live video. Maintaining a consistent stream is very important. Every video and audio frame has the potential to include key information so mishandling those frames could be very detrimental to the user experience. In the real world, when things go wrong they tend to happen at the very worst time like the last minute of a big match between two undefeated teams. Any problem at that point can have dire consequences with upset users turning to social media to vent their frustrations and causing permanent damage…

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Live streaming involves integrating a few different pieces of technology. Those pieces must work seamlessly together and offer a full range of features. Achieving the best performance, highest utility, and best value is paramount. Based on the latest trends in video-first applications here are 8 key components for assembling your live video streaming tech stack. Real-Time Latency: 500 Milliseconds or LessLatency is the difference in time between when the video is taken and when it is delivered to the viewer. As such it has a fundamental effect on the user experience. More than just low latency, you need real-time latency…

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As 5G networks continue to expand across the world, they continue to unlock the full potential of real-time video streaming. With throughput gains of over 20% to 100% over 4G, the high speed connectivity of 5G means you can stream more data and get more out of mobile networks. More data allows for streaming not just higher resolution video such as 4K but also data intensive applications such as VR and 360 degree video. Increasingly, more and more countries are implementing 5G networks. As examined in one global review of 5G rollouts, all three major carriers in the U.S.…

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Announcing Red5 Pro Server Release 7.2.11! We are very excited about our new Node Checker feature. It will allow for real-time monitoring of the server environment to find and remove corrupted nodes. This helps Red5 Pro setups to run even smoother. The Node Checker consists of three parts: Read Node, Sunset Node, and Terminate Node. It is deployed in a Red5 Pro Autoscaling environment to monitor the Red5 Pro edges and guarantee that WebRTC is working for all of them. If a problem is found on a certain edge, the “sunset node'' will report it to the Stream…

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There’s no better clue to the deficiencies of a vendor’s solution than a claim that what a competitor is doing can’t be done. It’s one thing for a supplier to say the technology their solution employs is better on the merits. Claiming that they’ve chosen their technology because a better idea that’s proving itself in the marketplace doesn’t work is simply to admit they can’t do it themselves. 1. Saying WebRTC can’t be scaled only proves you can’t do it This happens a lot in discussions about whether it’s…

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When it comes to deciding between low latency HLS and WebRTC, which protocol delivers the best live streaming experience? Since the protocol determines how quickly the encoded video data will be transported across an internet connection, the decision of which one to use is very important. Wowza recently published an article that contains misinformation about WebRTC and low latency HLS. While correctly establishing that WebRTC is the only way to provide real-time latency they repeated some common misconceptions as well, especially the often repeated myth – fully debunked by Red5 Pro and others – that WebRTC does not scale. After further analysis,…

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Big Gains in Efficiency, UX & Collaborative Options Impact Everything from Sports & Esports to Motion Pictures & Episodic Programming Reliance on remote collaboration in high-value video production is proving more valuable than ever for producers who can source real-time contributions to their projects from any Internet-connected location. The shift to location independence in production and postproduction isn’t just about reconfiguring old ways of doing things, which has accelerated during the coronavirus pandemic. Equally important, remote video production cloud collaboration is enabling development of new types of content, ancillary features and interactive applications that are transforming user experience. Remote…

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Discussion with Mike Downey, Principal Program Manager, Sports at Microsoft Our CEO Chris Allen joined Mike Downey, the Principal Program Manager for Sports at Microsoft, for an easy-going conversation about the current evolution of live streaming sports, and how the current need for real-time, interactive experiences has never been more important. As pioneers of live streaming, they reminisce about the early days of Flash video, Adobe’s attempts to monetize the Flash player with a server offering, and how that led to the Red5 Open Source project–spearheaded by our founders–to reverse engineer the Adobe Flash Media Server.  From…

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What is the best approach to setting up your testing environment? You want to conduct a full test of all your features, confirm expected behavior, and identify any bugs before releasing your application or updates live to your consumers. Poor testing can lead to a poor user experience which can have a disastrous impact on the longevity and profitability of your application. However, if you already have an application running, you can’t just shut it off every time you want to add a new feature. This is where a Blue-Green deployment comes into play. The structure for a Blue-Green…

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Now that 5G service coverage is reaching mass scales in the U.S. and other parts of the world, carriers have an opportunity to fuel demand for next-gen smartphones and higher speed connectivity by exploiting the power of real-time 5G live video streaming over their airwaves. Beyond throughput gains that range from 20% to 100x over 4G access rates, depending on the amount and type of spectrum used, 5G brings into play reductions in transmission latency that enable mobile network support for a wide range of applications that 4G isn’t suited for. These include consumer and commercial services that…

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