10 TokBox Competitors

TokBox is a useful platform for live streaming video. Their relatively easy to use interface enables you to quickly get everything set up for basic plug and play utility. Their well-built SDKs are fully functional and effective at point-to-point communication. Their basic functionality and fast setup time makes TokBox ideal for establishing POCs during hackathons or to meet an investor deadline. Despite being acquired by Vonage over two years ago, most people still refer to it by the original name TokBox regardless of it’s official name being changed to “Vonage API”. With that in mind, we shall continue for…

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Production Playout Tie-In with Red5 Pro Achieves Unmatched Results End to End The prospects for streaming sports and other live event programming at ultra-low latency end to end are greater than ever thanks to the synergies between the Red5 Pro platform and SRT (Secure Reliable Transport). SRT is the protocol developed for video transmission over the Internet that is fast becoming professional video producers’ preferred conduit for linear output to distributors. Red5 Pro’s adoption of support for SRT enables distributors as well as producers pursuing direct-to-consumer strategies to seamlessly ingest SRT-packaged live streams into the Red5 Pro cloud distribution…

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Red5 Pro Release 7.0

Introducing Red5 Pro version 7.0! The latest release improves audio performance by supporting higher audio bitrates (96 kHz stereo streams at 128 kbps) as well as stereo support (browser dependent). This means you can get better than CD quality audio files over WebRTC. We also expanded the functionality of the autoscaling solution by adding the ability for a single Terraform server to support multiple stream managers behind a load balancer, a node relations map, and the ability to request a transcoder by region. Furthermore, we streamlined the autoscaler performance with improved connection logic and bug fixes. Don’t miss…

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Red5 Pro is teaming up with Microsoft to deploy our live streaming software on the Azure cloud platform. Broadcasters and subscribers alike will enjoy the sub 500ms of latency that Red5 Pro adds to Azure live video streaming. This collaboration will not only benefit streaming performance but, considering the scalability of Red5 Pro, it will also unlock full access to the global reach of Azure’s cloud services. No worries about large events suffering through high latency and streams becoming unavailable. Features such as Adaptive Bitrate streaming, transcoding into multiple stream qualities, and a range of egress and ingest protocols…

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Despite the fact that they are one of our competitors, even we will admit that TokBox is a really good platform. They feature a quick setup for plug and play app development and a relatively easy to use interface. Their SDKs are well-built, fully functional, and really good at point-to-point communication. This makes TokBox ideal for establishing POCs for hackathons or to meet an investor deadline. We should also point out that TokBox was acquired by Vonage, so it’s official name is the “Vonage API”. It’s been two years since the acquisition and people still refer to it…

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A Strategy for Minimizing Live Streaming Costs with Red5 Pro Anyone planning to use public cloud services to support live streaming at massive scales on the Red5 Pro platform has reason to expect the optimum solution will be one that’s least expensive. How can this be? Simple. As we all learned from economics 101, once we’ve found the solution we’re looking for, what we pay depends on our freedom to shop. Ever more OTT video service providers are discovering the best way to stream live content to vast audiences at sub-second latencies is to create their own…

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Low latency remains a key component in any live streaming application. Video chat, distance learning, live auctions, event broadcasts and many more use case cases all need fast stream delivery to ensure a positive user experience. The challenge lies in providing low latency that is consistent and scalable. Complicating matters further, is the fact that live streaming video is itself nuanced with many subtle yet impactful considerations that must be taken into account. In order to simplify this process and cut through any confusion, Red5 Pro and Videon have joined forces to bring real-time latency live video streaming to the…

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Creating a fully functioning Android live streaming app can be complex. You have to configure all of the backend system infrastructure required for a basic web application, plus all the additional considerations (i.e. potential pain points) for native app integration. Accordingly, some live streaming software companies have added mobile SDKs to their offerings in order to make that process easier. Why build something from scratch and needlessly spend extra money and time to recreate something that already exists? However, it does need to work well, lest all that saved money and efforts will go right back into fixing everything.…

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7 CDN Alternatives

Is there an Optimal Strategy for OTT Service Providers? Suddenly, it seems, we’re living in a CDN-alternatives universe. When it comes to streaming premium video, OTT service providers have taken matters into their own hands by leveraging new cloud-based platforms to get what they’ve been missing from public CDN providers. Whether or not they can find what they’re looking for is the question we’re addressing here. It wasn’t very long ago that one of the givens of the OTT premium video business was that you had to sign up with one or more CDN service…

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Building an iOS live streaming app can be complicated and tedious. On top of all the backend system infrastructure required for any web application there are additional considerations for native app integration. As such, some live streaming software companies offer mobile SDKs to help make this process easier. Let’s take a look at some of the key features you should consider in choosing a platform and SDK to consider when building an iOS live streaming app. 1) LatencyIt can only be considered live if your viewers can see what is happening as it is actually happening. If it takes…

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock (although these days it kinda feels like we all are), you know that COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of many events. One such cancelation that hit the live streaming industry was the NAB Show 2020, which was disappointing for us as we have lots of exciting things to share. However, we're a company that specializes in delivering best-in-class streaming media solutions, and if there was ever a time for us to show off what we can do, this is it. That's why we've partnered with our friends at KUNO, nanocosmos, Hopin and…

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Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are a popular way that many video streaming services send out their video so it can be watched by all the people that want to see it. CDNs work by caching information on the various data centers they have distributed across the globe. As each data center is a server, it could be said that each CDN is made up of a series of CDN Video Streaming Servers. Akamai, one of the largest CDN providers, defines a video streaming server this way: “A video streaming server delivers video content over the Internet to a user with…

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Building a live streaming application requires many moving pieces. Not only is the process of live streaming complicated, but the number of companies offering to help “simplify” the process can have the opposite effect. Let’s take a look at some of the key features you should consider in choosing a platform to build your live streaming application on. 1) LatencyHaving the lowest possible latency is a keystone to live experiences. Live auctions, drone guidance, event broadcasts, even basic conversations all need real-time latency. Any sort of delay between the broadcaster and subscriber will have negative consequences. High latency results…

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When the internet was born only few people would have imagined the amount of data that it would need to handle decades later. The Internet and its original protocols were designed to send small packets of data (like emails) that could traverse the network and go from computer A to computer B. Nowadays, Internet traffic has evolved to include the delivery of video. Not only is video a part of internet traffic, it far exceeds all other content. Cisco estimated that by 2022 82% will consist of Internet Protocol (IP) video content while the sum of all forms of IP…

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The recent shift of most office environments to a completely online platform has resulted in a substantial increase in the use of the conferencing platform Zoom, However, this increased use has also resulted in increased scrutiny which has revealed some of Zoom’s shortcomings. A major issue in security has recently come to light resulting in bans from school districts, SpaceX and the FBI. Stream security is not as tight as it should be resulting in people easily hacking into stream URLs and disrupting meetings. Some disruptions are mostly playful interruptions from bored teenagers, but some are much more insidious,…

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As much as the coronavirus has wreaked uncertainty around the world, educating students remains something that is very important. The question lies in how to educate while avoiding the gathering of people at a school. The most logical way is to move to a virtual classroom and teach through video chat applications, otherwise known as distance learning. Some educators have turned to the popular application Zoom to conduct distance learning classes. However, Zoom was built as a general-purpose conferencing tool. Some teachers and students are discovering that it doesn’t always work as well as they would like. It’s…

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As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread across the world, it has severely impacted businesses. Most companies depend upon some form of face to face interaction to conduct business. That means that the social distancing, quarantine periods, and crowd restrictions required to stem the spread of the virus have disrupted a wide variety of different industries. The obvious benefactors of home quarantine are streaming services such as Netflix, but there are others that have benefited as well. While the full coronavirus business impact is still emerging, we know the severe issues it is currently creating. This post examines some of…

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Now, more than ever, live-streaming is important due to how the coronavirus is forcing businesses and people to limit physical interactions. However, implementing a live streaming solution remains a (potentially) daunting task. There are a lot of moving pieces which means there are many places where things can go wrong. Further complication comes from the fact that your live streaming setup may need to be adjusted according to the type of event being broadcast. Fortunately, there are a few people out there who have devoted their lives (professional and otherwise) to live streaming. Join some of them (including our Technical…

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Live video substantially increases user engagement. This fact has dramatically increased the growth of the live video streaming industry. The rise of popular social video streaming apps like Periscope, Tik Tok or Facebook Live, along with live e-Sports and video games broadcasts like Twitch, prove the value of interactivity which can only be attained through real-time latency. With this in mind, the current low latency streaming solutions can be divided into two categories of latency: those that are within a two to three second range (not practical for true interactive use cases), and others in the sub-second or real-time category.…

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Red5 Pro Release 6.2.0

Though our latest release was a big one, that certainly doesn't mean we took any time off. Following the big release of Red5 Pro version 6.0 comes 6.2! This update improves shared objects behavior and introduces the inspector webapp. The inspector allows you to get details about your stream in real-time for diagnostic purposes. While Chrome's WebRTC internals gives a tremendous amount of data on live streams from the client side perspective, the Inspector by contrast gives you details about the published stream coming into a Red5 Pro server. The Inspector evaluates the latency of a published stream…

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Both RTMP and RTSP have a long-established foothold in media delivery technology.  They helped develop the internet into the transformative information sharing platform that it is today. However, there are a variety of uses when it comes to RTMP vs. RTSP.   What is RTMP? RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) is an application-level video streaming protocol with a long history in the media streaming marketplace. Developed by Macromedia and now owned by Adobe, RTMP was designed for the delivery of on-demand and live media between a Flash player and a Media Server over the Internet. While the Flash player is quickly being…

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Last week we teamed up with Brightcove and hosted the Boston streaming video meetup at our Boston offices. This was intended as an intro to video streaming technologies and the various approaches to reducing latency. Thiago Teixiera, Alex Barstow, and Chis Allen all presented on three different approaches to live streaming latency: HLS, CMAF, and WebRTC. As we’ve covered before, live streaming latency in video comes from all the complexity involved in sending large amounts of data over the internet. No matter which way you choose to stream your video, there are some things you have to do no…

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In 1996, people browsed the Internet(s) with Netscape Navigator, still did searches via Yahoo (not to mention AltaVista) and the first flip phone was the coolest gadget available. ‘96 also marks the year of RTSP’s creation. While many of its technological peers have fallen into disuse (remember the Gopher protocol?), RTSP has still somehow managed to stay relevant. The question is: why? How, in the ever-changing tech world, has RTSP survived?  This post presents four reasons. What is RTSP?First, let’s examine the roots of RTSP. The Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) is a network control protocol designed…

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AV1 is a new video codec with a very promising –and this cannot be emphasized enough– future. The buzz around AV1 centers upon its ability to more effectively compress video. This is really exciting for large VOD based companies like Netflix as AV1 can reduce bandwidth requirements by 30-50% beyond currently employed codecs. Being able to stream the same content while paying for less data is important for VOD and OTT applications. However, for live video use-cases concerned with latency (i.e. everything not VOD), bandwidth is only a part of the equation. This brings us to our main point:…

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It’s been a long time coming. Flash is well on its way out with 2020 marking the last official year for support. Flash was a cornerstone of the live-streaming technology sector and, with the use of the underlying RTMP protocol, lay the groundwork for where we are today. The general-purpose streaming platform Justin TV was powered by Flash before it turned into the game streaming platform Twitch. As demand for live video grew, Flash's limitations (plugin-in dependent, proprietary technology, performance issues, etc.) proved an impediment to the advancement of live-streaming. It is worth mentioning that Flash also served as…

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