Demand for real-time interactive video experiences is playing a major role in transforming how we interact with each other from social media and entertainment to eCommerce and workplace collaboration. Experience Delivery Network (XDN) technology makes this possible by enabling real-time latency with fully scalable, multi-directional video streaming.
Mass rollouts of 5G networks are increasing mobile connectivity along with expanding opportunities for real-time streaming. By outperforming traditional content delivery networks (CDNs), mobile network operators (MNOs) are poised to take full advantage of real-time technology especially when combined with the Red5 Pro XDN.
Sub-second latency is the critical component of truly interactive video experiences. Achieving scalable real-time latency requires a new approach. This means moving from request-response protocols based on HTTP, to streaming protocols like WebRTC and SRT that were designed to handle large data streams with minimal latency. A further shift is needed from CDNs towards solutions based on Cloud Platforms which will create an infrastructure that is more efficient and does not require caching.
The reason the video streaming industry hasn’t moved towards lower latency protocols is simply because Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have built up infrastructure over many years that rely on HTTP. It’s only logical to try and make incremental improvements in the hopes that it will be good enough as opposed to rethink your entire technology stack. For this reason it’s been much easier for startups like Red5 Pro to take on implementing scalable real-time latency streaming architecture.