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DDVTECH - Executive Predictions for 2018

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As expected, we are seeing OTT becoming more the focus for video. It won’t be long now until OTT is the main way video content is consumed. Latency is as big an issue as ever, with the 5-15 seconds that is now the generally accepted “best possible” no longer being low enough for many use cases. We’ll see new techniques being pioneered to decrease that latency further. Seeing as HLS is still the lowest common denominator for video playback, many of those techniques will focus on working around HLS’ inherent latency problems. I do expect mixed-format delivery to become more common as a way to improve experience on various devices, however. Now that iOS has embraced HEVC and most consumer devices can decode it with hardware acceleration, it’s likely to gain more traction over H264. That traction will probably be short-lived, as AV1 is almost upon us and is set to be backed by all major players. The way WebRTC is now fully supported by all major browsers is also interesting, and I’m looking forward to seeing it used more 
for practical applications besides video conferencing. 

All in all, the coming years are promising to be quite exciting, and hopefully will be a turning point in the way we view video delivered over the internet - both literally and figuratively speaking! MistServer will of course keep innovating and pushing the boundaries of what is possible, just like we have done in the past.

Jaron Viëtor  CTO & CO-FOUNDER | DDVTECH B.V.

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