Flumotion First with Live WebM Streaming
Well that was fast. Google announced the open-source WebM video format at its I/O developer's conference on May 19, and Barcelona-based Flumotion is already offering live HTTP WebM streaming.
Flumotion is a streaming software company, and has integrated WebM and the VP8 codec into its end-to-end streaming technology. This exercise seems to have been done more to show Flumotion's commitment to innovation rather than to deliver widely-watchable video. After all, no widely-used browsers support the WebM format yet. The only way you can currently view WebM content is to use one of the browsers available at the WebM Project website for testing purposes.
"We are certain to have been the first to offer live HTTP streaming in WebM only 48 hours after the announcement," says Thomas Vander Stichele, CTO of Flumotion. "Google has also recognized the speed of Flumotion's development on the official WebM website."
"The fast integration of WebM proves once again the flexibility of our technology and the expertise of our development team," adds Jean Noel Saunier, CEO and co-founder of Flumotion. "Speed, innovation, and end-to-end services are the important factors for our clients, who need to stay on top of new formats and devices to ensure that their content reaches the maximum audience possible. We are already prepared to advise our clients on how to include WebM in their online video strategy."
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