Formats/Codecs/Protocols

In the quest to deliver video at higher quality and lower latency, the streaming media industry is home to an ever-changing array of video formats, codecs, and delivery protocols. Look here for the latest news and trends in HEVC, AV1, VVC, CMAF, WebRTC, MPEG standards, royalties, just-in-time packaging, and more.

Features

JW Player Engineer Offers an Update on LHLS Development

Relying on chunks instead of larger video segments, LHLS brings latency down to two to seven seconds. Now the open source project is looking for publisher support.

How an Evolving Pay TV Infrastructure Can Coexist With OTT

The future belongs to blended servcies. Creating an IP transformation that relies on multicast-assisted ABR streaming is a potential key to quality improvements and cost savings.

Good News: AV1 Encoding Times Drop to Near-Reasonable Levels

The first tests of AV1 showed glacial encoding times that seriously detracted from the codec's usability. But since then encoding times have improved enough that AV1 is almost usable—and we've got the charts to prove it.

MWC 19: Liberty Media Calls 5G a Pipe Dream Turned Bad Dream

5G's massive cost outlay is a concern for mobile operators, while Liberty Media's boss says increases in broadband speeds will feed a growing demand for content.

Spotlights

Product Spotlight: Low Latency SRT Protocol

SRT is an open-source protocol, developed by Haivision, which allows broadcasters and streamers to deliver high-quality, low-latency video streams across the public internet. SRT is fast becoming the de facto low latency video streaming standard in the broadcast and streaming industries.

Product Spotlight: Makito X4 Video Encoder

The newly released Makito X4 is Haivision's next generation HEVC/H.265 and AVC/H.264 encoder for ultra low latency streaming of live 4K and HD video over IP.

V-Nova: Executive Predictions 2019

Guido Meardi, CEO and Co-Founder, V-Nova

DVEO: Executive Predictions 2019

Laszlo Zoltan, CEO, DVEO

Columns

3 Things the Streaming Industry Must Do to Prepare for ATSC 3.0

This is "The Year Before the Year of ATSC 3.0," and that means preparation—not just for broadcasters, but for the streaming industry, as well.

Creating a Recipe for Codec Success to Please All Palates

Looking back and the successes and misfires of H.264, HEVC, and VP9 show what the industry can expect from AV1 and VVC.

New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations

When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.

Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support

AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.

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