The DASH standard (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) is increasingly being implemented by premuim content distributors, though deployment is added on a device or platform-specific basis. In this transcribed interview between Streaming Media’s Senior Associate Editor Troy Dreier, and Baptiste Courdurier, a software development Lead for Hulu, you can read how Hulu is using DASH and why. Here’s an except.
Troy: Now, why has Hulu made the move for DASH with those devices?
Baptiste: I think DASH has allowed us to really merge a lot of different formats that we were using before. And it actually saves a lot of our costs, allowed to be really more efficient operationally.
Troy: Get a little bit into that. How is it saving you costs? You’re streaming less?
Baptiste: Well, now, instead of having 10 different formats, we actually only have one.And DASH, as you may know, is also using a common file format from ISO. And that is the successor of Smooth Streaming, so it also allows us to merge Smooth Streaming and DASH together.Using the same file on the CDN, for example.So it saves us in terms of packaging, in terms of CDN storage.And also in terms of DRMs, because now we can use multiple DRMs with the same files.
Here’s the interview; click here to read the transcription.
And yes, in my next Video Doctor segment on Onlinevideo.net, I’m going to have to ding the shooter here for 1) not telling the speakers the backtround will be black and, in particular, 2) not adding a back or hair light to avoid the problem. Can’t have these great speakers fading into the background.