Survey Results In: DASH Squeaks Win over HLS

Late last year I ran a survey asking respondents to choose whether DASH or HLS was the best ABR format going forward. The poll results are in and are shown below. Basically, a small majority preferred DASH over HLS. The reasons why are even more illuminating, and are presented below the survey results. “Not sure…

TN2224 is Dead. Welcome to the New Era of Content-Aware Encoding

The Netflix blog entitled, Per-Title Encode Optimization, boldly declares that “to deliver the best quality video to our members, each title should receive a unique bitrate ladder, tailored to its specific complexity characteristics.” In a world where many companies simply deploy Apple’s recommendations from TN2224 without modification, it’s a breath of fresh air. The blog…

Post Streaming Media West Interview on Viblast Blog

Viblast is the European developer of the Viblast player, an off-the-shelf player that enables the playback of HLS and DASH streams without Flash. A recent winner of a European Streaming Media Reader’s Choice award, Viblast is an up and coming company in a very hot market (transitioning from Flash to HTML5). I’m flattered the Nora…

Guest Blog: Bitmovin Says 80% of Our Streams are DASH

Editor’s Note: bitmovin is an Austrian company who built their business around the DASH format, including its cloud encoding service bitcodin (reviewed here), and its bitdash player. After reading the blog post DASH: The Most Popular Format (almost) No One is Using, which reported that only about 1% of streams played by the JW Player were…

Upcoming Sessions at Streaming Media West

Here are all the sessions that I’ll be producing or participating in at Streaming Media West in two weeks. I hope to see you there. Monday, November 16, 2015 W1: Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. As video resolutions increase and target playback platforms multiply,…

Think Flash is Dead? Think Again

So here I am preparing for an upcoming session at Streaming Media West entitled Encoding 2015: Codecs and Packaging for PCs, Mobile and OTT/STB/Smart TVs, and I wanted to determine the current market share of MSE and EME capable browsers. I started with a quick trip over to NetMarketshare where I displayed the Desktop Browser…

Delivering a Useful Webinar Without Giving Away the Farm

Another webinar, another few lessons. Probably most important is the hard lesson facing many content developers who want to present a webinar for lead generation, but don’t want to give away their critical content during the webinar. It’s a pretty tough balance sometimes, how to give away enough information to make the webinar worthwhile, but…

Should Your Next Encoder be a Packager?

Just a quick riff on encoding versus packaging. The concept of encoding involves converting a mezzanine file into distributable output like MP4 files, or ABR formats like HLS or DASH. The concept of packaging is taking previously encoded MP4 files and converting those to distributable ABR output format like HLS or DASH.  The heavy lifting,…