Who is live-streaming? Who drives the video streaming market? Where are the current potholes? How will we meet the rising demand for real-time latency? These are a few of the topics covered last month at the Streaming Media East conference on a panel discussion with our CEO and Co-Founder Chris Allen, VP of Architecture Jason Hofmann from our partner Limelight Networks and Bill Zurat, VP, Core Media, BAMTECH Media. You can watch the full video here, or take a look at our summary below. To start things off, they broke up the current live streaming market into three sectors: Transactional…

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As social creatures, humans have an innate desire to gather together. Though the focal point has changed, moving the fire pit indoors to a fireplace and replacing the radio on the mantlepiece with a TV, the transmission of stories has always played a prominent role. Television is a basic tenant of modern society. It has provided countless hours of water cooler conversations and online chatter. With tv as a social glue, people bond through shared experiences. We gather around to watch shows like The Bachelor or chant the countdown as the ball drops to bring in the New Year. Even…

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Delivery can refer to a few different things. You can deliver a joke or a punch if the aforementioned joke was offensive (talk about a punchline...). However, this post is not about those kinds of deliveries. And no, this doesn't have anything to with your Amazon order. We are talking about delivery architecture for live streaming media. Rather, our CEO Chris Allen addressed this at the recent Content Delivery Summit in a panel discussion with Jason Hofmann from our partner Limelight Networks, Rob Dillon of Tribune Media and Dom Robinson of id3as. Quality Scaling and Cost Efficiency They cover the…

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Next week, the New York Hilton Midtown will host the 2018 Streaming Media East Conference along with the Content Delivery Summit. We are excited to say that our CEO and Co-Founder Chris Allen will be speaking at both events to discuss video delivery architecture, low-latency (of course), and the future of live-streaming media. For those looking to join Chris in New York, NY you can find a brief summary of the panels where he will be speaking. For more details, follow the website links above or click the titles below. Furthermore, if you are indeed attending, let us know by…

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Last week, the media broadcasting community gathered together at the NAB Show to discuss industry achievements and trends. A wide range of speakers discussed various topics from optimizing end to end delivery, leveraging CDNs, and effective ad-insertion. Not to mention the numerous vendors touting live streaming monetization strategies. OTT Of course, the always growing OTT (Over the Top) market was represented by a strong contingent of over 90 vendors. This is unsurprising given the current trend towards increased mobile and tablet use. Take for example the Real Salt Lake Soccer/Football team. After launching a free, ad-supported app, the team…

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May 25th will mark the beginning of the enforcement period for the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The large non-compliance fines have caused some concern. However, GDPR is not the end of the world. The GDPR focuses on the collection of personal data (any information that could directly or indirectly identify a natural person) and how that is stored or otherwise handled. Fundamentally, companies need to provide thorough protections and consumer controls when handling data like name, email address, location, social media posts, cookie data, medical information, or even a computer IP address. One important thing to note is that…

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70 billion. That's a gigantic number. 70,000,000,000. You can practically measure it in centimeters. ### Riiiight... but 70 billion what? Dollars. Tasty, green USD. That's the predicted size of the global, video streaming market by 2021 (70.05 billion to be exact) up from 30.29 billion in 2016. All that with a not too shabby with an 18.3% CAGR. That's a pretty sizable opportunity. Methinks it's time to get streaming. ### Great, so why all the growth? 1.6 billion live streams go through Facebook every day . Where does it all come from? The simple answer is…

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You may have noticed that there has been a bit of news coverage about net neutrality, at least for those of us in the US. Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers should treat all online content equally without giving preference to particular sources. There's been quite a bit of worrying over the effect that this will have on the internet and how ISP providers can regulate it. These concerns, well founded as they are, miss how worthwhile the repeal of net neutrality will be. We stand to gain great skills from this. As the FCC peels back…

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Now that Red5 Pro has formed a partnership with Samuraiz, our plan to spread low-latency live streaming across the globe is one step closer to completion. Soon we shall rule the world (with only a half-second latency). Alright, maybe we've been watching too many movies. In all seriousness, we are excited to announce that we have teamed-up with Samuraiz to increase our distribution. The customer-centric culture of both companies synthesize well together so we anticipate a fruitful partnership. The full press release can be found on Samuraiz's website.…

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Alright, fine. We admit it. Our assertion that low, near real-time latency, is always better has been proven wrong. Apparently, Facebook Live's latency is so long that a band called The Academic recorded a song incorporating the seconds long delay to loop one of their songs. The multiple layers create an increasing complex song that's really entertaining to listen to. With a little creativity, even high latency can be a good thing... at least in this literally exceptionable case. If you think about it, this actually makes latency pretty cool.…

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Live streaming is hard. This is a fact that has affected a variety of genres, from music (CBS and the Grammys), to sports (NBC and the Super Bowl) and even movies (ABC and the Oscars). These difficulties showcase the challenges that need to be overcome, as well as the boiling rage that steams out of these failures. Frothing tweets of irritation, impassioned fans can be a problem to deal with. Now if those fans also happen to be avid followers of a sport consisting of repeatedly punching the other athlete... in the face, well that could pose a concern. Top…

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##A New Reality Friends are great, but actually getting together can be a hassle. If only you could see them without having to- well, _go_ see them. Instead of rushing off from work to stand around in a crowded bar shouting to each other over the chatter, you could simply go home, sit on your couch and hang out with friends, no transportation needed. That just might be possible given the rapidly growing prospects for natural feeling Virtual Reality. The recently released [Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies](http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3784363) report, places VR on a…

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The best teams are those that combine the talents of some, with the skills of others to improve the unit as a whole. This facilitates complementary attributes to leverage the abilities of individuals for maximum productivity. OK, I can see you rolling eyes from here. While a bit heavy on the motivational speaker jargon, the previous statement remains true. Stay with me, I promise this is going somewhere. Actually, it's going somewhere pretty big. Today, Red5 Pro has announced a partnership with Limelight Networks. Why is that important? Well for those that are not familiar, Limelight has one the most…

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Flash: Rest in Peace

Adobe just announced that they are slating the Flash player for a 2020 execution. This official confirmation of an unofficial consensus firmly hammers the last nail in the coffin of the Flash era of video streaming. Hate it or love it, no one can deny its impact on the Web today. At one point, it was arguably the most downloaded and widely distributed piece of software in the world, and its impact has been felt everywhere we look. Understandably, many are gleefully dancing on its grave, but our company looks back at what Flash to use to be with a…

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Native vs. Web Apps

Mobile phone use is fairly widespread. While that statement contends for the understatement of the year, it remains a prominent driver of economic growth. As we have mentioned before, smartphone usage accounts for an average of 70% of total online use in many countries. So it is without question that there is a very large market for mobile devices. However, there is one debate that still continues: Should I build a native app (code specific to the device), or a web app (used in mobile browsers)? To be clear, we aren’t making a judgment as to whether using development…

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Apple Releases WebRTC

This is it. The day we have all been waiting for. Apple has integrated WebRTC with Safari! While Apple may pride itself on creating products you need before you know you needed it, they have been rather reluctant to contribute to the goal of WebRTC; a universal, plugin-free communication protocol. Though they may be subdued about it, we here at Red5 Pro, are quite enthusiastic and wanted to share the exciting news far and wide. However, upon considering Apple's resistance, it's not completely clear that all the nuances of WebRTC will be entirely supported. The devil, (as they say) is…

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See? We told you. We have already asserted that HLS is better MPEG-DASH because DASH won't work with iOS. As it turns out, HLS will save you money as well. With the implementation of a patent pool, MPEG-DASH is no longer free to use, while HLS still is. While this may not be a surprise to some people, there still might be a bit of uncertainty about how it all works. To address some of those concerns, Jan Ozer had sat down with MPEG LA's vice president of business development, Bill Geary. You can read part of that interview here.…

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Sports; love 'em or hate 'em, lots of people love them and the live-streaming industry has noticed. A growing list of subscription services allow fans the opportunity to catch the game when they're away from a tv, or out of town. Even traditional VOD networks like Amazon Prime have joined the game outbidding, Facebook and YouTube for Twitter's NFL Thursday Night Football slot. This all may sound exciting and innovative, but what is it actually adding to the UX? My grandfather used to watch baseball on his tv, but he didn't like the cable commentators. So he muted the volume…

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Jetpacks have been a mainstay for starry-eyed dreamers and futurists for a long time. Despite the occasional story from some engineer a-la stunt-double, that potential continues unrealized, a mere daydream of all those frustrated commuters stuck in traffic. At Red5 Pro, we're also focused on the future and strive to build it (albeit more concretely). As such, we actively appraise and adopt ground-breaking technologies that have both real-world impact and promising potential. Take for example, our WebRTC implementation. WebRTC has been gaining widespread use and has made large strides in creating interoperability between browsers. With Apple's progress on integrating WebRTC…

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Storytelling is a cornerstone on the bedrock of humanity. From ancient cave paintings to printing presses all the way to video cameras, this engrained desire has spurred the development of new tools to illustrate our tales. However, that's not all our instincts tell us. No matter how thoughtful and compelling the narrative, stories remain all but useless without an audience to receive them. Thus, arose a demand for platforms that enable people to share all their chronicles amongst themselves and with future generations. However, swapping pot-boilers around a campfire could not satisfy human ambition for very long. If there was…

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It's a WebRTC World

It doesn't seem that long (for some of us at least) but 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of the iPhone. The past decade has seen sweeping shifts in how we communicate with each other and interact with our surroundings. While the 20th century ended with the innovation of the internet, the 21st has brought that revolutionary technology, literally, right into our hands. All it takes is the push of a button on a device that fits in your pocket. Of course, the iPhone was just the beginning, as success entices competition and competition inspires innovation. Since then, technology has…

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Yesterday, Amazon Web Services experienced an outage in its eastern U.S. region. So that, quite obviously, caused a stir. It was a blackout. Like, medieval, Dark Ages blackout. Everything was broken, people were crying, there was looting… OK. Maybe it wasn't that bad but it sure did mess things up. As such, some developers could not sign up for a license and reached out to us to see if there was anything we could do. So in all fairness, we decided to extend our original deadline out a couple of days. Any developers still on the free developer license…

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New Year Changes

Dear Red5 Pro Community, A long time ago, we started an open source community dedicated to a single goal: to make it easy for the world to create high-quality streaming environments for an unlimited number of applications, platforms and use cases. We’ve come a long way since we first launched our beta in October of 2015, and since then we’ve released powerful mobile SDKs, autoscaled clustering and WebRTC support all in an effort to enable developers to build awesome low-latency video applications. Since then, users like yourself and the entire developer community have provided invaluable insights into how…

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A New Kind of Vision

Soldiers and poets; ordinarily the two occupy different worlds. That is, until live-streaming gets involved. Thanks to the extraordinary developers at Good Company they have enabled a soldier, blinded in combat, to once again connect to his surroundings. Wearing a pair of WiFi enabled iVue glasses and earphones, Major Scott Smiley sent a live-stream to poet Matthew Dickman who could then describe what the glasses were seeing in real-time. The RTSP stream was sent via an iPod Touch and broadcasted to a Red5 Pro server running on a Digital Ocean Droplet. The resulting low latency stream enabled Dickman (watching the…

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