2016 has been an exciting year in the always evolving world of live-streaming. The announcement of Facebook Live, and Youtube Live, propelled live-streaming prominently into the mainstream market. The popularity of these features hold a great potential to drive the future of social media. There are even reports of Facebook paying other companies to make live videos. Is the static selfie image on the verge of being replaced? The social media giants are not the only ones making waves. The communication protocol leader WebRTC, is gaining ground as the standard for cross-platform compatibility (especially considering how close Safari is to…

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I’m excited to be speaking with Live streaming gurus Ryan Bell and Alex Kahn tomorrow at 11AM EST, 4PM GMT. We will be doing a live broadcast on Blab talking about future live streaming platforms and how we are democratizing video for all developers with Red5 Pro. Here's the direct link to the Blab broadcast: https://blab.im/ryanabell-livestream-future-platforms-w-red5pro-1alexkhan-ryanabell-isocialfanz  Ryan and Alex recently started their own consultancy capitalizing on the emerging and super hot live streaming space. I’m particularly interested in getting the perspective from hardcore streamers like these guys. Although we do think a lot about the…

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HLS, or HTTP Live Streaming is a video streaming format first introduced by Apple in May, 2009. It’s a format that breaks streams into small file-based segments made available for download over HTTP. It now is a widely supported format for viewing streams in almost real time. I say almost only because the protocol, by its very nature, introduces a lot of latency. We’ve been getting a lot of questions and inbound interest from our customers about HLS. What are the advantages of using it? What are the disadvantages? How does HLS compare to WebRTC? Will Apple approve…

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Reflecting on 2015 and what we’ve built over the last couple of years, I started thinking about Red5 Pro and the reasons why we built it in the first place. So I figured I should write a post. Why did we spend so much time and energy building this thing? Not only did we see that there was a trend of people wanting to make new mobile experiences based on live streaming like Periscope and Meerkat, but we also weren’t happy with the developer tools available to build these kinds of experiences. We saw two approaches towards creating…

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