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The HTTP live streaming success guide

Encoding Software
Written by Warren Kelly | Published in
First published: 06-01-2015
Size542.47 KB
Create DateJanuary 7, 2015
Last UpdatedMay 20, 2015

This white paper by Encoding examines in-depth analysis of our HLS transcoding solution with a direct comparison to the competition on a feature-by-feature basis.

HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) is an established standard for adaptive bitrate video. Adaptive bitrate video delivery is a combination of server and client software that detects a client’s bandwidth capacity and adjusts the quality of the video stream between multiple bitrates and/or resolutions.

The adaptive bitrate video experience is superior to delivering a static video file at a single bitrate, because the video stream can be switched midstream to be as good or bad as the client’s available network speed (as opposed to the buffering or interruption in playback that can happen when a client’s network speed can’t support the quality of video).

With HLS emerging as a standard, and major players like Apple’s iOS & Google’s Android OS leading the way, wanted to provide video distributors and developers with a complete guide to the standard’s evolution, architecture and device compatibility.

We are all increasingly familiar with the issues surrounding video delivery to multiple devices, and HLS has rapidly become the standard for adaptive bitrate technology for mobile/tablets, OTT, and desktop. With this resource, we wanted to bring to light the ever-present confusion within the industry regarding the origin of HLS, its technical specifications, device support, and many other variables.

The HTTP-Live-Streaming Success Guide

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