Video: Mitigating Online Video Delivery Latency

Real-world solutions to real-world streaming latency in this panel from the Content Delivery Summit at Streaming Media East. With everyone chasing reductions in latency, many with the goal of matching traditional broadcast latencies, there are a heap of tricks and techniques at each stage of the distribution chain to get things done quicker.

The panel starts by surveying the way these companies are already serving video. Comcast, for example, are reducing latency by extending their network to edge CDNs. Anevia identified encoding as latency-introducer number 1 with packaging at number 2.

Bitmovin’s Igor Oreper talks about Periscope’s work with low-latency HLS (LHLS) explaining how Bitmovin deployed their player with Twitter and worked closely with them to ensure LHLS worked seamlessly. Periscope’s LHLS is documented in this blog post.

The panel shares techniques for avoiding latency such as keeping ABR ladders small to ensure CDNs cache all the segments. Damien from Anevia points out that low latency can quickly become pointless if you end up with a low-latency stream arriving on an iPhone before Android; relative latency is really important and can be more so than absolute latency.

The importance of HTTP and the version is next up for discussion. HTTP 1.1 is still widely used but there’s increasing interest in HTTP 2 and QUIC which both handle connections better and reduce overheads thus reducing latency, though often only slightly.

The panel finishes with a Q&A after discussing how to operate in multi-CDN environments.

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Damien Lucas Damien Lucas
CTO & Co-Founder,
Ryan Durfey Ryan Durfey
CDN Senior Product Manager,
Comcast Technology Solutions
Igor Oreper Igor Oreper
Vice President, Solutions
Eric Klein Eric Klein
Director, Content Distribution,
Disney Streaming Services (was BAMTECH Media)
Dom Robinson Dom Robinson

Video: The Future of Video Codecs: VP9, HEVC, AV1

FuboTV, Viacom, JWPlayer, Bitmoving and Littlstar sit down together to discuss the state and future of VP9, HEVC and AV1.

With the release of AV1 and support for HEVC in HLS, new dynamics are unfolding in the video codec world. VP9 is still gaining popularity among content providers, especially for web browsers and Android devices. This panel discusses the status of video codecs today, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and how these things will change in the future. It also discusses whether the industry is getting into yet another codec war, meaning that content providers will have to support multiple video codecs in parallel to reach all devices.

The panel hits these topics:

• What they are currently using and how they got there
• Bitmovin’s Video Developer Report
• AV1 coding performance benchmarks
• Use of VP9 and its future
• Apple’s adoption of HEVC on HLS
• 10-bit and 4:2:2 for consumer delivery
• HEVC Patent Pool Changes
• Cost effectiveness of AV1
• Smart TVs and much more!

Igor Oreper, VP, Solutions, Bitmovin
Sung Ho Choi, Co-Founder, Engineering,
Glenn Goldstein, SVP, Chief Technology Convergence Officer, Viacom
John Luther, SVP of Technology, JW Player
Andrew Grathwohl, Director of Media Technologies, Littlstar

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