Video: Multicast ABR

Multicast ABR is a mix of two very beneficial technologies which are seldom seen together. ABR – Adaptive Bitrate – allows a player to change the bitrate of the video and audio that it’s playing to adapt to changing network conditions. Multicast is a network technology which efficiently sends a video stream over the network without duplicating bandwidth.

ABR has traditionally been deployed for chunk-based video like HLS where each client downloads its own copy of the video in blocks of several seconds in length. This means that you bandwidth you use to distribute your video increases by one thousand times if 1000 people play your video.

Multicast works with live streams, not chunks, but allows the bandwidth use for 1000 players to increase – in the best case – by 0%.

Here, the panelists look at the benefits of combining multicast distribution of live video with techniques to allow it to change bitrate between different quality streams.

This type of live streaming is actually backwards compatible with old-style STBs since the video sent is a live transport stream, it’s possible to deliver that to a legacy STB using a converter in the house at the same time as delivering a better, more modern delivery to other TVs and devices.

It thus also allows pure-streaming providers to compete with conventional broadcast cable providers and can also result in cost savings in equipment provided but also in bandwidth used.

There’s lots to unpack here, which is why the Streaming Video Alliance have put together this panel of experts.

Watch now and find out more!

Speakers

Phillipe Carol Phillipe Carol
Senior Product Manager,
Anevia
Neil Geary Neil Geary
Technical Strategy Consultant,
Liberty Global
Brian Stevenson Brian Stevenson
VP of Ecosystem Strategy & Partnerships,
Ericsson
Mark Fisher Mark Fisher
VP of Marketing & Business Development,
Qwilt
Jason Thibeault Jason Thibeault
Executive Director,
Streaming Video Alliance

Video: Uncompressed IP Video Basics

Top training here from Ed Calverly on the basics needed to understand uncompressed video. Presented at the IBC 2018 IP Showcase courtesy of the VSF.

Ed delves just far enough into the detail to tease out the important points of video over IP:

  • The need for timing
  • The legacy of blanking
  • Carrying data (VANC, HANC, Embedded audio etc.)
  • Benefits of splitting essences
  • TCP Vs UDP
  • Subnets and Routing
  • Multicast (i.e. IGMPv2 & v3)
  • PTP & SMPTE 2059
  • 2022-6, 2110, NMOS
  • Traffic Shaping: Narrow & Wide senders

Watch now!

Speaker


Ed Calverly
Ed Calverly
Professional Trainer for the Broadcast Industry,
Freelance