On the internet, congestion and latency is added at the points at which carriers connect to each other. Understanding this will help you design a better quality video service, says Bernhard Pusch, Head of Global Internet Strategy at Telstra Corporation.
In this second instalment of our extended article on monitoring in OTT and VOD, we take a look at the core infrastructure and discuss how to analyze systems to guarantee that video, audio and metadata is reliably delivered through network and CDN infrastructures to the home viewer.
One of the earliest and most widespread applications of synchronizing was in television.
In Part 1, we looked at how the internet operates and the components that make it so effective. In this article, we consider the broadcast applications available and what it means to “connect to the internet”.
Monitoring has always been the engineers’ best friend as it turns apparent chaos into order and helps us understand what is going on deep inside a system to deliver high-quality pictures and sound. As OTT continues to play a more prominent role, the need to monitor internet distribution systems is becoming increasingly compelling.
Remote broadcast transmitters were once logged and controlled from studios over a standard telephone line, and monitored on a consumer TV. The alarm was the GM calling the Master Control Red Phone.
With mature, cloud-based services now prevalent across the industry, helping to process and distribute content faster and more accurately than ever before, the long sought-after promise of producing content in the cloud—reducing cost and physical barriers—prompted broadcasters and production companies to experiment with new ways to make it a common reality.