Essential Guide: OTT (or is it ABR?)

May 26th 2020 - 09:00 AM
Tony Orme, Editor at The Broadcast Bridge

Program delivery to mobile devices and smart televisions has fueled the growth for internet delivery. But one of the challenges broadcasters and media content providers face is that the internet was never originally designed to stream large amounts of video and audio with virtually no dropout or latency.

Consequently, engineers have developed solutions to make the best of an imperfect system and have succeeded in delivering high-quality streamed media over the internet. This in turn has led to some incredibly innovative and technological advances to provide resilient streamed media for a whole plethora of mobile and static viewing devices, from mobile phones to smart TVs.

This Essential Guide, written by guest author Tony Jones, Principal Technologist at MediaKind, describes the challenges OTT has to solve, and how. Digging deep into both the viewer requirements and technology that provides the solutions, Jones uncovers the inner workings of OTT and explains them in easy to understand and plain English.

Adaptive bit rate (ABR) is at the center of OTT delivery and Jones uncovers the detail of its operation and the implications this has for latency, as well as resilient and accurate delivery. CMAF, HLS, and chunk size optimization are all discussed to help engineers, technologists, and anybody looking to expand their knowledge of OTT and streaming media over the internet.

Download this Essential Guide today if you are an engineer, technologist, their manager, or somebody who needs to understand how we use OTT and why.

Supported by

You might also like...

Transitioning to Broadcast IP Infrastructures; Part 2 - Practical Topologies and Systems

Our first Essential Insights is a set of three video episodes in which we discuss transitioning to IP with industry experts. We explore the fundamental challenges during the planning stage. The decisions that need to be made, and the long-term…

News Production Technologies Support Seamless Working From Home

With the pandemic’s alarming numbers now decreasing, news anchors have carefully begun reporting from the studio again, albeit in separate parts of the building and socially distanced. However, the IP-enabled technology and remote workflows developed by equipment vendors across t…

Diversified Systems Builds Cost-Effective IP Network For Power Station At BerkleeNYC

A number of new production facilities are now being designed and built around the ST 2110 standard for video over IP, but the cost has been prohibitive for many others. The engineers at Diversified Systems Inc. (DSI), a veteran systems integrator,…

Is Gamma Still Needed?: Part 9 - Processing In Floating Point

Floating-point notation and gamma are both techniques that trade precision for dynamic range. However they differ fundamentally. Gamma is a non-linear function whereas floating point remains linear. Any mathematical manipulations carried out on floating-point encoded data will be correct whereas…

RTL Sells SpotX Programmatic Advertising Platform To Magnite

The programmatic advertising field is heating up as Luxembourg based broadcaster RTL Group sells its platform SpotX to US online ad group Magnite for $1.17 billion.