Over the recent years, the largest TV manufacturers are actively exploring into Web-based TV service, and Panasonic is no exception at that. The Japanese company experts have implemented their vision of Smart TV based on the Viera Connect technology. Continue reading
DENIVIP Media has been creating video platforms since 2008 (usually in conjunction with services, portals and applications). Over the 4 years of developing ad-hoc video platforms for different projects, we have accumulated a decent expertise and information on many hindrances that are almost inevitable in video projects. In this post, I would like to brief you on how we design video platforms and what drivers have to be taken into account when creating a new or upgrading an old video platform. Also, I would like to note major forthcoming trends in the development of video platforms foreeable for the near future. Continue reading
The BBC Olympics sports broadcast service is one of the largest media events of 2012. It has brought the video service industry to a totally new level, earning for the 2012 Olympics the popularity of "truly digital games". In this context, it is critical to acknowledge the importance of expertise gained and leverage it in further growth. In this post, we are going to dwell into the project, its implementation, and valuable experience that you can apply to your own projects. Continue reading
Creating technically seamless applications has always been a pretty tough task in terms of time and complexity. Moreover, helpful data is scattered across multiple sources. This also applies to iOS video applications development. In this post, we have aggregated the most vital and helpful information on efficient use of all the features of HTTP Live Streaming, with detailed data source list. These materials are prerequisite to anyone who intends to ensure high quality of viewing experience. Continue reading
It is in no way a secret that video statistics and analytics are crucial to any video portal. One of the main rationales behind video statistics is to enable settlements with copyright holders. However it covers a number of other crucial tasks, including:
- Limit the number of parallel viewers using the same account (obviously, you do not wish all friends and relatives of one lucky customer view content under a single account? Well, let them watch it, but at least sequentially rather than in parallel ).
- Prevent viewing of any video to users that have got a subscription by mistake or due to some manipulation,
- Evaluate the quality and popularity of video
- Return to the point where watching was interrupted last time (on any device)
- And, last but not least, enhance the user experience.
Of course, we should keep in mind that, every video portal has specific tasks that absolutely cannot do without the viewing statistics. In this post, we are going to discuss specifics of such a service. Continue reading
In most cases, modern video content delivery systems are based on HTTP Streaming. This technology delivers video in a series of fragments (chunks), several seconds each. The most popular video delivery formats are Apple HTTP Live Streaming and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming. In the near future, MPEG DASH will also probably become popular. The benefits offered by this type of delivery consist in a more stable video platform operation over a heterogeneous public network (Internet) and use of existing mechanisms of traditional CDN networks (HTTP chunk caching). But often traditional media is not sufficient, and large-scale online video services usually require a more flexible management of video content delivery. In our projects, we use our Video Load Balancer. In this post, we are going to outline the basics of its operation that might be helpful to your projects regardless of the load balancing technology you use. Continue reading
HTTP Live Streaming (HTTP LS) is a protocol strongly recommended and actively promoted by Apple as the best solution for online video delivery to mobile devices. But neither the protocol itself, nor its tools offered by the iOS API, implement a full-fledged DRM support. The new version of Adobe Access 4.0 adds this missing functionality to the iOS-devices. Continue reading
Apple iOS mobile devices have deservedly won universal popularity among the customers. Every Apple’s event is followed with a keen interest as the people expect the emergence of new functionality and improvement of existing features. But the common users can only skim the surface, assessing the externals of the product. Much more is visible to the developers. Of all the four-day WWDC event, the public attention has been given to the keynote presentation only, giving an overview of all the major innovations. All the other presentations, totaling to about one hundred, have been dedicated to the developers. From this ratio, we can estimate the hidden mass of the iceberg, which is no less fascinating than its tip. Starting a series of posts on iOS based development, we will tell you of the Apple devices built-in frameworks to support online video handling. Continue reading
Over the past two years, we have witnessed a rapid growth of a new trend in the mass TV set market. Next generation TV sets that are connected to the Internet and empowered with an application platform, are becoming exceedingly popular. Like with smart phones, the TV applications can be supplied with a device or installed from a directory. The mass media and promotional publications often dub such an approach as "Smart TV" or, less frequently, "Connected TV" or "Hybrid TV". We believe that this trend is mostly neglected today by the developer community. It is little written and spoken about, but at the same time, it offers tremendous opportunities to attract that part of the audience which is poorly or even not yet covered by the ubiquity of computer and smart phone technology. In particular, for applications designed to deliver video content, the television video platforms are a natural environment, and they should be given the same attention as the mobile applications. Continue reading
Every day, more Connected TVs emerge, so it is a high time to consider delivering your content right to your user bedroom. Doing this is pretty easy, you just need to develop a proper application. However at this time, the development process is different for each TV brand, which somewhat complicates the issue. Today, we will brief you on application development for Samsung SmartTV. Continue reading