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MPEG-DASH, a new international standard for IP streaming video, is destined to become a technical cornerstone of our Internet video future. In July, the first large-scale demonstration of MPEG-DASH occurred at the London Olympics, courtesy of Belgian broadcaster VRT.
The next generation of multi-screen, TV-Everywhere services depends on delivering the requested content to any device with optimal speed and quality. To address this, the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG) has recently developed and ratified a standard for adaptive streaming over the Internet known as MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP). Adobe, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Akamai, Harmonic, Thomson, Verimatrix and many other companies are working together in the recently created DASH Industry Forum to promote the widespread adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard.
MPEG-DASH will affect:
Consumers – A much richer video experience and greater content availability to multiple devices, from your 50” living room screen to your PC, tablet and smartphone.
Markets - Accelerated market growth, interoperability among software and hardware components, and lower cost of delivery.
Technologies – The potential to supplant existing proprietary technologies such as Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming.
Content Publishers - A single set of media files to play on all DASH-compatible devices.
Technical experts from Microsoft, Akamai, InterDigital, Qualcomm and Verimatrix explain how MPEG-DASH works and what it means for billions of consumers and devices in our global, mobile video future.