Posted in Uncategorized, tagged content delivery, Flash live, limelight, Limelight Networks, Live, live streaming, LLNW, mobile devices, mydeo, video, video streaming on July 3, 2013 |
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Producing a professional live event over the internet is a complicated and stressful task. Making sure everything happens at the exact right time in a seamless fashion is paramount to the end user experience. The live feed itself has to be perfect to meet the expectations of your audience. The problem with live video today is the inevitable direct comparison to on-demand video services. Audiences’ witness the likes of Netflix, YouTube and other HD video streaming services and base their experiences as the benchmark in which to scrutinise all other forms of internet based video. Okay, this may be a bit harsh because the odd skip would probably be forgiven seeing that it’s live. However, a dead stream is a dead stream and your users aren’t going to just sit there and watch a frozen frame or a black screen.
Taking every precaution possible is obviously the best way to lower the chances of a broken stream. There’s not much you can do in terms of a backup stream for a live event because obviously the footage is sent out in real time. At least an on-demand file can reference a backup version if the primary source is compromised. In terms of backup with live services through a CDN, Mydeo has a system in place with Limelight that can seriously lower the chances of a broken stream.
The system Mydeo offers has is the ability to stream to a primary and a backup ingest server which introduces a number of key benefits. Firstly, by streaming to two separate ingest servers, you get double security from network errors. In the very unlikely case that one of the ingest servers were to experience a problem; the other server would take over with delivering your stream. The end user would be none the wiser and the video feed would continue delivering seamlessly. Again, it’s very unlikely that an ingest server would fail but at least you know there’s a fall back in the worst case scenario.
The second key benefit is the ability to utilise dual internet connections. If you’re able to tap into a secondary internet connection, you can set the primary ingest URL onto the main (fastest) internet connection and the backup URL can be set to the alternative internet connection. Again, if something were to happen to either of the internet connections, the stream would switch over automatically and the end user experience wouldn’t be compromised. Some customers of Mydeo have started utilising mobile internet solutions as a backup source. Couple this with backup power generators and you are on the way to complete resilience from internet connection failures.
Mydeo can offer backup (fall back) solutions with both normal Flash live and Stream Anywhere products. If you would like more information on our CDN services, please feel to contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Flash live, HLS, hls player, limelight, Limelight Networks, LLNW, mydeo, mydeo.com, rtmp, streaming, video, video streaming on April 25, 2013 |
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Stream Anywhere is Mydeo’s solution to mobile streaming and since we launched it last year, we’ve received very positive feedback. You can read our initial post on Stream Anywhere by clicking here. We’re very happy to tell you that Stream Anywhere has just been upgraded. This post will talk you through some of the major updates included in V.2.1
A feature that’s been requested many times since Mydeo released Stream Anywhere is DVR functionality. If you didn’t already know, DVR is Digital Video Recording and it grants the viewer a number of benefits. Firstly, using the player controls, the viewer can rewind the live feed. Imagine you’re watching a football game and you missed the match winning goal. Using DVR functionality, you’d be able to rewind the stream back to the point of the goal and continue watching from that point. Afterwards, you could always fast forward back to the point where you left off.
The second great feature of DVR is the ability to pause the live feed, much like most modern set top boxes. The DVR functionality is preconfigured to allow the viewer to pause the live feed up to a certain amount of time before continuing the stream.
Lastly DVR functionality enables you to make the live stream available for On-demand delivery up to 24 hours after the live feed has finished publishing. The on-demand file is made available through the same publishing URL as the live feed so will work seamlessly within your player. This is great because once a live event has finished, it’s not uncommon for an on-demand version of the video to be put up in its place. By making the original stream available for on-demand play gives the production team a window to edit the original footage and replace the live feed with a permanent on-demand file. This means zero downtime and a much better experience for your audience.
Apple AES encryption
Until know, the only security option for Stream Anywhere was Media Vault which uses MD5 hashing to encrypt the playback URLs to only work when pre-defined parameters are met. For example you could configure the stream so it only works on a particular page of a particular website. In addition to this, we can now offer Apple AES encryption for the HLS playback URLs. This functionality can be added upon direct request to your Mydeo Account Manager. Along with AES, we can also now block streams to geographical locations so if you only want your stream to work in the US, we can now do that for you.
You can now self provision your own event streams. This means you can log into the control panel and create any number of streams without ever having to contact your Account Manager. Benefits of self provisioning include: Being able to set your own event expiry options, set your own DVR windows (see above), apply levels of security at your own leisure and update your ingest points.
As ever, if you have any questions about Stream Anywhere or any of our other fantastic CDN solutions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: email@example.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged cdn, Limelight Networks, live streaming, mydeo, rally championship, rally driver, streaming provider, video, video streaming on November 29, 2012 |
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British Rally driver Louise Cook from Maidstone has set the goal to be the first female World Rally Champion. Louise started a sponsorship campaign called ‘Promotion50’ to raise the money needed to get her started on her road to glory. The idea was to get as many companies to donate just £50 to run her mk6 Ford Fiesta ST Rally car for a whole season. With the backing of Mydeo and various other companies, Louise has already boasts a multitude of achievements, including: British Rally Championship Ladies Campion 2011, Fiesta Sport Trophy Vice Champion 2011, BRCC RC4 Champion 2012 and more. Louise still has to complete her ultimate goal of being World Champion but with the on-going support from Mydeo and other sponsors, we believe this is just around the corner.
Louise races towards the finish line!
Mydeo are a content delivery company utilising the Limelight CDN. For more information about our services, please visit www.mydeo.com. You can also call us on: +44 208 540 2300 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This is a common question asked by many customers who are trying to establish the value in using a CDN service.
YouTube is often the first place you’d think of for sharing personal videos. So if it’s good at distributing video, why not use it for your business website? I’m going to share a few of my thoughts with you here on why I wouldn’t recommend it for your business content:
- A slick looking website has a big influence on how your customers perceive your business. Having promotional or corporate videos hosted via YouTube might be regarded as a ‘cheap option’ by your potential customers, which could reflect poorly on your business.
- A YouTube video on your website will slow down your page loading times by up to 50%. Hosting your rich media content with Mydeo on the other hand can make your site up to 30% faster.
- Keeping your customers engaged on your website is critical. But by embedding a YouTube hosted video on your pages there is a very high chance your customers will click through to YouTube.com, one of the stickiest sites in the world. Once there they are unlikely to return.
- If you upload a video to YouTube, you automatically grant YouTube distribution rights to that video, across all media channels.
- After watching a YouTube video, the player automatically recommends other videos within the same category. This could ultimately lead your customers to your competitors.
- You get what you pay for. YouTube is free, so if you have questions or problems, you’re on your own.
- Mydeo can accelerate delivery of all your files – not just video.
Mydeo allows small businesses to benefit from the speed, robustness and scalability of a world leading CDN, Limelight Networks, at a fraction of the cost of buying direct. This means your website is faster and your customers are happier.
Don’t just take our word for it, try it yourself at www.mydeo.com.
Thanks for reading.
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Posted in Articles, tagged HTML5, video on September 22, 2010 |
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What is HTML 5 Video?
First, lets talk about what HTML 5 is. HTML 5 is the successor to HTML, the standard formatting language used to publish all web sites, and interpreted by all web browsers to display them. HTML 5 is a necessary replacement for traditional HTML because this new standard includes native support for today’s data-rich, interactive web applications. Traditional HTML does not include native support for rich media (videos, animations etc.) whereas HTML 5 does.
Ok, so what is “HTML 5 Video”?
Recently, the HTML 5 specification was updated to state the following:
[Browsers] should support Theora video and Vorbis audio, as well as the Ogg container format.
This is primarily because there are no known patents or royalty arrangements that need be observed in order to produce or consume media encoded with these standards.
Can Mydeo deliver HTML 5 video?
Yes! In fact, we include support for it in all our packages. To get started, sign up for your free 15 day trial or give us a call to discuss.
What do I need to get started?
If you’ve got existing media that you’d like to convert into an HTML 5 video format, you can either do this yourself using a commercial encoder or use our pay as you go encoding service within your account.
You’ll then need your web designers to design you a player and a player page that support HTML 5. Some off the shelf freebies are available for this, check out HTML5video.org as an example.
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