Posts Tagged ‘ios’

We talk a lot about players here in the Mydeo blog but this due to the fact that we get a lot of questions from our customers about what players to use for their content. Unfortunately, there’s never usually a one-stop solution when looking into players but that may be about to change… JW 6 player is the latest offering in the JW player series and it’s packed full of features which we all should be very excited about.

One feature in particular that’s extremely useful is the HLS plugin. As you may already know, Mydeo offers full HLS support and is mainly used for reaching those all-important iOS devices. HLS itself isn’t supported natively within some of the more popular web browsers such as Chrome, IE and Firefox. Customers wanting to reach both desktop and iOS devices will generally stream with both a HLS feed and an RTMP feed. This however, could now be a thing of the past because JW 6 has the functionality to reach all desktop browsers and iOS devices with just a single HLS feed. When JW 6 detects a desktop browser, it uses a functionality called ‘flash mode’ and the HLS feed plays seamlessly within the browser. When it detects an iOS device, it then reverts back to HTML5 mode to play the same stream.

We had customer recently who needed this exact functionality and they utilised JW6 along with Mydeo’s HLS streaming accounts to pull off a very successful live event. This made things much easier for them because they only had to worry about the single feed and the built-in customisation options meant getting the player on their website was a breeze.

The HLS plug-in is only available through the JW 6 premium version but with this you get multi-end device functionality for both your live and on-demand content along with countless other customisation options. Using the built-in skins, you’re also able to integrate the player in a way that matches your existing website styling to achieve an overall professional look.

To find out more about the latest JW player, you can visit their website: http://www.longtailvideo.com/. To find out more about Mydeo’s HLS services, you can call us on: +44 208 540 2300 or email us at: m3@mydeo.com.

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HTML5 has been a hot topic for some time now but in many ways it’s becoming more of a norm. At Mydeo, I’m seeing more and more of our customers jumping on the <video> tag bandwagon and for good reason too. The use of Flash is slowing down mainly due to the lack of support in iOS devices but it’s also interesting to add that the latest versions of Android are also dropping support. Android and iOS are the market leaders for smartphones and tablets and together control over 85% of the overall pie. Consumers demand their videos on the go and if you’re still using the ye old ways of Flash then you could be losing a sizeable chunk of your audience to your competitor who has already utilised a solution for reaching these devices.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to spend the whole of your quarterly budget  on a video platform just to reach smart devices. This post will show you how to embed videos on your site using the <video> tag. It will also show you how to reach multiple browsers and devices because not all end users have the same equipment/software. I will use video files that have already been uploaded to the Mydeo servers to test with.

In the example below you’ll see a standard  HTML page but with the addition of the video tag that’s referencing a file on the Mydeo servers. If you copy this code and paste it into notepad and save the file as a .htm or .html, the file will open as a web page containing the video. This, in its current format will also play on iOS devices.

<title>My HTML5 Video</title>
<video src="http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/u/m3/64de828ce3264daf912aa3493414a30d.mp4" controls="controls" height="480" width="620"></video>

If the video is not playing for you, there’s a good chance that the browser you’re using doesn’t support .mp4 or HTML5 at all. To reach almost every browser/device, we need to do a few more things.

The example below has a few additions: firstly, I have moved the source tag onto a different line and added support for three different file types: mp4, ogv (ogg) and webm. These three files types are the video formats excepted by HTML5 so by referencing all of them, you’ll reach a better percentage of end users. All the files referenced here are the same video but I’ve just converted them into the separate file types (information on how to convert you videos for free is mentioned later in the article). Secondly, if you want to be able to reach users using older operating systems with older browsers, you can also add a traditional Flash player (see the code example on how to add a Flash player). The player below is coded so if the first option doesn’t work, the browser will seamlessly attempt to play the second option and then the third and so on. This process is called a ‘fall back’, the browser falls back until it finds a compatible version to play.

<title>My HTML5 Video</title>
<video controls="controls" height="480" width="620">
<source src="http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/u/m3/64de828ce3264daf912aa3493414a30d.mp4" type="video/mp4" />
<source src="http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/u/m3/59243cfe69c74f3ebc26d14cb29e9b96.webm" type="video/webm" />
<source src="http://mydeo.vo.llnwd.net/o1/u/m3/160a3cd44c074efcae8b1fbb784aca9f.ogv" type="video/ogg" />
<--! Here is where you add code for a traditional flash player, you can use the mp4 URL above and generate yourself a player by navigating here: https://blog.mydeo.com/2013/01/25/flash-video-player-generator/ -->

And that’s it! You can use the code above to create your own HTML5 player, all you need to do is replace the source URLs with your own. There are many different options for customising your player so be sure to have a play around with the code. If you need to convert your files into mp4, ogg or webm then there is a fantastic video converter which is 100% free and can be downloaded here: http://www.mirovideoconverter.com/.

Remember that these test files are utilising Mydeo’s servers so if you need a hosting provider to deliver your HTML5 videos over a super fast global network, then do not hesitate to contact us. You can do so by email: m3@mydeo.com or by phone: +44 208 540 2300.

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EDIT: Stream Anywhere has been upgraded, click here for details.

Consuming digital media has changed drastically over the past few years. It seems now everyone carries a Smart Phone in their pocket or an iPad in their bag. Mobile internet means people can access their favourite websites from anywhere and at any time. If you’re unable to cater for these consumers, you could be losing a sizable chunk of your audience and it doesn’t take a genius to tell you what that could mean for your business.

HTML5 and the <video> tag, gives us a relatively easy way to reach these mobile consumers for your on-demand video content – but what about live video? Flash is still supported by older Android devices but as people upgrade their handsets and more people update their software to the latest OS, you’re going to be losing more and more consumers as support for their newer devices is inevitably dropped.

Not to worry though because Mydeo have again teamed up with Limelight Networks to bring you Stream Anywhere. The Stream Anywhere solution utilises HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) which was included as part of the latest Flash Media Server (FMS) update. HLS has swiftly become the standard for live streaming to mobile devices as it was implemented by Apple for their highly successful iOS software.

One of the great features of Stream Anywhere is that the transcoding is all handled on the fly, within the cloud. This means you don’t have to install any software locally and the encoder doesn’t need access to extreme levels of processing power. This makes the whole process of publishing live video to mobiles much more convenient.

Benefits of the Stream Anywhere solution include:

  • Automatically deliver to multiple mobile devices without preencoding content.
  • Reach new audiences (such as iPhone and iPad) without having to make any changes to existing RTMP streams.
  • Leverage the global scale and reach of the Limelight HTTP Edge to deliver to HLS supported devices.
  • A cloud-based service! No need to worry about software or hardware installation and maintenance.

For more information on pricing or on how Mydeo can help you and your business reach mobile devices – Live and On-demand. Get in touch by phone: +44 208 540 2300 or by email: m3@mydeo.com.

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Reach is a great new service offered by Mydeo for optimised mobile delivery, Live and On-Demand. Below is all the information you need to know about this fantastic new solution.

Extend the reach of your video content to the growing
universe of mobile devices.

Publish once. Distribute everywhere. With LimelightREACH,™ you can grow the audience for your media content—reaching consumers wherever they happen to be, on whatever device they’re using, and in the right format for the device.

All devices are not created equal

As mobile video consumption surges, it’s no simple proposition to deliver content that works across an ever-expanding array of handsets and IP-capable gadgets. Now you can rise to the challenge—with LimelightREACH, an intelligence layer that optimizes media delivery for today’s mobile devices. This innovative solution combines video adaptation, device detection, and optimized delivery—so you don’t need worry about the technical details of reaching a mobile audience. A single Universal URL streamlines publishing for instant user access from any browser, any application.

You stay in control

LimelightREACH integrates mobile delivery intelligence with your existing workflow, so there’s no need to change the way you run your operation. You define how your content will be presented to consumers—and you can use the same hosting, publishing, and reporting infrastructure you already have in place. Thanks to an open architecture, LimelightREACH works with the leading CDNs used by media companies and integrates with popular advertising platforms, including LimelightADS,™ the new ad insertion service from Limelight Networks.®

With LimelightREACH, the business of publishing video to mobile audiences is easier than you think. The presentation of your content —whether on your mobile site or mobile application—remains under your control using one convenient URL for any piece of content.

LimelightREACH key features

Device targeting.

Limelight Networks maintains profile information for all the major smartphones, as well as the standard mass-market cell phones in use today. That means we’re on top of details like screen size, codecs, and encoding parameters—so you don’t need worry about the specific capabilities of every new device on the market.

One source file.

Publish your high-resolution source file and leave the rest to us. LimelightREACH supports on-demand video in a variety of container formats (MPEG2, MPEG4, MOV), video codecs (H.264, MPEG4 AVC, QuickTime), and audio codecs (AMR, AAC)—then adapts your media based on the profile settings for targeted devices.

Universal URL.

Your job is to present your content to mobile consumers and innovate on your mobile application or site. LimelightREACH makes that easy by giving you a single URL that works for any device. When a user requests your content, LimelightREACH detects the device and pulls the right version of your media, delivering it using the aprropriate scheme (HTTP or RSTP).

Media-grade CDN.

For scalable delivery, LimelightREACH leverages LimelightDELIVER,™ LimelightSTREAM,™ and other leading CDN platforms—giving you the confidence that any amount of content can be delivered reliably anywhere in the world.

Reporting and analytics.

Detailed reports on historical data, most requested programs, user behavior and consumption metrics, and geographic traffic give you valuable information about your mobile audience and your business. LimelightREACH also supports popular external measurement systems, such as Omniture.


So concluding this, we offer the best solution for mobile delivery on the CDN market. If you’re interested in Reach or any of our other CDN services, please feel free to contact us by phone on: +44 208 540 2300 and by email: m3@mydeo.com.

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