The modern cable industry, at least in the US, has been forcefully moving ahead and endorsing TV Everywhere as their digital model – the ability to access online content as part of the cable subscription, migrating the high value revenue stream to the digital age. On the other end, Netflix has been trying to create more original content to move beyond the exclusivity of cable.
The frame rates for movies were defined over 80 years ago. In the year 1927, 24 fps was defined as the standard for 35 mm sound film. With the introduction of television, 25 fps and 30 fps were introduced, with the interlaced versions 50i for PAL, and 60i for NTSC. Interlaced video is a technique of [...]
I am very excited to showcase a brand new Adobe Primetime feature, native HLS support in Flash Player.
What does native HLS support mean? HLS playback in Adobe Flash Player provides best-in-class performance, with robust, Hollywood studio-mandated DRM support (Adobe Primetime DRM + PHLS), and AES-128 clear key protection for content protection compatibility. The HLS playback functionality is now included in the core of Flash Player, with all relevant features processed with high performant native code.
I worked for many years with the online video community, with an increasing focus on specific problems high-end users might have. But sometimes it’s also important to go back to the basics and focus on the fundamentals. This is my personal guide for everyone who wants to get started with online video, or is looking for [...]
A well staged speech by “House of Cards” lead actor Kevin Spacey on how the well-rated TV show was selected by Netflix – no 45 minute trial pilot was required, which he believes supports the ability to do long term story telling and character development. This year 146 pilots were shot, only 56 have gone [...]
Interested in learning more about Adobe Primetime Player? Watch David Hassoun’s Adobe Primetime session, who is providing an in-depth overview of the Adobe Primetime Player and its APIs. Find the presentation slides here. Want to learn even more about Adobe Primetime? Check out my recent Adobe Primetime posts.
After reading the multi-part series on Adobe Primetime, and learning about seamless ad insertion, addressing the mobile fragmentation, a single publishing workflow, and the overall the benefits of fast deployments, it seems to make sense to take a look at a live examples. For seamless live ad insertion, NBCSports is streaming sport events and commentary. Comcast [...]
We explored ad insertion, device playback, protocols and DRM, which is not everything that Adobe Primetime offers. There is also packaging, data management, video analytics, ad serving, and PayTV Pass (TV-Everywhere authentication). Since this blog has been very video distribution centric, I am not going to go deeper into those areas – at least not in [...]
In my last post, we learned how important it is to have a video abstraction layer for Android. But clearly Android is not the only platform, and currently it’s very hard to truly support all platforms with a single workflow. Today there are different video formats to target different platforms, which invariably leads to increased [...]
Even though I normally don’t respond to other blog posts, Dan Rayburn’s post from this morning definitely deserves some comments (or a discussion panel during the next Streaming Media conference). Dan is a well-respected streaming media veteran, who has been deeply involved with the industry for the last decade.