Many companies are investing in online content services. YouTube, Hulu, broadcasters, publishers. These companies build business cases on the boom of online video: advertisement models, subscription models and pay-per-view models. Their business cases depend on scalability and performance of the internet, both broadband and mobile.
Internet vs cable
Cable operators offer good quality and quality of service, but their limited number of channels and titles can never compete with the vast number of internet channels and billions of online videos. Consumers don’t want to be locked into a package anymore. They want to pull content. Subscribers want to be in control. The internet is open and therefore the distribution infrastructure of today and the future. Digital television operators who ignore this fact will face a very difficult future.
Online media disrupting mobile networks
It started last year in New York and San Francisco. AT&T’s network was degrading. Phone calls dropped. At some peak times a third of all calls dropped. More and more AT&T customers throughout the U.S. started to complain about slow data, lost data connectivity and dropped calls.
When I attended Content Delivery Summit in New York this month I experienced exactly the same. Calls dropped, or I suddenly got voicemail messages without getting calls. 3G was slower than GPRS. The phone constantly switched between 3G, GPRS and Edge, and lost connections many times. The signal strength kept changing from max to a single bar. In-session switching between 3G, GPRS and Edge is a drama, because your IP address gets lost so your stream / email / surfing session gets lost too.
I’ve had the same issues in the past with KPN when they just introduced 3G. In the first 2 years, I had to switch 3G off to be sure I could be reached. It has been fixed, but in recent months I occasionally miss phone calls and get voicemail messages much later.
Last week, T-Mobile (another provider with exclusive iPhone contracts) publicly admitted having similar problems in the Netherlands.
2010-05-28 00:00:00 | Marketing
Holland, zero points
The Netherlands failed in the 2010 EuroVision Song Contest. Well, what would you expect with a song called Shalali Shalala.
In case you really are a die-hard fan of this music festival, you can tune in anywhere you want.
StreamZilla is broadcasting the event for mobile clients in cooperation with Ericsson and Adactus. The live channels and VOD streams are made available for iPhones and 3G phones. Encoders in Norway are pushing out H.264 and 3GPP live streams and vod assets to the StreamZilla CDN.
We found that the best solutions for mobile streaming are Wowza Media 2 (for HTTP streaming) and Darwin Streaming Server (for 3GPP RTSP streaming) to push out the content to the clients throughout Europe. The Ericsson mobile portal dynamically selects the right pages and presents the right streams based on the client profile.
Wowza Media Server 2 (with HTTP streaming and Smooth Streaming) support within our platform and technology is in beta today and will be officially released within a number of weeks.
2010-05-20 00:00:00 | Technology
Rumors confirmed: Google VP8 / WebM
Yesterday Google announced that they are going to push a new video codec into the market. This year Google bought ON2, a video codec development company. An impressive list of supporting companies was announced as well.
The good news for us and our customers is that we will fully support WebM/VP8 in our software and services.
I have some reservations though…
2010-05-14 00:00:00 | Technology
VDO-X adds Smooth, HTTP Streaming
I’m happy to inform you that our CDN software flagship VideoExchange (‘VDO-X’) now offers full support for Apple HTTP streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.