MPEG-DASH, and particularly the DASH264 spec, will help standardize and unify online video delivery, but the move to embrace has been slower going than the hype might suggest.
It may be early days for MPEG-DASH, the format intended to unify the various adaptive bit-rate (ABR) specifications, but there are already concerns of slower than expected take-up.
“There are several trials and lots of noise about MPEG-DASH, but we’ve yet to see concrete demand that point to DASH being the great unifier,” warns Bruce Devlin, CTO of AmberFin. “In fact, unless there is some operational agreement on how to use the standard between different platform operators, then it might become yet another format to support.”
MPEG-DASH was ratified as an international standard in November 2011 and published as by ISO a year ago. If 2012 was a proving-in year for the technology, with a number of proof-of-concept trials, the coming year may prove critical for widespread adoption.