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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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Microsoft, Adobe, and DASH: The State of the Union

Microsoft, Adobe, and DASH: The State of the Union | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

With the rise of MPEG-DASH and the NAB-related announcements from both Microsoft and Adobe on the topic, we sat down with both companies to discuss the status of DASH support as well as their legacy ABR protocols, Smooth Streaming and HDS.

 

In late 2012, Microsoft release the specification “DASH Content Protection using Microsoft PlayReady,” which explained how to use PlayReady with Common Encryption and MPEG-DASH. In June 2013, Windows Azure Media Servicesadded the support for MPEG-DASH as a new Dynamic Packaging output. At IBC 2013, Microsoft officially announced a new PlayReady version supporting HTML5, Encrypted Media Extensions, as well as new SDKs for iOS and Android. Their recent NAB 2014 announcements show how much work has been done under the hood to support DASH on the maximum number of platforms. We put a few questions to the Windows Azure Media Services team—namely senior digital media architect Kilroy Hughes, principal program manager lead John Deutscher, program manager for dynamic packaging Nick Drouin and program manager for client SDKs Cenk Dingiloglu. Here’s what they told us.


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Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services

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This blog gives an overview of what kind of client support Microsoft offers as part of Windows Azure media Services. On one side, you could create, manage, package and deliver media asset through Windows Azure media services. Many popular streaming formats are supported, such as Smooth Streaming, Http Llive Streaming and MPEG-dash. On the other hand, we provide various SDKs and frameworks for you to consume media asset by building rich media applications rapidly on many platforms, such as PC, XBox, mobile and etc.

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VisualOn and Discretix Offer SecurePlayer 2.0 for iOS and Android

VisualOn and Discretix Offer SecurePlayer 2.0 for iOS and Android | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Just in time for NAB, VisualOn and Discretix are announcing the release of SecurePlayer 2.0, which provides publishers with iOS and Android playback protected with Microsoft PlayReady DRM (digital rights management).

 

The player works with MPEG-DASH, HLS, and Smooth Streaming content.

SecurePlayer 2.0 combines VisualOn's OnStream MediaPlayer+ with Discretix's DRM security.

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MPEG-DASH support in Microsoft Smooth Streaming Client 2.5 RTW

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Smooth Streaming and MPEG-DASH Client 2.5 SDK enables you to build rich IIS Smooth Streaming experiences for both on-demand and live IIS Smooth Streaming for Silverlight and Windows Phone 8 applications. In addition, MPEG Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) for Silverlight on-demand scenarios using the Live Profile support has been added to the 2.5 release.


MPEG DASH is now a supported feature, so developers that wish to move content libraries to DASH have the option of using DASH in places where Silverlight is supported. The existing SSME object model forms the basis of DASH support in the SSME. DASH concepts like Adaptation Sets and Representations have been mapped to their logical counterpart in the SSME. Adaptation Sets are exposed as Smooth Streams and Representations are exposed as Smooth Tracks. Existing Track selection and restriction APIs can be expected to function identically for Smooth and DASH content. In most other respects, DASH support is transparent to the user and a programmer who has worked with the SSME APIs can expect the same developer experience when working with DASH content. 

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MPEG DASH - Origin, Development, and Deployment Strategies for CDNs (Streaming Media Europe 2012)

MPEG DASH is hot news. Widely anticipated to become the 'de facto' delivery standard, this session is part presentation -- to bring you up to speed on what MPEG DASH is -- and part opportunity to ask questions of one of the instigators of the standard.

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Interesting speach by Alex Zambelli on Microsoft DASH roadmap, from the 26th minute. Development track to confirm at IBC... 2013...

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Reducing Complexity of Multiscreen Video Services with PlayReady and MPEG-DASH

Reducing Complexity of Multiscreen Video Services with PlayReady and MPEG-DASH | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Adaptive streaming protocols need to be integrated with content protection schemes. PlayReady was originally designed to work with Smooth Streaming. It has also been integrated with HLS, which is probably the most popular of the proprietary adaptive streaming schemes. Integration of PlayReady with MPEG-DASH is likely to be viewed as a safe choice, in line with the way the industry is going. That solution came into view this month as BuyDRM and Fraunhofer IIS announced an integration of MPEG-DASH with PlayReady for the HBO GO service in Europe. HBO GO is HBO’s “over the top” service for subscribers.

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