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How to figure out when data chunk failed to be downloaded – SSME v2 walkthrough

This blog belongs to a series of Smooth Streaming Client v2.0 walkthroughs. You could download this latest Smooth Streaming Client SDks here. We have made a few major changes in this version. In this blog, I will introduce to you how to figure out data chunk information while you are downloading it.

While playing smooth streaming content, you could utilize ChunkDownloadedEventArgs to figure out downloaded chunk information, such as whether data chunk is successfully downloaded, what type of data chunk is, what duration the chunk has and etc. This is very useful for you to monitor data chunk download progress. If you find something wrong, you don’t have to wait the downloader to keep retrying, rather you could route to other media source for instance.
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Announcing Smooth Streaming Client SDK v2.0

I am pleased to announce the release of Smooth Streaming Client v2.0 for desktop and Windows Phone. You could get the SDK here and more excitingly, you could use this refreshed Media framework based on this SDKs to start building video streaming applications in Silverlight on Desktop or Windows Phone.

It has been over two years since the first release of Smooth Streaming Client SDK. As for today, after three major releases, Smooth Streaming Client SDK gets much mature. This .Net based framework has features include simple controls such as Play, Pause, and Stop, as well as more complex functionality such as full DVR, Instant Replay, Live Advertisement Insertion, Multiple Camera Angles, and Seek (Fast Forward/Rewind) capabilities. It has been used by major players in the media industry, such as NBC, Comcast, Rai TV, France24, Time warner Cable, Cablevision and many more.

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How does video streaming work? [part 2: Traditional Streaming]

In Part 1, I introduced how Progressive Download works and in Part 2 I will talk about Traditional Streaming.

Traditional Streaming, as one of the video streaming technology, uses special media server to serve content. Here are some key characters of traditional streaming as showed in Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Traditional Streaming

Traditional streaming uses special media protocols, such as RTSP(Real Time Streaming Protocol), RTMP(Real Time Messaging Protocol) and RDT (Real Data portocol). Read the rest of the post…

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