Video Streaming

Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services

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.


Today, though people started to watch videos on different devices, video streaming on desktop through browser is the most popular way for video delivery. Most businesses built rich media applications with plugin such as Silverlight or Flash. For instance, Netflix web version is built using Silverlight and Hulu web version is using Flash. This plugin approach works fine for majority of operating systems and browsers. Read More Here

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…

How does video streaming work? [part 1: Progressive Download]

More and more people start to watch video online and people spend more time watching video online. According to ComScore,

In US, 37 billion videos was viewed by 181 million internet users in April 2012.
84.5% US Internet Audiences watch video online.
Each person spends 21.8 hours per month.

This blog is to explain some common video streaming technologies used by major content provider or media channel. If you are curious about streaming technology or you are a developer/content provider who wants to find out more about how to get started, this is the right blog for you.

There are three major streaming technologies used nowadays: Progressive Download, Traditional Streaming and Http-based Adaptive Streaming. I will introduce Progressive download in this blog, Traditional Streaming in Part 2 and Http-based Adaptive Streaming in Part 3. Read the rest of the post…

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