Live Streaming over the Internet is dynamic and continuously expanding, with more content and business models to deliver content coming to the market every day. It’s important to have the right tools that your business needs to make your service efficient, universal and protected. Here at Limelight, Video solutions are based on meeting your needs, giving you the flexibility to meet your business goals in the ways you need.
Our MMD Live product delivers your live streaming channels from a single input stream to multiple formats, multiple bitrates and multiple devices to your viewers all over the world. We make it easy to combine your real-time encoding and delivery while giving you the flexibility and options to make the service fit your needs. Version 2.1 of MMD Live has continued that tradition by expanding the number of options available for you to deliver your service.
Introducing DASH for MMD Live
MPEG DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) was developed by the Moving Picture Expert Group (MPEG) to make a more efficient standard for delivering media to multiple devices using a common standard. Major companies such as Microsoft, Netflix and Adobe, over 50 in all, collaborated to create the standard that first became available in 2012. DASH has been growing and improving over the last few years and is quickly becoming a popular way to playback video on multiple browsers and devices. DASH has gained strong traction with OTT providers, including Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu among others delivering their content in this format.
MMD Live v2.1 introduces support for DASH output for all live video streams. DASH is included as a standard output for all MMD Live slots, along with other HTTP chunked streaming formats HLS, HDS and MSS. Having DASH as an included option for playback provides you the flexibility to devise a player strategy that best fits your business.
More Content Protection Options – HLS and Tokenization Options
Securing content is ever present on our customer’s minds and Limelight continues to add options to help. This latest version of MMD Live adds two additional ways to protect your content. First, all playback URLs output by MMD Live will be playable over HTTPS. Using SSL to encrypt delivery of video chunked streaming not only secures your video as it travels over the public Internet, but it also prepares you for the coming time when browsers and search engines begin to favor sites that deliver content over SSL.
V2.1 also provides additional flexibility in your use of Limelight’s tokenization technology. All of the playback URLs in MMD Live have the capability to be tokenized with unique shared secrets. There are also options for the depth of the tokenization on each of your live streams. Contact your Account Manager for details.
Adapting to Local Connections – Custom Profile Ordering
ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate) streaming is a major advantage of chunked streaming over HTTP, allowing video players to shift to different bitrate encodings of a stream based on the user’s connection speed. However, our customers have different audiences, and want to adjust their live streams to fit the majority of their audiences’ connection quality.
MMD Live v2.1 allows you to set the order of the bitrates delivered through the chunked streaming outputs. Have an audience with primarily low connection speeds? Make a lower bitrate appear first in the manifest. Or just want a specific bitrate ordering to appear for your player? Use MMD Live to set the exact order of the bitrates, including where the audio only rendition will appear.
Your Business First
MMD Live v2.1 continues our dedication to meeting the needs of your business with the features, functions and ease of use that you need. Have more for us to do? Let us know and we’ll get right on it!
Keith Weinberger, Limelight’s Director of Product Management, Video, manages the features and roadmap for live streaming video transcoding, video on demand and online video platform products: MMD Live, MMD OD, Video Player and OVP.
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