Video-on-Demand

How Video-on-Demand Platforms Stream High-Quality Videos?

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The entertainment industry is growing at an unprecedented rate. Few individuals can still remember the grainy, black and white television boxes that required you to hold antennas in extreme yoga positions. Fewer kids can even imagine what it would be like. Today, consumers and producers pride themselves in acquiring and providing high-quality images and video files. As expected, high-quality media files, especially videos, come in large data sizes. 

For this reason, they require large-volume storage devices and higher transfer speeds. For traditional platforms such as television channels, this problem is offset by having a planned-out schedule. This solution was effective except there is a change in consumer trends. Video consumers now have a very wide range of entertainment industries to choose from, both at home and abroad.

Access the internet has, and is, exponentially increasing due to a high number of mobile devices with exceptional connectivity options. Different consumers come with specific demands at random times, and one schedule would not meet this need. Video-on-Demand platforms, such as Afrostream, have grown to respond to the demands of this market niche.

Afrostream is a dedicated VoD platform that provides African and African-American entertainment content for more than a million fans. They provide TV series, movies, and music videos from an extensive media library on a subscription basis. Currently, they have signed contracts with producers and media houses from Europe, South America, and Africa. They faced the problem of finding efficient and effective file transfer protocols and found an answer in Aspera.

Aspera provides exceptional and creative streaming solutions to video-on-demand streaming platforms. Aspera is designed by IBM industries, a major player in the ICT industry. Aspera stream hosts safe, smooth, and secure transfer capabilities that ensure high-quality videos get to consumers and production sites with zero latency or glitches.

Although satellite and dedicated network systems have been sufficient for previous transfer requirements, they fall short when faced with the unique nature of on-demand streaming. Aspera’s FASPStream technology provides a suitable replacement for internet transfer. Aspera’s innovative design ensures that video transfers are without delay and on time. 

FASPStream requires a minimal initial pre-buffering delay, with as little as 2% packet loss. It also supports in-order byte delivery which is important for streaming live feeds and videos. 

Features and Benefits

Quality Video Delivery 

  • Problem and malfunction free delivery with neglectable start-up delay at any distance.
  • Not more than 2 seconds delay right from live of 50 Mbps video sources across all the global internet networks alongside round-trip delays of 200 milliseconds and 2% packet loss for 10 Mbps sources all over the networks with 500 milliseconds round trip delay and 5% packet loss.

 Interoperability 

  • Ability to move every live video source available on local multicast, unicast TCP/UDP, or developing file sources and output video to the same place.
  • It enables a uniform loss-free, in-order byte stream movement that equally supports a persistent bit rate and adaptive bit rate formats with the achievement of the independent of video encoding or network conditions.

Reliability and Multi-endpoint capability

  • A streaming source can be sent to various destinations simultaneously and enables a built-in path redundancy. 
  • The server hosts are naturally closed to each other, automatically, the stream sessions switch to another host Security.
  • Each of the streams is encrypted in transit and security authenticated using standard public/private key authentication or Aspera’s multi-tenant access key system.
  • The in-built access control policies can be used to confine the stream providers and consumers by stream protocol, IP address, and ports. 

 Interoperability and Management

  • The streaming sessions are developed and carefully designed for maximum interoperability with the Aspera file transfer platform such as writing to on-premises or cloud-based “object” storage 
  • RESTful APIs enable the production workflow and broadcast management systems to control streams and also give status. 
  • Stream sources can also add cloud and on-premises transcoders or encoders that will read from stream and file, and also give stream outputs or growing files System

Use Cases

Transport 

•  Replacement of satellite. 

•  Replacement of dedicated fiber. 

•  Replacement of dedicated network (such as MPLS).

Remote Broadcast Capture and Playout 

•  Simple or single playout (remote to a broadcast facility). 

•  Multi-site playout 

•  Complex playout (alongside in-line transcoding, processing and multi-site) 

Contribution 

•  Electronic News Gathering (ENG). 

•  Complementary Broadcast Content (with additional content within the live broadcast, second screen, and digital experience)

 Live Events 

•  Entertainment (concerts, music festivals, dinners, and award shows, etc.) 

•  Sports activities or shows.

•  Internal corporate communications and training.

•  Marketing (launching of new products, trade fair, events, etc.) 

•  Education (Academic seminars, retreats, lectures, etc.)

 •  Conferences.

Each day,  technology is advancing in every way. It’s so obvious when it comes to the area of streaming high-quality videos for your events and programs. The benefits of streaming high-quality videos are to enable we viewers to view the video contents better and faster than before. Also, it enhances the marketing of the videos.

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