New royalty free web streaming standard by MPEG
I stumbled over some cool news today. MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group) recently announced in ISO/IEC that they are seriously planning for a new streaming video standard. The objectives is to establish a new and royalty free standard for streaming videos over the Internet. Today many of the largest browsers does not support the actual codex to play certain videos due to licensing and copyright issues. Video producers and webmasters therefore need to encode videos in several different streaming formats in order to ensure runtime in browsers without the plugins.
Without a doubt, the most popular session at Streaming Media West was a panel discussion called MPEG DASH: Driving the Growth of Streaming Using the New HTTP Standard, which pulled a standing-room, overflow crowd, some of whom had snuck away from the HTML5 Video Summit to see what the hubbub was all about.
That should tell you something right there. HTML5 is the hottest topic in online video right now; there was little chatter and exactly zero sessions about MPEG DASH in May at Streaming Media East. But unlike HTML5, HDS, HLS, or any of the other acronyms that have demanded our attention in recent months, MPEG DASH actually holds the promise of bringing some consistency to the oft-fragmented world of streaming — if it passes ratification and if it is fully implemented.
The new work-in-progress standard will also support multilplex feeds or independent feeds over the existing Internet structure. The only requirement is a HTTP server.
Pretty cool stuff and I believe most of is welcoming new standards for streaming media.