Second in a series. Three quarters of the bits being schlepped over the Internet today are video bits, so video standards are more important than ever. To accommodate this huge load of video data we’ve developed compression technologies, special protocols like the Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP), we’ve pushed data to the edge of the network with Content Distribution Networks (originally Akamai but now many others).
Just 17 Years Old
This new patented technology, only 17 years in the making, was just released in beta yesterday morning. Here’s a sample video featuring someone you may know. It’s glitchy, but think of what an achievement this is. And think how much better it will play a month or a year from now.
ClipStream G2 comes from a Canadian company, Destiny Media Technologies, which has been around since 1991. They literally invented streaming audio, and launched Internet radio before Windows Media, Quicktime or Real Networks even existed. They eventually moved into Internet video only to be killed when Flash came out for a lot less money and then YouTube for free. More recently they’ve built a business for professional musicians, securely delivering pre-release music for all the record companies to radio stations.
Now, with Flash abandoning mobile, Destiny sees an opportunity in video again.
It's so Special
Not only is there no special server, there’s also no player since the video is rendered by the browser. There is nothing to download or maintain.
There is no transcoding required and Content Distribution Networks, like Akamai or LimeLight, aren’t needed, either.
It’s not perfect, but then beta code never is. I think this is a major step, though, toward Internet simplification.
Reprinted with permission