[foms] HLS and HLS patents

Jeroen Wijering jeroen at longtailvideo.com
Mon Oct 18 02:23:43 PDT 2010

On Oct 15, 2010, at 7:57 PM, Christopher Blizzard wrote:

>> They have also pointed me to the MPEG effort in the space, which is 
>> supposedly media file format independent. There is no public spec 
>> available at this stage and it is unclear what the rights situation 
>> will be. But I was told it builds on the 3GPP spec in this space. That 
>> is available at 
>> http://www.3gpp.org/ftp/Specs/archive/26_series/26.234/26234-940.zip . 
>> The file format is called "MPD" for Media Presentation Description and 
>> below is an example. I am rather un-excited by its complexity in 
>> comparison to m3u8 actually:
> It's also worth looking at the stuff from Microsoft as well.  In fact, 
> there's a chance (without having talked to them) that they might want to 
> standardize something that's similar to how Smooth Streaming works, at 
> least on the client.  It will be good to have a partner here, be it 
> Apple or Microsoft.

Both Apple's and Microsoft's solution are more elegant and easier to use than the current MPEG draft. Conforming to either of them makes sense. 

Does anybody has contacts on the IIS/ IE / Silverlight team to figure out if Microsoft is interested?

Kind regards,


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