[foms] Proposal: adaptive streaming using open codecs

Diego Biurrun diego at biurrun.de
Mon Oct 18 14:01:14 PDT 2010

On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:19:18PM +1100, Silvia Pfeiffer wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:07 PM, Diego Biurrun <diego at biurrun.de> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 01:58:19PM +0200, Jeroen Wijering wrote:
> >>
> >> Here is a (rough and incomplete) proposal for doing adaptive streaming
> >> using open video formats. WebM is used as an example, but all points
> >> should apply to Ogg as well.
> >
> > Now I haven't attended FOMS and not followed this discussion, but what's
> > this talk about streaming "open" video formats (adaptively) all about?
> >
> > If you wish to stream video, stream video.  Don't mandate what format
> > to stream.  This will buy you nothing, except reducing utility and
> > mindshare.
> Hey, you should have been there! Would have been awesome!

Hopefully next time around, *sigh*

> The thing is, everyone is full of doing adaptive streaming over HTTP
> these days where you don't have to install any new software on your
> Web server and the Web client will just be able to switch to
> lower/higher bandwidth streams for the same video so as to continue
> playing without needing to go into buffering mode. It works really
> well for mobile devices - Apple, MS, Adobe are all doing it for MPEG.
> There is a market need to do the same for open formats: WebM and Ogg.
> Not stream over RTP/RTSP, but stream over HTTP adaptively. There is a
> market need - this is a reaction to it. I think it's a good thing to
> widen the utility of open formats with such a spec.

Then why is this (seemingly) restricted to certain formats?  Design it
in a format-neutral fashion to maximise its utility and allow for
possibly widespread adoption...


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