The entertainment - and particularly television - landscape was undoubtedly ripe for disruption before streaming video became a fact of life. A number of consumer surveys from the last 20 years concur: Americans (in particular) hate their TV subscriptions, and moreover, hate the cable companies that offer them. Across multiple industries, year after year, cable TV and internet providers rank near the bottom of customer satisfaction polls.
Streaming has - no secret - picked up steam, and we’ve been talking about it and providing solutions to enable seamless, easy streaming for long enough that we’d (humbly) call ourselves experts. We’re here to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and challenges of implementing a robust infrastructure for streaming live, OTT and VoD content.
Our recent webinar on live and OTT/on-demand video streaming brought up some frequently asked questions about using Varnish for streaming. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that streaming - and enabling reliable, high-performance streaming - is a hot topic… so we’re going to address some of these questions here.
It might be reductive to explain in any great detail the difference between live/linear streaming versus OTT (over-the-top) or on-demand streaming. Most people reading this probably know the difference. That said, there might be people reading this who nevertheless want to learn more and may even be looking for help in implementing or optimizing their HTTP streaming solutions.