Both live and VoD streaming pose challenges ranging from latency to uptime - these issues pose no surprise but are also opportunities for getting creative in taking control of your own streaming infrastructure. At the heart of your solution is your CDN.
Now that we’re starting to move beyond the hype around 5G and dig into what its introduction and eventual ubiquity will mean, we can see immediate and obvious benefits around fairly standard performance improvements, such as faster data speeds. Users will be able to, for example, download video faster on their mobile devices. This is great, but it’s not the seismic shift we’ve been promised.
Smooth, uninterrupted streaming is the norm, the expectation – users automatically expect their online viewing experiences to be more fulfilling, curated, personal – and more on-demand – than anything the traditional broadcast TV experience provides. Streaming performance (whether live or VoD) and quality of experience are also baked into the expectation. The number of users and devices streaming video continues to grow exponentially as demands on network resources are bursting at the seams.
2020 will be a year of new technologies and global challenges that demand innovative solutions. The introduction of 5G and the maturation of edge computing will mean significant changes to the way the world sends and receives data. While they could unlock vital new avenues for content delivery, automation, and intelligence, their implementation needs careful thought to ensure internal systems are capable of handling the increased demand that these technologies enable. More data traveling through a complex web of interconnected devices and infrastructure means increased energy use by data centers, which usually means more carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere. Expect data’s hidden carbon footprint to be atop the environmental agenda.