A review of HTTP Live Streaming

January 26, 2010

I wrote a paper about Apple's new HTTP Live Streaming specification/protocol. You can browse it on issuu.com or read the pdf. Those of you who want a shorter introduction: the presentation is available on issuu.com

In the paper I describe what HTTP Live Streaming is, fairly technically, and why it is a great step forward. I compare the new technology with the industry incumbent RTP/RTSP protocol and Adobe's proprietary Flash Media Streaming, popularized by YouTube.com. As a teaser: here's a graph of the client CPU Load on a MacBook when viewing the same video clip:

Average Client CPU Load: HTTP Live Streaming vs RTP/RTSP vs Flash Media

But I have to warn you, the paper is quite technical.

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