2019 Video Streaming Latency Report

September 16, 2019 by

Report: 2019 Video Streaming Latency


Today’s audiences demand high-definition content and smooth video delivery, no matter where they are or what device they’re using. But with an increasing number of videos being delivered live, minimizing video latency is key.

2019 was a big year for low-latency streaming technology, and content distribution will evolve rapidly in 2020. This report gathers data from more than 350 broadcasters to outline out how today’s streamers are reducing the delay between capture and playback.

Key findings:

  • Use cases continue to explode. While OTT and live sports still lead the way, a whopping 26% of survey respondents didn’t fit into any of the seven given categories. Our favorite niche use cases? Live commerce, healthcare, and situational awareness.
  • High-quality video reigns supreme. Or, to put another way: sacrificing video quality for low latency simply isn’t an option.
  • The majority of video streams are still lagging behind cable broadcasts in terms of delivery speed.
  • Sub-three-second latency is the sweet spot… and 2020 is the year. 47% percent of broadcasters plan to use HTTP Low Latency technologies (which include low-latency CMAF for DASH and Apple Low-Latency HLS) to delivery sub-three-second streams at scale in the near future. WebRTC will also be a popular option, with 26% of responders planning to implement it.
  • HLS continues to deliver the majority of streaming media. Which explains why vendors across the streaming landscape are busy at work implementing support for the new Low-Latency HLS spec.

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Free Report: 2019 Video Streaming Latency