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Online Video Today: How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go

The recent introduction of Apple's iPad has re-opened discussion around Flash and Flash support, or rather, Apple devices' lack thereof. While this discussion brings to light the conflict between the two corporate agendas of Adobe and Apple, it isn't really about Flash or a methodology that Apple picked for video delivery. What it does begin to lay out, however, is a much larger discussion about online video. The discussion widens even further as supporters of alternative technologies and approaches like Silverlight, HTML5, and others begin to chime in with their thoughts on the current and future states of online video. 

 

Dave Stubenvoll, CEO,Wowza Media Systems

 

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That’s Flexibility, Baby!

On Friday, Jan 21st, 2010, something unprecedented happened: at 11:38 AM CST, Lily the Black Bear, in Minnesota, gave birth LIVE on the internet! Thousands of people rushed to WildEarth.TV to watch this wonderful event. Peaking at a maximum of about 27,000 concurrent viewers, it was streamed across the zaplive.tv dynamic system.

 

Luckily for WildEarth, they were using Zaplive's highly scalable infrastructure for load balancing live streams from different locations. The infrastructure is based on Wowza Media Server and Amazon EC2.

 

Simone Brunozzi, AWS Technology Evangelist

 

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500 Institutions Deploy WMS [Wowza Media Server] for Video Streaming

Wowza Media Systems said 500 universities and colleges have adopted its Wowza Media Server to deliver live, on demand, and interactive content to students and faculty, much of it driven by greater demand for lecture capture. Among Wowza clients are the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

 

By Dian Schaffhauser

 

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