HLS is the de facto standard for streaming video, but did not support multicast – until now! HTTP Live Streaming, or HLS, has emerged as the de facto format for live streaming and video on demand (VOD). Designed by Apple for Quicktime, Safari, and iOS devices, HLS is a format that breaks the video stream into small chunks that are delivered via HTTP. Since HTTP is not a multicast protocol, HLS was not able to be used for large scale delivery within an enterprise – until Vbrick Ramp’s patent-pending method for transmitting HLS data via multicast.
These three facts were the major considerations we took into account when we began to develop AltitudeCDN Multicast. Multicast provides standards-based and secure multicast support to any live video deployment that uses HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Multicast remains the most efficient way to transfer live video data within the enterprise and Multicast brings multicast support to industry-standard HLS. Multicast delivers an effective and easy-to-use solution for updating an organization’s live video delivery solution without requiring a combination of proprietary eCDNs or media servers, nor requiring a custom video player – a standard HLS compatible video player is sufficient. Multicast also supports HLS with AES-128 or Sample AES encryption.