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High Definition Video Delivery on the Web?

How would you architect and implement an SD and HD internet video delivery system such as the BBC iPlayer or Recast Digital's RDV1. What do you need to consider on top of the Lessons Learned section in the YouTube Architecture post?

How is it possible to compete with the big players like Google? Can you just use a CDN and scale efficiently? Would Amazon's cloud services be a viable platform for high-definition video streaming?

Reader Comments (9)

Do you have experience with http://www.wowzamedia.com/">Wowza Media Server? It promises H.264 but it is not clear if it supports HD video delivery.

I have found an impressive http://blogs.sun.com/bmseer/entry/wowza_media_sun_storage_7210">benchmark with Wowza and the Sun Unified Storage 7000 systems. The Sun Storage 7210 Unified Storage Array in striped configuration can stream more than 735 MB/sec (mirrored 752 MB/sec) video to deliver 5,880 videos randomly selected from 54,000 1 Mb/s streaming rate video files (in FLV format).

I wonder if it could support ~2000 HD streams @ 3Mbit/sec?

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commentergeekr

hmmm, nice faq you've done, but I hoped that would find there answers to these questions, but unfortunately I was milead... ok, I will be waiting for when some kind people answer them))) have a nice day!

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterJonah

YouTube will release a new HD movie for free: http://innowave.blogspot.com/2009/06/home-project-free-hd-earth-movie-on.html">HOME - a Film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Do they need to prepare for such launch? How?

More than a movie, HOME will be a major event all over the globe: for the first time ever, a film will be released on the same day in over 50 countries and on every format: movie theaters, TV, DVD and Internet.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commentergeekr

Nice movie, thanks. It is only available until June 14th though. Bandwidth costs or scalability issues?

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Project HOME already have 500K+ views on youtube, that is roughly 500 TB of network traffic in a few days!

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterScott

Project Home surpassed 1 million views in 9 days! I expect most of them are HD. It means about a PB (petabyte) network traffic given the 2000 kbit HD stream and the 93 minutes of the HOME movie.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Hi Gurus!

Where can we find information on the Hulu Architecture? How do they deliver HD video on the web?

Thank you very much! This is a great portal.

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterAron


HOME is amazing with more than 2M views already.

How can Google afford this in HD quality? Can other provides like Brightcove, Magnify, Ooyala, Videobloom or World.tv match this quality and scale?

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered CommenterStefan

The experimental http://innowave.blogspot.com/2009/07/youtube-3d-video-player.html">Youtube 3D Video player can play 3D videos in many formats. This is cool!

The question is then: How would you architect and implement a 3D HD internet video streaming delivery system? For 3D the main difference is the player only and not the whole system architecture. But the user experience could be much better with a proper 3D display (not red blue glasses).

November 29, 1990 | Unregistered Commentergeekr

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