Having been previously involved in several large scale video and audio streaming implementations, my reaction, when a colleague first suggested to add an extra messaging layer for video streaming, I was nothing short of bewildered. That was, to be precise, 3 years ago. But is it such an outrageous idea? Given the way live streams are distributed today, in particular with the juxtaposition of user generated social live video and the proliferation of smartphones, we are literally riding on the parabolic rise of live video streaming traffic. And, it’s time to step back and view live streaming delivery from a different perspective.
One only needs to look at Facebook’s recent aggressive expansion into live video streaming with the launch of Facebook Live to appreciate the phenomenal pace at which the live streaming landscape is evolving. It goes without saying that the expectation of the era post 2015 is that the live video streaming system must be able to simultaneously stream to hundreds of thousands of viewers, if not millions, and it must also have global reachability. … Read the rest