DASH Industry Forum releases implementation guidelines

DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF), the organisation dedicated to promoting interoperable streaming of multimedia content over Internet, has released DASH-AVC/264, its recommended guidelines for deployment of the MPEG-DASH standard.

The MPEG-DASH specification provides a standard method for streaming multimedia content over Internet by simplifying and converging delivery of IP video. This improves user experience while decreasing cost and simplifying workflow. The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines recommend using a subset of MPEG-DASH, with specific video and audio codecs in order to promote interoperability among deployments in the industry.

“Facilitating complete interoperability is the key to achieving rapid market adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard,” said Dr Iraj Sodagar, DASH-IF President and Chairman of the Board. “The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines offer companies a roadmap for developing interoperable products and services through real-world use cases from the multimedia streaming market.”

The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines:

  • Provide an open, interoperable standard solution in the multimedia streaming market
  • Address major multimedia streaming use cases including on-demand, live and time-shift services
  • Outline the use of two specific MPEG-DASH profiles
  • Describe specific audio and video codecs and closed caption format
  • Outline the use of common encryption

The Guidelines were created by the 67 industry-leading DASH-IF member companies, including founding members Akamai, Ericsson, Microsoft, Netflix, Qualcomm and Samsung. The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines are also aligned with initiatives from other industry standards bodies and consortia, including HbbTV, DECE, DTG, HD-Forum, OIPF, EBU and DLNA.

Future guideline updates will address advanced services and applications, including multi-channel audio and HEVC support. The updated guidelines are expected to be available later this year.

 

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