Red Bee achieves 3.5s latency for live OTT

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Red Bee Media has reached record low latency on its live OTT feed during NAB – reaching as low as 3.5 seconds, glass to glass which is faster than traditional broadcasting feeds. This was achieved using commoditised cloud-based, open source standard technology, utilising open Internet connectivity only.

The feed is created with a live camera transmitting from the NAB trade show floor to their European cloud via the open Internet, exploiting the open standard SRT transport protocol. The Red Bee Media Channel Store then processes the live signal for distribution and pushes back to origin and across the CDN back to Las Vegas utilising the open standard Chunked CMAF.

Having showcased latency at around 10 seconds on April 8th, the OTT team brought it down to as low as 3.5 seconds on April 9th.

“This is a true milestone for Red Bee Media and our Managed OTT Services offering,” says Steve Russell, Head of OTT and Media Management at Red Bee Media “We are very proud to have achieved latency this low, using only open standard technology and it really shows the strength of our team and our offering.  We can now deliver video to OTT faster than traditional television. We are determined to drive OTT as a premium viewing experience.”

The Red Bee Media Managed OTT Services is built on a cloud-based technology and utilises open standards wherever possible. It supports a wide array of use cases, including premium live events, linear channels, catch-up and VoD with a full range of monetisation options and in-depth audience insights. In the effort of decreasing latency for its live OTT feed, Red Bee Media worked with Haivision and Anevia.


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