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The MPEG-DASH or Digital Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) program allows streaming videos to be played over a variety of different internet connections. This has proven to be a very useful tool for many different video formats out there, which is likely appealing to many users as well. There are many people who might be wondering what sets the MPEG-DASH program apart from others out there. This is a new streaming technology that was just developed in 2010, so it hasn't had much time to be applied to different settings on the internet. But the MPEG-DASH format does seem to be gaining some steam, which is likely appealing to quite a few users. Take the time to research some of the utility that this program may feature in the future.

MPEG-DASH Standard

It can first be important to simply think about what sets the MPEG-DASH format apart from the other streaming technologies that are out on the internet.  This format can actually divide a video file in to smaller components before it is set to play through a stream.  Each of these components can be integrated in to a stream as it is playing, so ideally it won't create any disruption.  This stream is particularly valuable to users that may be operating on a slower network.  This is because the MPEG-DASH program has been created to help change up the bit rate delivery for these streams.  When this is done, users with a slower internet connection can actually get the video at a higher speed rate.

Some users might want to know whether they have used the MPEG-DASH format before, without them being aware.  The system was actually created in response to Apple's unveiling of the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) program.  The two operate on a similar basis, but the MPEG-DASH program is somewhat newer.  This means that it has seen limited use on sites that are across the internet.  But there have been a few companies out there to experiment with using the technology.  Youtube has tried to use the program in the past, but has opted to stick with their current format instead.

There have been quite a few other companies that have been able to integrate this feature though. Google Chrome supports the system when it uses it on the client side of its video playback feature. It has also been used in a university setting at a number of locations throughout Europe. These institutions have been experimenting with the format to see if they can optimize the way it is used. They also generate a substantial amount of data, which has been presented at different technical conferences.  There have also been some efforts made to generate files that are specific for this format. These files have included the Media Presentation Description (MPD), which was developed by the Institution of Information Technology (ITEC) located in Klagenfurt, Germany.  ITEC has also been collected data sets on the program, which it has also presented at different conferences.

MPEG-DASH In A Nutshell

There are many other features that are unique to the MPEG-DASH system.  The system is actually agnostic to the integration of different codecs and underlying application layer protocols.  This means that the system is actually very flexible and can be utilized in a number of different formats out there.  Quite  a few developers are starting to think about the advantages of integrating this system in to other streaming sites in the future.  This is because it has the potential to work with a number of different file formats, if just a few component parts were changes.  Currently, it can work with MPEG2 and MPEG4 technologies.  This is because the MPEG-DASH program was created specifically to work with these file forms.

In all, there are many advantages that internet users could get from utilizing the MPEG-DASH file format.  If they operate a streaming site, this could allow the host to play files which could be consumed by a wider user base.  This could generate more web traffic and get content out to more visitors out there.  Many users may want to think about looking for sites that use MPEG-DASH in the future. It may very well become one of the more versatile streaming formats that are used online. BTW, DASH264 implementation, based on H264, was released just few months ago.

Coconut's video encoding service provides a very simple API for the MPEG-DASH through its video encoding software.