March 31, 2019

2019 Q1 summary

The first quarter of year 2019 brought a new product and several interesting updates by Softvelum team.

Qosifire live streaming quality monitoring service

Qosifire is a web service for monitoring live streams' availability and quality.
This is our approach to quality monitoring for a variety of streaming companies which need simple, powerful and reliable solution.

Qosifire has 3 basic components:

  • Agent software is installed on customer server to check streams;
  • Our web service console collects data from agents;
  • Free mobile apps notify users' devices about alerts and show stats.

At the moment Qosifire supports Icecast audio streaming quality monitoring. We are working on HLS quality monitoring for video and audio - stay tuned for our updates.
As for pricing, Qosifire is a SaaS with simple and affordable cost structure.

Now let's get back to the flagship product - Nimble Streamer.

For those of our customers who are working with VOD, take a look at video discussion between Jan Ozer of Streaming Learning Center and Yury Udovichenko of Softvelum, called Dynamic packetizing: pros/cons/recipes about pros and cons of dynamic packetizing of live, VOD and DVR content. Your video comments are welcomed!

As for live streaming, you may remember that in 2017 Adobe announced they would stop Flash technology support by the end of 2020. For all live streaming companies this means the decline of RTMP end-user "last mile" streaming.
We've released an article called Get ready for Flash farewell and RTMP decline which describes the timeline for that decline and describe the alternative which our team created to solve that problem - the SLDP low latency live streaming technology. Read this article and let us know of your thoughts on this.

Meanwhile our customers keep using RTMP for "first mile" delivery of live streams, as well as for streams' transfer between origin and edge nodes of their delivery infrastructure. Using that protocol, people care about security of their delivery over public network, so we kept receiving requests for adding RTMPS (RTMP over SSL) support in our products. So we did it.

RTMPS in now supported in Nimble Streamer in all delivery modes like publish, reception and playback.
In addition, RTMPS and RTSPS are now supported in Larix Broadcaster application and mobile SDK for Android and iOS.
Moreover, RTMPS is supported in SLDP Player to allow not just secure publishing but also secure playback in case it's needed too.

Those of our live streamers who use Nimble DVR for recording and playback, might find a new API for DVR export to MP4 very convenient.

Speaking of convenience, take a look at server tags in WMSPanel. We made that for those who has big number of servers and would like to access them easier through the panel.

Last but now least, take a look at The State of Streaming Protocols for Q1 2019 with RTMP declining and HLS going up.

We'll keep you updated on our latest features and improvements. Stay tuned for more updates and follow us at Facebook and Twitter to get latest news and updates of our products and services.

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