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MPEG-DASH deployment guidelines issued

The DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF), an industry body dedicated to promoting interoperable streaming of multimedia content over the Internet, has released its guidelines for deployment of the new MPEG-DASH standard, which promises to simplify the delivery of IP video.

The organisation’s DASH-AVC/264 implementation guidelines (available here) recommend using a subset of the MPEG-DASH standard, with specific video and audio codecs endorsed to promote interoperability between industry deployments.

Dr. Iraj Sodagar, DASH-IF President and Chairman of the Board, said: “Facilitating complete interoperability is the key to achieving rapid market adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard. 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 new guidelines were created by the 67 members of DASH-IF, including founding members Akamai, Ericsson and Microsoft, and are also aligned with initiatives from other industry standards bodies and consortia such as HbbTV, DECE, DTG, HD-Forum, OIPF, EBU and DLNA.

Future guideline updates are expected to address advanced services and applications, including multichannel audio and HEVC support, and will be made available later this year.

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