Wowza unveils nDVR for MPEG-DASH in Streaming Engine

To ensure the highest-quality playback across mobile, web and streaming devices, more video professionals are adopting HTTP-based adaptive bitrate streaming technologies.

In recent history, Apple’s HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) has been more widely supported across devices than development for advanced MPEG-DASH functionality has been throughout the industry—even with adoption by Netflix, Facebook, YouTube and others. That is, until now.

Wowza has announced the availability and support of nDVR for MPEG-DASH workflows as part of its Wowza Streaming Engine software, version 4.7.6. The new feature allows adaptive-bitrate streaming applications to implement pause, rewind, play and ‘jump-to-live’ functionality for live video.

MPEG-DASH is already recognised as an international standard and is central to the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) 2.0.1 specification, which is leveraged in deployments all across Europe. With the new update, application providers and broadcasters who already use MPEG-DASH for delivery can now implement these advanced playback features and create code-agnostic applications using a variety of formats.

What’s more, by supporting advanced nDVR functionality for both HLS and MPEG-DASH, Wowza is paving the way to ensure future support of Common Media Application Format (CMAF): a new streaming format geared toward cheaper and easier over-the-top (OTT) delivery.

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