Tim Siglin just published his coverage of the MPEG DASH session at Streaming Media West last week where the future of adaptive streaming file formats was discussed. The article is titled “MPEG DASH: The File Format of the Future?” and can be found on the StreamingMedia.com website.
I particularly like the coverage of HLS and the fact that the Apple draft that was submitted to the IETF is merely an “informational draft” and the fact that there are no efforts underway to standardize that draft spec. This is an often overlooked reality of the HLS specification and something that I am constantly educating customers on.
The push to move to interoperable international standards is only going to get stronger in the next few years. Embracing an interoperable version of MPEG DASH for both live and on-demand streaming, one that is based on a common file format like fragmented-MP4 (CFF file format from Ultraviolet is a good candidate here), and embracing MPEG Common Encryption (CENC) will be the key to making interoperable media services work across devices and clouds.