2010-07-29 00:00:00 | History
Executive webcast producer
Between 1995 and 2001 I was responsible for large scale webcast productions. My personal favorites were the EuroSonic/Noorderslag festivals.
Over 150 bands performed in over twenty venues, around the city of Groningen. The festivals were traditionally broadcasted live on the radio.
We wanted to give the audience a great online experience. Our largest production involved over 55 staff members.
Manage CDN on an iPad, short demo video
On Friday evening Gerard from Initio dbk called that our iPad 3G’s were finally in store, in Bremen (Germany). So we had a great trip on the Autobahn. 250KM/h (155MPH) :) The iPad is a wonderful and addictive device. It is great for video. We run some test live streams in our lab (shielded off from the internet) so I actually could watch the World Soccer Championship today live in my garden. Netherlands vs Slovakia. We won!
Anyway, the short demo video below demonstrates how easy it is to stream live and vod video to mobile devices. The fact that we can stream to an iPad isn’t that exciting though. What is exciting is that our CDN solution is 100% web-based controlled…
CDN on a stick
This is what the engineers in our secret lab came up with: a CDN on a stick:
An interesting traffic pattern on the Amsterdam Internet Exchange during the live webcast of the year: the World Soccer game between NL and DK. Instead of a traffic spike, overall traffic was lower. A dip! (updated chart)
2010-06-07 00:00:00 | Mobile
Even Steve Jobs has mobile network issues…
Steve Jobs just announced a new iPhone on his annual WWDC keynote: the iPhone 4 with iOS4. The sleeker phone gets a higher resolution ‘retina resolution’ display (means larger video sizes means more traffic).
The iPhone also gains video calling support. This ‘FaceTime’ feature is going to be WiFi only, he says that the mobile operators have to work on their networks first before they will enable this for 3G. This looks like a proprietary iPhone feature, it doesn’t use the 3G standardized video conferencing stuff.