09 July 2009

Apple HTTP Live Streaming

Apple Insider, Apple launches HTTP Live Streaming standard in iPhone 3.0:

One of the more overlooked features of the new iPhone 3.0 is support for a new open standard for live video streaming over HTTP, which promises to open up standards-based video broadcasting to a wide audience while giving mobile users an optimized picture as they roam between WiFi and mobile networks. [...]

Essentially, Apple wants a standard for streaming video that anyone can use so that it can continue selling hardware without being either shut out of the market by proprietary software [Microsoft's "smooth streaming" method], or held captive by it...

Oh, Apple doesn't want to be held hostage by proprietary software, huh? How cute.

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