Australian online video specialist 3ivx has developed an HLS adapter using software from Yospace that allows HLS streaming files to be read and displayed by devices running Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 software.
The technology is designed to enable content owners to serve the Windows 8 market while re-using the workflows they have put in place for iOS devices.
According to Yospace, the 3ivx SDK, now bundled with the yospaceCDS content distribution platform, provides the ability for Windows 8 to interpret the HLS stream transparently, including the adaptive bitrate control, and provide seamless playback. To use the SDK, the application developer can add a line of code to their Windows 8 apps, and the SDK supports live streaming as well as video on demand.
“This really is a no-brainer for content owners,” said David Springall, chief technology officer and founder of Yospace. “It is a high performance solution, so Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices see the same quality of experience as those which support HLS natively. It can be implemented for a fraction of the cost of a complete new distribution workflow, and because one file type serves all consumers, content owners save on CDN charges and the costs of caching.”