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Bitmovin aims to set new standard in live streaming

Bitmovin’s Live Event Encoder supports redundant RTMP, SRT, Zixi inputs, and Digital Rights Management for content protection

Bitmovin is launching a Live Event Encoder, which it says will solve key issues in the delivery of live events including start-up time, audio quality, and video quality.

It optimises live to VoD workflows, ensuring live streams are available for on-demand playback immediately after the stream has ended. It is also cloud agnostic.

Bitmovin’s Live Event Encoder web-based interface means developers can manage live streams from any device and location, and it has a comprehensive API for deep application integrations, said the company.

It also offers users advanced control and monitoring tools and notification alerts to help pinpoint errors in real-time. The encoder supports redundant RTMP, SRT, Zixi inputs, and Digital Rights Management for content protection. 

“Live streaming technologies have advanced quickly in recent years. However, too many live streams have a sub-par image and audio quality, which is unacceptable,” said Stefan Lederer, CEO and co-founder of Bitmovin. “Our Live Event Encoder solves this challenge by guaranteeing that developers can deliver live streams with unrivalled quality of experience.”

Bitmovin has already begun building upon its Per-Title Encoding solution for VoD to optimise the feature for live streaming, with the aim to add this innovative functionality to the Live Event Encoder, said the company.

Per-Title for Live will help developers deliver optimum image quality over live bandwidths in a live environment. It customises the bitrate ladder of each video based on the complexity of the video file itself. Its ultimate goal is to select a bitrate that enables the video codec to encapsulate enough information to present the best viewing experience by compressing the data without impacting the viewer’s perceived quality of content, added Bitmovin.