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Latency and device playback top concerns for video publishers

Bitmovin publishes its Video Developer Report

Problems with latency and device playback top the list of concerns for video publishers according to Bitmovin’s Video Developer Report.

Over half of the report’s respondents said latency is currently the biggest problem being experienced in video technology. The next most prevalent issue is ensuring playback on all devices, according to 50 per cent of global respondents, almost exactly the same percentage (49 per cent) as in last year’s survey.

H.264/AVC dominates current video codec usage, used by 92 per cent of survey respondents with 52 per cent reporting they are using the technology, compared to 28 per cent last year. Over a third said they plan to deploy H.265/HEVC in the next 12 months.

The report also found AV1 has gained significant momentum, with 29 per cent of respondents planning on using the codec in the next year – double the rate of planned usage (14 per cent) reported in 2017.

HLS and MPEG-DASH remain the most popular choices in streaming, used by 82 per cent and 61 per cent respectively. 

HTML5 via browser is by far the most widely used format for video and audio delivery, with 87 per cent respondents using the format. Currently, Apple iOS is the most widely supported native platform at 62 per cent vs 60 per cent for Android globally – and 63 per cent vs 59 per cent in EMEA.

Over one in three (36 per cent) respondents said that they are not using any DRM/ content protection system at all, peaking at 40 per cent of respondents in EMEA.