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Optimizing LL-HLS: How does HESP fare against LL-HLS?

In the previous blog, we’ve covered the 4 key factors affecting the quality of low latency streaming experience when utilising Apple's LL-HLS protocol. Additionally, we have also discussed the importance of GOP size and its impacts on the overall viewing experience and provide 4 recom …

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Operating HESP with low encoding costs

The High Efficiency Streaming Protocol (HESP) comes with a lot of advantages. It allows for sub second latency over standard HTTP CDNs (and the cost to scale benefit they bring), with unrivalled channel change times. The high QoE HESP delivers is the result of it’s main difference wit …

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Optimizing LL-HLS: 4 Recommendations For The Best Low-Latency Streaming

In the previous blog, we’ve covered the 4 key factors affecting the quality of low latency streaming experience when utilising Apple's LL-HLS protocol. Additionally, we have also discussed the importance of GOP size and its impacts on the overall viewing experience. In this blog, we w …

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Optimizing LL-HLS: The Impacts of GOP size on Viewing Experience

In the previous blog, we’ve covered the 4 key factors affecting the quality of low latency streaming experience when utilising Apple's LL-HLS protocol. In this blog, we will take a dive into the importance of Group of Pictures (GOP) and its impacts on the overall viewing experience. A …

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Optimizing LL-HLS: 4 Key Factors affecting its performance

In the previous LL-HLS series, we’ve covered how it works and how the end-to-end solution should look as well as suitable use cases and THEO’s recommendations for LL-HLS implementations. In this blog series, we want to focus on how to tune better for Low Latency Streaming with an intr …

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Low-Latency Everywhere: How to Implement LL-HLS Across Platforms

With the publication of the iOS 14 family last September, Apple has officially released LL-HLS support across its ecosystem. The Apple device family, which spans iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs has a significant market share. With about 25% of mobile devices worldwide running iOS, and th …

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LL-HLS Series: Implementing LL-HLS with ABR, Subtitles, DRM and SSAI

In our previous blog posts we have discussed a number of different topics regarding Apple’s Low Latency HLS (LL-HLS) such as its main use cases and how to implement and configure it in an end-to-end solution. We also discussed how LL-HLS has evolved, and how those changes have impacte …

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LL-HLS Series: Implementing LL-HLS Today

In previous blogs we’ve covered how the LL-HLS spec has evolved and changed, as well as how it actually works. In this blog we want to discuss how the end-to-end solution would look, which use case the spec suits best and what THEO recommends for LL-HLS implementation.

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LL-HLS Series: How Does LL-HLS Work?

To provide online video at scale, we use HTTP Adaptive Streaming Protocols such as HLS or MPEG-DASH, which are both extremely popular. In this article, we will provide some insights on how Apple’s Low Latency HLS (or LL-HLS) works.

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LL-HLS Series: The Evolution of LL-HLS

HTTP Live Streaming, or HLS, was initially created and released by Apple in 2009 to solve the problems of scaling. The HLS protocol has become one of the most popular protocols used today, and is widely supported. It’s biggest disadvantage, as with other similar HTTP based streaming p …

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