HLS is changing the way we host video files online and companies that have online content that are not making this change are missing out on the benefits of hosting in a HTTP format. The 3 big players (Adobe, Microsoft, Apple) all have their own flavors but the technology is very similar between the 3 companies. HLS from these leading companies are all compatible with iOS devices so transitioning your content to HLS automatically has the advantage of being compatible with iOS devices but you must make sure to encode in baseline if you are looking to support older iPOD /iPhone devices.
Some CDNs have created HD video file hosting systems that allow users to create HD videos stored in the online storage system as true HTTP streaming files. This is critical for any company that is looking to have either long play on demand video content or Apple approve HLS streaming formats available online. Some CDN companies integrate HTTP streaming transcode systems into their HD file hosting system, enabling their customers the ability to reduce encoding times and integration times by simply using a HTTP_TC module provided in a Media control panel in the system that will auto trans code to Apple approve HLS format files for HTTP streaming.
More about HD video Hosting
The world of video file hosting is rapidly changing to accommodate HD video hosting with 2 mindsets.Progressive streaming with the user control and set the quality. This is the video file hosting method where the video is encoded in multiple bit rates and the use selects what bitrate they would like to watch. The benefit is a use can watch an HD video with out the necessary bandwidth to do so. But at the cost of buffering or waiting for the video to load. This is one method of video file hosting.
HTTP streaming This is the preferred method of all iOS devices and Apple as a whole this method of HD video hosting also encodes the files in multiple bit rates but it also segments those files into small chunks. Those files are then delivered as a stream to the user based on bandwidth and system resources. This method of video file hosting provides a seamless playback experience for your viewers as it eliminates buffering and load times.
The Liquid Broadcast HTTP_TC module allow any user to upload a HD file into the video file hosting system and the system will re process that file for HD video hosting for HTTP silverlight and iOS streaming. Providing Liquid Broadcast clients with one of the best long play and iOS friendly formats.