Innovative Networking/Video Transport: Who's Checking?
February 28, 2019
Sergio Ammirata, Ph.D. - How do we best do quality assurance on so many moving parts?
Streaming video travels a torturous path from provider to consumer. It may originate at a content provider. It may pass to a rented cloud to be processed into multiple adaptive bit rate streams, formatted into incompatible stream formats, and then incompatible DRMs applied. Then forwarded to a CDN's cloud, distributed to regional clouds, where finally, it is forwarded to the consumer.
How do we best do quality assurance on so many moving parts?
We foresee several trends: (1) a move of stream analysis tools to the cloud, where they can touch the stream at multiple stages. (2) a proliferation of analysis views of the individual, simultaneous components of ABR/CMAF streams. (3) hierarchical and simplified summary/alerts to pull the most urgent facts from the proliferation. (4) increasing complexity of the quality assurance task will probably mean increased costs of labor. And finally, (5) we think that remote tools will be an increasingly mandatory requirement for the quality assurance process, insofar as pieces of the process shall be distributed among different parts of the cloud.
We will also discuss how AI rules will enhance the stream analysis process.