Last update: Nov 6, 2019 @ 10:38 am
The Advertising working group diligently continues working on their PoC. Some updates on this from September include: NPAW and CBC are working together to resolve the errors that NPAW was experiencing with implementing the CBC stream into their player. Also, the visualization tool for the PoC has been decided on. Splunk is one (introduced to the group last month by Datazoom) and the other will be Touchstream, which will be set up to show the highlights of the data, then they will provide the tools for more in depth visualization. Now that there has been progress from both Datazoom and NPAW, the next step is to visualize the data.
Geo is currently identifying challenges faced by streaming companies with respect to geo-fencing, geo-location, and other geo-related functions. They are hoping to categorize these challenges into use cases and publish the document later in 2019. The group will derive a project from that document. Their last document, “Geo for IPv6,” is currently with the members in the final stage of ratification.
The Live Streaming working group has officially sent their Low Latency document to JT for final edits. Now that they have completed this document, the group is discussing what they would like to take on next. Some ideas include a PoC around new and emerging technologies, pursuing a discussion around Hellastorm and Streaming Global's low latency solution of D2E streaming, Peer to Peer technology, and looking at different methods to improve reliability.
The Metadata working group is kicking off its first project. Streaming services are receiving content from a variety of studios, which might use CableLabs,
MovieLabs, or customized specifications to describe the content. This creates complexity and operational overhead for streaming services, requiring them to normalize different metadata specifications. In addition, they might want to include additional metadata to improve the streaming experience. This requires to add enhancements to different specifications, and to work and coordinate between multiple parties. This group will identify the current challenges, propose enhancements and best practices to reduce the ingest complexity across studios, and recommend additional metadata to improve
the streaming experience.
The QoE working group has set a goal to be ready to present their End-to-End Workflow Monitoring document to the wider audience for feedback in time for the F2F meeting. Given this goal, they've set a strict schedule for their next two calls before the meeting that include finishing up adding content and reviewing it internally, then smoothing out the flow of the document, editing and slimming it down. A couple of other topics they're interested in discussing at the F2F meeting are the CTA as well as common client data headers for CDN use.
The Networking and Transport working group has been working on putting together a solid agenda for the upcoming F2F meeting. One of the plans is to have Professor Michael Schapira from Compira Labs do a presentation on next-generation congestion control algorithms. Some time for the group to collaborate and frame the QUIC PoC is also one of the plans. Another potential topic is the discussion of DoH.
The Open Caching working group has continued addressing their current open items; including the Capacity Insight Specification they plan to begin soon, the Client Test Bed scoreboard (which everyone is welcome to test and add their results), the Token specification and the Request Routing specification which are both currently pending just a couple of additional items. An additional item for discussion brought up in September is DNS over HTTP (the project that Firefox, Google, and Cloudflare are doing). Since this could have a strong impact on open caching, there is a lot of interest on the subject within the group.
The Privacy and Protection working group recently did a restructuring of their Streaming Security document. Their main goal for now is to fill in the core document as much as possible so they are able to begin focusing on the smaller details and editing. They've had great discussions around DRM, information security, and video security as well as how to frame these topics within the document.
The VR Study Group continues their efforts towards gathering content for their 360-degree Video PoC. Now that they know where they are able to get content from, it is just a matter of talking to the correct representatives to receive the actual content. In addition to this, they have began discussing the timeline for after the content has been received, which includes transcoding/encoding the data and then uploading it to the CDN. They have many potential options, but are in need of a transcoding company to help with this portion of the PoC.