Josh Pressnell (CTO)

OTT platforms should offer downloading to mitigate streaming congestion. First, viewers won’t experience buffering and it will relieve sustained network congestion. Second, viewers should be advised to download off peak. This will even out network demand. This requires planning on the viewer’s part, but platform operators can help by making recommendations for download based on viewing patterns. Scheduled downloading can definitely improve network stability and also let multiple members of a household watch at the same time without straining available bandwidth.

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