STMicroelectronics (News - Alert), a global semiconductor company, and Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), a center for communication systems including IP media server solutions, announced the launch of what the companies’ claim as the industry’s first 3D video receiver, based on the new MPEG-DASH standard for dynamic and adaptive HTTP streaming.
3D video technology, once confined to labs and niches, is now available to everyone. The partnership with ST and HHI aims to create the next generation of media devices for the delivery of stereoscopic and multiview video content, according to company officials.
HTTP streaming enables the delivery of high-quality video over IP to connected TV sets, set-top boxes and mobile terminals. The recently released Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DASH) by the 3GPP and MPEG groups is designed to simplify the deployment of broadband video streaming services across different network infrastructures and end devices.
The new standard replaces the multitude of proprietary HTTP streaming protocols with one open, standardized solution. It defines formats for content preparation and tools for fast and efficient content adaptation. In addition, the solution offers a host of benefits including trick modes support, multi-language subtitles, audio tracks, ad insertion and multiple digital rights management technologies, which help in protecting content and works with standard Web-server and cache technologies.
"DASH enables efficient and easy video delivery – both on-demand and live streaming - over the existing Internet infrastructure to any connected device without any special provisions," said Amedeo Zuccaro, director, security and multimedia system R&D, ST's advanced systems technology group, in a statement. "Through our collaboration with HHI, we are the first silicon manufacturer with native support for DASH-based adaptive video streaming integrated in our devices."
The ST-HHI DASH-based software video receiver enables uninterrupted video delivery and optimal viewing experiences through automatic selection of bit-rate, video resolution and format based on the actual network conditions, end-device capabilities and user preferences, company officials said.
Furthermore, bandwidth fluctuations are compensated for by the automatic variation of video bit-rate while the video format is automatically selected according to the type of terminal, ensuring that consumers are able to watch the same 3D content on standard 2D-display devices.
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Edited by Jamie Epstein