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The SRT protocol gets its timing right to support live video streaming boom

Live video streaming is increasingly done over mobile devices, causing many strains on the network and on the user’s quality of experience. The fuss over Verizon’s updated deal with the US NFL (National Football League) highlights the importance of this type of content to consumers and their service providers. But behind the scenes of these big negotiations, carriers are also racing to improve the efficiency of delivering live video, and may find a new open source protocol called Secure Reliable Transport (SRT). As for Verizon, the operator is reported to have paid more than $2bn for the rights to distribute live professional football games to mobile apps, on Monday, Thursday and Sunday nights, as well as post-season and Sunday afternoon…

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