Better Video Streaming Coming Soon

[UPDATE Saturday, April 9, 2011 – all exclusive membership videos have been migrated to a new content delivery system (CDN). The new CDN is able to adjust your video download size based on your current bandwidth. So if you have a slower connection, the video that you access will be smaller. Also, the CDN is now capable of detecting when you are using an iPhone or iPad and thus allow your membership videos to play without Adobe’s Flash. Soon we will also give our members with very fast (20Mbps+) internet access the opportunity to view their videos in true HD. ]

This past Monday Reets TV went live!

Of course, as true with many new ventures sometimes there’s a bit of growing pain as the kinks are worked out. One thing I’ve been working on is improving the performance of our streaming videos. At the moment, unless you have a high speed connection, the download times for the videos are painful. By high speed I mean something like a Comcast connection with 20Mbps download speed. But not for long! And if you have an iPhone or iPad… well, ouch!

But not for long!

Over the weekend I’m migrating our videos to a new platform that automatically detects your bandwidth and your playback device. If you have a truly high speed connection – you will get a top-notch HD video at 720p. On the other hand if you are on a DSL connection that nominally has a 1.5Mbps download speed (and in practice it is typically much lower), then the video player will adapt to a smaller video file. Finally, if you want to view your videos on an iPad or iPhone, the video player automatically detects that, too, and provides a video file just right for iOS devices. Since the player is able to detect if you do not have Flash, the videos should be accessible to any non-Flash device with a modern HTML5 capable browser.


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