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Compare Streaming Server (CDNish) vs 302 Redirect vs m3u8 file vs DNS Level implementation

Streaming Server (CDNish)302 Redirectm3u8 fileDNS Level implementation
DescriptionFiles are stored locally and streamed upon request.The server receives the request, figures out where the associated ad is hosted and redirects the caller to that URL.The server figures out where the ad should be based on URL arguments, it figures out what it the creative and return it as a m3u8.Based on the requested creative we put logic at the DNS level to send the viewer to the right CDN creative.
Pros* You are in control of your destiny. * should work for any type of device.* Gives you the ability to support multiple CDNs as primary, secondary, etc. * Ability to add tracking.* You can have more than one video as part of the response. * The server load is pretty light so you would not need too many servers to support it. * We can easily switch from one CDN to another.* We can support multiple CDNs we control it at the DNS layer. * We save an extra hop. * Should work for any type of device.
Cons* Can't use 3rd party CDN * Need to build all of the CDN features.* Add extra latency for the redirect. * Some players/browsers will not support redirect or will have it disabled.* Some platforms may not be supporting it. * The players would need to make an extra call to load the videos. * We do not have a direct view on which videos are loaded by whom unless we add tracking parameter. * 302 is not supported within a m3u8 by JWPlayer.* DNS TTL are not always respected. * DNS updates can be lagging. * Unconventional way of doing it.
Compare Streaming Server (CDNish) vs 302 Redirect vs m3u8 file vs DNS Level implementation
Mario Hebert
Jul. 18th 2016 3:33:53 AM
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