Save Your Bandwidth With VisualOn Bitrate Adaptation 

Shelter-in-place protocols, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, has led to heavy internet usage and strain on communication infrastructure. Recently, Netflix agreed to temporarily reduce bandwidth used by its streaming service in Europe and India, aiming to reduce bandwidth usage by 25%. Besides Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, YouTube and Apple TV+ announced similar actions. YouTube expressed its commitment to temporarily switching all traffic in the EU to standard definition (480P) by default, although users will still have the option to choose higher quality from the drop-down menu.

Lower bandwidth usage results in lower resolutions and lower quality – this is exacerbated by strained networks. As a result, optimized Adaptive BitRate (ABR) is critical for the video player to smoothly and reliably play content under challenging network conditions. VisualOn’s HTML5+ Player has proprietary technology to manage the buffer and throughput detection precisely, using analytics and advanced ABR mechanisms, to enable the best viewing experience. VisualOn HTML5+ Player is more stable in managing ARB compared to DASH-IF:

VisualOn’s HTML5+ Player closely tracks and adjusts the buffer level to provide smooth playback, minimizing the need to alter bitrate or re-buffer. The graph below shows the adaptation of VisualOn’s player VS DASH-IF:

When low latency is required, VisualOn’s Low Latency bitrate adaptation solution can help, our HTML5+ Player achieve a 26% live latency improvement by reducing re-buffering; a 41% bitrate change count reduction and 19% higher resolution.

Written by: 

Michael Jones
SVP and Head of Business Development