Will you need network DVR functionality to allow subscribers to rewind to past portions of the
live event? Also, live captioning in one or more
languages is available from vendors, but the
captions will need to be integrated within the
server and/or player deployment.
8. Archive: Will you manage the process of taking recorded masters from your vendor(s) and
providing them to your subscribers after the
event, or will you need a vendor to provide that
service as well?
9. Repetition: Forecast the likelihood of needing to have the setup you design repeated for
future events, and inform selected vendors
that you’ll want to replicate the same requirements for future use. Vendors may not be willing to give you all the details of their workflows,
as such information may be guarded trade secrets, but any customizations you’re paying to
integrate should be documented and provided
by your vendors.
Answering these starter questions with
stakeholders in your organization and providing them to your prospective vendor(s) will
go a long way to receiving accurate costs or
projections. Don’t hesitate to ask for discussion time with sales representatives to review
these topics. Even with careful advance planning and an experienced team, new challenges and unforeseen issues often arise. Rather
than be disheartened by this “moving target” of
standards for live streaming, I try to embrace
the challenges and feel good about my value
as a problem-solver in these situations. Where
there is trouble, there is work for experienced
vendors to pull the pieces together.
Robert Reinhardt ( email@example.com) is founder of VideoRx and
is internationally regarded as an expert on multimedia application
development and online video, particularly in HTML5, iOS, Flash,
AVC/H.264, and HEVC/H.265.
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