Throughout the history of Streaming Media mag- azine, we’ve often made this basic argument: Standards are good for, well, standardization
of an industry, but not necessarily good for the industry’s overall innovative streak.
In other words, standards help provide commonality
to scale up a stabilized technology (e.g., codecs or delivery approaches), but they often run the risk of stifling
research and development of “better” technologies.
Having said that, we surveyed readers to rank a list
of more than 30 overall standards, including several
patents that we felt were instrumental to the growth
of the streaming industry over the last 2 decades.
The following 20 standards rose to the top of overall responses.
THE TOP OF THE TOP 20
These standards received votes from more than 50%
of respondents: RTMP, MPEG- 2 Transport Streams
(M2TS), HTML (including HTML5), HTTP, H.264 (AVC,
MPEG- 4 Part 10 via JVT), RTP/RTSP, TCP, UDP (and
reliable UDP), MPEG- 4 System, MP4 (ISO Base Media
Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP)
Percentage vote: 100%
Definition. The Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP)
was acquired by Adobe as part of its acquisition of Macromedia. According to Adobe, RTMP “was designed for
20 for 20:
The Most Important
of the Last 20 Years
Here’s an overview of 20 major patents and standards that
have impacted the growth of the streaming media industry.
By Tim Siglin