This new patented technology, only 17 years in the making, was just released in beta this morning. Here’s a sample video featuring someone you may know. It’s glitchy, but think of what an achievement this is. And think how much better it will play a month or a year from now.
ClipStream G2 comes from a Canadian company, Destiny Media Technologies, which has been around since 1991. They literally invented streaming audio, and launched internet radio before Windows Media, Quicktime or Real Networks even existed. They eventually moved into Internet video only to be killed when Flash came out for a lot less money and then YouTube for free. More recently they’ve built a business for professional musicians, securely delivering pre-release music for all the record companies to radio stations.
Now, with Flash abandoning mobile, Destiny sees an opportunity in video again.
Not only is there no special server, there’s also no player since the video is rendered by the browser. There is nothing to download or maintain.
There is no transcoding required and Content Distribution Networks like Akamai or LimeLight aren’t needed, either.
It’s not perfect, but then beta code never is. I think this is a major step, though, toward Internet simplification.