service for organizing P2P video broadcasts

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    We invite you to test our service for organizing online broadcasts of video in P2P mode. The service is intended for those who want to conduct video broadcasts on their sites, designed for a mass audience, but do not want to pay for the traffic generated by such broadcasts. The service can be used to broadcast video in all popular formats - in particular, Flash, WMV and Silverlight are supported.

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    As you know, conducting massive online broadcasts of videos over the Internet is not a trivial task. Even if you are counting on an audience of more than a thousand users, you need to purchase or rent a large number of servers, arrange their placement with Internet providers, learn how to work with streaming software, and only after that you can start organizing the broadcast itself. You can, of course, outsource all of the above tasks and buy a service from a CDN provider, but then you will have to pay for each gigabyte transferred, which is not cheap for regular CDNs.

    P2P broadcasts: cheap and high quality



    We worked hard for a long time and now we are presenting to your court a service of P2P broadcasts, which can become an alternative to the 2 previously mentioned methods of organizing video broadcasts on the Internet. In P2P broadcasts, users will transfer video streams to each other, and the central servers of the system are used to route traffic between P2P clients and are practically not used to distribute the video streams themselves. Thus, our service allows you to save on traffic during video broadcasts and, as a result, to provide extremely attractive prices for organizing mass video broadcasts to our customers.

    In P2P broadcasts, the user receives video streams from several peers at once. When you turn off one of the user computers, it will be replaced by one of the neighboring peers, and the broadcast will continue.

    Internal device service



    Our service has been tested to support streaming broadcasts using RTMP and RTSP and when using Flash Video, Microsoft WMV and SilverLight video formats. As a video player, standard players are used - Flash, Windows Media Player or SilverLight. Support for a standard Flash player allows you to monetize the service in a way that is convenient for you - for example, by showing ads before the start of the broadcast, or by selling access to the broadcasts for money.

    Unfortunately, standard players do not allow implementing complex scenarios of processing and redirecting video streams, therefore, for the implementation of P2P broadcasts on the client side there must be an intermediate program that implements the logic of P2P interaction between clients. This program receives video streams from other peers and transfers them to standard video players (for example, Adobe Flash Player or Windows Media Player). The program can be installed as a plugin for popular browsers (there are plugins for IE and Firefox). Perhaps someone will think that the presence of an additional plugin can scare potential users. However, test broadcasts showed that if you place a clear and understandable warning about the need to download the plugin, the vast majority of users will not have problems with this.

    How to connect?



    To use our service, you need to send a video stream to our server. You will also need to indicate the address provided to us in your player, and also put on the HTML page from which the player is called, a short Javascript code that will determine the type of browser and load the corresponding plug-in. Each time the user visits the video page and clicks on the PLAY button, the plugin will receive a command from the video player to enter the P2P network through which the broadcast is being conducted. The plugin will receive a video stream from other peers of this network and send it to a Flash- or Windows Media-player, and your users will see Internet broadcasts.

    About future



    It seems to us that P2P broadcasts are one of the most realistic ways to integrate television and the web. In the near future, television channels will be able to display video over the Internet using P2P technology, as only it allows you to get a fairly low cost of broadcasts, comparable to the cost of distribution of a television signal on cable or terrestrial television networks. That is why we made the Lavina.TV project and hope to contribute our modest contribution to the development of domestic Internet and television technologies.

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    Project site: www.p2pvideo.ru

    A test page with a static file is now in development, we will launch it in the near future.

    To test the online broadcast, please write me a message, we will organize a separate page for you with your stream.

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