What is streaming?
Streaming refers to the ability to broadcast a live meeting or event from one platform to others, where this new platform will enable large audiences across different geographical locations to passively observe the meeting/event.
What streaming solutions does KUDO offer?
The KUDO Streaming Package offers two types of streaming solutions: HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), and Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). Each has their unique advantages and limitations depending on the needs of your meeting/event.
What is RTMP?
RTMP is part of the technology that makes live streaming possible. This Transmission Control Protocol-based technology was originally developed by the predecessor of Adobe to work with the Adobe Flash player.
Originally, RTMP was used to transmit content between a video player and a hosting server, which was referred to as “RTMP delivery.”
Today, its purpose is a bit different. In terms of the most modern live streaming setups, RTMP’s primary role is to deliver content from an encoder (your KUDO meeting) to an online video host. This RTMP function is referred to as “RTMP ingest.”
In the context of its new role in live streaming, RTMP is both important and powerful. RTMP is capable of low-latency streaming, which is a big plus for broadcasters who are streaming major events in real-time. It is also known for its minimal buffering, which truly enhances the user experience.
How can I set up RTMP on KUDO?
See How to Guide
What platforms work with RTMP?
KUDO RTMP supports streaming on Facebook Live, IBM Cloud Video, and YouTube Live.
What is HLS?
HTTP Live Streaming (or HLS) is an adaptive streaming communications protocol created by Apple. At a high level, HLS works like all adaptive streaming technologies; as an HTTP-based technology, no streaming server is required, so all the switching logic resides on the player.
This means that HLS streaming can be directly embedded into the source code of your website and your audience can view the meeting/event directly without the additional need of an RTMP host.
How can I set up HLS on KUDO?
See How to Guide
Are these streaming solutions included in the KUDO Annual subscription?
The KUDO Streaming package can be purchased as an add-on service to the KUDO Annual subscription.
Who is in charge of the streaming/broadcasting in a KUDO meeting?
The Client, Operator and Host are able to start and stop streaming.
How long can I stream for with these solutions?
HLS has a 4hr limitation for continuous streaming. RTMP has no duration limits.
Is broadcasting and streaming the same thing?
Yes, these terms are synonymous.
Can the presenters of the meeting listen to the interpretation through a stream?
Once a stream reaches its destination, you can make this stream available to anyone you choose. Please note that at that point it is outside of the KUDO platform and must be accessed separately. If the presenter is attempting to listen to a KUDO meeting and a separate stream of that same meeting, they may have trouble coordinating multiple audio sources.
Alternatively, a presenter in KUDO could use the KUDO language selector to hear live interpretation.
Why is there a delay with using HLS or RTMP?
Both HLS and RTMP take the original audio and video, as well as other critical data and go through a series of steps to package and distribute the meeting data, they must then be re-assembled at the destination. Each of the steps takes time and adds up to what we refer to as latency. These are inherent to the protocols themselves and not the KUDO platform.
Do you support RTMP streaming to a custom server?
Yes. RTMP is currently supported by Facebook Live, IBM Cloud Video, and YouTube Live.