MP4 File Fragmentation for Broadcast, Mobile and Web Delivery

Consistent multi-platform audio and video content delivery presents an ongoing challenge for broadcasters. Explosive smartphone and tablet growth on varying operating systems —Android, Apple iOS, or Windows Phone—threatens to create a user-experience divide between users on mobile devices, at the desktop or in the living room.

Broadcasters must address multi-platform consumption demands without compromising content security or network efficiencies. Many broadcasters are assessing efficiency of transport protocols used for content delivery, to see how they stack up for web and mobile delivery. Some legacy solutions, such as MPEG-2 Transport Stream (M2TS), lack basic web delivery functions.

What key information do broadcasters and network operators need to know as they look for more efficient approaches to the media delivery? This white paper explores fragmented MP4 files (fMP4) and considers whether the fMP4 format can replace legacy file formats.

Along the way, we’ll explore four key areas that impact both broadcasters and network operators:

  • Format benefits of fMP4
  • Network benefits of fMP4
  • Movement toward fMP4 standardization
  • Platforms supporting fMP4

By Timothy Siglin, Transitions, Inc.