BBC’s iPlayer now delivers live shows faster post-broadcast and has reduced the streaming delay
Watch Immediately with Pseudo-VOD
This innovative approach, termed “pseudo-VOD,” promises to minimize delays for popular Saturday night broadcasts like “Match of the Day” and “Strictly Come Dancing.”
In the past, if audiences missed the conclusion of a program, they had to endure a significant delay before the on-demand version was ready. This wait time has been dramatically shortened, with shows becoming available just minutes after their live broadcast concludes.
Henry Webster, the Lead for Product at Media Services, elaborated on this development. Instead of waiting for the entire program to conclude before processing, the iPlayer will utilize live video segments to generate a temporary on-demand version.
This interim version will be available immediately after the live broadcast ends and eventually be replaced by the high-quality version that users are accustomed to.
Reduction in Streaming Latency
Furthermore, the BBC has successfully reduced the streaming latency for live broadcasts on iPlayer.
Earlier, live streams lagged by about 80-120 seconds compared to TV broadcasts. This delay is intentionally incorporated in all live-streamed content across various platforms to guarantee a smooth viewing experience for the audience.
However, with the recent system enhancements, this lag has been reduced by 20 seconds, thus taking the delay to 60 seconds from the live streaming.
Webster added, “In collaboration with our R&D team, the BBC is committed to further reducing this delay, aiming to offer an experience as close to real-time TV broadcasting as possible”.
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