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Hosting for video files

Postby uarlive » Tue Dec 07, 2010 10:41 pm

Hello. I am new to the forum and to Roku development. I had a question about hosting video files for the Roku channel. What services can I use? Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby RokuKevin » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:12 pm

It's common to use CDNs to host the video content. Popular choices include:
Limelight Networks
Akamai
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There are others...

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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby uarlive » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:49 am

thanks i appreciate the answer.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby flingsoft » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:33 pm

I will also add a vote of confidence in HDDN. They are part of the NetDNA architecture but have a pay as you use it approach. We use them heavily and have had no problems (not an employee or anything, just an advocate after trying the others). Also, you can consider things like Amazon S3 or EC2 as well. It all depends on the file types and of course, the cost you are willing to absorb to achieve the results you need.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby flingsoft » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:38 pm

Here are some others we considered:

Akamai
CacheFly
Limelight
EdgeCast
Rackspace (Cloud)
SparkCDN
SimpleCDN (now migrating into MaxCDN)

I can tell you that the big guys (Hulu and Netflix) both run on the Akamai infrastructure.

Hope that helps!
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby RokuPatrick » Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:54 pm

Another option is a Online Video Platform for hosting and management of your content. Here's a list of ones that we've spoken to or are working with:
Brightcove
Ooyala
Kaltura
Endavo media
The Platform
Unicorn Media
Castfire

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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby SolveLLC » Mon May 23, 2011 6:05 pm

I'd steer away from SimpleCDN. The cost may be tempting, but let me put it this way, we'd sue them if we could find an actual physical address to serve the summons.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby jalmberg » Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:05 am

How about S3/Cloudfront? I like it because we were able to develop a completely custom solution around it that really fit our client's needs. The cost is fairly reasonable, too.

We haven't tried to hook it up to Roku, yet, but are investigating that possibility. Any problems with it?
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby uarlive » Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:04 pm

i will let you know. we are working on a solution that will use either amazon or rackspace cloud.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby jeepsterryan » Thu Jul 14, 2011 1:09 pm

We currently use Amazon Cloudfront exclusively. If you want a simple to use pay as you go solution, they work great. The only downside for us has been the lack of statistics. Amazon only provides virtually unreadable log files. The streaming of videos has been very reliable.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby brentonhouse » Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:47 pm

I understand that you can use Vimeo (and possibly YouTube) for hosting videos on Roku, but I don't know the endpoints that you would use for either of these hosts.

Does anyone else here use Vimeo to host a video for a Roku Channel and if so, what endpoints are you using?
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby sestratton » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:58 am

Regarding hosting video content on Amazon Cloudfront, it appears in the Cloudfront documentation that for streaming video they support only RTMP:

CloudFront uses Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 to stream on-demand content with Adobe's Real-Time
Messaging Protocol (RTMP). CloudFront accepts RTMP requests over port 1935 and port 80.
CloudFront supports the following variants of the RTMP protocol:
• RTMP—Adobe's Real-Time Message Protocol
• RTMPT—Adobe streaming tunneled over HTTP
• RTMPE—Adobe encrypted
• RTMPTE—Adobe encrypted tunneled over HTTP

I don't see how that does me any good since Roku documentation states:

The only way to deliver live content on the Roku is to use HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Video on Demand (VOD) can be delivered via HLS, mp4, and wmv container files.

What am I missing here?
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby uarlive » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:54 am

In the past for testing we have used http://www.hddn.com.
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby jbrave » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:13 pm

sestratton wrote:What am I missing here?


This:

http://www.wowza.com/ec2-streaming.html
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Re: Hosting for video files

Postby bryanknowlton » Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:29 pm

I currently use Amazon s3, most of my video files right now are around 150 MB, which seems to cause some slow loading issues. Has anyone gotten around this problem or could you recommend a similar amazon or other low cost service provider. I have found that the amazon s3 is very inexpensive.

Thanks!

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