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We’re a team of engineers, marketers, designers, all passionate about video and the work we create together. Welcome to our blog about video.

Illustration of open byte range behaviour in LL-HLS
01/30/20January 30, 2020(10 months ago)
10 min read

Low Latency HLS 2: Judgment Day

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Phil explains the latest changes in the Low Latency HLS specification from Apple.
In defense of 'flicks' (or how I learned to stop worrying and love 705600000)
11/25/19November 25, 2019(a year ago)
7 min read

In defense of 'flicks' (or how I learned to stop worrying and love 705600000)

Matthew Szatmaryby Matthew Szatmary
Essentially a flick is just a really big number, specifically the number 705,600,000 and tries to solve a problem that nobody in digital media actually has.
The New Video.js Themes
11/14/19November 14, 2019(a year ago)
5 min read

The New Video.js Themes

Matthew McClureby Matthew McClure
The ability to easily theme Video.js via a little CSS is one of the project's super powers. Sure, it can play back all the formats you need right out of the box and is easily extended via plugins, bu ...
The community gave us low-latency live streaming. Then Apple took it away.
06/14/19June 14, 2019(a year ago)
19 min read

The community gave us low-latency live streaming. Then Apple took it away.

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
One bite and all your dreams will come true - Apple. Last week at WWDC, Apple announced their usual cascade of software updates, and as has been tradition for the last 4 years, Roger Pantos took the ...
05/20/19May 20, 2019(2 years ago)
5 min read

How Audience Adaptive Encoding Works

Ben Dodsonby Ben Dodson
Mux recently announced our new Audience Adaptive Encoding (AAE). Check out this deep dive into how AAE works and why you should try it out.
Did Sisvel just catch AOM with their patents down?
03/28/19March 28, 2019(2 years ago)
7 min read

Did Sisvel just catch AOM with their patents down?

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
On Wednesday, Sisvel International S.A. announced two new patent pools, one for the VP9 video codec and one for the AV1 video codec . These new patent pools cover "consumer display devices" and "co ...
Streaming video on the internet without MPEG
03/14/19March 14, 2019(2 years ago)
18 min read

Streaming video on the internet without MPEG

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Authors Notes: This article is based on a set of experiments I developed while investigating the feasibility of building a premium video experience using only royalty free video streaming technologie ...
The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019
01/23/19January 23, 2019(2 years ago)
17 min read

The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
One of the hot topics of NAB, IBC, and Demuxed last year was “low latency” live video streaming. In this post we’ll examine the spectrum of different latencies that users experience, discuss the use ...
11/21/18November 21, 2018(2 years ago)
8 min read

Video Analytics Series Part 1: Rebuffering

Ben Dodsonby Ben Dodson
Mux receives over a billion video views each month through Mux Data, and we recently spent some time looking at the most important metrics, such as rebuffering percentage, time to first frame, and vi ...
Streaming video teardown: Twitch vs. Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football
11/15/18November 15, 2018(2 years ago)
20 min read

Streaming video teardown: Twitch vs. Amazon Prime for Thursday Night Football

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
Growing up in England I’ll openly admit that American Football isn’t my first choice of sport, however, by anyone's standards, American Football is huge. Last year Amazon started live streaming Thurs ...
90% of YouTube viewers don’t care about video quality
10/30/18October 30, 2018(2 years ago)
12 min read

90% of YouTube viewers don’t care about video quality

Phil Cluffby Phil Cluff
(and 4 other things we learned at Demuxed 2018) Last week was the annual Demuxed conference . Demuxed is a conference designed by, and for developers working with video. This year for the first time, ...
08/14/18August 14, 2018(2 years ago)
17 min read

Per-title encoding @ Scale

Matthew McClureby Matthew McClure
The venerable Nick Chadwick spoke at Facebook's Video @Scale about Mux's approach to per-title encoding using machine learning. If you missed @ Scale, here's a recording of the talk along with a t ...
android graffiti
06/27/17June 27, 2017(3 years ago)
10 min read

Do Androids Watch Videos of Electric Sheep? How Bots React to Web Video

Scott Kidderby Scott Kidder
Philip K. Dick’s classic science-fiction story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” confronted mankind's need to differentiate living things and machines. While it’s currently easy for us to make t ...
YouTube and the independent production studios of tomorrow
05/30/17May 30, 2017(4 years ago)
13 min read

YouTube and the independent production studios of tomorrow

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
YouTube is where the production studios of tomorrow are honing their skills, but they aren’t going to stay there forever.
Rebuffering: The Most Frustrating and Frequent Problem for Video Consumers
05/08/17May 8, 2017(4 years ago)
3 min read

Rebuffering: The Most Frustrating and Frequent Problem for Video Consumers

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
Users said the most frustrating problem was when the video stalled or had to rebuffer. This is not surprising as buffering can cause a huge drop in viewers.
ISPs and Publishers get the blame for video streaming problems
05/02/17May 2, 2017(4 years ago)
3 min read

ISPs and Publishers get the blame for video streaming problems

Eliot Millerby Eliot Miller
For Slow Load Times and Rebuffering consumers mostly blamed their ISP and their Wi-Fi, however the difference between these results is a very fine line.
How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?
04/20/17April 20, 2017(4 years ago)
3 min read

How do users feel about video streaming quality on their TVs?

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
We focused our survey on one type of content: video streamed to a television, using a service like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, or WatchESPN.
WebRTC: From the ground up
11/08/16November 8, 2016(4 years ago)
1 min read

WebRTC: From the ground up

Nicholas Chadwickby Nicholas Chadwick
I recently had the pleasure of giving a presentation at Demuxed - the conference for video engineers. Over the past several years, I've had a fair amount of experience with live video systems and th ...
Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research
09/14/16September 14, 2016(4 years ago)
5 min read

Buffering reduces video watch time by ~40%, according to research

Jon Dahlby Jon Dahl
According to our data, just one short buffering interruption leads to 39% less time spent watching video on a site.