What Is h.264?
MPEG4/h.264 is a newer standard for video compression that is supported on most modern mobile devices as well as both PC and Apple computers. When paired with AAC, a standard for audio compression, you can rest assured that your media will reach the widest possible audience — desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets.
How Your Media Is Delivered
There’s no need to create a mobile version of your Live Stream or OnDemand programs, because EarthChannel does all the “heavy lifting” to assure that your media is delivered to your viewers, regardless of what computer, or device they may be using. There’s no custom app to install or download – it just works!
Desktop viewers will be delivered media via Adobe Flash Player, one of the most widely supported browser plugins. Since Flash is not supported on mobile devices, EarthChannel automatically changes the method of delivery to native h.264/AAC and takes advantage of the built-in player found on most modern mobile devices. Using this method of media delivery, your viewers will have a consistent and unified experience regardless of what platform they choose.
What About HTML5?
Currently, the HTML5 spec does not support streaming video which prevents the possibility of delivering your streaming media without a plugin. As media support in HTML5 evolves and becomes more mature, our hope is that true streaming will be supported in the future. If and when it does, EarthChannel will be ready.
The “Sweet Spot”
You never know what kind of bandwidth your mobile viewers will have when they choose to view your media — 3G, LTE, 4G, No G? For that reason, your EarthChannel profile has been custom designed to provide viewers with the highest quality video, at the lowest data rate. We have finely tuned the EarthChannel Encoder and profiles to ensure that you reach the widest possible audience with the fewest possible technical issues and highest possible quality.
The EarthChannel Encoder has been custom designed to provide the highest quality at the lowest datarates. This ‘headless’ appliance is fully-managed and bundled as part of your service. No need for monitoring, updates, or even connecting a monitor — everything is handled by EarthChannel.
A single-channel encoder is included in all packages that include a Live stream and can be expanded to up to 3 channels, when required. If your package requires more than 3 Live streams, then multiple encoders can be easily added. Learn more »