How To Filter Live Streaming Renditions by Device Type at The Edge

March 6, 2019

When customers choose their bitrate ladder for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming video, they often discover that there is not always a “one size fits all” set of renditions that will work for all of their client devices. For example, on smaller screen devices (such as smartphones or tablets), we may wish to filter out certain large frame size renditions (such as 4K or 1080p) at higher bitrates, because the perceived video quality on a small screen doesn’t differ enough to justify the added cost of delivering.

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