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DASH-IF Releases MPEG DASH Deployment Guidelines

The DASH Industry Forum announced that it has released its recommended guidelines for deployment of the MPEG-DASH streaming multimedia standard.

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DASH Industry Forum Releases Implementation Guidelines for MPEG-DASH Deployments

DASH-AVC/264 outlines recommendations for deployment of the MPEG-DASH standard to achieve industry-wide interoperability for multimedia streaming

PORTLAND, Ore. — DASH Industry Forum (DASH-IF), the organization dedicated to promoting interoperable streaming of multimedia content over Internet, has released DASH-AVC/264, its recommended guidelines for deployment of the MPEG-DASH standard.

The MPEG-DASH specification provides a standard method for streaming multimedia content over Internet by simplifying and converging delivery of IP video. This improves user experience while decreasing cost and simplifying workflow. The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines recommend using a subset of MPEG-DASH, with specific video and audio codecs in order to promote interoperability among deployments in the industry.

“Facilitating complete interoperability is the key to achieving rapid market adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard,” said Dr. Iraj Sodagar, DASH-IF President and Chairman of the Board. “The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines offer companies a roadmap for developing interoperable products and services through real-world use cases from the multimedia streaming market.”

The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines:

• Provide an open, interoperable standard solution in the multimedia streaming market
• Address major multimedia streaming use cases including on-demand, live and time-shift services
• Outline the use of two specific MPEG-DASH profiles
• Describe specific audio and video codecs and closed caption format
• Outline the use of common encryption

The Guidelines were created by the 67 industry-leading DASH-IF member companies, including founding members Akamai, Ericsson, Microsoft, Netflix, Qualcomm and Samsung. The DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines are also aligned with initiatives from other industry standards bodies and consortia, including HbbTV, DECE, DTG, HD-Forum, OIPF, EBU and DLNA.

Future guideline updates will address advanced services and applications, including multi-channel audio and HEVC support. The updated guidelines are expected to be available later this year.

DASH-IF will host a conference call on June 27 at 11:00am Pacific Time to provide the media with in-depth information about the DASH-AVC/264 Implementation Guidelines. To register for this event, visit

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Formed in 2012, DASH-IF is the organization responsible for promoting market adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard for interoperable streaming of multimedia content over Internet. The organization publishes implementation guidelines, facilitates interoperability testing and collaborates with industry standards bodies to align standard development activities. It is dedicated to addressing the dynamic growth of broadband video by defining a universal delivery format that improves user experience by adapting to changing network conditions. Additional information about the organization and its 67 participating member companies is available at