Author Archives: Alex Zambelli

About Alex Zambelli

Alex is a Senior Product Manager at Hulu in Seattle, WA. Prior to his current job he was a Product Manager at iStreamPlanet (Turner) and Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Media Platform at Microsoft Corporation. He specializes in video streaming, adaptive HTTP streaming, video compression, and video processing best practices.

Understanding HLS Versions and Client Compatibility

HTTP Live Streaming protocol, better known as HLS, was originally created by Apple for the launch of iPhone 3. Since its original introduction in 2009, Apple has maintained the official HLS protocol specification as an informational IETF Internet Draft, updating … Continue reading

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Understanding Latency in HTTP-based Adaptive Streaming

Jan Ozer of Streaming Media magazine contacted me recently with a simple question about Smooth Streaming and HLS latency… and I provided a more elaborate reply than he perhaps anticipated. Here is my response in its entirety, for your reading … Continue reading

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Partying Like It’s 2007

I promise to do a better job in 2015 of posting to this blog more frequently. 🙂 In the meantime you can find me on Twitter, where I will be posting and sharing content relevant to streaming media technologies. I am @zambelli24fps.

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Musings On the Future of Live Linear Television

I’ve written an article for The Guardian’s media network blog about current trends in TV content distribution, how they’re affecting our viewing habits, and how ultimately those will affect the future of live linear TV. You can read it here: … Continue reading

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Baptism of Fire in the Olympic Cauldron

The Olympics are upon us – again! Even though the ancient Greeks set the Olympic schedule 4 years apart (in fact, the literal definition of an Olympiad is “4 years”), the modern Olympics since 1992 have been only 2 years … Continue reading

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Introducing iStreamPlanet Aventus

As I glance at my blog I realize it’s been 7 months since my last post, which is probably as good of a sign as any that I should probably finally tell you a little bit about what I’ve been up … Continue reading

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H.265/HEVC Ratification and 4K Video Streaming

OK, so maybe it was a shorter break from blogging than I expected. As it turns out the world does not stop when I change jobs. 😉 The media world today is abuzz with news of H.265/HEVC approval by the … Continue reading

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New Year, New Job, New Challenges

As we leave 2012 behind us and turn our attention to 2013, the time has come for me to share some exciting personal news. After 10 years at Microsoft I have recently decided to leave the company to pursue other career opportunities. … Continue reading

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H2 2012 Media Platform Product Update Roundup

It’s been a busy summer with most of the team focused on Windows Azure Media Services, but I’d like to take a moment to highlight a few other Media Platform releases of the past few months: November 7, 2012 Player … Continue reading

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Windows Azure Media Services Preview Launched!

I’ve been holding back this post for about two weeks now, wanting to make sure the service got rolled out to all major Windows Azure datacenters first, but here it is now: Windows Azure Media Services Preview has been launched! The new … Continue reading

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