11 Mar 2019

RealEyes & NBC Sports: A Pivotal Year of Streaming Events

The past year was a pivotal year for streaming video. Powered by its Playmaker Media operations, NBC Sports led the sports industry by delivering 4.37 billion live streaming minutes for the three biggest digital events of 2018: Super Bowl LII, the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and Spanish-language coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Including its other sports, NBC Sports delivered 90,000 hours of streaming coverage across more than 30,000 events for 6.5 billion minutes for the year (up from 3.4 billion in 2017) breaking streaming records for the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, Golf, Horse Racing, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, and Olympics.

The stakes couldn’t be higher for supporting streaming video events of this scale, and NBC Sports relies on a network of trusted partners to ensure exceptional services for its customers. With an experienced team and extensive video streaming capabilities, RealEyes began working with NBC Sports in 2012 shortly after the London Olympics. As an industry leader in streaming video, RealEyes’ deep expertise includes advanced video player development, large scale streaming delivery systems, and an ability to troubleshoot complex systems and global live events quicker than anyone else. These competencies have enabled RealEyes to serve many prominent customers, including NBC Sports, over the past 15 years.

“To execute not just one but three major events of this size, scale, quality, and stability in such a short duration is unheard of in the digital video delivery landscape,” said Eric Black, SVP and CTO, NBC Sports Digital and Playmaker Media. “With partners like RealEyes, we look forward to future opportunities to innovate and deliver world class solutions for both NBC Sports Group and our Playmaker Media partners.”

RealEyes also supplied and deployed its MOE:QC/Packager for quality control (QC) and multi-CDN ad content packaging for NBC Sports in 2018. These services helped NBC Sports to deliver the highest quality of seamless ad delivery, adapt to industry changes, and maintain solid performance and resiliency while automating complex manual tasks.

For more than six years, the RealEyes team has been a trusted development and strategic consulting partner across all streaming platforms of NBC Sports. RealEyes and NBC Sports propelled 2018 to one of the most exciting and successful years in streaming video, and we look forward to collaborating towards more cutting-edge advances in 2019. RealEyes has been honored to work with NBC Sports and be part of the many successes realized in 2018.

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24 Jul 2018

Docker on Raspberry Pi 3

Big Upgrades for Little Devices

By Marcy Nugent, DevOps Engineer

Just look at that tiny server

Developing for Raspberry Pi inspires a sense of wonder at what can be done with tight resources; many services that once required a cluster of expensive servers in a data center can run without issue on this $35 tech toy. On the other hand, the ubiquity of x86 processors makes running common software a challenge – try finding up-to-date versions built for Raspbian (the default OS choice for the Pi) and you’ll quickly find yourself scouring Stack Overflow articles and old blog posts. You can spend hours looking for someone, anyone who has this thing working already. Once building from source seems like the easy way out, you may rethink whether this $35 computer is worth it.

xkcd wrote my biography for me

Docker to the Rescue!

Enter Docker.

Now that Docker on ARM has matured into a usable product, it’s trivially easy to install the latest Docker CE engine on a Pi. Once that’s complete, we can really get rolling on the Pi and deliver applications with the same methods you would use on any other device. Using a Dockerfile, we can codify the heinously detailed work of compiling an app for ARM without utterly unmanageable Rasbian shell scripts, ancient apt-get versions, or typing “chmod +x” for every last install script.

Unless this is your idea of fun

The fantastic folks over at Resin.io have done the heavy lifting for us with their ARM-emulating base images, so we can build our software without using a Pi, and simply deliver it via Docker Hub or Quay.io through a “docker pull” command. Check out the RealEyes Github for a Dockerized WireShark Dumpcap implementation and check out our Quay.io repo for the public image, so you can always have a Docker Repository on Quay.

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11 Mar 2015

Setting the Record Straight on Adobe Connect Licensing Again

As of March 9th, 2015, the licensing model has changed for Adobe Connect. Read this summary of the licensing terms that have been added, revised, and removed. If you are a current Adobe Connect customer, you will be given a grace period to change any existing licensing over to the new licensing terms. New customers will need to adhere to the licensing terms on purchase.

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05 Feb 2015
30 Jan 2015

Why we love Wowza

Wowza has been growing up as a product well placed to take over the streaming media world. As a result of their attention to focusing on ease of use and an ability to reach every screen they have created the new industry leader in streaming media technology. Because of this we have come to see the Wowza Streaming Engine (WSE) as the most future proof option you can purchase.

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18 Nov 2014

Varnish Software releases three new products to increase website scalability and performance

Released today (Nov 18, 2014) are three new products to add to the Varnish Plus application; Unlimited cache sizing, increased caching performance and customized cache optimization support content-heavy, high-traffic sites.

“For most consumers, websites are now the pivotal point of interaction with companies. If information and content isn’t delivered instantly, they will seek alternatives that are just a mouse-click away,” – Per Buer, Founder and CTO, Varnish Software.

Product details:

Unlimited cache sizing with Varnish Massive Storage Engine
The new Varnish Massive Storage Engine tackles the problems of content-heavy sites by allowing the Varnish caching layer to handle multi-terabyte data sets. This makes it possible to cache almost unlimited objects while the website performance remains stable over time. The Varnish Massive Storage Engine is targeted at business with large data sets such as online retailers, image banks, video distributors or Content Distribution Networks and enables them to deliver high quality content within their current infrastructure while pushing the bounds of modern web experience delivery.

Increased caching performance and resilience with Varnish High Availability
Varnish High Availability is a high performance content replicator that eliminates cache misses (when an item looked up in the cache is not found) and ensures the stability of the Varnish Cache set-up. By protecting the backend infrastructure from overload caused by cache misses, it increases website performance and minimizes the risk of frustrated visitors leaving websites. Varnish High Availability is for Varnish Cache users whose sites are business-critical. It can be installed with any multi-cache Varnish Cache setup, including two/three node CDN POP installations.

Customized cache optimization with Varnish Tuner
Varnish Tuner automates customized cache optimization in both the Varnish and operating system environments. It recommends configuration options for the Varnish Cache set-up including how the operating system should be tuned, which cache parameters should be changed or replaced and also explains these recommendations. Varnish Tuner makes it possible for businesses to find the specific set-ups that best matches their resources and needs, resulting in better website performance.

Availability:
Varnish Massive Storage Engine, Varnish High Availability and Varnish Tuner are all available from today with a Varnish Plus subscription

Contact us today for all your Varnish purchasing/training/configuration needs!

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22 Sep 2014

Bridging the Closed Captioning Gap in Adobe Presenter 10

With the current release of Adobe Presenter 10, Adobe has once again taken big strides with video and Adobe Presenter to continue to make an impact in the eLearning space and expand reach more audiences. One of the new features in that has been improved is the capability to embed Closed Captions, but also export them as a SubRip Text file, or .srt file.

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