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Stefan Lederer is co-founder of bitmovin, which is providing online streaming solutions for high-quality adaptive bitrate video, with a focus on MPEG-DASH & HLS. With bitcodin.com the company operates the fastest encoding SaaS solution on the market, which is 100x faster than realtime. The bitdash HTML5 players of bitmovin provides the fastest loading times, better streaming quality and lower buffering across multiple platforms & devices, as well as 360°/VR support. Stefan contributed to the MPEG-DASH standardization, created different MPEG-DASH open source tools and is author of more than 25 articles and patents in this field.
In the last decade, plugins such as Flash and Silverlight have enabled a rich consumption of video in browsers, powering popular services such as YouTube and Netflix. However, this approach has shifted towards HTML5 over the last few years.
Almost two years ago, the W3C published the final recommendation of the HTML5 spec, which came with a new set of HTML elements and APIs, especially for video. Some of them aim for more semantics in web pages but don’t introduce new features. Others extend the possibilities of the web and enhance the possibilities for developers without the need for plugins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight or Java.