Originally recorded for a hybrid conference, we’d like to share this topic. Our CEO Werner Robitza has recorded a short summary about the current standardization efforts at ITU-T for monitoring HTTP adaptive streaming quality. These include the P.1203 and P.1204 recommendation series. Those models have been (co-)developed by members of Ilmenau University of Technology and AVEQ in coorperation with Deutsche Telekom — and so we’re happy to give you a small introduction.Read more
If you’ve followed tech news in the past years, you will have probably noticed cloud gaming as one of the new and emerging trends. With platforms like GeForce Now (NVIDIA), Stadia (from Google), or PlayStation Now (from Sony), you can access gaming content without having to own expensive gaming equipment. The gaming providers simply send a pre-encoded video to your machine — all you have to do is play the game.
But how good is the quality of such solutions? It certainly depends on the implementation of the app itself, but also on your network conditions. This is why we at AVEQ developed a solution to measure the quality of cloud gaming — we did it together with an ISP and a cloud gaming operator, to fully leverage the knowledge and expertise of all involved parties. Here we describe our solution, the test setup, and how we found out how well 5G and DSL can work for such services, including what ranges of latency to expect.Read more
(This post is part 2 of a small series on our development work.)
If you read our previous post, it should have become clear that it’s not trivial to build automation tests involving video. As we indicated in the article, one of the main issues developers normally stumble upon is gathering the current playout state of a video. If you are an automation engineer or a web developer, you’ve probably already come across a situation where you had to develop a website with video embedded. In this post, we’re going to show you how to radically simplify that process.Read more
(This post is part 1 of a small series on our development work.)
Imagine you are developing a video platform – you want to ensure that your platform works well for all users and that all assets are playable at their highest quality. Normally you’d do this via integration testing of your website – a rather complex task involving tools like Selenium and writing a lot of custom code.
AVEQ’s Surfmeter solution has always enabled video providers to measure the quality of their playouts. Now we’re proud to present our newest solution: video analytics for browser automation testing! With zero configuration needed, all you need to do is add our Surfmeter Test Automation plugin to your Selenium-based tests.Read more
Cloud gaming one of the latest trends in the entertainment industry — customers can gain access to a plethora of game content without needing to buy specialized hardware. Services like NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Google’s Stadia or Sony’s PlayStation Now render the game at the server side and simply transmit a video stream to the end device. The user sees just a video, but it feels like playing a real game on their end device.
Both cloud gaming providers and Internet Service Providers strive to offer the best experience to their customers, yet the customers often don’t know from where service issues originate. This is why recently an ISP approached AVEQ to deliver a solution to measure the quality of cloud gaming on their networks.
In this article, we’ll briefly describe the requirements for quality measurements, and dive deeper into what we implemented.Read more
Video streaming is one of the most important online service offerings. It has become ubiquitous. And content is king. We all agree there is a lot of demand for video – high quality video, delivered flawlessly, without interruptions. But how do all these video streaming providers measure up? Do they, do you deliver the quality and customer experience we all want?Read more
When operators say they deliver good quality, they mostly think about the resolution with which a video is encoded. End users also often only think about “HD” indicators. This is right to some degree. Nevertheless, the quality can depend on many more factors.Read more
The following press release describes how AVEQ’s own Surfmeter technology was integrated successfully within a mobile application used by a large national ISP. Read our success story below, and get in touch if you want to find out more about our products!
Vienna, Austria — In 2020, Magenta shook up the Austrian market with the launch of the Entertain Box 4K. While the commercials for the new hardware flickered colorfully across the screens, a lot was going on behind the scenes. With the Surfmeter app, researchers at T-Labs and Vienna Entertainment Platforms have achieved a major breakthrough in quality assurance.Read more
Almost everyone knows the most important Key Performance Indicators for video streaming: the time it takes for the video to start, and whether there are any interruptions during playback. You also typically want to know the resolutions that your client receives. However, there are many more indicators that are relevant for determining the overall quality of your streaming service – and ideally you could see the quality reflected in one simple number.
In this post we‘d like to show you how you can leverage our Surfmeter solution to measure video KPIs and Quality of Service (QoS), but also how to use the concept of Quality of Experience (QoE) to find out how a customer would experience a video stream.Read more