Adaptive bitrate streaming allows you to deliver the perfect quality to your viewers. This ensures that most any viewer will be able to load the stream regardless of their internet connection speed or device.
When sending a single stream, one must consider limitations of some viewers and not stream at a quality that would exceed their ability to view. This would mean keeping a single bitrate at a "medium" quality to ensure most people can watch it consistently.
Adaptive bitrate streaming allows you to send multiple (2 or 3) quality streams. This is significant as it allows you to send a High quality and alongside it send lower quality streams. Anyone who is viewing on a powerful device and internet connection should be able to watch the high-quality stream, whereas, anyone who can not view the high-quality stream will have a low-quality stream to tun into. The video player analyzes the viewer's device and connection and automatically chooses the appropriate quality with no intervention from the viewer required.
Important things to consider:
Internet requirements: Adaptive bitrate streaming introduces a significantly higher load to your network compared to single bitrate streaming. You will want to be certain your network can handle the added stress before moving from a single bitrate to an adaptive bitrate stream.
Equipment: Some encoders are capable of only sending out a single stream. If your encoder is not capable of sending out multiple streams, adaptive bitrate streaming may not be an option for you. Even if your encoder can send out multiple streams, you will want to be sure it can indeed handle the stress of encoding multiple streams. An example of this would be an underpowered computer running a streaming software. The streaming software may be capable of encoding and sending out multiple streams, but the computer may get overloaded trying to do so. Thus, it is important to be sure your equipment can handle multiple streams before moving from a single bitrate to an adaptive bitrate stream.
**The support staff will be happy to assist in determining the capabilities of your network and streaming equipment**