Millicast is a streaming infrastructure provider for real-time, sub-second latency streaming.
HLS and MPEG-DASH are the current standards for HTTP-based live streaming, but these designs are inherently slow and must add delay to manage quality and scale. Typically, these protocols produce latencies of 5-30+ seconds, which may be acceptable in many live streaming use cases, but not when sub-second latency is critical like in betting, bidding, interactive communications, VR, sports, gaming, etc. WebRTC is known to be sub-second but could not scale to the volume needed by CDNs, and could not reach Apple devices.
Millicast is completely different from other WebRTC-based solutions for content delivery,
like StreamRoot and Peer5.
Those solutions are only optimizations for delivering existing content, require special
client software, do not leverage WebRTC for sub-second delivery of media, and offload the media
delivery to a P2P network increasing latency.
Millicast works like a traditional CDN, where all content is distributed from our global edge servers. This provides you with sub-second latency along with predictable and dependable delivery.
WebRTC experts CoSMo, and streaming experts Xirsys (also known as Influxis), came together to design a novel WebRTC-based solution that would match current CDNs in terms of reach (all devices), quality, cost and scale, while providing sub-second latency. With patches pending against major browsers, and smart routing and packet loss proprietary protocols running in the back-end, the solution is unique and protected. It does not require any special viewer or player, and industry standard software like OBS-Studio is provided with Millicast support.