Product Updates

Launch of bitdash, The Bitmovin Adaptive Streaming Player

Stefan Lederer
. 1 min read

Note: Since this post was originally published, the bitdash player has been renamed as the Bitmovin Adaptive Streaming Player. You can sign up for a free account and use the full version of the Bitmovin Player which includes full DRM support, ad server integration, MPEG-DASH and HLS and much more.

In October 2014, Bitmovin launched it’s HTML5 Adaptive Streaming Player under the name “bitdash”. The bitdash player enabled MPEG-DASH (and has since been updated to support HLS) playback on any web browser using HTML5 as well as Flash, depending on the browser and version, and even on mobile platforms. The software automatically detects the browser conditions and uses the best player setup for each individual user, so as a publisher, you don’t need to worry about compatibility at all.
Another unique advantage of bitdash over other DASH-players is that bitdash is built specifically for stability and performance. It leads the market in start up speeds and efficiency and performance of its patented adaption logic which translates into a smoother, higher quality end user experience.
Feel free to download a free version and give it a try! And stay tuned, we will release more information about bitdash – the HTML5/Flash MPEG-DASH player – in the following days!


Figure 1: The original bitdash website (2014)

Features & Capability

At IBC, Bitmovin took the opportunity and released a preview version to selected industry partners and customers, and gained extremely positive feedback as well as new feature requests. Since then, we have already integrated most of them into the product, making it compatible to even more DASH content from various encoders and streaming servers.

Bitmovin treats customer feature requests as a high priority when planning future updates.

bitdash’s features include, but are not limited to:

  • platform indepencence: Any browser using HTML5 (MSE) or Flash, mobile platforms using HTML5 (MSE)
  • live as well as OnDemand streaming
  • full MPEG-DASH support: SegmentList, SegmentTemplate and SegmentTimeline
  • advanced stream quality adaptation, up to 100% higher streaming quality!
  • advanced reporting and analytics
  • closed captions/subtitles
  • rich stream configuration using multiple audio languages, qualities, subtitles, etc.
  • support of various streaming servers such as Wowza Streaming Engine, NGINX, etc.
  • individual branding and skinning
  • and much more …

But that’s not all, we are constantly expanding the feature set of our players.

bitdash player interface

Figure 2: bitdash Features


The Bitmovin Adaptive Streaming player offers pricing packages to suit every business model, from a FREE account with up to 5000 views per month right up to enterprise packages with custom pricing to match your businesses specific needs.
Read more about pricing for the Bitmovin Adaptive Streaming Player here.
All the best,
The Bitmovin Team
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Stefan Lederer

Stefan Lederer

Co-Founder & CEO

Stefan Lederer is a renowned innovator and thought leader in video streaming with a strong background in academic research. Stefan co-created the MPEG-DASH video streaming standard and has contributed to several open-source tools, including DASHEncoder, DASHoverCCN and VLC plugin. Stefan also serves as an external lecturer at the University of Klagenfurt.

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