Today Lectora v18.2 goes out and has an updated media player that supports HLS and MPEG-DASH streaming protocols. Here is a little background: In the past, online video was delivered primarily via RTMP. RTMP is a Flash-based standard that’s still used today for sending video from your encoder to your online video platform. However, Flash-based video is no longer appropriate for delivering video to users. The Flash plugin has been depreciated and fewer and fewer devices support this aging protocol each year. Flash video online has been replaced by HTML5. The latest web standards support built-in video playback with no need for plugins. Media files can be streamed directly. HTML5 is now by far the preferred method for video playback. However, this didn’t solve the live streaming problem. Without RTMP, what’s next on the horizon? First, as a direct result of the decline of RTMP and Flash, HLS, HDS, and Microsoft Smooth Streaming protocols grew in usage and popularity. One of these, in particular, rose to the top of the pack: HLS. Starting in 2015, young millennials (ages 14-25) began watching more video on digital devices than on television. This trend continues today, and businesses must keep shifting to keep up. Though HLS is still the most popular approach, MPEG-DASH represents the newest streaming protocol available today.