When video rental and streaming company Netflix released its Netflix API, it was meant to support its DVD-by-mail business. In the time since the Netflix API was released, the business has shifted to streaming instant video, from hundreds of devices. Meanwhile, the Netflix API hasn't changed much and it's time for a redesign, according to Netflix's Daniel Jacobson in his talk at OSCon Wednesday. Jacobson's talk offers examples of how the next iteration might look, including doing away with versions, but creating unique endpoints for each partner's application.
Facebook implemented new features for its Live API to answer common concerns voiced by the publishers. The automated encoder configuration ensures auto tweaks to quality settings throughout the stream, and the frame-accurate start times informs a publisher of the exact frame a video is live.