Media Dispatch Protocol

What Does Media Dispatch Protocol Mean?

Media Dispatch Protocol (MDP) was the first protocol engineered to offer an open standard for audio, video and associated files requiring security, automation and tapeless delivery. Such files have various application platforms, each associated with various resolution qualities.


Details of the process of delivery, starting from the business-based logic and reaching the final technical form of the product, requires a middleware protocol to decouple this development process. This protocol is the MDP.

Techopedia Explains Media Dispatch Protocol

For example, a broadcaster might have a contract with a TV post-production service. When a program is delivered to the broadcaster, the MDP agent acts as an agent coupling between the post-production services provider and its program names. The MDP agent will not deal with filenames or endpoints within the network.

Among the critical functions of an MDP is coupling between business logic and binary file transfer protocols. This helps determine the format settings used for file packages, delivery routing and security related data – all critical for the coordination of file transfer.

MDP is very useful as an intermediate entity helping with the final details of a file transfer. These details include critical attributes required for many file related processes such as delivery, control, monitor and progress reporting of the file transfer process.


Related Terms

Margaret Rouse

Margaret Rouse is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical, business audience. Over the past twenty years her explanations have appeared on TechTarget websites and she's been cited as an authority in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine and Discovery Magazine.Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages. If you have a suggestion for a new definition or how to improve a technical explanation, please email Margaret or contact her…