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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.


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