This paper presents the OpenDF framework and recalls that dataflow programming was once invented to address the problem of parallel computing. We discuss the problems with an imperative style, von Neumann programs, and present what we believe are the advantages of using a dataflow programming model. The CAL actor language is briefly presented and its role in the ISO/MPEG standard is discussed. The Dataflow Interchange Format (DIF) and related tools can be used for analysis of actors and networks, demonstrating the advantages of a dataflow approach. Finally, an overview of a case study implementing an MPEG-4 decoder is given.