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Video Encoder Beamr Takes $4M in Funding from Verizon Ventures

The company plans to grow its business in Europe in 2017, and spur applications for its content adaptive encoding software in several industries.

Bitmovin Releases API to Simplify Video Development and Delivery

Patchwork video workflows happen when companies add different providers to their video workflows, and they can seriously hamper quality and development.

Netflix Announces Offline Downloading for iOS and Android Devices

Frequent flyers and train riders rejoice as Netflix announces an untethered option. The full catalog isn't supported and details are scarce.

AT&T Announces DirecTV Now Launch With $35 Plan, $5 HBO and Cinemax

Customers will be able to stream over 100 channels for $35 per month, but AT&T hasn't announced what those channels are. CBS won't be bundled at launch.
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Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

by | Many companies spend too much on adaptive bitrate encoding. In turns out there's a pricey way to go about it and a cheaper way. Dynamic packaging to the rescue!

CMAF Is Halfway There, But That's Not Far Enough: Commentary

by | The Common Media Application Format (CMAF) hits a predictable roadblock with encryption, where it enables two incompatible modes. This has one columnist feeling pessimistic.

The China Problem: Government-Sponsored Formats Are Incompatible

by | Ever heard of the Audio Video Standard (AVS)? What about China Blue High-Definition (CBHD)? China's homegrown standards keep Western companies at bay.

Skeptics Unite! VR Is Half-Baked, Far From Ready for the Masses

by | What's so great about turning your head? For all the talk of immersive virtual reality experiences, this columnist sees only heavily-pixilated, nausea-inducing video.

The 10 Year View: What Will Online Video Look Like in 2026?

by | There's a vast generation gap in how Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers access and enjoy online video, so what will the area look like when Millennials get older?

Video Short Cuts

Viacom's Jeff Tapper explains migrating to VP9 on platforms that support it will help you reach new markets and save money by delivering better quality video at lower bandwidths.
Nice People at Work's Diane Strutner, Studio71's Mike Flynn, and WillowTree's Jeremy Stern debate the merits of in-house vs. third-party analytics tools for video brands.

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Say hello to Ensemble Video's disruptive lecture capture solution, where you get more lecture capture tools and spend less.
by , | Bitmovin CEO Stefan Lederer describes Bitmovin's enterprise focus, cloud encoding and player infrastructure, DRM, 24/7 worldwide support, and increasing attention to VR 360 in this wide-ranging interview with Tim Siglin at Streaming Media West 2016.
by , | In this interview at Streaming Media West 2016, Mirror-Image CEO Gustav Vik and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss Mirror Image's innovative edge-caching model, and new Ad Block Override solution.
by | 2016 View From The Top, an introduction to industry leaders who's companies were selected for the 2016 Streaming Media 100: The 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2016