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2012 Readers' Choice Awards Finalists
With more than 58,000 votes, this year's Readers' Choice Awards drew more attention than ever. Here are the finalists; winners will be announced at Streaming Media West in Los Angeles on Halloween.
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Wow. The Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards have always drawn a tremendous number of votes, but this year was something else; More than 58,000 votes were submitted on almost 350 products, services, and companies in the online video space. From cloud services to webcasting, and almost two dozen categories in between, there were more categories than ever to choose from, and our readers responded with more enthusiasm than ever.

So here are the finalists—the top three vote getters in each of our 25 categories. We'll announce the winners at Streaming Media West in Los Angeles on  October 31. Thanks to our sponsors: Wowza, Digital Rapids, Livestream, and Telestream.

Best Streaming Innovation

  • Haivision KulaByte Cloud Transcoder
  • Ustream Broadcast for Friends
  • Wowza Media Server

Best Online Video Content Company

  • College Humor
  • Funny or Die
  • Warner Bros. Warner Premiere

Best Online Video Technology Company

  • Haivison
  • Livestream
  • Ustream

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service

  • Amazon EC2
  • Haivision HyperStream Live
  • Sorenson  Media Squeeze Cloud

CDN Service Provider

  • Akamai
  • Amazon Cloudfront
  • Limelight Networks
(Editor's Note: In an earlier version of this article and list, we had a "CDN Solution (Telco)" category. Upon further discussion, we decided to delete that category, as it had led to too much confusion over whether or not it referred to a telco offering a CDN service, or a CDN offering a managed or licensed platform to CDN.)

Desktop Video Editing Software

  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Apple Final Cut X
  • Avid  Media Composer

DRM/Access Control Solution

  • BuyDRM KeyOS
  • Google Widevine Video Optimizer
  • Verimatrix VCAS for Internet TV

Encoding Software (Desktop)

  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Livestream for Producers
  • Sorenson Media Squeeze

Encoding Software (Enterprise Class)

  • HaiVision KulaByte Internet Encoder
  • Sorenson Media Squeeze Server
  • Telestream Vantage Transcode

Field Encoder

  • Digital Rapids TouchStream
  • Livestream Broadcaster
  • Haivision KulaByte Traveler

Hardware Encoder (On Demand)

  • Cisco Media Processor AS-8100
  • Haivison Makito
  • Telestream Pipeline

Hardware Encoder (Live)

  • Digital Rapids StreamZ Live
  • Haivision Makito
  • ViewCast Niagara 7550

Live Video Streaming Platform

  • Haivision HyperStream Live
  • Livestream New Livestream
  • Ustream

MSO OTT Solution

  • Digital Rapids StreamZ Live
  • Limelight Networks Deploy
  • RealNetworks Helix Universal Media Server

Multi-Screen/OTT Solution for Content Publishers

  • Haivision HyperStream Live
  • Limelight Networks Dynamic Site Platform
  • Telestream Vantage Transcode Multiscreen

Online Video Platform

  • Livestream New Livestream
  • Sorenson Media 360
  • Ustream 

Portable Live Streaming Appliance

  • Digital Rapids Touchstream
  • NewTek TriCaster 40
  • Sonic Foundry Mediasite ML Recorder

Reporting and Analytics Platform

  • Adobe SiteCatalyst
  • Keynote Systems Streaming Perspective
  • TubeMogul

Search and Discovery Platform

  • Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery
  • Rovi TotalGuide
  • ThinkAnalytics Search & Recommendation Platform

Server Hardware/Software

  • Adobe Media Server
  • Limelight Networks Stream Anywhere
  • Wowza Media Server

Transparent Video Caching Solution

  • Blue Coat CacheFlow
  • Huawei Internet Cache Solution
  • Juniper Networks

Video Advertising Management Platform

  • Adobe Auditude
  • FreeWheel Monetization Rights Management
  • Limelight Networks Reach Ads

Video Advertising Network

  • Adap.tv Marketplace
  • TubeMogul PlayTime
  • YuMe Connected Audience Network

Webcasting/Presentation Solution

  • Discover Video Multimedia Encoder
  • Sonic Foundry Mediasite
  • Telestream Wirecast