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2016 Readers' Choice Awards: The Finalists
We've counted all the votes—nearly 34,000 of them—and we're announcing the finalists in this year's awards, ahead of presenting the winners during Streaming Media West and the Live Streaming Summit in November.
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We've counted all the votes in the 2016 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards, and today we're announcing the finalists—the top three vote-getters in each of our 33 categories.

This year’s awards brought in 332 nominations; after weeding out the duplicates and the nominations that weren’t appropriate for their categories, we narrowed the field down to 280 nominees and opened the voting to readers. More than 3,000 of you voted, casting a total of nearly 34,000 votes in our 33 categories, which include categories that reflect both the Streaming Media and Streaming Media Producer purviews.

The winners will be announced November 2 at Streaming Media West, which once again is being held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. This year's awards are sponsored by Ustream (an IBM company), LiveU, and Teradek. Winners will be featured in an article in Streaming Media magazine and, as well as our Streaming Media Xtra newsletter.

If you'd like to see what companies took home Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards in 2015, look to our list of winners.

Analytics Platform
Cedexis – Impact
Conviva - Ad Insights
Nice People At Work - Youbora

Capture Hardware
AJA Video Systems - Io 4K
Blackmagic Design - DeckLink
Telestream - Lightspeed Live Capture

Cellular Bonding Solution
LiveU - Solo
Streambox Inc. - Avenir Micro
Teradek - VidiU Pro

Closed Captioning Solution
3Play Media - Closed Captioning Service
Automatic Sync - CaptionSync - Captions

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
Amazon Web Services - Elastic Transcoder
Elemental Technologies - Elemental Cloud
Telestream – Telestream Cloud

Content Delivery Network
Akamai - CDN
Amazon Web Services - Cloudfront
Verizon Digital Media Services - Edgecast Network

DRM/Access Control Service Provider
Adobe - Primetime DRM
BuyDRM – KeyOS DRM Platform
Verimatrix - VideoMark Live Profile

Education Video Platform
Discover Video - DEVOS
Kaltura - Education Video Platform
Sonic Foundry - Mediasite Video Platform

Encoding Hardware
Haivision - Makito X H.264/HEVC Encoder Series
Telestream - Lightspeed Live
Teradek - T-Rax

Encoding Software
Elemental Technologies - Elemental Live
Sorenson - Squeeze Desktop
Telestream - Vantage

End-to-End Workflow Solution
Harmonic - VOS Cloud Media Processing Platform
Verizon Digital Media Services - Uplynk Video Streaming Service
Ustream (an IBM Company) – Pro Broadcast

Enterprise Video Platform
JW Player - JW Platform
Kaltura - Enterprise Video Platform
Ustream (an IBM company) - Align

Field Recorders/Monitors
AJA Video Systems - Ki Pro Ultra
Atomos - Flame Series
Blackmagic Design - Video Assist 4K

Live Streaming Platform
Haivision - Video Cloud
Ustream (an IBM Company) - Ustream
Wowza Media Systems – Wowza Streaming Cloud

Media & Entertainment Video Platform
Brightcove - Video Cloud
Kaltura - Online Video Platform
Ustream (an IBM company) - Pro Broadcast

Media Server
Adobe – Adobe Media Server 5
Unified Streaming - Unified Origin
Wowza Media Systems – Wowza Streaming Engine

OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD
Adobe - Primetime OTT
Akamai - Media Services
Kaltura - OTT TV

Portable Live Streaming Appliance (Less than $7,000)
Livestream - Studio HD51
Matrox - Monarch HDX
NewTek - TriCaster Mini HD-4

Portable Live Streaming Appliance (More than $7,000)
Haivision - KB Mini HEVC Encoder/Transcoder
Livestream - Studio HD550
NewTek - TriCaster Mini HD4-SDI

PTZ or Network-Controlled Camera
Panasonic - AW-HE40
PTZOptics - PTZOptics G2 Line
Sony Electronics - SRG-300H

Quality of Service (QoS)/Quality of Experience (QoE) Solution
Conviva - Experience Insights
Nice People at Work – Youbora
Streamroot - Device-Assisted Delivery Optimization

Small/Medium Business Video Platform
Brightcove - Video Cloud
JW Player - JW Platform
Ustream (an IBM company) - Pro Broadcast

Stream Stitching/Server-Side Ad Insertion Solution
Akamai - AdScaler
Elemental Technologies - Elemental Delta
Verizon Digital Media Services - Server Side Ad Insertion Technologies

Video Camera (Less than $5,000)
Canon - XA30/35
Sony Electronics - PXW-X70

Video Camera (More than $5,000)
Blackmagic Design - URSA 4.6K
Canon - EOS C300 Mark II
RED - Scarlet

Video Optimization Solution
Beamr - Video Content Adaptive Video Optimizer
EuclidIQ - Intelligent Video Compression
MediaMelon - Content-Aware Streaming

Video Player Solution/SDK
Adobe - Primetime TVSDK
JW Player – JW Player
Bitmovin - Adaptive Streaming Player

Video Switcher/Mixer (Less than $5,000)
Blackmagic Design - ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K
Telestream - Wirecast

Video Switcher/Mixer (More than $5,000)
Blackmagic Design - ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K
NewTek - TriCaster
vMix – vMix Go

VR/360° Camera/Camera System
GoPro - Odyssey
Nokia - OZO
Samsung - Project Beyond

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)
Kaltura - Webcasting
MediaPlatform - Webcaster
Sonic Foundry - Mediasite Video Platform

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (On-Prem)
Livestream – Studio
Telestream - Wirecast

Wireless Video Transmitters
Cerevo - LiveShell Pro
IDX - CW-3
Teradek - Bolt

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