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The 2013 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists
Here are the top vote-getters in 26 categories; we'll be announcing the winners at Streaming Media West
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The votes are all in for the 2013 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards, and in just a few weeks we'll be announcing the winners at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, Calif. We started out with more than 300 nominees, and over the course of six weeks of voting, our readers let us know which nominees are their favorites in 26 categories.

As in previous years, once all the votes were cast, we sent out confirmation emails to every voter to weed out any "dummy" email addresses, and when all was said and done, the finalists—the three top vote-getters in each category—rose to the top. That's what we present to you in the list below; in each category, one of the companies or products listed is the winner, and the one with the most votes of all will be crowned the winner at a special awards luncheon on November 20, sponsored by Wowza Media Systems and Teradek.

We hope you can join us at Streaming Media West; if not, you can watch the awards presentation live on the StreamingMedia.com home page at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on Wednesday, November 20.

In the meantime, congratulations to all of our finalists, presented below in alphabetical order.

Cellular Bonding Solution

LiveU LU70
Streambox, Inc. Avenir Mini
Teradek Bond II

Closed Captioning Solution

3Play Media Captioning, Transcription, and Translation
Livestream
Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers Timed Text

Cloud Encoding/ Transcoding Service

Akamai Technologies Sola Vision Transcoding Services
Amazon Web Services Elastic Transcoder
Livestream for Producers

Content Delivery Network

Akamai Sola Sphere
Amazon Web Services CloudFront
Level 3

Desktop Video Editing Software

Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Apple Final Cut Pro X
Sony Creative Software Vegas

DRM/Access Control Solution

Adobe Primetime
Akamai Technologies SecureHD
Verimatrix VCAS for Internet TV

Education Video Platform

Ensemble Video
Kaltura Video Platform
Kanopy Streaming Service

Encoding Software

Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 Powered by Kayak
Elemental Technologies Elemental Live
Telestream Episode

Enterprise Video Platform

Brightcove Video Cloud
Kaltura Video Platform
Sorenson Media Sorenson 360

Field Encoder

Livestream Broadcaster
NewTek TriCaster
Teradek VidiU

Hardware Encoder (On-Demand)

Digital Rapids StreamZHD
Elemental Technologies Elemental Server
RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster

Hardware Encoder (Live)

Cisco AnyRes Live
Elemental Technologies Elemental Live
Haivision Makito X2

Live Video Platform

Livestream
Ustream
YouTube Live

Media & Entertainment Video Platform

Adobe Primetime
Akamai Technologies Sola Sphere
Ooyala

Media Server

Adobe Media Server 5
RealNetworks Helix Universal Server
Wowza Media Server

MPEG-DASH Product

Bitmovin GmbH libdash & bitdash
Elemental Technologies Elemental Live
Verimatrix VCAS for DASH

Multi-Language Solution

RealNetworks Helix Multi-Track
Sovee Transcribr
Xstream MediaMaker

Portable Live Streaming Appliance

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio
NewTek TriCaster
Teradek VidiU

Reporting & Analytics Platform

Akamai Technologies Sola Analytics
Conviva Insights
TubeMogul Video Advertising Platform

Search & Discovery Platform

Digitalsmiths Seamless Discovery
RAMP MediaCloud
Veveo SmartRelevance Conversational Platform

Transparent Video Caching Solution

Cisco Systems VDS-TC
PeerApp UltraBand
Qwilt QB-Series

Video Advertising Management Platform

Adap.tv Pathway
Adobe Primetime
LiveRail

Video Advertising Network

Rovi Advertising
TubeMogul Video Advertising Platform
YuMe

Video Switcher/Mixer

Blackmagic Design ATEM Production Studio 4K
NewTek TriCaster
Telestream Wirecast

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (On-Prem)

Connecting Media Interactive Webcast
Telestream Wirecast
Sonic Foundry Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)

Brainshark, Inc. SlideShark
Sonic Foundry Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform
TalkPoint Convey