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Streaming Media Podcast #20: All-Stars and Format Wars

The first in a series of podcasts with Streaming Media All Stars, this spirited discussion with Nico McLane includes Jan Ozer and several opinions on Windows Media, Flash, H.264 and the needs of enterprise user.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Jul 2008

Apple iPhone 3G Launch Marred by Activation Problems

Activation issues plague early adopters, but those who've been able to get their new iPhones up and running are seeing the potential of the device as a third computing platform.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Jul 2008

2008 Readers' Choice Awards: Call for Nominations

Last year, more than 3,000 people voted in the inaugural Readers' Choice Awards. This year's awards feature a new, expanded list of categories. Nominations are due by July 21, so get yours in today.
Thurs., July 10, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Jul 2008

Interoperability and Simplicity the Key Trends at Connections 2008

This year's Connections conference highlighted the paths and pitfalls to streaming in the home, with competing approaches offering simplified user experiences. And while there's a push towards a unified standard, its realizations seems a long ways off.
Tues., July 8, by IdaRose Sylvester and Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jul 2008

Sonic Foundry Set to Unleash New Mediasite Recorders, Server

New version Mediasite EX Server will include RSS feeds and new reporting features, while upgrades to Mediasite RL and ML Recorders will feature improved editing and capture capabilities.
Mon., July 7, by Bill Greenwood
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Jul 2008

Forrester Report: Get Ready for OmniVideo

In a new report called How Video Will Take Over the World, Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey encourages companies to embrace a world where video is everywhere.
Mon., July 7, by Bill Greenwood

Featured Articles, Posted 07 Jul 2008

It's All in the Delivery: A Look at the Top Video Players of Today and Tomorrow

Today's media players are advancing broadcast media by leveraging the internet as a delivery medium. As such, these technologies are now becoming disruptive far beyond the confines of the web.
Thurs., July 3, by Ezra Davidson

Featured Articles, Posted 03 Jul 2008

Rhapsody's New DRM-Free Tracks are Music to iPod Users' Ears

Real's Rhapsody music subscription service is now selling downloadable content that will play on any device, including the iPod.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jul 2008

Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search

Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jul 2008

ON24 Aims to Turn Desktops Into Conference Halls With Virtual Show

With rising travel costs eating into conference budgets, ON24's Virtual Show lets companies put on "virtual trade shows" accessible from any PC.
Mon., June 30, by Bill Greenwood
Featured Articles, Posted 30 Jun 2008

Class Act: Is DIY the Way to Go for Educational Institutions?

With a DIY approach to online video, you're substituting one resource for another—time for money. It's not a bad equation, particularly if your institution is just testing the waters, but it is wise to recognize that trade-off at the start and budget learning time as an investment in your school's online success.
Fri., June 27, by Paul Riismandel
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Jun 2008

Monetization Dominates Digital Media Conference Discussions

Whether the panel was adressing online video, mobile entertainment, or digital music, talk inevitably turned to monetization models and potential at Thursday's Digital Media Conference, which included keynote speakers from Google and Fox Interactive.
Thursday, June 26, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Jun 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #19: InfoComm and NxtComm

Tim Siglin podcasts from Infocomm and NxtComm, both held in Las Vegas, with special guest host IdaRose Sylvester, who discusses a new set-top box from Amino and the VN-Matrix streaming encoder/decoder from Electrosonic.
Tues., June 24, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jun 2008

Streaming Radio Royalties Set To Affect Terrestrial Radio

SoundExchange using last year's Copyright Board decision as leverage against traditional radio, claiming that AM and FM stations should start paying performance fees. In the meantime, negotiations to cap internet radio royalty rates have stalled.
Tues., June 24, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Jun 2008

Cracking the H.264 Codec

H.264 is undoubtedly the hottest codec around, but there are inherent market forces that complicate producing files that meet the needs of your target playback device or player. These include the fact that there are multiple H.264 codecs available, each with different configurable parameters, and that each H.264 encoding tool reveals a custom set of compression options.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jun 2008

Commentary: In-Stream Ads—The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Content owners need to monetize their videos. But, writes the Watchman, if you're going to make people watch ads to get to free video, you should make the experience as easy and painless as possible.
Friday, June 20, by Geoff Daily

Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jun 2008

Microsoft Lets the Music Play

Reversing a decision it made in April, Microsoft has decided to allow music purchased from its now-defunct MSN Music service to play on new or updated devices.
Friday, June 20, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jun 2008

Under the Hood: File Analysis Tools for Streaming Video

For the most part, streaming files provide a pitiful amount of useable data, which makes programs that provide insight to the content of these files invaluable to compressionists. Depending upon your needs and operating system, there are a number of programs—most free, some at a price—that may fit the bill quite nicely. In this article, we look at a several such programs, including Apple’s QuickTime Pro, Steve Greenberg’s GSpot Codec Information Appliance, Inlet Technologies’ Semaphore, Jerome Martinez’s MediaInfo, and Sliq Media’s WMSnoop.
Tues., June 17, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2008

Review: Rhozet Carbon Coder 3

"Impressive" turns out to be a good adjective for the version 3.0 update in general, which significantly improves an already highly competent product. Rhozet has made several useful streaming-codec-related improvements, enhanced watch-folder functionality, and improved the program's interface. Encoding trials immediately revealed that Carbon Coder remains highly tuned for fast, multiprocessor efficiency.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

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