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Flashpoint: Live Flash Video—Ready for Prime Time?

Flash video has achieved widespread popularity, but how well can it handle live streaming?
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2008

Editor's & Publisher's Note: Growing Up

As Streaming Media magazine expands into Europe, its editor and publisher look back at its past an forward to its future.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2008

IBC 2008 Kicks Off

Highlights in the early announcements from Amsterdam—from companies like Microsoft, Digital Rapids, HaiVision, and Motorola—emphasize the growth in H.264 and set-top box penetration.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Sep 2008

Game On: Adobe, Microsoft, and Others Battle It Out in the Sports Video Space

The NFL is using Adobe Flash and AIR, the Fighting Irish are using Microsoft Silverlight, and companies like Createcna and Envivio are pushing their solutions hard in the sports video marketplace and at IBC.
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin

Featured Articles, Posted 09 Sep 2008

Streams of Thought: H.264 Wins—Now What?

WIth Microsoft's announcement that it's adding H.264 playback to Silverlight, some would argue that H.264 has emerged triumphant in the codec wars. So what does that mean for the future of online video?
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Sep 2008

Streaming the Conventions

Nominees and political parties firmly embrace an alternate media distribution lifestyle. And while platform limitations were politics as usual for video from the two major parties, independent candidate Ron Paul's video was viewable on all three major operating systems.
Fri., Sept. 5, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Sep 2008

Sports Flash

Adobe claims the gold in the Olympics and introduces live NFL football delivered in Flash, which debuted Thursday night.
Fri., Sept. 5, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 05 Sep 2008

Get a Life: New Tools Put Lifecasting Within Anyone's Reach

Lifecasting has grown wildly popular, with new tools available that let anyone webcast their own Truman Show. The big question: Is there money to be made, or is it just a passing fad?
Fri., Sept. 5, by Ron Miller

Featured Articles, Posted 05 Sep 2008

The 2008 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

The votes are in—all 3,893 of them—and the finalists have been chosen for the 2008 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards. Read on to see which companies, products, and services topped readers' lists this year.
Fri., Aug. 29, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Aug 2008

Industry Perspectives: Best Practices for Flawless Web Multimedia Streams

Like most organizations, you may have to turn to a content delivery network (CDN) that specializes in multimedia streaming. But whether you choose to make an in-house investment or turn to partner support, you must be prepared to measure results.
Wed., Aug. 27, by Stephen Pierzchala

Featured Articles, Posted 27 Aug 2008

So Many H.264 Codecs, So Little Time

Unlike the quality of either WMV or VP6-based Flash files, which are relatively homogenous due to their common origin, the quality of H.264 video varies depending upon who developed the codec and, to a lesser degree, the encoding tool. Here's a comparison of H.264 files produced using codecs from Apple, Dicas, and MainConcept.
Tues., Aug. 26, by Jan Ozer

Featured Articles, Posted 26 Aug 2008

NBC Has a VHS Olympic Moment

Just as VHS didn't kill the multiplex, record-setting streaming audiences during the Beiijing Games appear to have actually translated into a boost to TV viewership.
Fri., Aug. 22, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Aug 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #22: The Olympics

Tim's daughter talks about staying up late and watching the Olympics while Jose shares tips on how she can illegally watch the Olympics whenever she wants. Tim kicks Jose under the table. We all decide that Microsoft Silverlight looks great and was easy to install. Tim promises to watch the opening ceremonies before the games end on NBCOlympics.com
Wed., Aug. 20, by Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo

Featured Articles, Posted 20 Aug 2008

Is the RIAA’s “Making Available” Argument Still Valid?

A recent case brought aby a Recording Industry Association of America music label against a file sharer has been settled, but at significantly less per song than a similar case.
Tues., Aug. 19, by Tim Siglin

Featured Articles, Posted 19 Aug 2008

Industry Perspectives: Mobile Music Streaming—An Alternative to Downloading

By offering more variety, lower fees, and quicker gratification, mobile music streaming services are a breakthrough alternative to more established MP3 music download services.
Wed., Aug. 13, by Roland Bank
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Aug 2008

BitGravity’s Philosophy: Take It Easy

BitGravity’s seemingly slow approach in terms of CDN sales might be changing thanks to some new customer wins and the recent announcement of $2.5 million in funding.

Featured Articles, Posted 14 Aug 2008

The State of the Content Delivery Market

To those who are new to the online video industry, it may seem like the content delivery market has been around for only a few years. But amazingly, 2008 marks the 13th year since some of the first CDNs began offering streaming media services on the internet.
Tues., Aug. 12, by Dan Rayburn
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Aug 2008

NBC's Olympic Task

In an effort to protect their significant investment in Olympics coverage, NBC is using tape delay on many events, and isn’t offering online coverage of others. That’s causing some some viewers to seek alternate methods to access Olympic video on the internet.
Mon., Aug. 11, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Aug 2008

Industry Perspectives: Keeping an Eye on Video Quality

With the rise of user-generated content, one could argue that the process of video encoding has become oversimplified of late. It's time to take a step back and put more emphasis on correctly encoding content for high-quality video and audio.
Fri., Aug. 8, by Simon Factor
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Aug 2008

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