Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards: Make Your Nominations Now
With more categories than ever, you can now make your nominations for the best in online video technology, products, and services
Only one awards program lets the end users have their say about their favorite online video tools, products, and services—the Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards. And the process begins with the nominations.
Simply complete and submit the nomination form before August 31. Streaming Media’s editorial team evaluate all submissions to make sure they fit their categories, and final nominees are announced on September 5 when online voting opens. The top 3 finalists in each category will be announced on in mid-October, and the winners receive their award at Streaming Media West in Los Angeles on October 31. (You can also make nominations in the European Readers' Choice Awards here.)
Winners are also featured in the December/January issue of Streaming Media magazine, on StreamingMedia.com, and published in StreamingMedia Xtra newsletter. This year, our awards program is sponsored by Wowza, Digital Rapids, and Telestream.
Last year's awards drew more than 250 nominations and almost 50,000 votes; you can see the list of 2011 winners here.
This year, we've increased the number of categories to 29. Take a look, and make your nominations today!
Best Streaming Innovation 2012
Which product, technology, or service most changed the streaming landscape in the past year?
Best Online Video Content Company
Which company is creating the most innovative, impressive, and entertaining original content?
Best Online Video Technology Company
Another industry-wide category, designed to highlight the technology company that made the biggest splash and is poised for long-term success
Best App for Watching Video
What's the best app for viewing content on mobile devices, set-top boxes, or smart TVs?
Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
Who's got the best SaaS for encoding and transcoding video, in terms of quality, turnaround time, and service?
This year, we're separating the content delivery network category into two categories to reflect the changing CDN landscape. This category is for non-telco CDNs.
Which telco CDN is outperforming the others in terms of QoS and customer service for OTT video delivery?
Desktop Video Editing Software
What's the best software for editing video on the desktop, in terms of power, speed, options, and UI?
DRM/Access Control Solution
As premium content owners try to reach more devices, they need more nuanced approaches to digital rights management and access control. Which solution offers the best experience for the content owner and the consumer?
Encoding Software (Desktop)
It doesn't seem fair to pit enterprise-grade encoding solutions against single-workstation software, so in this year's awards we're breaking down encoding software into two categories. Which desktop encoding software offers the most options, easiest-to-use interface, and highest-quality results?
Encoding Software (Enterprise Class)
What's the leading enterprise-grade encoding software, in terms of performance, output quality, quality control options, format support, expansion options, programmability, and other variables?
The last 12 months has seen an explosion in encoding hardware designed for use in the field, including cellular link aggregator solutions. Which one is shaking things up the most?
Front-End Optimization (FEO) Solution
Who offers the best solution to improve site load times?
Hardware Encoder (On Demand)
What's the best hardware designed for on-demand (non-live) encoding?
This category is for hardware encoders specifically designed for live encoding.
Language Services for Video
What's the best solution for closed captioning, transcription, or translation?
Live Video Streaming Service
Cloud platform for streaming live content
Mobile Video Creation App
iOS/Android app for shooting, editing, and sharing video
As cable companies look to increase and improve their over-the-top offerings, what solution are they turning to?
Multi-Screen/OTT Solution for Content Publishers
When content publishers look for an end-to-end solution for getting their content on multiple devices, where do they turn?
Premium white-label or branded video publishing platforms designed for use by SMBs, enterprise, and entertainment organizations.
Portable Live Streaming Appliance
A step or two up from cellmuxes but still mobile, these hardware solutions enable webcasting virtually anywhere, offering camera switching, transitions, effects, and more.
Reporting and Analytics Solution
Solutions for delivering video viewership and/or QoS reporting and analytics, whether standalone or as part of a larger offering
Search and Discovery Platform
Solutions that utilize metadata, speech/facial recognition, or other methods to help users easily find the video they're looking for or to find viewing recommendations based on their personal information
Solutions for delivering audio and video files to listeners and viewers, regardless of delivery protocol
Transparent Video Caching Solution
Who offers the best solution for transparent caching of video content on a delivery network
Video Advertising Management Platform
Platforms that perform ad insertion and offer pre-built placement options and success tracking
Video Advertising Network
Companies that help brands execute video campaigns via online publishers
Services or products that capture video and audio, combine with slides and images, and deliver to online viewers in an interactive environment with Q&A, surveys, etc., live and/or on demand.
Announced earlier today at Streaming Media West, here are the winners in our annual Readers' Choice Awards—the only awards program in the online video industry where the end users vote for the products, services, and companies that they feel are the market leaders