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What is 2K and 4K Video?

As we move beyond 1080p, consumers and the online video world are being enticed by 2K, 4K, and 4K Ultra HD (UHD). Here's a look at what those all mean, as well as what the future might hold.
What Is ..., Posted 08 Mar 2013

What Is HEVC (H.265)?

Not sure what to make of the new format on the block? Read this to get up to speed on how HEVC was created, the challenges it now faces, and when it will go into everyday use.
What Is ..., Posted 14 Feb 2013

What is Transparent Caching?

Transparent caching benefits both the end user, who gets the content they want more quickly, and the CDNs and ISPs delivering the content.
What Is ..., Posted 04 Jan 2013

What is Google TV?

Is Google TV the smart TV platform of the future,or still just "beta" software?
What Is ..., Posted 04 Jan 2013

What Is a Streaming Media Protocol?

HTTP, RTSP, RTMP, Smooth Streaming, HLS, HDS, and more: What exactly are streaming protocols, and how do they interact with other communications protocols?
What Is ..., Posted 22 Aug 2012

What is MPEG DASH?

MPEG DASH is the latest hot topic in the online video space. Here we break down what it is, and what its implications might be for video delivery in the future.
What Is ..., Posted 22 Nov 2011

What is HLS (HTTP Live Streaming)?

Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol is the technology used to deliver video to Apple devices like the iPad and iPhone. Here's a primer on what HLS is and how to use it.
What Is ..., Posted 14 Oct 2011

What is Adaptive Streaming?

A look at what adaptive streaming is, the primary technology providers, and the factors you should consider when choosing an adaptive streaming technology
What Is ..., Posted 28 Apr 2011

What is Encoding and Transcoding?

An overview of the basics of encoding and transcoding, including an attempt to settle on some hitherto controversial definitions
What Is ..., Posted 20 Apr 2011

What is H.264?

A look behind H.264, the world's most popular video codec, including encoding parameters and royalty concerns
What Is ..., Posted 04 Apr 2011

What is a Codec?

If you're going to understand online video, you need to understand codecs. Here's a high-level look at what codecs are, as well as the variety of codecs relevant to streaming media.
What Is ..., Posted 21 Mar 2011

What is a Content Delivery Network (CDN)?

A definition and history of the content delivery network, as well as a look at the current CDN market landscape
What Is ..., Posted 20 Mar 2011

What is HTML5?

An explanation of HTML5 and HTML5 Video, including history, patent issues, and current use by Apple, Microsoft, Google, Adobe, and others.
What Is ..., Posted 10 Mar 2011

What is Streaming?

A high-level view of streaming media technology, history, and the online video market landscape
What Is ..., Posted 26 Feb 2011

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