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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

Review: Sorenson Squeeze 5

With Squeeze 5, Sorenson took baby steps in some critical new directions. Unfortunately, unless it's your child, baby steps are seldom graceful or particularly effective, and that's the case here.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Streams of Thought: Everything Old Is New Again

A "where are they now?" look at some of the names associated with the early days of the Streaming Media shows.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Editor's Note: Don't Call It a Comeback

Whether his venture succeeds or fails, the involvement of an A-list Hollywood star like David Caruso in a streaming video startup says volumes about the level of attention online video is receiving these days.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2008

Streaming the 2008 Beijing Olympics

With the help of Microsoft Silverlight, NBCU is going for the gold with this summer's Olympic games, promising to offer 3,600 hours of programming from Beijing, most of it available online as well as through NBCU's affiliated broadcast networks.
Fri., June 13, by Max Bloom
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Jun 2008

A Whole New Lexicon: David Caruso Launches Online Video Company

CSI: Miami actor David Caruso has joined forces with two streaming industry veterans, Nils Lahr—one of the original architects of Windows Media—and Frank Nein, to launch a new online video initiative, Lexicon Digital.
Tues., June 10, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 10 Jun 2008

Entertainment Device Deals Reshape the Streaming Industry Yet Again

A spate of announcements from TiVo, Amazon, and Netflix over the past two weeks point to the ways in which consumer entertainment has joined the enterprise on equal footing as a driver of the streaming industry.
Fri., May 30, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 30 May 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #17: Streaming Media East Wrap-Up

Tim Siglin wraps up Streaming Media East 2008 coverage with a series of interviews: Angelina Ward with Focal Press, Gerard Virga, COO at CDN Powerstream and Dr. Harsh Verma from R Systems.
Tues., May 27, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 27 May 2008

Streaming Media Podcast #16: Streaming Media East 2008

Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin talk about highlights from Streaming Media East in New York, including AT&T's re-emergence as a CDN, a jaw-dropping mobile video webcasting demo by Steve Garfield, and interviews with show attendees.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 May 2008

Blasts From the Past: A Decade (Almost) of Headlines

As part of's tenth anniversary, we've gone through the archives and compiled some of the most interesting news stories and commentaries that have appeared on the site.
Mon., May 19, by Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Featured Articles, Posted 18 May 2008

A Decade of

With the 2008 Streaming Media East show next week in New York, the Streaming Media brand celebrates its tenth year. What a long, strange trip it's been—here's a guided tour of the ups and downs of our first decade.
Tues, May 13, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 13 May 2008

H.264 Adoption Creating an International Broadcast Muddle

With more and more broadcasters simulcasting content online in H.264, issues of licensing and piracy are once again coming to the fore.
Fri., May 9, by Tim Siglin
Featured Articles, Posted 09 May 2008

Comcast, Pando to Work With Industry on P2P Bill of Rights

In an effort to help manage network congestion, Comcast and Pando are proposing a list of “rights and responsibilities,” a proposal that’s met with mixed reaction. The Distributed Computing Industry Association will take up the issue at the P2P Media Summit in Los Angeles on Monday.
Fri., May 2, by Bill Greenwood
Featured Articles, Posted 02 May 2008

Wanted: Sexy HDTV That Connects to the Internet and Services All DVRs

At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, internet-connected TVs were all the rage. Television manufacturers, however, are keeping mum on when consumers will actually have easy access to them, not to mention what they'll look like.
Tues., April 29, by Ezra Davidson
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Apr 2008

Review: Inlet Technologies Spinnaker S3000

Another winning real-time encoder from Inlet
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Review: Anystream Agility

The term “industrial-strength” is probably overused, but it’s definitely appropriate when describing Anystream’s Agility Web encoder, an extremely robust system that delivers more than adequate video quality along with stellar stability and performance.
Thurs., April 24, by Jan Ozer
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Streams of Thought: Where Are They Now?

A few years ago, VH1 ran a program called Where Are They Now that tracked down artists that had faded from wider public view. So I thought it only fitting that, as part of this “Decade of Streaming” issue, I track down a few people who had played varying roles in the advent of streaming media.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Class Act: What's Your Digital Media Strategy?

These days, most learning institutions take the necessity of investing in their websites seriously. But when it comes to digital media, I feel like it’s 1998 all over again.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

Case Study: MSN Autos Revs Up Video Production

The video team at MSN Autos offers a peek into the latest and greatest in the auto industry.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2008

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