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Sports Drive IP Video Subscription Services

Lack of ubiquitous broadband access means that, for now at least, downloading rules the mound while streaming is still warming up in the bullpen. But more and more content delivery portals are offering free streaming to lure users in, in the hopes that they’ll pay for downloads.
Featured Articles, Posted 30 Sep 2004

IBC Update: From a Streaming Perspective

IBC2004 offered a host of streaming-related announcements, from the ISMA’s Conformance Program to a video headend from SkyStream with eight MPEG-4 AVC encoders. Learn more about the latest and greatest in streaming media in this IBC2004 roundup.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Sep 2004

Meet the New Draft, Same as the Old Draft

The U.S. Copyright Office has proposed an alternative to the much-criticized “Induce Act.” But critics say it does little to change the fact that the bill would essentially undercut the landmark 1984 Betamax decision.
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Sep 2004

Acacia Update: Busy Little Bees

From revising its licensing fees for schools to suing more cable companies, Acacia’s been keeping the streaming media industry on its toes. Here’s a look at what’s gone on in the last month.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Sep 2004

Measuring and Monitoring Streaming Media Quality

How can you judge the quality of your streaming media (and the success of the overall project) if you don’t have a yardstick? In the biz, such yardsticks are called metrics. Here’s a guide to understanding streaming quality metrics and how to set up streaming quality tests.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Sep 2004

The Last Mile: Streaming’s Bottleneck

The future of full-screen, high-quality streaming media hinges upon the widespread availability of ultrabroadband as well as the business models necessary to make it all profitable.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Sep 2004

Player Penetration By The Numbers

250 million and 93%. Those are just two of the figures given by Microsoft, Apple, Real, Macromedia, and others in reference to the number of people who have downloaded their media players. This is a realistic look into what those numbers actually mean.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Aug 2004

Acacia Releases Second Wave Aimed at Colleges and Universities

The company has made limited-time licensing offers to colleges and universities across the country, creating confusion among schools as to how to respond.
Featured Articles, Posted 11 Aug 2004

Local Heroes: Solutions for LAN- and WAN-based Streaming (Part 2)

In the second of a two-part article, we dig deeper three different solutions—from Certeon, Kontiki, and Network Appliance—and provide questions you should ask yourself before you go hunting for a streaming service provider.
Featured Articles, Posted 04 Aug 2004

Commentary: No Matter What You Call It, the Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act Spells Trouble

Though it’s not aimed solely, or even primarily, at streaming media, the "Inducing Infringement of Copyright Act" should give anyone involved with moving content across the Web cause for concern.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 Jul 2004

District Court Delivers Blow to Acacia

The recent Markman Order may be the first step towards invalidating some of Acacia’s DMT patent claims, but the case still has a long way to go.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Jul 2004

Convincing Your Boss You Need Streaming Media

You may firmly believe that streaming media is the best thing since sliced bread, but your boss may need some education.
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Jul 2004

Microsoft Releases Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta

The new version puts more options at users’ fingertips, and Redmond says the new "Digital Media Mall" will lay the groundwork for the future of digital content consumption.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jun 2004

Streaming By the Numbers

Want to know how much bandwidth a media file is going to take? How many concurrent users you can support? Thankfully, some of the more mathematically-gifted members of the streaming media community have posted some handy "calculators" for deciphering the ciphers.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2004

New MPEG-4 Webcaster Tops List of New Products at InfoComm 04

Envivio introduced its 4Forum MPEG-4 solution, while Sonic Foundry unveiled two new Mediasite recorders and ViewCast expanded its Niagara offerings in Atlanta.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jun 2004

Saving Streaming

No, it's not the industry that needs saving. But more and more people want to save streamed content onto their hard drives. For companies like ZyGoDigital and Twinklesoft, that spells opportunity. For content creators, it might also spell trouble.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Jun 2004

The Best of Streaming Media East 2004

The exhibit floor was hopping, but the real action took place in the conference sessions, where industry experts gave attendees tips on best practices, offered their take on the state of the industry, and gave a glimpse into the future of streaming media.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 May 2004

Commentary: MPEG-4 is Dead

With the adoption of WM9 by the DVD Forum, there's increasing reason to believe that MPEG4's future looks grim.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 Apr 2004

IBC 2003 Streaming Products Wrap-Up

The broadcast and streaming worlds are rapidly becoming one entity, if product announcements and show-floor buzz at IBC2003 are any indication. Tim Siglin gives an overview of interesting pre-launch and shipping products demonstrated at the show.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Sep 2003

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