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The State of Protocols and Formats 2014

From AVC to WebM, here's a look at the status of the acronyms that define the streaming media world.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Mar 2014

How to Make the Move to HEVC

It's still early in the game, but here's everything you need to know about moving to the next-generation video codec.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Mar 2014

How to Encode Video for HLS Delivery

If you need to deliver to mobile devices and via OTT platforms, you need to deliver HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Apple provides plenty of advice for compressionists, but here are some tips and tricks for encoding and testing your HLS files
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Mar 2014

In Defense of MPEG LA

Patent pool organization MPEG LA continues to come under fire from the likes of Steve Forbes, but most of the criticism is based on false premises and ignores innovators' right to generate revenue from their work and investments
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Feb 2014

Akamai, Google: Building an Open Source DASH-AVC/264 Player

An all-star Streaming Media West panel explains the architecture of the dash.js player, and shows how attendees can use it in their own projects.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 Jan 2014

How to Use AWS to Create an End-to-End HLS Streaming Stack

Guiding attendees from the backend setup to the viewer experience, two experts offered HLS specifics at Streaming Media West.
Featured Articles, Posted 28 Jan 2014

HEVC Innovation Has Been Fast, But Evolution Will Be Slow

Elemental says HEVC gains now approach 50 percent for high-definition content, but the codec's rollout and growth will take a decade.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Jan 2014

Hulu: All Our Google Chromecast Streaming Uses MPEG-DASH

DASH is in place today, Hulu says; HEVC will need to wait until there's hardware support on mobile devices to prevent battery drain.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Jan 2014

Evaluation Crowns FFmpeg the King of the H.264 Encoders

FFmpeg might be a free download, but there's still a cost that goes with it. Robert Reinhardt explains why this encoder isn't right for every company.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Jan 2014

MPEG LA Announces Proposed HEVC Licensing Terms

The news is good for content owners and not so good for encoding/decoding vendors, but gives everyone a feel for how the issue will play out.
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Jan 2014

Cutting Through the Hype: Ultra HD Not Going Anywhere Fast

4K and ultra HD are hot buzzwords, but it will take years before the industry sees a strong demand for UHD content or televisions.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Jan 2014

How to Stream Premium Video to All Android Devices

Delivering video to the various Android smartphones and tablets is a challenge. In this presentation, Ooyala explains how to overcome the obstacles.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Jan 2014

How to Produce High-Quality H.264 Video Files

It's time for an H.264 tune-up. Lean how choose the right encoding tool and optimize H.264 encodes for ideal quality and device compatibility.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Jan 2014

Choosing a Video Player: Features and Specs for the Top Five

We examine off-the-shelf video players MediaElement.js, Video.js, jPlayer, Flowplayer, and JW Player to show which of these five favorites is the best for any situation.
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Jan 2014

CES 2014: Netflix Says Consumers Unclear on UHD Benefits

Unless the industry decides on greater UHD improvements and educates buyers, UHD TV will be reduced to a resolution number.
Featured Articles, Posted 09 Jan 2014

4K Reality Check: Content Owners Can't Afford the Bandwidth

Everyone's talking about 4K and HEVC at CES, but nobody's talking about what it costs to deliver. Here's a breakdown of delivery costs, and a look into why we shouldn't look for too much 4K streaming content any time soon.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jan 2014

CES 2014: Thomson Video and MStar Also Demo 4K HEVC Streaming

Consumers are getting 4K HEVC TVs whether they want them or not. Luckily, the costs will come down quickly.
Online Video News, Posted 08 Jan 2014

CES 2014: Akamai and Qualcomm Demo 4K HEVC Streaming

While mass 4K home streaming is years away, one demo is showing how HEVC can simplify file creation and delivery.
Online Video News, Posted 08 Jan 2014

CES 2014 Roundup: Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, and an Answer to the 4K Bandwidth Question

At Monday's Sony press conference, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings finally addressed the issue of 4K bandwidth, saying 15Mbps would be required for 4K encoded in HEVC
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Jan 2014

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