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Beyond Standards: Moving Past MPEG to Create a Video-Friendly Web

As over-the-top video continues to grow in popularity—call it the "Netflix-ification" of the web—the streaming standards the industry relies on begin to feel the strain.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Jul 2016

When it Comes to HTML5 Playback, the Devil's in the Details

The promise of a unifying standard to simplify our lives is attractive, but putting it into practice is another thing. Here's how one HTML5 video project got messy in a hurry.
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Jul 2016

2016 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards: Make Your Nominations Now

It's time for Streaming Media readers to submit your nominations for the best products and services in 36 categories from cameras to webcasting solutions—including new categories for end-to-end workflow, QoS/QoE, and VR/360° camera.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jul 2016

Video: Battle of the Codecs: AVC vs. HEVC in 2016

Should you be delivering HEVC? It depends on what you're delivering and who you're trying to reach. Frost & Sullivan analyst Avni Rambhia breaks down the key issues of sticking with AVC vs. migrating to HEVC in this clip from Streaming Media East 2016.
Short Cuts, Posted 04 Jul 2016

HLS Now Supports Fragmented MP4, Making it Compatible With DASH

iOS and macOS announcements aren't the only things coming out of WWDC 2016: Apple announced that HLS will support fragmented MP4. Here's why that means huge cost savings for video providers.
Online Video News, Posted 16 Jun 2016

VR Video: Boom or Bust?

A new study by Unisphere Research reveals a mixed assessment of VR video by media and entertainment industry professionals, but a strong interest in live OTT video streaming.
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2016

An End to the Wild West: It's Time for Streaming Standards!

Enough with the codec confusion. The online video space won't really thrive until industry standards are put in place and enforced by the government.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jun 2016

The Decline of the Standards-Based Codec—and Good Riddance

Online is different from broadcast and doesn't need formal standards. HEVC isn't considered by many online video streamers, as the future belongs to VP9 and AV1.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Jun 2016

Netflix Introduces New Quality Metric

Netflix announced the open-source availability of the Video Multimethod Assessment Fusion, which it's now using instead of PSNR to analyze the quality of transcodes in its vast catalog
Online Video News, Posted 07 Jun 2016

VP9 Finally Comes of Age, But Is it Right for Everyone?

Publishers and encoding companies alike are beginning to embrace VP9, Google's open source codec. Here's how it stacks up on quality and data rates.
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Jun 2016

The Worldwide Video Revolution Is Happening on Small Screens

Inexpensive access to smartphones is letting people around the world add their voices to the chorus, creating a new wave of user-generated content.
Featured Articles, Posted 03 Jun 2016

What is AV1?

Scheduled to be the first codec released by the Alliance for Open Media, AV1 is positioned to replace VP9 and compete with HEVC. While we don't know many details yet, the backing of the Alliance should give AV1 a significant competitive advantage.
What Is ..., Posted 03 Jun 2016

DASH Third Version to Reduce Live Streaming Latency: Video

The upcoming third edition of DASH will address several missing features, says a Comcast principal architect, and will drive down live video latency.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Jun 2016

15% of US Homes Will Have 4K TV by End of Year, Says Sony: Video

4K video adoption is growing faster than HD adoption did, Sony finds. Viewers should plan on upgrading their internet connections to enjoy that content.
Featured Articles, Posted 31 May 2016

Screen Content Coding (SCC) Offers Improved Quality and Efficiency for HEVC Screen-Captured Content

The new extension to HEVC, Screen Content Coding, is tailor-made for encoding screen captures from video games and tutorials, which feature animation, text, and graphics in addition to camera-generated video
Featured Articles, Posted 27 May 2016

DASH Industry Forum Chair Talks DASH Development Roadmap: Video

At Streaming Media East, Iraj Sodagar, president and chairman of the DASH Industry Forum, explained what's coming with version 3.0.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 May 2016

As Video Standards Emerge, 4K Is the Next Big Challenge: Video

With the success of HLS and DASH, transporting video to viewers has become easier, says Yahoo. The next hurdle is compressing 4K video to a manageable size.
Featured Articles, Posted 26 May 2016

What Is VP9?

VP9 is the open-source codec from Google, and provides a royalty-free alternative to HEVC. It's more efficient than H.264, and while it's less efficient than HEVC, it compares well on quality.
What Is ..., Posted 26 May 2016

Sports Streams Jump to 4K, But Consumers Need to Catch Up: Video

Even people with broadband connections and 4K TVs may not be getting 4K video, as the average live stream today is 720p says NeuLion. But bigger pipes are worth the investment.
Featured Articles, Posted 25 May 2016

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