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Heads Roll in a Time of Transition for the Online Video Industry

The future is up for grabs as viewers move from broadcast and cable to online, but will greedy royalty fees slow growth at a critical moment?
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Oct 2015

HEVC Advance Adds MediaTek as a Member and Plans to Adjust Fees

MLB Advanced Media says the proposed royalty isn't reasonable. With pressure mounting, the new patent pool promises an adjustment.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 Sep 2015

Bowing to Industry Pressure, HEVC Advance Will Adjust Fees

The new patent pool has come to its senses and will changes fees based on widespread feedback. But the details aren't all in yet.
Featured Articles, Posted 23 Sep 2015

Think Streaming 4K Is Years Away? Think Again, Says XI Media

The future of UHD is happening right now. Here's how one production company streamed low-bandwidth 4K live from a South by Southwest music stage.
Featured Articles, Posted 21 Sep 2015

Is the Alliance for Open Media Taking a Risk in Codec Creation?

In this Q&A with two video IP and technology investment banking professionals, we ask about patent risk, VP 8/9, and the possibility of a third HEVC patent group forming.
Featured Articles, Posted 16 Sep 2015

Imagine Communications and EVS Partner to Advance Standards: IBC

A consortium is near, says Imagine CEO, that will advance open standards for IP and drive the industry forward.
Online Video News, Posted 10 Sep 2015

Video Optimization and Your Business

If you've got enough content, video optimization can help your viewers and your bottom line. We take a look at the offerings from three players in the space—Beamr, Cinova, and EuclidIQ—to see what each one has to offer.
Featured Articles, Posted 08 Sep 2015

Amazon, Google, and More Working on Royalty-Free Codec

The Alliance for Open Media—including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix—hopes to deliver a video codec for internet delivery by late 2016 or early 2017; Cisco's Thor technology will be included
Online Video News, Posted 01 Sep 2015

Commentary: The Streaming Industry Gangs up on HEVC with the Alliance for Open Media

With Google, Amazon, Cisco, Microsoft, and others joining forces in the Alliance for Open Video to create a new royalty-free codec, an alternative to HEVC (and its controversial royalties) is on the way. Does this spell the beginning of the end for HEVC?
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Sep 2015

With HEVC Royalty Payments Getting Steep, it's Thor to the Rescue

What can battle the two HEVC patent pools and the third one being formed? Cisco's open source video codec Thor is on the horizon.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Aug 2015

Cicso Plans an End Run Around Greedy Patent Pools With Thor

There are now two HEVC patent pools with a third one on the way. But with enough industry support Cisco could create a high-quality royalty-free alternative.
Featured Articles, Posted 18 Aug 2015

Vote Now in the 2015 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards

It's time to make your voice heard in our 9th annual Readers' Choice Awards, the only awards where the end users choose the winners
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Aug 2015

Boycott HEVC Advance! Say No to the Patent Pool's Unjust Terms

Columnist Dan Rayburn calls on the online video industry to band together and refuse HEVC Advance's unfair, unreasonable, and greedy charges.
Featured Articles, Posted 14 Aug 2015

JW Player 7 Released, With DASH Support and Speed Improvements

Rewritten from the ground up, the player is now smaller and faster loading, with one unified version for both HTML5 and Flash video playback.
Online Video News, Posted 13 Aug 2015

Cisco Debuts Thor, a Project to Create a Royalty-Free Video Codec

With HEVC licensing terms making it unsuitable for free software, Cisco sees the need for an advanced video codec unencumbered by fees.
Online Video News, Posted 12 Aug 2015

HEVC Advance Royalties: Onerous or Not?

A cost analysis reveals that while HEVC Advance's royalty structure makes HEVC a no-go for TVOD services like M-GO, an SVOD service like Netflix would achieve enough bandwidth savings to offset the royalty payment
Featured Articles, Posted 12 Aug 2015

The Great UHD Debate: 4K Battles HDR for the Future of TV

Does a higher resolution guarantee the best image quality, or does better contrast and brightness? And can today's limited bandwidth handle all that data?
Featured Articles, Posted 07 Aug 2015

JW Player Makes Pro Edition Free, Aims to Help Indie Creators

Direct email support had been a Pro feature, but that's now reserved for paying Premium members.
Online Video News, Posted 29 Jul 2015

An Unhappy Surprise: MPEG LA Is Forming a Patent Pool for DASH

Just when Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions are making HTML5-based video playback a reality, DASH royalties threaten to derail it.
Online Video News, Posted 27 Jul 2015

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