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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

Netflix Discusses VP9-Related Development Efforts

Once counted out, VP9 is on the rise, with support from Netflix, JW Player, Brightcove, and more. In this interview, David Ronca of Netflix talks about VP9 savings, encoding, and testing.
Featured Articles, Posted 24 May 2016

The HEVC Holding Pattern: Will '16 Be the Year for H.265 Support?

While the x265 codec is making big strides in quality and file size, the major browsers are in no rush to support H.265. With interest in 4K growing, maybe it's up to Flash to save the day.
Featured Articles, Posted 27 Apr 2016

Streaming Media Presents the Best Products of NAB 2016

NAB took over Las Vegas this week, and the Streaming Media and Streaming Media Producer editorial staffs were on hand to pick out the signal from the noise, selecting the best new products from this year's show
Featured Articles, Posted 20 Apr 2016

NAB 2016: UHD Standards Getting Clearer For Producers, If Not Consumers

Several versions of UHD still compete in the marketplace, but if the specs are clear to producers and broadcasters, the jargon remains confusing for potential UHD TV buyers
Featured Articles, Posted 17 Apr 2016

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