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Chicago's Netflix Tax Faces Legal Challenge: Chicago Tribune

By enacting a tax on streamed video, audio, and gaming services, the city bypassed a necessary city council vote, the lawsuit argues.
Online Video News, Posted 16 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

With DVD Sales Down, States Look to Tax Streaming Video: WSJ

Dropping sales for movies, music, and physical software for video games means less revenue from sales tax. New taxes are on the horizon.
Online Video News, Posted 21 Aug 2015

Akamai Wins Over Limelight in $45M Patent Infringement Ruling

A unanimous appeals court ruling found that Limelight was responsible for infringement, even if customers performed the final step.
Online Video News, Posted 14 Aug 2015

HEVC Advance Announces Royalty Rates, Wants 0.5% of Gross Revenue

Licensing costs for Netflix and Facebook would total over $100 million per year, and terms are retroactive. Group calls terms "fair and reasonable."
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Jul 2015

FilmOn Gets Tentative Court Win to Stream Broadcast TV Content

Noting how disruptive the ruling would be to the broadcast industry, the judge put the ruling on hold pending an appeal.
Online Video News, Posted 20 Jul 2015

OTT Service Credential Sharing Costs the Industry $500M in 2015

Young adults especially are likely to use a streaming video service paid for by someone living outside of their household.
Online Video News, Posted 10 Jul 2015

HEVC Advance Misses First Milestone

The second HEVC patent pool promised to announce licensing terms and royalty rates last month, but its press conference was cancelled at the last minute, and no information has been made available.
Featured Articles, Posted 06 Jul 2015

Time Warner Cable to Be Subject of First Net Neutrality Dispute

The case should help educate the public in the difference between bandwidth throttling and settlement-free peering.
Online Video News, Posted 17 Jun 2015

2015 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 32 categories from cameras to webcasting solutions—including a new category for OTT platform for MSO and MVPD
Featured Articles, Posted 15 Jun 2015

Senate Seeks Information on MVPDs and OTT Video Service

While no official explanation has been given, the Senate could be gathering information for an overhaul of the Communications Act.
Online Video News, Posted 11 Jun 2015

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Exposes Video Piracy Problems

Live streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope got bad press for allowing the fight to be pirated, but the real culprits have been around for far longer.
Featured Articles, Posted 02 Jun 2015

Periscope and Live Streaming Apps: Opportunity or Threat?

After the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, many content owners saw mobile live streaming apps as a threat to their business, but the smarter move is to embrace them.
Featured Articles, Posted 19 May 2015

Video Creators Look for Piracy Solutions to Protect Breakout Hits

Online video services are defined by their original series, which win awards and attract viewers, but how do they keep those hits off illegal sharing sites?
Featured Articles, Posted 29 Apr 2015

The Fate of Broadcast TV in 2015: Last Gasp or Second Wind?

While video streaming has increased, so has the number of over-the-air broadcast channels. Can broadcasters stop the planned broadcast spectrum auction?
Featured Articles, Posted 22 Apr 2015

Aereo Settles for $950K Broadcaster Payout on $99M Damages Claim

While broadcasters had looked for a large payout, Aereo didn't have the money to give. The company is left with $800K in the bank.
Online Video News, Posted 22 Apr 2015

NAB 2015: Should the FCC Regulate OTT Video Providers Like MVPDs?

In a spirited NAB panel discussion, an FCC commissioner and four industry experts debated the pros and cons of regulating online video services.
Featured Articles, Posted 13 Apr 2015

Cocktail Parties at NAB 2015

Roundup of cocktail parties on-site and off, during NAB 2015
Sponsored Articles, Posted 09 Apr 2015

New HEVC Patent Pool: What Are the Implications?

Last week, HEVC Advance announced it is forming a new patent pool in addition to the one offered by MPEG LA. While the new group—which will likely include Dolby, GE, Mitsubishi Electric, Philips, and Technicolor—did not announce licensing terms, past precedent indicates that the royalties won't likely be onerous for most encoding and decoding vendors, though how it will affect content publishers is less clear.
Featured Articles, Posted 01 Apr 2015

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