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Gold: Verimatrix, Ooyala Silver: castLabs, Harmonic, Lightcast, Tulix, MediaMelon


Is the OTT platforms and solutions market turning into a race to the bottom for pricing, the way OVPs did back in 2009? Who will survive, and who should buyers trust their content strategy to in an unstable environment of vendor solutions? What real disruptions do content creators, publishers, and carriers need to be in tune with? How about monetization and content protection? Face it— there’s more to dealing with online video content today than ever before, whether it’s SMB (small/medium business) or premium. This Superguide is your one-stop resource to understand the competitive environment in a dizzying market.

Be sure to check out the bonus section - recommended reading and videos.


Avioon, Vualto


As the number of video assets continues to grow exponentially, so does the need to organise this content. At the same time, the traditional “islands of processing” system architectures are being overwhelmed by this demand for content and are being replaced by “Entire Operation” integrated systems. This is the Superguide that educates the readers in the best MAM, DAM, PAM and VWM tools. These are the tools that will store, index and process your precious content so that it can be leveraged and delivered as effectively and as efficiently as possible.


Gold: Harmonic, SRT Alliance, Akamai, Bitmovin, MediaExcel, Silver: Telestream, Teradek, Qualcomm, Socionext


Is it time to move to a 4K workflow? Has HEVC finally arrived? What about AV1? Should I just optimize my H.264 strategy? Where can I get the best quality at the best price? Let’s face it: Encoding and transcoding are at the heart of all things streaming, and it’ a competitive landscape. Cloud and on-premises services both have terrific offerings, but deciding what’s best in a busy space is difficult. At the end of the day, everyone wants to get the highest quality and the lowest bitrate—so what options are available? That’s where this Superguide comes in.


Bitmovin


Today’s mobile market is exploding, and the demand for online media on mobile devices has never been greater. Users expect breakthrough levels of quality and service for live and on-demand media streaming to iOS, Android, and all other mobile platforms. This is the Superguide that educates readers in using the right tools and the right companies to meet and exceed those users’ mobile expectations.


MediaPlatform, Telestream, Harmonic, Videoguys, Hive


When it comes to corporate communications, both internal and external, nothing is more effective than video. As enterprise video tools and platforms continue to proliferate and mature though, corporations face more and more complex decisions about the best ways to manage and distribute their video, manage security, and integrate with other enterprise and social platforms—all while keeping down costs.


Gold: Verizon Digital Media Services Silver: Epiphan Video, Telestream, Harmonic, Matrox


There’s live streaming and there’s professional live streaming. How many organizations are sending a subpar live news feed to Facebook? Is that you? Because if it is, you need to read this Superguide. You’ll find solid solutions for handling live streams at scale, whether you deliver them on your own internal network or sending them out into the wild via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or any of the other leading live streaming platforms. The right tools and the right services— you’ll find them here. Let’s make sure you get the job done right before you start shooting with that lousy iPhone 5 again.


Platinum: Teradek Gold: Signiant, Silver: Akamai, Anvato, DVEO, Haivision, Kollective, Primestream, Videoguys


Learning From the Pros

Sometimes, doing is the best way to learn. This Superguide installment brings together several cool examples of successful deployments by leading industry companies that have helped a wide range of companies, from carriers to content creators. Learn about how the right tools and the right companies can make all the difference with online video infrastructure and strategy.


Silver Sponsors: Cleeng, THEOplayer, Bitmovin


MAXIMISING YOUR ASSETS:  Video now represents more than 60% of global data. Preserving, protecting and monetising your precious media is what it’s all about. How do you encourage consumption but still maintain full control; how do you leverage that content so that it works best for you and maximises your revenues?


Platinum Sponsor: Edgeware, Gold Sponsors: Cedexis, Silver Sponsors: MediaPlatform, DVEO


First impressions matter. How you enter a room is everything, and it’s the same for your video. You could have the best encoding and transcoding gear in the world and top-notch content, but if your road to the viewer has rocks in the path, it’s all for nothing. Delivery is complex. There are critical steps and checkpoints that you need to consider, no matter what your video is and who it’s for. With the help of leading companies, we’ll take a look at strategies and tools to ensure the delivery of your video is as good as the content itself. If you want your video to be consumed, you need to consider what’s being discussed in this Superguide.


Platinum Sponsor: Bitmovin. Gold Sponsor: Dash Industry Forum. Silver Sponsors: DVEO, MediaMelon, THEOplayer


As this latest DASH Superguide goes to print, the MPEG-DASH third edition is being finalized, and we expect the specification to be published in early 2017.

Key areas addressed include latency reduction, support for next generation immersive audio, reliability and fault tolerance, MPD chaining and virtual partitioning.

For anyone in the video industry, this is another must read installment in the DASH story.


Gold Sponsors: Limelight Networks, Vindica. Silver Sponsors: castLabs, DVEO


There’s more to delivering premium content than simply setting up a Roku channel. In addition to making sure you have great content, quality of experience and quality of service are both essential to developing and retaining an audience, whether it be subscription or ad-supported. The bottom line is, if it doesn’t load fast and look great, you’ll be updating your resume.

This Superguide delves deep into the technical and business challenges that you are facing, whether you realize it or not. We consider this installation mandatory reading for everyone working in the fastest-changing aspect of online video today. The solutions you’ll find in this Superguide are the ones to pay attention to.