Engineering Women: IBC Plays Host to a Powerful Force for Change
Women in Streaming Media has announced a mentoring program to encourage and empower talented women in the industry.
Two Quick-Fix Solutions That Became Long-Term Problems
When will the industry jettison HTTP-segment-based streaming and buffer-based playback, both of which hold us back? How about right now, our columnist proposes.
Taming the Many-Headed Problem of Video Content Discovery
Sure, today's OTT video platforms could share data and create comprehensive video recommendation systems, but they don't want to. Here's why they should care.
The Bloated Bundle: Today's vMVPDs Are Anything But Skinny
Skinny bundles promised to be bargain-priced alternatives to expensive pay TV packages. Now, they're nearly as pricey as cable and satellite. Where did it all go wrong?
The Compressionist's Aha! Moment: 'The Other Leg, Lanczos'
Every compressionist fantasizes about discovering the perfect configuration option, but our columnist learns that some results are too good to be true.
Trouble Ahead: Netflix's Bad Quarter Could Turn Into a Bad Year
The constant drip, drip, drip of bad news for the SVOD leader has taken its toll, and viewers are leaving en masse. Suddenly the giant doesn't look so powerful.
YouTube's Do-it-Yourself Videos Show the Best Teachers Are Online
There are plusses and minuses to having instant access to a world of knowledge, but YouTube's do-it-yourself repair videos are a godsend for technical education.
DASH Patent Pool—Criticized From the Start—Might Cease Operations
The fact that DASH was always marketed as being free didn't stop MPEG LA from forming a patent pool. But lack of support from the major IP contributors appears to have doomed the effort.
For Thought-Provoking Video, Forget About Slick Production Values
In a previous age, videoconferencing was bright, sterile, and unpleasant. It lacked the multi-sensory input that makes face-to-face meetings valuable.
OTT Falls Into the Same Trap as Cable
Viewers turned away from cable because it offered them too many choices. OTT recreates the same problem, but on steroids. So what is the industry going to do about it?
What Teachers Need to Know When Upgrading an Instructional Camera
For teachers, the most important feature is versatility—a sneaky way of saying the most important feature is having as many features as can be packed into the camera before rendering it uncontrollable.
Searching for Answers: Where Did All the Video Podcasts Go?
It's been a long time since Diggnation and Best Week Ever, but podcasting used to have a lot of video available. Why did audio take over the medium?
Announcing the Swift Death of Per-Title Encoding, 2015-2019
Once revolutionary, pre-title encoding was replaced by shot-based encoding and then context aware encoding. Here's how to evaluate vendors when choosing a solution.
Disaggregation Nation: Cord-Cutters Need to Make Tough Choices
The golden age of TV is also the golden age of TV providers. As the number of services grows exponentially, viewers wonder what they've gotten themselves into.
Project Managers Are Essential for Any Video Development Project
It's a thankless job, but PMs keep projects moving forward in a thousand ways. When projects don't have a PM, things can get seriously out of whack.
The Caliper Framework Fills a Need for Classroom Video Analytics
Video learning systems are taking off in schools, but teachers have so far lacked a way to bring that data into their learning management systems. Enter Caliper.
Work in Parallel to Streamline the VQ Measurement Workflow
There's a long way to run video quality measurement tasks and a shorter way. As our columnist learned, it's never too late to learn a more efficient system.
Is Netflix Helping or Hurting the Next Generation of Directors?
Selling to Netflix often means a fat paycheck for first-time directors, which makes it easier to shoot a second film. But do their reputations suffer?
Modern Times: Getting Live Video Right Demands a Special Skillset
It wasn't easy for silent film directors to make the jump to talkies, and it isn't easy these days for video producers to get the hang of live streaming.
3 Things the Streaming Industry Must Do to Prepare for ATSC 3.0
This is "The Year Before the Year of ATSC 3.0," and that means preparation—not just for broadcasters, but for the streaming industry, as well.