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Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards: The Nominations Are Open

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Today, we begin our journey to discover the best of the best in the online video world. Today, we open the nominations for the 2013 Readers' Choice Awards. There's no higher honor in the online video world, and it's all decided by you.

As always, we're revised the categories to reflect our rapidly changing industry. This year we're featuring 26 categories, as detailed below. Please let us know who deserves recognition in each area.

Nominations open today, July 29, and run until September 6. Once we've had a chance to sort through your recommendations we'll open award voting on September 13. Voting will conclude on October 25. On November 1, we'll announce the finalists.

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Press the tuxedo, because the winners will be announced November 19 at a gala during Streaming Media West, which this year is being held at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. The ceremony will be sponsored by Wowza Media Systems and Teradek. Winners will be featured in an article in Streaming Media magazine and StreamingMedia.com, as well as our Streaming Media Xtra newsletter.

If you'd like to see what companies took home the prestigious Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award in 2012, look to our list of winners. Last year we received over 58,000 votes.

We can't do this without you, so please think about what companies are doing outstanding work and make your nominations.

Cellular Bonding Solution

Presenting a useful way to broadcast from the field, cellular bonding solutions have taken off for live or on-demand coverage.

Closed Captioning Solution

Closed captioning isn't just a good idea; in many cases, it's the law. Making it simple and accurate is crucial.

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service

Who's got the best SaaS for encoding and transcoding video, in terms of quality, turnaround time, and service?

Content Delivery Network

CDNs get one category this year, as we erase the distinction between telco and non-telco.

Desktop Video Editing Software

What's the best software for editing video on the desktop, in terms of power, speed, options, and user interface?

DRM/Access Control Solution

As premium content owners try to reach more devices, they need more nuanced approaches to digital rights management and access control. Which solution offers the best experience for the content owner and the consumer?

Education Video Platform

Educational institutions have unique requirements and face distinct challenges when it comes to publishing video. Which video platform works best for schools and universities?

Encoding Software

We're combining the desktop and enterprise-class encoding categories this year, as we search for the best overall encoding software.

Enterprise Video Platform

When large organizations look to create their own internal YouTube or other company-wide video solution, this is the platform they should look to first.

Field Encoder

The industry has seen an explosion in encoding hardware designed for use in the field. Which one is gaining the most traction?

Hardware Encoder (On-Demand)

What's the best hardware designed for on-demand (non-live) encoding?

Hardware Encoder (Live)

This category is for hardware encoders specifically designed for live encoding.

Live Video Platform

2013 will be remembered as the year that live online video truly broke out. Celebrate the platform that does live better than the rest.

Media & Entertainment Video Platform

Studios and content creators need to make sure they offer a TV-like experience to online viewers. Which platform helps them achieve their goals?

Media Server

Recognizing the best hardware or software solution for delivering audio and video files to listeners and viewers, regardless of delivery protocol.


This adaptive streaming standard will play a huge role in improving the online video experience. Smart companies are already experimenting with it; who's doing it best?

Multi-Language Solution

The audience is global, so choose a solution that can remove the barrier of language.

Portable Live Streaming Appliance

A step or two up from cellular bonding solutions but still mobile, these hardware solutions enable webcasting virtually anywhere, offering camera switching, transitions, effects, and more.

Reporting & Analytics Platform

These solutions deliver video viewership and/or quality of service reporting and analytics, whether standalone or as part of a larger offering.

Search & Discovery Platform

These solutions use metadata, speech and facial recognition, or other methods to help users easily find the video they're looking for or to discover recommendations based on their personal information.

Transparent Video Caching Solution

Who offers the best solution for transparent caching of video content on a delivery network?

Video Advertising Management Platform

This is what pays the bills: these platforms perform ad insertion and offer pre-built placement options and success tracking.

Video Advertising Network

This category recognizes the companies that help brands execute video campaigns via online publishers.

Video Switcher/Mixer

Viewers demand broadcast quality in live online video events, and these appliances make it possible.

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (On-Premises)

These in-house solutions capture video and audio, combine it with slides and images, and deliver it to online viewers in an interactive environment with Q&A, surveys, and more.

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)

Webcasting and presentations are a big area this year, so we've broken the category into local and cloud solutions.

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