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The 2016 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Winners

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This year, the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards turns 10. Back in 2007, we had 16 categories, in which 120 nominations were submitted. In 2016, we have 33 categories that reflect both the Streaming Media and Streaming Media Producer editorial purviews, with a total of 280 nominees.

More than 3,000 of our readers voiced their opinions, casting a total of nearly 34,000 votes. After discarding votes from obviously phony email addresses as well as votes by employees casting ballots for their own companies’ products, we identified the winners and two runners-up in each category. Many of the names are familiar, perhaps even expected, but you’ll find more than a few surprises in the list that follows.

We announced the winners at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California, and we present them here for posterity. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all the voters who participated. A special thanks to the sponsors of this year’s awards—Ustream (an IBM company), LiveU, and Teradek.

Analytics Platform
Winner: Conviva—Ad Insights
Nice People At Work—Youbora

Capture Hardware
Winner: Blackmagic Design—DeckLink
AJA Video Systems—Io 4K
Telestream—Lightspeed Live Capture

Cellular Bonding Solution
Winner: Teradek—VidiU Pro
Streambox Inc.—AVENIRMicro

Closed Captioning Solution
Winner: 3Play Media—Closed Captioning Service
Automatic Sync—CaptionSync

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
Winner: Amazon Web Services—Elastic Transcoder
Elemental Technologies—Elemental Cloud
Telestream—Telestream Cloud

Content Delivery Network
Winner: Akamai—CDN
Amazon Web Services—CloudFront
Verizon Digital Media Services—Edgecast Network 

DRM/Access Control Service Provider
Winner: Adobe—Primetime DRM
BuyDRM—KeyOS DRM Platform
Verimatrix—VideoMark Live Profile

Education Video Platform
Winner: Kaltura—Education Video Platform
Discover Video—DEVOS
Sonic Foundry—Mediasite Video Platform

Encoding Hardware (Live)
Winner: Haivision—Makito X H.264/HEVC Encoder Series
Telestream—Lightspeed Live

Encoding Software
Winner: Telestream—Vantage
Elemental Technologies—Elemental Live
Sorenson—Squeeze Desktop

End-to-End Workflow Solution
Winner: Ustream (an IBM Company)—Pro Broadcasting
Harmonic—VOS Cloud Media Processing Platform
Verizon Digital Media Services—uplynk Video Streaming Service

Enterprise Video Platform
Winner: Ustream (an IBM company)—Align
JW Player—JW Platform
Kaltura—Enterprise Video Platform

Field Recorders/Monitors
Winner: Blackmagic Design—Video Assist 4K
AJA Video Systems—Ki Pro Ultra
Atomos—Flame Series

Live Streaming Platform
Winner: Ustream (an IBM Company)—Ustream
Haivision—Video Cloud
Wowza Media Systems – Wowza Streaming Cloud

Media & Entertainment Video Platform
Winner: Ustream (an IBM company)—Pro Broadcasting
Brightcove—Video Cloud
Kaltura—Online Video Platform

Media Server
Winner: Wowza Media Systems – Wowza Streaming Engine
Adobe – Adobe Media Server 5
Unified Streaming—Unified Origin 

OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD
Winner: Adobe—Primetime OTT
Akamai—Media Services
Kaltura—OTT TV

Portable Live Streaming Appliance (Less than $7,000)
Winner: Livestream—Studio HD51
Matrox—Monarch HDX
NewTek—TriCaster Mini HD-4

Portable Live Streaming Appliance (More than $7,000)
Winner: Haivision—KB Mini HEVC Encoder/Transcoder
Livestream—Studio HD550
NewTek—TriCaster Mini HD4-SDI 

PTZ or Network-Controlled Camera
Winner: Panasonic—AW-HE40
PTZOptics—PTZOptics G2 Line
Sony Electronics—SRG-300H

Quality of Service (QoS)/Quality of Experience (QoE) Solution
Winner: Streamroot—Device-Assisted Delivery Optimization
Conviva—Experience Insights
Nice People At Work—Youbora

Small/Medium Business Video Platform
Winner: JW Player—JW Platform
Brightcove—Video Cloud
Ustream (an IBM company)—Pro Broadcast

Stream Stitching/Server-Side Ad Insertion Solution
Winner: Akamai—AdScaler
Elemental Technologies—Elemental Delta
Verizon Digital Media Services—Server-Side Ad Insertion Technologies 

Video Camera (Less than $5,000)
Winner: Canon—XA30/35
Sony Electronics—PXW-X70 

Video Camera (More than $5,000)
Winner: Blackmagic Design—URSA 4.6K
Canon—EOS C300 Mark II

Video Optimization Solution
Winner: Beamr—Video Content Adaptive Video Optimizer
EuclidIQ—Intelligent Video Compression
MediaMelon—Content Aware Streaming

Video Player Solution/SDK
Winner: JW Player—JW Player
Adobe—Primetime TVSDK
Bitmovin—Adaptive Streaming HTML5 Player

Video Switcher/Mixer (Less than $5,000)
Winner: Blackmagic Design—ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K

Video Switcher/Mixer (More than $5,000)
Winner: NewTek—TriCaster
Blackmagic Design—ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K
vMix – vMix GO

VR/360° Camera/Camera System
Winner: GoPro—Odyssey
Samsung—Project Beyond

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)
Winner: Kaltura—Webcasting
Sonic Foundry—Mediasite Video Platform

Webcasting/Presentation Solution (On-Prem)
Winner: Telestream—Wirecast

Wireless Video Transmitters
Winner: Teradek—Bolt
Cerevo—LiveShell Pro

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