The 2018 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2018
First things first: Why the Streaming Media 50, and not the Streaming Media 100, which we’ve published since 2011?
Isn’t the online video industry growing, with more vendors than ever in the space?
While it’s true that the online video space is more crowded than ever, we’re predicting a shakeout in the next 12 to 18 months. Consumers can only subscribe to so many video services; more and more big broadcasters and telcos are bringing technology in-house via microservices and virtualization; and enterprises video is table stakes. So we decided to take our most challenging task of each year—picking the most important, innovative, and interesting companies in the online video space—and make it even harder. The goal? To provide our readers with a list of the cream of the crop, the companies that are here today and won’t be gone tomorrow.
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The other reason the list is smaller this year is that we’ve decided to take the video production part of the market, the one covered by Streaming Media Producer, and give that its own list. The Streaming Media Producer 25, which we’ll publish in the April/May issue of Streaming Media magazine.
As usual, we’re focusing almost exclusively on technology vendors, rather than content companies. This list has always been about recognizing the companies that enable video services to deliver great content to consumers reliably at the highest possibly quality on every device, and hopefully to make money from it.
And as in past years, we asked our regular contributors to look at a master list of all the vendors in the online video marketplace and rank them on a scale of one (doesn’t belong on the Streaming Media 50 at all) to five (no list of the most important companies would be complete without it). The top 50 make the list.
Also, the Streaming Media 50 focuses exclusively on companies with headquarters in North America. Later this year, we will publish a similar list, the Streaming Media Europe 101, focusing on companies with headquarters in Europe.
Congratulations to this year’s inaugural Streaming Media 50!
THE 2018 STREAMING MEDIA 50 VOTERS:
Troy Dreier, senior associate editor, Streaming Media; and editor, OnlineVideo.net
Jan Ozer, principal, Streaming Learning Center; and contributing editor, Streaming Media
Robert Reinhardt, CTO, VideoRx; and contributing editor, Streaming Media
Dom Robinson, co-founder and creative firestarter, id3as; and contributing editor, Streaming Media
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, VP and editor-in-chief, Streaming Media Tim Siglin, contributing editor, Streaming Media
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You can see many of these companies and their products and services in person at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California, next month, Streaming Forum in London in February, and Streaming Media East in New York City in May.
Heroes of the ‘streamverse' on our elite 2018 Streaming Media 50 list share their insights in the annual VIEW FROM THE TOP.
Today's video consumers want it all. High-quality content on their preferred devices. Watch-on-your-own-time functionality. Access so easy they don't have to think twice. Content personalized just for them.
As 2018 nears to a close and with the largest IBC ever just wrapped last week, three key movements in the Digital Rights Management market have come to light. In the first scenario we see a massive movement towards standardized containers like FMP4 in HLS and CMAF for the deployment of "Consumer DRM" including Apple FairPlay, Google Widevine and Microsoft PlayReady.
When Encoding.com launched in October 2008, no one in the video space was even using the word "cloud" let alone deploying large-scale content operations on cloud infrastructure.
When video content became available for streaming on a variety of devices, viewers were simply excited to have access and to consume programming even if the quality was lower than traditional broadcast.
To some extent, the security technologists have muddied the waters with generations of product that demanded proprietary formats, esoteric interfaces and a tendency to hide topics in a veil of secrecy that obscures the key logic and principles.
Another exciting year in the most exciting industry of all. At Lightcast.com we simply love what we do, and still, nothing excites us more than the media projects of our clients.
While cord-cutting is on the rise, traditional broadcast still has some advantages over streaming. First and foremost: it ... works.
Today's OTT content delivery ecosystem has changed the industry drastically, perhaps most significantly by presenting broader opportunities to build powerful and lasting relationships with viewers.
Consistently streaming superior video quality over the internet is hard. Hard for on-demand titles and even harder for low latency live. A big enough problem for the industry's biggest players to pre-pay a group of Emmy Award researchers to build a platform that didn't exist 22 months ago. Today, it is affecting the streams of tens of millions of US subscribers.
Streaming viewers expect to access content at any time, in any place and on any platform. At the same time, research indicates that consumers do not have much more incremental time that they can spend watching video. There is a battle raging where the prize is the attention of consumers.
It's no secret that the growing complexity of the global media and entertainment industry has made it harder to deliver content in the traditional way and maintain direct control over rights negotiation, quality levels and delivery formats.
The list that sets the standard is back. Streaming Media presents its authoritative list of the most important companies in the online video industry, the ones leading us into the future. Our fast-changing industry is reflected in a list with plenty of new names.
Presenting our 2017 list of the 100 companies doing the most interesting and innovative work in streaming video. We're shining a spotlight on the companies that enable the creation and delivery of today's video revolution.