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Adventures in Remote Production

In the time of COVID-19, remote production has become a necessity. Here's a look at how four live streaming operations have dealt with the changes

AV1 Has Arrived: Comparing Codecs from AOMedia, Visionular, and Intel/Netflix

Within 24 months, hardware support appeared, encoding became affordable, and AV1 became a much more realistic competitor to HEVC. Here's how the currently available AV1 codecs measure up.

Low Latency HLS Spec Nears Finalization

Beyond the Pantos spec and into DASH, LL-HLS finds traction and a potential tie-in with CMAF

Sky: "It's All Digital Now"

It's time to get beyond the notion that it's pay TV vs OTT, argued executives from Sky, ViacomCBS, YouTube, and Roku at a "virtual IBC" event hosted by Bitmovin

The Algorithm Series: Video Player Performance

Multiple algorithms for encoding, transfer, and playback intersect in the end user's player. So how can you make the numbers work in your favor?

The 2020 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video

Who made our annual list of the most important, most innovative, and just plain most interesting companies in the online video space? Read on ...

First Look: BirdDog Flex 4K NDI Converters

An exclusive first-look review of the new BirdDog Flex NDI Converter, a tiny device that delivers tally, audio, video, PTZ control, audio intercom, and power via a single Ethernet cable.

Revry Takes the "Tribrid" Approach with its LGBTQ OTT Network

Revry is the first global LGBTQ video service, and it's growing like crazy. This year, it expanded with Brightcove's Beacon to offer a three-pronged approach to programming and monetization: live linear, SVOD, and AVOD.

How To Stop CTV Fraud Schemes Like ICEBUCKET, DiCaprio

If you ask any marketer what keeps them up at night, chances are high that ad fraud is at the top of that list. And can you blame them? Last year digital ad fraud cost advertisers more than $23 billion globally. Now, these same problems are coming to a TV near you.

5 Tips for Live Retail Streaming from Be.Live

It's more important than ever to meet your customers where they want to be, and since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that's online. Be.Live CEO Daniel Mayer offers tips on how to provide the best live shopping experience possible.

MPEG: What Happened?

At the end of last month, MPEG co-founder Leonardo Chiariglione announced the "MPEG is closed." That's not quite true, but it is undergoing a reorganization. So what does that mean for the organization and the new codec standards it is bringing out this year?

Server-Side Ad Insertion: Have a Good DAI

Given server-side ad insertion's fraud-resistance, accuracy, safety, and reliability, and the necessity to use thin-clients in large market sectors, it has become the best option.

Game On! With Traditional Live Sports on Hiatus, Will Esports Fill the Void?

The current spike in organized, competitive online gaming--driven in part by social changes brought on by COVID-19--lands on top of a widely reported 2019 esports boom, and already-high expectations for 2020 growth.

Roundup: Compact Mics for Compact Cameras

Compact, prosumer 4K cameras like the Canon XA40 and XA45 pack enough professional features that they're well worth considering for pro producers who need to travel light or with a compact kit. Choosing such a camera also means accessorizing it with properly proportioned compact audio gear--like the options we'll explore here.

The Streaming Toolbox: Zixi, Cleeng, and Penthera

We look at a B2B intelligence layer for content transport, a company that enables customer relationship management decisioning, and a service that facilitates offline viewing.

Android TV: The Future of Television?

Google's TV platform may be the best hope for a future in which pay TV and OTT exist side by side.

The Greening of Streaming

The time has long since passed to turn our attention to making the streaming delivery ecosystem more environmentally friendly. Here are some of the key challenges, as well as some suggested first steps towards solutions.

Tutorial: Remote Live Production in the Age of COVID-19

With social distancing making in-person live production difficult-to-impossible, Anthony Burokas demonstrates how to produce a professional live show using multiple remote video feeds using vMix Call.

Report: Streaming Monetization in 2020

How exactly do organizations generate video-based revenues? A new report from Streaming Media, Unisphere Research, and Amazon Web Services sheds light on subscription vs. advertising vs. transactional, SSAI, and more.

How to Produce Multiple Assets from a Company Video

Even with all of the jaw-dropping statistics, the inevitable question still arises about the ROI of video. With that in mind, I want to share some ideas and experiences that can further help marketers, publishers, and creators expand the reach of everything company online videos can accomplish.