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Content delivery networks are evolving, moving toward decentralized and edge computing models, and content owners need to be aware of the content delivery trends and strategies that will help them get their content from origin to the last mile. Here you’ll find up-to-the-minute reports on CDN news and trends, as well as analysis of where the CDN market is headed.

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The Most Important Companies in Online Video Tech

Our annual Streaming Media 50 rounds up the most important, most interesting, and most innovative solutions providers in online video. You'll find names both familiar and unfamiliar here, as newer entrants join market veterans. So who made the list? Read on ...

The 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

Nearly 2,000 readers voted in 22 categories. We'll announce the winners later this month, but here's a tease—the top three vote-getters in each category. And you just might be surprised at the names you see.

Beyond Software: Hardware Processing for Streaming at Scale

Whether you use the cloud or a hybrid solution to encode your live or on-demand streaming content, high-efficiency hardware-based encoding has come of age. This article explores the math and science behind these at-scale solutions that are not only good for business, but also good for the environment.

The COVID Video Communications Bug: An Enterprise Vaccine Guide

Work-from-home during the pandemic exposed weaknesses in corporate networks. Is your enterprise network ready for the return to office and the continued reliance on video for distributed workforces?

The Algorithm Series: QUIC Ways to Stream

Will 2022 be the year UDP finally shows its streaming mettle? The Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) protocol might make the difference. First, though, OTT platforms need to make technical decisions about HTTP/3 that could further fragment the market.

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Nomination Deadline Extended Until August 20

We've got two new categories this year—Best Streaming Innovation and Best New Streaming Company—along with 23 other categories from analytics to webcasting and everything in between. We've extended the nomination deadline to August 20, so don't delay.

The Streaming Toolbox: Vegas Stream, axle ai, and Lumen Orchestrator

A trio of products and services tailor-made for today's work-from-home streaming producers and engineers, combining pro-quality live streams with cloud-based content management and multi-CDN edge delivery.

Multi-CDN is Firmly Established; Edge Compute Has Yet to Take Hold

The findings of the Content Delivery and Edge Compute Trends survey, in partnership with StackPath, reveal an industry in transition.

The State of Enterprise Video 2021

Enterprise video is suddenly more important than entertainment video, and companies that want to stay ahead of the game would do well to seize the opportunity

The Streaming Toolbox: Hovercast, Prophet, and Pulsar

In this installment, we look at products for interactive live streams, ad inventory pricing, and CDN balancing

Riding the 5G Wave

Carriers are moving to standalone networks to fulfill 5G's true potential, but it remains a work in progress

The Algorithm Series: Live Event Scaling

There are four key delivery methods for live content, and understanding the math behind them can help decision makers determine which is the best for their applications.

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 ...

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.

Announcing Streaming Media East Connect

Streaming Media East and the Content Delivery Summit are going virtual with a week full of free webinars as well as five deep-dive workshops. Here's how to attend, speak, and sponsor.

The Algorithm Series: The Math Behind the CDN

Delivering content at scale requires a number of precise, discrete, yet interconnected steps, starting with an acute awareness of server loads.

How to Build Live Linear OTT Channels in the Cloud

Rather than building a schedule and expensively re-encoding assets in real time for broadcast, this article explains how how to decouple the monolith of playout software into discrete components on top of AWS services. The approach discussed will open new possibilities of channel customization, personalization, and end-user quality, while also dramatically reducing running costs.

SMW '19: Tim Siglin and Friends Wrap Up Streaming Media West

Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin is joined by fellow contributing editor Robert Reinhardt and Editor-in-Chief and VP Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen as he wraps up 2 days of interviews at Streaming Media West 2019.

How to Build a Scalable Low-Latency Streaming Solution

How do you reduce latency while syncing interactions between a live streamer and viewers, while scaling to meet demand across multiple platforms? Mux Founder & Head of Product Steve Heffernan examines the pros and cons both WebRTC-based approaches and HTTP-based approaches and shows how to develop a scalable low-latency solution to meet your streaming needs.

SMW '19: EZDRM Founder Olga Kornienko Talks Global DRM

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews EZDRM Co-Founder & CEO Olga Kornienko at Streaming Media West 2019.