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Today's viewers expect to be able to watch movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, and on any device, including set-top boxes, game consoles, phones, and tablets. Here you'll find Streaming Media's coverage of OTT, social video, and other media and entertainment video, as well as the business models (AVOD, SVOD, TVOD, HVOD) behind them.

7 Steps to Live Stream a Local Sporting Event Like a Pro

In the age of streaming video, as long as you have the right equipment you can live stream just about anything for the world to see. Here's how to make sure remote fans can enjoy every play of the game.

Will Ferrell, Shondra Rhimes, Questlove Creating Podcasting Slates

Entertainment celebrities are no longer content to create their own personal podcasts. The power play now is creating an entire slate of new productions.

Inside MPEG's Ambitious Plan to Launch 3 Video Codecs in 2020

The pace of innovation is getting faster and the demands on video codecs are getting greater. MPEG's three-part plan answers questions of royalties, licensing, and computational efficiency. Meet VVC, MPEG-5 Part 1 (EVC), and MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC).

Akamai Offers Best Practices for Troubleshooting Live Streams

Providing flawless live streaming quality has never been more complex—or essential. However, relying on performance monitoring, real-time communications, and AI can ensure satisfied end-users.

Addressable Television: The Holy Grail of Personalization

From the beginning of the online video revolution, personalized advertising has been one of our loftiest and hardest-to-achieve goals. Are we there yet?

Qosifire Review: Testing the Live Stream Monitor and Debugger

There's no wiggle room in live video, so insuring quality is paramount. Qosifire offers an affordable and customizable way to monitor and debug live streams.

Netflix Goes to the Other Side of the Mirror With Bandersnatch

Learn the streaming challenges Netflix faced presenting Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which gave viewers choices and advanced interactive storytelling.

Omnicom: OTT Measurement 'A Band-Aid When You Need a Tourniquet'

Advertisers only get a bulk view of the OTT viewing audience, but to target effectively they need person-level data. That's still not available, and Nielsen gets the blame.

IBC '19: Facebook Shows Live and Interactive Tools for Publishers

The social network outlined how it grows partnerships with broadcasters and content owners, then unveiled new tools and a route to audiences and monetization.

IBC '19: Facebook, Netflix, Google Talk AV1, HEVC, and Support

The world's biggest video streamers have been slow to adopt next-generation codecs like AV1. At an IBC panel, they explained why HEVC is still the most widely supported.

IBC '19: YouTube Makes Play for Broadcaster Support at Keynote

With a shift away from commissioning premium original content, YouTube wants broadcasters to see it as an ally, not a competitor.

Hardware-Based Transcoding Solutions Roundup: Testing Performance

We put hardware-based solutions from NVIDIA, Intel, and NGCodec to the test to see which offers the strongest performance and the highest quality.

Shangri-LA Chases Streaming Video Success in Paradise: A Q&A

Online series Shangri-LA is a funny and heartfelt look at oddballs on the extreme fringes of Hollywood. Here's a conversation with the director about calling in favors and creating a show.

HEVC, AV1, VVC: How to Make Sense of 2019's World of Codecs

The old realities that used to dictate codec adoption no longer apply. Opening up new markets now matters more than reducing operating expenses. How are HEVC, AV1, and VVC positioned for the future?

Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer Review

Dive into the essential hardware functionality, features, and usability of the Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer, then learn about its software functionality, audio mixing, and how it works with programs like OBS, Vmix, and Wirecast to stream to services like Facebook Live and YouTube.

The 2019 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our exclusive industry-defining list is back for 2019. Here are the 50 companies every Streaming Media reader must know, the ones leading us into the future. These are the most important, innovative, and interesting companies in the online video universe.

How to Optimize a Corporate YouTube Channel and Attract Viewers

Many brands maintain a YouTube channel, but barely skim the surface of what the platform can do. Here's a step-by-step guide to optimizing a corporate YouTube account.

Announcing the State of Streaming 2019 Survey: We Need Your Help

StreamingMedia.com is undertaking the first-ever survey calculating the size and health of the entire streaming industry. Take a few minutes to answer our questions and you just might win a prize!

The List of the 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our panel of streaming media experts has spoken, and these are the 50 companies doing the most important and innovative work in online video today.

Advertisers See Need to Work Collaboratively to Drive Growth

The holy grail of being able to insert targeted ads into linear broadcast feeds for any spot is almost here, but first agencies need to learn how to work together.