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In the quest to deliver video at higher quality and lower latency, the streaming media industry is home to an ever-changing array of video formats, codecs, and delivery protocols. Look here for the latest news and trends in HEVC, AV1, VVC, CMAF, WebRTC, MPEG standards, royalties, just-in-time packaging, and more.

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Review: Moscow State University Video Quality Measurement Tool

If you're serious about experimenting with different codecs and/or encoding parameters, MSU's Video Quality Measurement Tool is an essential tool, and version 13 brings some welcome improvements.

Buyers' Guide to VOD Encoders

What's the best solution for your video on-demand encoding needs? That depends, but this guide will help you figure out which questions to ask.

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

Navigating a Multi-Codec World

AVC led to format consolidation, but we've seen more fragmentation in recent years. Fortunately, the huge critical mass around AOMedia might lead to a simpler future.

How Does VVC Measure Up Right Now?

VVC today can be both useful and usable; let's hope that VVC IP owners can formulate a royalty policy that delivers the same.

8K: History Repeats Itself

With production challenge solved, smarter AI upscaling and enhanced codec technologies will enable 8K streaming to the home—inevitably.

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

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?

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.

All In On NDI

Many people have gone all in on NDI. But how they use it can be very different from how you might want to use it.

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.

How to Encode with LCEVC

Unlike other cutting-edge codecs coming to market, LCEVC will have an immediate impact on the streaming landscape. Here's how to use it.

How to Produce CMAF Output and Testing Playback

CMAF has reached maturity. Here's one way to go about using it, with AWS Elemental MediaConvert

8K and Beyond: How Much is Too Much?

With higher-quality source material, new forms of content can take shape, from top-shelf VR to immersive live event viewing, as home TVs morph into giant, modular, wall-sized viewing platforms.

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: Brightcove Talks Context-Aware Encoding, 4K, and HEVC

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove Technology Fellow Yuriy Reznik at Streaming Media West 2019.

SMW '19: id3as' Dom Robinson Talks SMAF and IP Multicast

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews id3as Founder and fellow Streaming Media Advanced Forum co-host Dom Robinson at Streaming Media West 2019.

SMW '19: Teradek Talks End-to-End Encryption and 4K HEVC

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Teradek VP of Sales Jon Landman at Streaming Media West 2019.