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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.

SME '19: Tim Siglin Recaps Highlights of Streaming Media East

Tim Siglin of Streaming Media and Help Me! Stream hits the high points of two days of interviews and industry trends from Streaming Media East 2019.

SME '19: Twitch's Tarek Amara Talks Multi-Codec Streaming

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Twitch's Tarek Amara discuss Twitch's developing the emerging codec landscape and Twitch's multi-codec content delivery strategy on the show floor at Streaming Media East 2019.

Phish: 4 Nights in 4K

The relentlessly creative and adventurous band took the leap to 4K for its Halloween run in Las Vegas last year.

SME '19: Red5 Pro’s Chris Allen Talks WebRTC and Ultra-Low- Latency Streaming at Scale

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Red5 Pro CEO Chris Allen discuss peer-to-peer, WebRTC, and sub-500ms latency at million-streams scale on the show floor at Streaming Media East 2019.

Tutorial: How to Leverage HEVC Compression with the Teradek VidiU Go

Paul Schmutzler explains how you can take advantage of the cost and bandwidth savings of HEVC in your livestreams with the Teradek VidiU Go.

Tutorial: How to Build and Engage Your Online Community

Paul Schmutzler demonstrates how to stream to multiple social platforms simultaneously with the Teradek VidiU Go.

NAB 2019: Brightcove Talks Cost Savings and QoE Improvements From Context-Aware Encoding

Per-title encoding is on the way out as Brightcove and others demonstrate the value of a more holistic approach. Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Brightcove's Yuriy Reznic at NAB 2019.

NAB 2019: LiveU Explains What 5G Will Mean for the Future of Cellular Bonding

In this interview from NAB 2019, LiveU clears up some of the hype around 5G (it won't make an impact until next year and there's no special health risk) and talks about the testing it's already doing with 5G modems.

NAB 2019: Twitch Talks VP9, AV1 and its Five-Year Encoding Roadmap

Twitch uses a head-and-tail encoding strategy where popular content (the head) is encoded one way and less popular content (the tail) another. In this interview, a Twitch engineer explains what's on the video gaming powerhouse's five-year roadmap.

NAB 2019: NGCodec Talks Hardware-Based High-Quality Live Video Encoding

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer and NGCodec's Oliver Gunasekara discuss NGCodec's live HEVC 4k60 encoder, and why the company was wrong about the future of H.264.

The State of WebRTC and Low-Latency Streaming 2019

It's not a standard yet, but that will likely change. Here's a detailed look at the state of WebRTC, the project that could finally deliver instantaneous video streaming at scale.

NAB 2019: Phenix Talks Low Latency Solutions for the Oscars and Online Betting

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews Phenix Technologies' Kyle Bank on the show floor at NAB 2019, and hears why low-latency CMAF isn't good enough for Phenix's demanding customers.

NAB 2019: Encoding.com Talks About its 2019 Global Media Format Report

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer and Encoding.com's Greg Heil discuss findings from the 2019 Global Media Format report, such as why better codecs don't always find wide adoption.

NAB 2019: NETINT Talks High-Density H.265 Encoding

Streaming Media's Jan Ozer and NETINT's Ray Adensamer discuss NETINT's Codensity T400, which is aimed at companies that need to do large live video encoding jobs at scale.

H.264 Continues to Dominate, and AV1 Is Looking for a Day Job

The annual Global Media Format Report is out from Encoding.com, and it's essential reading for streaming produceres looking for hard data on the state of video formats, codecs, and DRM.

JW Player Engineer Offers an Update on LHLS Development

Relying on chunks instead of larger video segments, LHLS brings latency down to two to seven seconds. Now the open source project is looking for publisher support.

How an Evolving Pay TV Infrastructure Can Coexist With OTT

The future belongs to blended servcies. Creating an IP transformation that relies on multicast-assisted ABR streaming is a potential key to quality improvements and cost savings.

Good News: AV1 Encoding Times Drop to Near-Reasonable Levels

The first tests of AV1 showed glacial encoding times that seriously detracted from the codec's usability. But since then encoding times have improved enough that AV1 is almost usable—and we've got the charts to prove it.

MWC 19: Liberty Media Calls 5G a Pipe Dream Turned Bad Dream

5G's massive cost outlay is a concern for mobile operators, while Liberty Media's boss says increases in broadband speeds will feed a growing demand for content.

MWC 19: 5G Begins Rolling Out in 2019, But Look for 6G in 2030

5G networking is being phased in and will be transformative to society. But operators are already looking to its successor, theorizing plans for far-faster 6G.