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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.

What Will 5G Mean for the Broadcast and OTT Video World?

The coming 5G cellular revolution will bring big changes in how consumers view content on-the-go, but even bigger changes in how creators produce it.

ATSC 3.0 and the Future of Broadcast Television: OTA Meets OTT

A new television standard, expected to debut in live broadcasts by 2020, brings the best of streaming—such as 4K video—to over-the-air delivery.

A Video Codec Licensing Update

The fragmented, frustrating future of HEVC licensing dominated discussion at the Media Coding Industry Forum's recent meeting, which attempted to influence licensing for the upcoming Versatile Video Codec.

Speak at Streaming Media East 2019

Executives and engineers from companies like Facebook, Google, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney have presented at Streaming Media East in the past. This year, we'll be featuring the OTT Leadership Summit, Video Engineering Summit, and Live Streaming Summit, and it could be your turn.

SMW '18: Tim Siglin Recaps Highlights of Streaming Media West

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discusses key topics of Streaming Media West 2018, including microservices, interactive streaming, eSports, MR/AR (but not VR), low latency, and Women in Streaming Media.

The ABCs of APIs: Developers Are Migrating to API-Based Workflows

APIs make it easier to use best-of-breed tools that connect disparate software applications and platforms. They've also changed the way video developers create new products.

Finding a Video Player That Works for You and Your Budget

The video player landscape has changed tremendously since Streaming Media examined it four years back. Here are the questions to ask when choosing a player and the features to watch for.

The 2018 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award Winners

The winners were announced today at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California. Click through to see who took home this year's prizes.

AV1: A First Look

FFmpeg 4.0 gives many video engineers their first chance to test the new AV1 codec against H.264, HEVC, and VP9. The results? In our tests, quality was impressive, but glacially slow encoding times make AV1 a non-starter for most publishers until hardware acceleration becomes available.

SMW '18: Twitch's Tarek Amara Talks Multi-Codec Streaming

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Twitch's Tarek Amara at Streaming Media West 2018.

SMW '18: THEO Technologies' Pieter-Jan Speelmans Talks Modular Player APIs

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews THEO Technologies CTO Pieter-Jan Speelmans at Streaming Media West 2018.

SMW '18: Beamr's Mark Donnigan Talks All-In HEVC

Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Beamr VP Marketing Mark Donnigan at Streaming Media West.

Demuxed '18 Highlights: The Future of Codecs and Compression

The annual conference for video engineers by video engineers produced must-watch sessions from Akamai, YouTube, Mux, and many others. Here's a survey of useful sessions, along with a link to the video library.

Streaming Media West: Apple Creates Advanced Experiences With HLS

The goal is to create, store, and distribute only one version of each piece of media. HTTP Live Streaming is the key to that kind of efficiency, Apple says.

Encoding & Transcoding 2018: Part 3

We wrap up our survey of the encding and transcoding landscape with looks at Verizon Digital Media Services, Media Excel, Comprimato, Elecard, Capella Systems, Epic Labs, EuclidIQ, and NGCodec

Encoding & Transcoding 2018: Part 2

We continue our survey of the encoding & transcoding market with looks at Encoding.com, Bitmovin, Brightcove, Beamr, Cisco/Synamedia, and Ericsson/MediaKind

The OTT Ecosystem Needs an Open Platform

If the industry is to continue to innovate, grow, and provide the best value and quality of experience, then we need to stop building closed systems and move toward open-platform, best-in-class infrastructure solutions.

Review: Subjectify.us, a Site for Subjective Video Comparisons

Moscow State University makes subjective comparisons less time-consuming with an online service that enlists other people to watch and rank videos.

At the Battle of the Codecs, Answers on AV1, HEVC, and VP9

Ahead of Streaming Media West, a meeting of codec experts offers new developments in leading-edge codecs, as well as field reports from companies already using them.

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 4: Playback

Video playback is where the rubber meets the road. Make sure you're using a player that gives you all the functionality you need to successfully deliver your high-quality content to a fragmented device universe.