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Over-the-top (OTT) has changed how people watch television, and in some regions is on track to overtake broadcast, cable, and satellite. Look below for the latest news in OTT technology and programming, as well as insights and analysis into where the OTT market is headed.

L.A. Stories: Facebook and Verizon Bring Video Production In-House

Nestled in Los Angeles' Playa Vista neighborhood, Facebook and Verizon Media's RYOT 5G Studio are using the latest social strategies and technologies to create innovative content that connects with viewers in unpredictable ways

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.

The HBO Max Formula

How will HBO Max stand out in the crowded SVOD landscape? WarnerMedia execs laid out plans for the service at CES 2020.

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.

Winning in 2020: What Incumbents Can Do to Compete with Netflix, Disney, Hulu, Apple

The same technology that has become a massive enabler for new market entrants can also be used by incumbents saddled with legacy systems to transform their businesses into nimble, omnichannel offerings.

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: Comcast's Matt Smith Talks and B2B and D2C OTT

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Comcast Technology Solutions Executive Director Matt Smith at Streaming Media West 2019.

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.

From Contribution to AR, 5G Is the Future

5G's commercial rollout is faster than expected with video-intense applications including VR and AR lined up for later releases

The 2019 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award Winners

The people have spoken. These are their choices for the best products and services in 28 categories from analytics to webcasting and everything in between.

The Streaming Toolbox: Valossa, Signiant, and Red5 Pro

This month, we look at tools for content recognition, file transfer, and low-latency WebRTC streaming

SMW '19: FandangoNOW Talks Mentoring and TVOD

Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews FandangoNOW Director, Software Engineering Rema Morgan-Aluko at Streaming Media West 2019.

Streaming Media West 19 Keynote: Amazon Launches Fire TV Blaster

Having a simple voice interface that transcend devices creates a magical experience, Amazon said, and that explains the strategy behind the Fire TV Blaster.

How the Online Video Industry Can Prepare for 5G and Win Viewers

When OTT providers invest in building a user experience-centric culture they will instinctively gravitate to the leading edge of technology and dominate 5G.

The 2019 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Finalists

220 nominees. More than 28,000 votes. 84 finalists. Here's who made the shortlist of the top streaming video products and services in our annual reader poll.

The Future of OTT Is in Tailored Experiences, Says Android TV

Today's streaming TV providers don't know what tomorrow's viewers will want, which is why Android TV was created with a modular approach that allows for fast updates.

Review: Roku Ultra Adds Valuable, if Minor, Remote Features

TV time becomes a little more enjoyable thanks to an upgraded remote with mute and two programmable buttons. It's appreciated, but it's no reason to upgrade.

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.

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).