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Live streaming services are pushing the limits of online video and OTT, and live events are still the standards by which the success of the industry are judged. Look here for the latest news on live streaming trends, as well as how-to and technical articles on everything from live production to live linear channels.

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The 2022 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

More than 1,600 readers voted in 22 categories. We'll announce the winners at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach on November 16, but here's a tease—the top three vote-getters in each category. And you just might be surprised at the names you see.

Tutorial: Building a Remote AWS EC2 Server for Use With vMix

Are you curious as to what the AWS EC2 server is all about and what it can do for you? Let's say that your current computer setup is subpar or perhaps you need a second unit for remote production using vMix. The EC2 is a viable answer.

Review: Canon N500 PTZ Camera

At $5,399, the Canon N500 is a bargain compared to other 1" sensor PTZ video cameras. Featuring 4K/30P and NDI|HX2 support, it has a long 15x optical zoom lens and dual XLR audio inputs, and supports the low-power POE+ standard.

It's Not Easy Streaming Green

Innovation challenges meet power-consumption realities, with a need to address the balance of both as well as the reuse of old technologies that still have usable life.

Review: Telestream Wirecast Gear 3

The newly released Wirecast Gear 3 combines a change from Intel to AMD CPUs and a rearchitected software engine that Telestream claims "uses up to 60% less computer resources than previous versions." In this review, I tested the new version of hardware and software to its limits and came away very impressed.

Location, Location, Location: Cloud vs. On-Prem vs. Hybrid Streaming Workflows

Everything streaming is moving to the cloud, right? Not so fast. Where you keep your content and do your work depends on your own particular circumstances. And on-prem is by no means dead.

Integrating NDI Sources From Conferencing Platforms

Live-event video production during COVID has rapidly accelerated the use of NDI output from popular conferencing tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, particularly for one-to-many broadcasts in which remote contributors are the norm. This article will explain how to enable NDI in Zoom and Microsoft Teams for higher-quality input sources into your live-streaming workflow.

The Three Tiers of Virtual Events

So, whether it's a quarterly meeting, an annual marketing show, or an industry event like CES or the International Auto Show, we still need in-person events. But how these events recognize and incorporate remote pre­senters and remote audiences will have to change from what was done pre-COVID. The future of events is hybrid, although these hybrid events will take different forms, depending on the event size, budget, and nature and complexity of the off-site elements. There are what I call "Three Tiers of Hybrid," which represent three different ways to bring local and remote presenters and attendees together.

Telestream COO Jon Wilson Talks Encoding.com Acquisition

Streaming Media Contributing Editor Jan Ozer interviews Telestream President & COO Jon Wilson about Telestream's acquisition of Encoding.com and its implications for Telestream and the streaming industry at large.

How to Implement Low-Latency HLS (LL HLS)

Rather than focusing on random tasks, this tutorial will walk you through the fundamentals of encoding for low latency HLS with FFmpeg, OBS, Mux Video, and THEOplayer

The State of Enterprise Video 2022

Moving from virtual meetings to hybrid and back again has us tired all of the time, but it's not going away anytime soon. Welcome to the golden age of enterprise video.

The State of Live Streaming 2022

There is little doubt that an accelerated switch to streaming is underway —in the sports world especially—and that this is probably happening more rapidly in the U.S. than in any other market.

The State of Real-Time Streaming 2022

The pandemic highlighted the need for ultra-low-latency video. Here's a look at how the industry has responded, from LL-HLS and DASH to WebRTC

How to Run a Remote Production with easylive.io

Like any multiple-input live production tool, easylive.io has a learning curve, particularly when managing multiple remote guests. But if you can drive a desktop tool like Wirecast or vMix, you'll find easylive.io a breeze.

The State of Education Video 2022

Now that students have returned to the classroom, schools and universities face an existential dilemma about the role video will play going forward.

Review: Teradek Wave

Anthony Burokas reviews the new Teradek Wave, which combines bonding, encoding, streaming, recording, and monitoring in a single compact devices that users control using Teradek's handy streaming app on its 7" touchscreen.

The Building Blocks of the Metaverse

The most important aspects of the entire metaverse project are the interchange standards and the tools, protocols, formats, and services that enable persistent and ubiquitous virtual simulations. Without them, there will be no metaverse.

The Streaming Toolbox: Eventuall, GumGum, and Monterosa

Looking for ways to increase engagement and viewer dwell times, make your videos more interactive, and offer gamification? These solutions from Eventuall, GumGum, and Monterosa might be just what you need.

The Complete Guide to Closed Captions

Closed captioning is legally required for some video, but it's the right thing to do for all video. Beyond the ethical and accessibility considerations, it engages more viewers and makes smart business sense. Here's all you need to know about captioning today.

The 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Award Winners

New entrants join old standbys in our annual survey of readers' preferred technical solutions