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On the go or in the living room, sports and esports video viewers are some of the most demanding and passionate audiences out there, and streaming is enabling delivery of the biggest games and the smallest leagues alike.

Here you'll find Streaming Media's coverage of the technology and business behind the growing sports and esports streaming market.

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Game On! With Traditional Live Sports on Hiatus, Will Esports Fill the Void?

The current spike in organized, competitive online gaming--driven in part by social changes brought on by COVID-19--lands on top of a widely reported 2019 esports boom, and already-high expectations for 2020 growth.

Roundup: Compact Mics for Compact Cameras

Compact, prosumer 4K cameras like the Canon XA40 and XA45 pack enough professional features that they're well worth considering for pro producers who need to travel light or with a compact kit. Choosing such a camera also means accessorizing it with properly proportioned compact audio gear--like the options we'll explore here.

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.

Report: Streaming Monetization in 2020

How exactly do organizations generate video-based revenues? A new report from Streaming Media, Unisphere Research, and Amazon Web Services sheds light on subscription vs. advertising vs. transactional, SSAI, and more.

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.

The State of Streaming 2020 Research Report

Live or VOD? Cloud or on-prem? The 2020 State of Streaming report reveals exclusive insights into the workflows behind the screens—download your copy now.

Video Capture Dongles Buyers' Guide

When live streaming using video mixers like OBS, vMix, or Wirecast a capture dongle is the missing link between the camera and a notebook, providing access to titling, transitions, and effects. Dongles can run anywhere from $40 to $700; here's a look at how to pick the one that's right for you.

Buyer's Guide to Live Webcasting Hardware

Software-based webcasting tools are ubiquitous, but there are times when only hardware will do. Here's a look from single-button hardware all the way up to portable vision mixers.

7 Rules for Mobile Multicam Success

As mobile devices have become more powerful and deliver higher-quality stills and video, it was inevitable that companies would emerge that leveraged these new technologies to produce multicam live-switched media production. So let's establish some ground rules for mobile multicam media production success.

How to Leverage Opportunities in eSports Streaming

The latest innovations and growing affordability of livestreaming technology have opened the esports livestreaming market to the average consumers, allowing anyone to become a live streamer with the right tools. Learn how the latest technology developments have enabled esports fans to join YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, or other livestreaming services.

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: Peyote Perryman Talks Bonded Streaming and Bass Fishing

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Digital P Media's Peyote Perryman at Streaming Media West 2019.

Building a Streaming Workstation? Here's What You Need to Know

We take a look under the hood and explore the four main hardware components that directly affect performance when building or configuring a streaming workstation.

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

SMW '19: Torque's Darcy Lorincz Talks Motor Esports

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Torque Esports' Darcy Lorincz at Streaming Media West 2019.

Streaming Media West 2019 Keynote: Sports Streaming for the Win!

Google and three of its sports partners—WWE, World Surf League, and NASCAR—explained how they're using streaming tech to create direct relationships and compelling experiences.

The Need for Speed: Demand for Low-Latency Streaming Is High

Low latency video streaming is on everyone's mind, but figuring out the latency your project needs—as well as how to get it—can be a slow process. Let this article be your guide.

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.

IBC '19: Harmonic Aims to Reinvent Live Sports on Android TV

Partnering with Google and 3SS, Harmonic promises personalized sports viewing experiences that bridge the gap between broadcast and OTT.