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Viewers demand that OTT and online video give them the same quality as broadcast, or at least as close as possible, and savvy content owners are using the wealth of data generated by video to constantly improve the viewer experience and their bottom line. Check here for news, research, and analysis into video quality metrics, quality of service (QoS), quality of experience (QoE), video analytics, and video data.

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The Most Important Companies in Online Video Tech

Our annual Streaming Media 50 rounds up the most important, most interesting, and most innovative solutions providers in online video. You'll find names both familiar and unfamiliar here, as newer entrants join market veterans. So who made the list? Read on ...

The 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Finalists

Nearly 2,000 readers voted in 22 categories. We'll announce the winners later this month, but here's a tease—the top three vote-getters in each category. And you just might be surprised at the names you see.

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Nomination Deadline Extended Until August 20

We've got two new categories this year—Best Streaming Innovation and Best New Streaming Company—along with 23 other categories from analytics to webcasting and everything in between. We've extended the nomination deadline to August 20, so don't delay.

The Algorithm Series: Video Player Performance

Multiple algorithms for encoding, transfer, and playback intersect in the end user's player. So how can you make the numbers work in your favor?

Review: iSize BitSave Video Preprocessing

iSize claims that BitSave can deliver a 40% to 60% bitrate reduction while keeping the same video quality. We put those claims to the test.

Buyers' Guide to Essential Video Utilities

Any good compressionist needs tools to help reveal critical data about encoded files, from codecs and resolution to GOP structure and quality levels. Here's a look at some of the most useful.

The Streaming Toolbox: Cinnafilm PixelStrings, THEOplayer, and Resonance AI

In this installment of The Streaming Toolbox, we'll cover a platform that transforms video formats, another tool that actually looks at what is resonating with viewers using AI and machine learning (ML), and a third that is a player which is delivering the product the first two tools are working with.

SMW '19: Mux Talks Measuring Player Performance

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Mux Founder & Head of Product Steve Heffernan at Streaming Media West 2019.

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.

3 Takeaways From Moscow State University's 2019 Codec Comparison

In rigorous tests of video codecs, only one produced vastly different results during objective and subjective examinations. What could cause that discrepancy?

Streaming Live From the Battlefield: Military Video in 2019

Metadata and low-latency video create a tactical advantage in intelligence-gathering and decision making. Discover why HEVC is gaining momentum in the armed forces, and Android is preferred over iOS.

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.

Akamai Offers Best Practices for Troubleshooting Live Streams

Providing flawless live streaming quality has never been more complex—or essential. However, relying on performance monitoring, real-time communications, and AI can ensure satisfied end-users.

Qosifire Review: Testing the Live Stream Monitor and Debugger

There's no wiggle room in live video, so insuring quality is paramount. Qosifire offers an affordable and customizable way to monitor and debug live streams.

Netflix Goes to the Other Side of the Mirror With Bandersnatch

Learn the streaming challenges Netflix faced presenting Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which gave viewers choices and advanced interactive storytelling.

IBC '19: Telestream Says High-Quality Streaming Is Table Stakes

"We want to be the defacto standard for video processing, workflow automation, and quality management," says Telestream CEO Scott Puopolo.

Achieving Zero Latency for Video and Audio Is a Zero-Sum Game

In the AV world, zero-frame latency isn't just a pipe dream—it's a requirement. Here's why the streaming industry would do well to pay attention.

The 2019 Streaming Media 50: The 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our exclusive industry-defining list is back for 2019. Here are the 50 companies every Streaming Media reader must know, the ones leading us into the future. These are the most important, innovative, and interesting companies in the online video universe.

Video Compression for Machines: The Next Frontier

Self-driving cars will see the road for you, and MPEG is working on standards for machine-to-machine video creation and consumption for the AI-powered neural networks that will make it happen.

The List of the 50 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2019

Our panel of streaming media experts has spoken, and these are the 50 companies doing the most important and innovative work in online video today.