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Today's viewers expect to be able to watch movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, and on any device, including set-top boxes, game consoles, phones, and tablets. Here you'll find Streaming Media's coverage of OTT, social video, and other media and entertainment video, as well as the business models (AVOD, SVOD, TVOD, HVOD) behind them.

Streaming Media West Preview: Off-the-Shelf Streaming Tools

Learn how to create, buy, edit, analyze, and distribute content—plus launch your own streaming video service—in only three hours. It's one reason to attend Streaming Media West next week.

Discover In-Depth Pre-Conference Training at Streaming Media West

In just two weeks, Streaming Media's Jan Ozer will lead SMW attendees through advanced sessions on ABR production, video quality metrics, and more.

Apple, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Anchor Streaming Media West '19

This year's Streaming Media West has a new location—in downtown L.A.!—but the same impressive roster of streaming visionaries that the industry has come to expect.

Throwback Thursday: When Bill Gates Keynoted Streaming Media West

20 years ago at the second Streaming Media West in San Jose, Microsoft chairman and CEO Bill Gates addressed a capacity crowd with a keynote on "The Digital Media Revolution."

Ban the Binge! Netflix Makes the Right Move With Weekly Episodes

Whatever happened to the water cooler? Even though some viewers are howling in protest on Twitter, Netflix is making a smart choice by releasing new episodes weekly.

Voting Is Now Open for the 2019 Readers' Choice Awards!

Let the competition begin! Voting begins for the streaming video industry awards that matter most—because winners are chosen by the community itself.

Disney Raises the Stakes, and the Competition Should Be Worried

The Disney+/ESPN+/Hulu triple-play offers something for the whole family, and comes at a budget-conscious price. As opening shots go, it's a howitzer.

$21: The Amount Consumers Want to Pay Barely Covers Two Services

Households are reacting to new OTT offerings by tightening their belts and closing their wallets. Is this a boon for ad-supported services or the end of expansion?

The DirecTV Now Name Must Be the Real Problem, Decides AT&T

Customers are fleeing DirecTV Now because they don't like the DirecTV name, the parent company decides. What do they like better? Their phone company, of course.

AT&T and NBCU Drag Viewers Into the Age of Experimentation

Yes, there are two more premium OTT services coming. Yes, it's all too much for the average viewer. No, it won't last forever.

Trouble Ahead: Netflix's Bad Quarter Could Turn Into a Bad Year

The constant drip, drip, drip of bad news for the SVOD leader has taken its toll, and viewers are leaving en masse. Suddenly the giant doesn't look so powerful.

If TV Watching Goes Social Is it Still Passive Entertainment?

We all know that hours of passive boob tube watching aren't good for our bodies and minds. But what if we're active viewers? Is there a safe way to binge?

Their Strange Addiction: How Gen Z Uses Social Video Apps

Young people form deep connections with video- and image-based social apps, but they couldn't care less about Facebook and Twitter, a new survey shows.

Trouble for Netflix: When the Insurgent Becomes the Incumbent

Little by little, Netflix's lead could get chipped away. A research report shows that the company's expense and engagement numbers don't add up.

Welcome to the Matrix: Beyond Scene-Based Encoding for Video

The encoding ladder served its purpose, but as streaming becomes more nuanced a ladder just doesn't provide enough options. It's nearly time for the video matrix.

5G Technology Meets the Achilles Heel of Smartphone Hardware

The coming of 5G will mean a revolution for mobile phone video and gaming, but before that can happen smartphone technology needs an upgrade.

Entertainment Is Essential in Our Always-Streaming World

As advances in streaming video have made premium on-demand entertainment easier to come by, it's also made entertainment more vital, finds one survey.

The Northern Path: Cooperation and Competition in the Nordics

Could OTT services save money by working together on shared solutions? At a conference in Norway, one executive makes a plea for partnership.

The SVOD World Is Close to Being a Zero-Sum Market, Says Report

Three services are enough, say many households. With so many choices, consumers wonder which are essential and which they need to drop.

YouTube Won the 2019 NewFronts Because of What it Didn't Say

Brand safety? Predatory comments on videos? YouTube is laser-focused on fixing that. Now, back to the massive star-packed, music-filled party.