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In the quest to deliver video at higher quality and lower latency, the streaming media industry is home to an ever-changing array of video formats, codecs, and delivery protocols. Look here for the latest news and trends in HEVC, AV1, VVC, CMAF, WebRTC, MPEG standards, royalties, just-in-time packaging, and more.

Codec Complexity is a 'Nuclear Bomb,' Says Bitmovin Report

Video streamers want "broadcast-like" latency but device and codec complexity is holding back the entire industry, finds a new report from the company. Among other findings: 20% of respondents don't use any video analytics.

iSize Claims Massive Performance Savings for its Debut AI Codec

BitSave promises 70% bitrate savings via machine learning, and currently works with H.264, with H.264, H.265, and VP9 on the way

Where's the 4K? Consumers Don't Know How to Find 4K Video

Plenty of consumers have televisions that support 4K, but viewers don't know where to find UHD content—even when they have access to it through paid services.

Vimeo Announces Support for AV1 Codec, Starts With Staff Picks

Today, Vimeo announced that it now supports the AV1 codec, which it believes will let it deliver videos with a low bitrate and high visual quality.

Adobe Licenses Adobe Media Server and RTMP SDK to Veriskope

A team of Adobe and Macromedia veterans is now in charge of AMS and RTMP support and development, providing a transition resource for existing Flash customers.

NAB '19: Netflix and Intel Release SVT-AV1 Codec as Open Source

Capable of real-time 4K/60p 10-bit encoding when running on Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon D processors, the the SVT-AV1 codec represents an order of magnitude acceleration of AV1 encoding.

No Content Royalties in Sisvel VP9/AV1 Patent Pools

Sisvel's Video Codec Licensing Platform will employ a "committed volume scheme" rather than a royalty cap, according to CEO Mattia Fogliacco, who did not rule out royalties on software-based encoding

Sisvel Launches Patent Pools for VP9 and AV1

The licenses cover devices such as smartphones, computers, TVs, set-top boxes, and graphics cards, but not encoded content—at least for now.

Kaltura TV SDK Offers Improved Mobile Streaming and HEVC Support

The SDK now keeps an eye on connectivity data at the network, device, and player level, which should improve mobile connections in emerging markets.

TCL Will Create First Roku-Licensed 8K TV, Coming This Year

Ready or not, here comes 8K. Look for 8K sets to hit the market later this year, with TCL creating the first Roku model.

HEVC Now Makes Up 25% of Live Video Worldwide Served from LiveU Hardware, Says a LiveU Report

Live sports streaming and an insistence on professional quality IP video are helping cement HEVC's role as the standard.

Unified Patents Challenges Velos Media Patent

The SEP Video Codec Zone also will provide companies targeted by HEVC IP owners with unique data and tools to negotiate fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licenses

Microsoft Joins the SRT Alliance to Promote Low Latency Solution

With Microsoft's backing, Haivision hopes to grow global support for the standard. The SRT Alliance now counts over 140 member companies.

Limelight Promises Sub-Second Live Video Latency Using WebRTC

Forget HLS and DASH, says Limelight, and definitely forget HTTP. Its WebRTC-based solution could take the pain out of sports streaming.

Adobe Previews Creative Cloud Editing Improvements at IBC

Look for animation, audio, and collaboration improvements when the next version of Adobe Creative Cloud debuts later this year.

Latency and Device Playback Are Today's Biggest Pain Points

Bitmovin's annual survey shows video streamers are living in a highly fragmented world, and no one codec will take over the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Tops List of YouTube Signature Devices

YouTube now endorses phones that provide the best streaming experience on its platform, and VP9 codec support is an essential.

Web Event: Advanced Live Streaming Technologies and Strategies

From the World Cup to the executive suite, nothing presents more opportunites and more challenges than live streaming. Join us on May 17 for a webinar that looks at technologies and strategies to help you maximize your live streaming efforts.

Dailymotion Updates Video Player for Publishers' Needs: Exclusive

In an effort to boost engagement and provide more customization, Dailymotion adds a variety of viewer and publisher enhancements to its video player.

HLS and H.264 Top Dogs in 2018 Encoding.com Global Format Report

The strong got stronger in 2017, with HLS and H.264 growing while VP9 took a tumble. Despite all the noise around 4K, it still isn't used much.