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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.

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.

AV1 Is Finally Here, but Intellectual Property Questions Remain

Today the Alliance for Open Media froze the AV1 bitstream and released an unoptimized software encoder and decoder; AV1 decode should arrive in several browsers and some content from member companies over the next few months, with hardware implementations in about a year.

HEVC Advance Cuts Content Fees on Streaming

HEVC Advance is eliminating subscription and title-by-title royalty fees for non-physical content distribution, and it's adding reduced royalty rates for low-end consumer devices.

AV1 Beats VP9 and HEVC on Quality, if You've Got Time, says Moscow State

Latest codec quality comparison study finds AV1 tops on quality, but far behind on speed, and that VP9 beats out HEVC. Moscow State also launched Subjectify.us, a new service for subjectively comparing video quality.

Apple Joins Alliance for Open Media: What Does it Mean?

While Apple's technical motives might be simple, their strategic motives appear more complicated: If it wants to build a video service that competes with Netflix and Amazon, it has to deliver to all devices, not just its own.

Content Delivery and Live Streaming Summits Return to Streaming Media East

Both the Content Delivery Summit and the Live Streaming Summit will be back as part of this year's Streaming Media East event, with new chairs and new ideas.