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Tips for Teaching with Video for the First Time

As COVID-19 shuts down universities and school districts, streaming video can save instructors and their students. Here are some tips for how to use it right.

Back to the Future

A look at streaming media's past can give us guidance on our journey toward where we're heading next

Video Helps Keep Schools Secure

The use of security cameras in schools is growing. Look for educational institutions and vendors to creatively squeeze value from fixed camera systems in schools by expanding the audience for the video footage while avoiding critical safety or privacy problems.

Who Will Define 'TV'?

The age of the broadcaster is over. With OTT platforms built on microservices and previously unheard-of data collection capabilities, it's the age of the viewer now.

Flash's Last Hurrah

Most content publishers have already moved on from Flash, but those who need ultra-low latency have stuck with it. Now that Adobe is ending support for Flash, it's time to move to WebRTC, but it won't be easy.

The Real Streaming Battle: SVOD vs. vMVPD

There's plenty of room for multiple SVOD services. But live linear services are an endangered species unless they change their offerings and pricing models.

When it Comes to Video Quality Measurements, Average Won't Cut It

Average scores can be deceiving, so be sure you're using a tool that gives you a more accurate assessment of your video quality

The Math Behind the Magic

Whether we're talking about content delivery, player performance, live events, or even DRM, it's important to understand the algorithms that make streaming video tick.

Not All Content (or Devices) Are Created Equal

The one-size-fits-all approach employed in broadcast and cable is no good when it comes to streaming and OTT.

Can We Stop Talking About Disney+?

Sure, The Mandalorian is great, and Disney+ has shaken up the world of OTT. But the real revolution isn't happening in the living room.

All Roads Lead to ABR Royalties

As recent lawsuits regarding DASH-related patents make clear, royalty payments on adaptive bitrate streaming are inevitable—even if it's not yet clear who'll be paying who, or how much

The Smart Money is on Quibi. Go Figure

When Quibi launches next year, it will be the latest in a line of "mobile-only" streaming services. None of its predecessors have succeeded, but industry experts say Quibi will thrive where offerings like Go90 failed.

Squashing the Bugs: 6 Steps for Solving Video Streaming Problems

As a video solutions architect, our columnist has a lot of experience dealing with streaming issues that others created. Here's how he goes about solving them.

Educators Need Resources That Simulate the Digital Divide

With more learning materials going online, educators need to be sure all their students have access. Learn about programs that show the limits of poor-quality networks.

AutoVision: The Bizarre In-Car Video Player That Never Happened

In 1993, Omni Magazine showed its readers in-car video technology that let people watch as they drive. It was both decades ahead of its time and hopelessly misguided.

The Quiet Conference: At IBC 2019, No News Was Good News

Some years are revolutionary, some are evolutionary, and some are just "meh." Here's why those "meh" years are the best ones for the industry.

Netflix's Stock Price Tumbles as Higher Prices Lead to Churn

Why did Netflix's stock fall in Q2? Because the OTT leader's price increase lead to service cancellations. That's a warning to all SVODs: If it can happen to Netflix, it can happen to any service.

5 Low-Cost Ways to Provide Closed Captions for VOD Streams

Attaching captions to on-demand videos can be simple and low-cost, but doing the same for live video is a little more involved. Here are the options.

TV 2.0: The Future Isn't About Delivery, It's About Experience

The industry sees video as linear or OTT, but that's not the real distinction. What matters isn't how people get their video, but how they experience it.

5 Best Practices for Using a Lightboard in Instructional Videos

Lightboards are great resources for online video learning, and they can be built for under $200. Here are five tips for getting impressive results every time.