A Look Back at Streaming Video's 2020
From the rise of Zoom to the fall of MPEG, 2020 has been a year of surprises.
The Problem with WebRTC
The good news is that desktop and mobile web browsers are now capable of using WebRTC for real-time or progressive web apps. The bad news is that we need faster progress with viable WebRTC SDKs that don't tightly tie products to a particular WebRTC offering.
4 Keys to Evaluating Cloud Transcoding Options
Here are the four differentiating factors to focus on when assessing cloud transcoding solutions
When it Comes to Bitrates, Less is Always More
What can streaming producers do in the short-term to reduce the load during these COVID-19-related bandwidth usage spikes?
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
DASH Patent Pool—Criticized From the Start—Might Cease Operations
The fact that DASH was always marketed as being free didn't stop MPEG LA from forming a patent pool. But lack of support from the major IP contributors appears to have doomed the effort.
The Compressionist's Aha! Moment: 'The Other Leg, Lanczos'
Every compressionist fantasizes about discovering the perfect configuration option, but our columnist learns that some results are too good to be true.
3 Things the Streaming Industry Must Do to Prepare for ATSC 3.0
This is "The Year Before the Year of ATSC 3.0," and that means preparation—not just for broadcasters, but for the streaming industry, as well.
Creating a Recipe for Codec Success to Please All Palates
Looking back and the successes and misfires of H.264, HEVC, and VP9 show what the industry can expect from AV1 and VVC.
New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations
When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.
Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support
AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.
Testing HEVC: Please Take a Moment to Help Measure Performance
Early testing of HEVC playback in HLS showed positive but inconsistent results. We need StreamingMedia.com readers to step up and help provide more data.
Developers Pay the Pioneer Tax for WebRTC Live Streaming
There's a cost to being cutting-edge, and for low-latency live video streaming that involves learning WebRTC and accepting limited browser support.
What Does Netflix Know About Prime Time Video Streaming, Anyway?
Sometimes an industry benchmark—such as Netflix's ISP Speed Index—only tells half the story about video delivery. Before picking a codec, dig a little deeper.
Divideon Creates xvc, an HEVC Codec With Reasonable Pricing
The surprise royalty payments on HEVC have some publishers looking for alternatives. Learn how one company created a better codec price plan.
Is Apple's Move to HEVC About Effectiveness or Efficiency?
The latest macOS includes support for HEVC, but not for older Macs. In the rush to support higher resolutions and lower files sizes, are too many people being left out?
AV1 and Legal Challenges: Does the Codec Have a Future?
Some of the best minds in the streaming industry say AV1 will be challenged by infringement claims, but some of the best minds could be wrong.
The HEVC Soap Opera: Keeping Track of Players and Costs
This isn't exactly the summer reality show many are looking for. The way HEVC patent pools are growing is likely to make AV1 an especially popular option.
Colleges Need to Safeguard Video in a Standards-Based World
As more colleges and universities invest in video lessons, they're challenged to keep that content secure. Here's the strategy that makes the grade right now.
The Changing State of MPEG DASH Royalties: How Bad Will it Get?
MPEG LA's recent announcement of a DASH royalty pool is the first such royalty on free internet video. And this is only the beginning.