Articles for Tim Siglin
The State of WebRTC and Low-Latency Streaming 2019
It's not a standard yet, but that will likely change. Here's a detailed look at the state of WebRTC, the project that could finally deliver instantaneous video streaming at scale.
Buyers' Guide to Context-Aware Encoding 2019
2018 was the year that context-aware encoding (CAE) went mainstream, but 2019 will be the year that context-aware encoding reaches critical mass.
The State of the OTT Market 2019
Where do the video-on-demand, live linear, and live event markets stand now? And what's coming next, as streaming media delivery enters its third decade?
Buyers' Guide to Encoding Appliances 2019
Software encoding, especially in the cloud, is all the rage these days. So why stick with on-premises hardware? There are good reasons for keeping operations in-house.
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.
ATSC 3.0 and the Future of Broadcast Television: OTA Meets OTT
A new television standard, expected to debut in live broadcasts by 2020, brings the best of streaming—such as 4K video—to over-the-air delivery.
SMW '18: Tim Siglin Recaps Highlights of Streaming Media West
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discusses key topics of Streaming Media West 2018, including microservices, interactive streaming, eSports, MR/AR (but not VR), low latency, and Women in Streaming Media.
SMW '18: nanocosmos' Oliver Lietz Talks Interactive Streaming and H5Live
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews nanocosmos CEO Oliver Lietz at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Brightcove's Lexie Pike Talks SSAI and Standardization
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove's Lexie Pike at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Meet Group's Lauren Hallanan Talks Solo Streaming and Dating Apps
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Meet Group VP of Livestreaming Lauren Hallanan at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMP '18: Ellation's Michael Dale Talks Multichannel OTT
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Ellation VP Engineering Michael Dale at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: VideoLink's Kevin McCarthy Talks ReadyCam Studios
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews VideoLink Director of Production Kevin McCarthy at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Twitch's Tarek Amara Talks Multi-Codec Streaming
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Twitch's Tarek Amara at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: THEO Technologies' Pieter-Jan Speelmans Talks Modular Player APIs
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews THEO Technologies CTO Pieter-Jan Speelmans at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Mobeon's Mark Alamares Talks Mixed Reality Storytelling
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Mobeon CEO Mark Alamares at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Chris Knowlton Talks Microsoft Stream
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Microsoft Principal Lead Program Manager Chris Knowlton at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: JD Fox Talks Making Small-Market Sports Streaming Look Big League
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews JD Fox, Director of Partnerships and Product Management at PrestoSports, at Sports Streaming Summit and Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: IBM Watson Media and Weather's Scott Grizzle Talks Finding Solutions
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews IBM Watson Media and Weather Senior Solutions Engineer Scott Grizzle at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Cisco's Sangeeta Ramakrishnan Talks Machine Learning and eSports
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Cisco Distinguished Engineer Sangeeta Ramakrishnan at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Beamr's Mark Donnigan Talks All-In HEVC
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Beamr VP Marketing Mark Donnigan at Streaming Media West.
SMW '18: First Tube Media's Andrew Beranbom Talks Bands, Brands, and Platforms
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews First Tube Media CEO Andrew Beranbom at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Mainstreaming's Mike Smith Talks Hypernode Technology
Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Mainstreaming Global VP, Solutions Engineering Mike Smith at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: MediaKind's Mark Russell Talks Microservices
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews MediaKind CTO & Head of Strategy Mark Russell at Streaming Media West 2018.
SMW '18: Teradek's Jon Landman Introduces the HEVC-Ready VidiU GO
Tim Siglin interviews Teradek VP Marketing Jon Landman at Streaming Media West 2018.
Portable Streaming Encoders Shrink and Grow
As companies launch small-form-factor encoders (SFFEs) for live streaming and (sometimes) recording, one of the biggest questions potential users ask is whether these devices offer the same encoding functionality as larger units.
How Australia's Optus Missed the Goal at the World Cup
Optus claimed it experienced "unprecedented demand" for live video streaming during the 2018 World Cup, but what else would it expect?
Charting Where Enterprise Video Will Go in the Years Ahead
What's new and next for corporate video? Improved search and discovery, an eye toward monetization, and a resurgence of on-prem or hybrid solutions.
Digging It! Streaming Video in Mining and Offshore Exploration
The streaming world is bigger than Netflix and UGC. Learn how exploration and engineering companies use rugged systems to stream video from the harshest conditions on the globe.
Streaming Video Exploration Makes the World a Little Smaller
Both armchair explorers and scientists are making use of new video technologies that are able to see more deeply than human vision can.
Come Together: Streaming in Professional Music Production
Services like Spotify get all the headlines, but there's a not-so-quiet revolution in music production, and low-latency streaming is driving it.
Help Us Help Others Stream: The Online Video Industry Gives Back
This is the birth of a non-profit that could make a difference in the lives of many. If you have streaming skills and you'd like to help NGOs working in economically distressed areas, read on.
Next-Generation Content Delivery: The Shift Is Underway
What will it take for live streaming to finally match the global scale of traditional TV? A look at the next 18 months of next-gen video delivery.
SME 2018: ABC's Raj Moorjani Talks Immersive Storytelling
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews ABC News Product Manager Raj Moorjani at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Vimeo's Harris Beber Talks Monetization on Ad-Free Video Platforms
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Vimeo CMO Harris Beber at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: SeaChange's Kurt Michel Talks Content Management and Metadata Enrichment
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews SeaChange's Kurt Michel at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: TIME's Mia Tramz Talks Brand Impact and Immersive Media
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews TIME's Mia Tramz at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: RYOT Studio's Kathryn Friedrich Talks Storytelling and Brand Engagement
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews RYOT Studio's Kathryn Friedrich at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: GigCasters' Casey Charvet Talks Large-Scale Live Event Streaming
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interview GigCasters' Casey Charvet at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: RealEyes' Jun Heider Talks AI, MAM, and Advanced Video App Development
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews RealEyes Media Chief of Technology Jun Heider at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: Red5 Pro's Chris Allen Talks Ultra-Low Latency Large-Scale Streaming
Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews Red5 Pro CEO & Co-Founder Chris Allen at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: Mobeon's Mark Alamares Talks Challenges of Making Immersive Video Mainstream
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Mobeon CEO Mark Alamares at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Roku's Bernarda Duarte Talks Channel Acquisition and OTT Direct Publishing
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Roku's Bernarda Duarte at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: IBM Cloud Video's Scott Grizzle Talks Protocols, Codecs, and Latency
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews IBM Cloud Video's Scott Grizzle at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Kelley Green Consulting's Lisa Larson-Kelley Talks App Development and Facebook Live
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Kelley Green Consulting's Lisa Larson-Kelley at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: Streaming Video Alliance's Jason Thibeault Talks Machine Learning and Content Delivery
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Streaming Video Alliance's Jason Thibeault at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Knowledge Vision's Michael Kolowich Talks Knovio Live and Multimedia Webcasting
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Knowledge Vision's Michael Kolowich at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: RealNetworks Founder Rob Glaser Talks RMHD and Real's Longterm Strategy
Streaming Media's Jan Ozer interviews RealNetworks Founder Rob Glaser at Streaming Media East 2018.
SME 2018: Brightcove's Matt Smith Talks Machine Learning and Context-Aware Encoding
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove's Matt Smith at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: IAB's Eric John Talks Brand Safety, Blockchain
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews IAB's Eric John at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Technicolor-Postworks Colorist Anthony Raffaele Talks 4K and HDR
Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin interviews Technicolor-Postworks' Anthony Raffaele following his keynote at at Streaming Media East 2018
SME 2018: Teradek Talks New Contribution and Distribution Solutions
Teradek VP Sales Jon Landman discusses live streaming problem-solving and new announcements at Streaming Media East 2018.
Streaming Options for Foreign Travelers Are Improving—Slowly
When it comes to subscription video on-demand, increasingly you can take it with you. Some services now let subscribers stream while abroad.
Buyers' Guide to Encoder Appliances
Sometimes software-only solutions just don't cut it. Here's how to understand the tradeoff between hardware and software encoding, and how to select the best appliance when low-latency and delivery matter.
20 for 20: The Top Mergers and Acquisitions of the Past 20 Years
Streaming Media has been around for 20 years, and has seen a lot of interesting technologies, opportunities, and business acumen come together.
20 for 20: The Most Important Standards of the Last 20 Years
To celebrate Streaming Media's 20th year, here's an overview of 20 major patents and standards that have impacted the growth of the streaming media industry.
The State of Enterprise Video 2018
Enterprise video platforms set themselves apart from their media and entertainment counterparts, and vendors learn it takes significant reengineering to serve the business market.
Top 20 Streaming Technologies of the Last 20 Years
It's our 20th anniversary, and so we're taking a look back at the 20 technologies that have dominated—and sometimes frustrated—the streaming media industry over the past 20 years.
Streaming Forum Keynote: Sky Spins Up New Channels in Minutes
Sky principal streaming architect Jeff Webb shared how a move from appliance-based workflows to container-based workflows now means that the broadcaster can spin up new channels in minutes, a process that used to take up to 4 weeks
Buyers' Guide to Content- and Context-Aware Encoding 2018
A new generation of encoders looks at the context of content to deliver better video playback and higher efficiency. Here's what publishers need to know about CAE.
Analysis: Is Ooyala Worthless?
Telstra writes down final investment in Ooyala, will exit ad tech acquired from Videoplaza. What went wrong?
Seed Money: 6 Ways Streaming Video Plays a Role in Farming
In chores such as cattle wrangling and crop rotation, streaming video is surprisingly important to those working in agribusiness.
The Streaming Video Revolution Is About More Than Entertainment
Industries such as agriculture, mining, music, and manufacturing have all been transformed by audio and video streaming. In 2018, we'll take a deeper look.
The Streaming Industry Is Dead, and It's Never Been Hotter
Over the decades the streaming video industry has migrated into hundreds of other industries, and what was fringe is now mainstream.
SMW 17: Brightcove's Anil Jain Talks Securing Live-Streamed Content
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove EVP & GM, Media Anil Jain at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Bulldog's John Petrocelli Talks Branded User Experiences
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Bulldog Digital Media CEO John Petrocelli at Live Streaming Summit 2017.
SMW 17: Gabriella Mirabelli Talks Leveraging Data Science in Online Video
Anatomy Media's Gabriella Mirabelli explains how content owners can leverage data science in online video without being data scientists in this interview with Tim Siglin at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Mobeon's Mark Alamares Talks 360/VR Immersive Storytelling
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Mobeon CEO Mark Alamares at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: VideoRx's Robert Reinhardt Talks SRT and the Future of Codecs
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews VideoRx's Robert Reinhardt at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Microsoft's Andy Beach Talks Machine Learning and Media
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Microsoft Principal SDE, Communications & Media Andy Beach at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: IBM's Scott Grizzle Talks Watson and Video Enrichment
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews IBM Cloud Video Senior Solutions Engineer Scott Grizzle at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Brightcove's David Sayed Talks Context-Aware Encoding
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Brightcove VP of Product Marketing at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: AWS Elemental's Keith Wymbs Talks Live 4K in the Cloud
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews AWS Elemental CMO Keith Wymbs following Wymbs' opening keynote at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Teradek's Jon Landman Talks Mobile Switching, VR Stitching, and HEVC Encoding
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Teradek's Jon Landman discuss the latest from Teradek, including HEVC cloud transcoding, wireless transmission, and VR/360 capture, stitching, and streaming.
SMW 17: Magewell's Darry Spangler Talks 4K Live Capture
Magewell's Darryl Spangler and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss 4K live capture and Magewell's Streaming Media Reader's Choice-winning solutions in this interview from Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: id3as's Dom Robinson Talks Muxing, Multicasting, and Architecting CDNs
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Dom Robinson, id3as founder and author, Content Delivery Networks: Fundamentals, Design, and Evolution at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: BlueFrame's Chris Knowlton Talks Cost-Effective End-to-End Streaming for DII College Sports
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews BlueFrame Technology Partner & Chief Strategy Officer Chris Knowlton at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Deluxe's Rick Phelps Talks Full-Service Broadcast Content Delivery
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Deluxe Entertainment SVP, Broadcast Sales Rick Phelps at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: DVEO's Nick Joseph Talks DOZER, Lower-Latency HLS
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews DVEO Sales Engineer Nick Joseph at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: StreamOne's Ruud van der Linden Talks OVP Pre-Integration
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Ruud van der Linden, Founder and CEO of Netherlands-based online video platform StreamOne, at Streaming Media West 2017.
SMW 17: Beamr's Dror Gill Talks Integrated Video Encoding and Optimization
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews Beamr CTO Dror Gill at Streaming Media West 2017.
The Chinese Streaming Market Rife With Possibilities and Pitfalls
Western publishers that want to stream video to audiences in China need to overcome unique hurdles that are more political than technical.
IMF: One Format to Rule Them All or Just One More Format?
The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) offers the appeal of a universal distribution format for all video, but it's not quite there yet. Here's where development stands today.
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?
MAM and DAM Evolve Into the Cloud, Going Beyond the Basics
Managing media assets is about far more than storing and finding clips, and cutting-edge MAM and DAM systems are moving to the cloud and taking on VR and 4K.
Apple TV Goes 4K
Company finally catches up with Roku, hints that the new video encoder for iPhone 8 and iPhone X is HEVC
Lock it Down: How to Keep Enterprise Video Safe and Secure
From pipes to pixels, enterprise video security is becoming big business. This article puts a spotlight on three types of content security solutions: encryption, rights management, and content management.
Beyond TCP: Meet the Next Generation of Transport Protocols
Lower latency while increasing reliability: That's the promise of alternate transmission protocols that expand on TCP or simply replace it as the streaming transmission champ.
A King’s Ransom: Why Do OTT Subscription Costs Keep Rising?
The subscription video market is getting crowded, so why aren't prices declining? To understand that, first understand which actors are driving the market.
HDR: The More Bits, the Better
Apple's new Macs feature 10-bit HEVC decoding for HDR video viewing. To understand why that's important, it's worth a look at an old technology—film cameras
Dying to Stream: The Rise in Violent Acts Streamed Live Online
Another week, another story of a horrific act live streamed across the internet. Live video makes this possible. Now, how does the industry stop it?
Is Premium OTT Content Worth the Price?
By focusing on premium content—with hefty licensing and production costs—OTT services are hurting themselves and their subscribers
How to Design an Automated Workflow
Create automated systems and save your employees' work hours for other jobs. Here's how to create a video workflow that improves both productivity and quality.
How to: Video Quality Optimization
From spatial to temporal to perceptual, optimizing video depends on how it's measured. This how-to guide explores recent advances taking place in video quality.
Buyers' Guide to Unified Communications 2017
Simply being able to connect enterprise devices isn't the real goal. In the march to HEVC, could UCC interoperability issues become a thing of the past?
Buyers' Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms 2017
The questions companies need to answer: Build vs. buy? Cloud, on-premises, or hybrid? Here's what to decide before staring a search.
Buyers' Guide to Media Servers 2017
From 4K to MP4, media server software keeps innovating our industry toward its OTT future. Best of all, there are options right for every budget.
NewTek Goes Full 4K with the IP-Based TriCaster TC1 Live Production System
The TC1 supports acquisition resolutions up to 4Kp60 and can stream directly to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Microsoft Azure, Periscope, Twitch, and other streaming sites
Buyers' Guide to Media and Entertainment Video Platforms 2017
From 4K to PPV, media and entertainment platforms can help publishers realize and monetize their OTT visions. Here are the extras that set the best apart.
Buyers' Guide to Transcoders 2017
Cloud transcoding is growing in popularity, but sometimes only a dedicated appliance will do. For automated video workflows at scale, here's what businesses need to know.
Buyers' Guide to Encoding 2017
From pico to infinite, encoders come in all shapes and sizes. Here's all the information businesses need to choose the best encoder for their situation.
The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers and Acquisitions of 2016
Niagara, IBM, ComScore, and More: 2016 yielded lower innovation, greater consolidation, and a whole lot of big-ticket M&A activity.
The State of Enterprise Video 2017
In an exciting period of revival, new features and new formats stemming from last year's entertainment solutions bring significant changes to the enterprise. Here are seven areas to watch.
The State of QoS 2017
Despite some much-hyped problems, 2016 was a watershed year for online video quality of service (QoS), and 2017 promises further advances.
Buyers' Guide to Content Delivery Networks 2017
Contrary to popular belief, CDNs aren't going away—for good reason—but their pricing models are changing. Here are the costs companies need to consider.
Streaming Meets Unified Communications: Convergence Is on the Way
Social media, online video platforms, and knowledge management systems are coming together to create the future of enterprise communications.
Latency Sucks! So Which Companies Are Creating a Solution?
It's one of the biggest challenges facing live video streaming today, and it's remained frustratingly stubborn. Explore the technical solutions that could finally bring latency down to the 1-second mark.
Cut the Cord, Plug In an Antenna: It's Prime Time for Subchannels
TV Everywhere is plagued by connection difficulties, while quality is improving on over-the-air digital subchannels. The home antenna is making a comeback.
NewTek and Wowza Release MediaDS
Encoder offers NewTek proprietary IP inputs, world-class color correction, and an integrated Wowza Streaming Engine for live delivery
The China Problem: Government-Sponsored Formats Are Incompatible
Ever heard of the Audio Video Standard (AVS)? What about China Blue High-Definition (CBHD)? China's homegrown standards keep Western companies at bay.
How to Monetize: AVOD, TVOD, or SVOD?
In quotes from a Streaming Media/Unisphere survey, our readers talk about the biggest monetization opportunities and challenges facing them today and tomorrow
Video: Microsoft Seeks Elegant Ways to Match Esports Broadcasters to Their Audience
Microsoft's Andy Beach and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss the latest strategic developments around live-streamed and VOD esports in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: DVEO Takes Aim at Server Market
DVEO CEO Laszlo Zoltan explains to Streaming Media's Tim Siglin how DVEO, with products in multiple categories, works to establish a beachhead in the server market, in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: Facebook Live and the State of Live UGC Video
Yahoo's Omer Luzatti and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss the rise of Facebook Live, who else has a shot at live UGC market share, and the challenges of scaling in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: EuclidIQ Partners to Provide End-to-End OTT Encoding Solution
EuclidIQ's Frank Capria and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss Euclid's new OptiiQ.ly and UptiiQ solutions and improving the viewer experience for online and OTT video in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: New Brightcove Platform Embraces Post-Flash World
Brightcove's Matt Smith and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss the death of Flash, the dawn of DASH, the impact of VPAID, and monetization in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: Bitmovin Provides Adaptive Streaming Infrastructure, HTML5 Cloud Encoding for Enterprise and Integrators
Bitmovin CEO Stefan Lederer describes Bitmovin's enterprise focus, cloud encoding and player infrastructure, DRM, 24/7 worldwide support, and increasing attention to VR 360 in this wide-ranging interview with Tim Siglin at Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: Mirror Image Develops Cloud Application Logic, Adopts Dynamic Delivery Network Model
In this interview at Streaming Media West 2016, Mirror-Image CEO Gustav Vik and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss Mirror Image's innovative edge-caching model, and new Ad Block Override solution.
Video: Best Practices for Live Captioning
LinkedIn's Heather Hurford and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin take a deep dive into the current challenges of closed-captioning live-streamed video in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: First Look--Epiphan Pearl-2
Epiphan's David Kirk gives Streaming Media Producer's Tim Siglin the skinny on Epiphan's new 4K-capable streaming appliance, the Pearl 2, at Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: Ustream Offers Full VOD Capabilities as Part of IBM Cloud Video
Ustream's Alden Fertig and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss Ustream's expansion into VOD and enterprise since being acquired by IBM Cloud Video in this interview from Streaming Media West 2016.
Video: Flash is Dead; What Encoding and Engineering Challenges Await?
Viacom VP Engineering Jeff Tapper and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin survey the encoding and engineering landscape of online and mobile video in life after Flash.
Video: Wowza Announces GoCoder SDK App Challenge Winner
In early 2016, Wowza unveiled the GoCoder SDK, which accelerates live streaming mobile app development, and challenged users to create the best GoCoder app. The winners were revealed in this interview at Streaming Media West.
Measuring Success: The Multiplatform Analytics Challenge
Counting viewers has always been a difficulty for streaming publishers, and today's multiplatform world makes the issue more demanding than ever. The answer is to radically rethink video analytics.
Alibaba Group Dominated Partner Announcements at this Year's IBC
Eastern powerhouse Alibaba has reached America's shores. Here's what the industry needs to know about Amazon's fiercest competitor.
Less Hype, More Market Research
A look back at the history of our industry reveals that critical decisions have been made on nothing but gut feelings. It's time for a more research-based approach to move streaming media forward.
Survey: Do You AVOD, SVOD, or TVOD?
Fill out the Streaming Media/Unisphere survey on VOD monetization and have a chance to win an iPad Pro.
Infographic: Next-Gen Video Formats
OTT decision-makers are bullish on HDR, HFR, VR, and 4K, according to results of a survey by Streaming Media and Unisphere Research
Beyond Standards: Moving Past MPEG to Create a Video-Friendly Web
As over-the-top video continues to grow in popularity—call it the "Netflix-ification" of the web—the streaming standards the industry relies on begin to feel the strain.
The Summer of Streaming Love: Will Netflix Take Over the World?
The origins of the internet date back to hippie-era San Francisco, where the building blocks were created. This summer, online video is set for a similar revolution.
Live-Switching and Streaming From Mobile Devices
The pocket-size production studio known as a smartphone has a camera, cellular data or Wi-Fi connectivity, and an external microphone input. Here are two different ways to live stream video from mobile devices.
HLS Now Supports Fragmented MP4, Making it Compatible With DASH
iOS and macOS announcements aren't the only things coming out of WWDC 2016: Apple announced that HLS will support fragmented MP4. Here's why that means huge cost savings for video providers.
The Worldwide Video Revolution Is Happening on Small Screens
Inexpensive access to smartphones is letting people around the world add their voices to the chorus, creating a new wave of user-generated content.
CDNs Need to Meet Demand of 38.5B Connected Devices by 2020
In a Content Delivery Summit 2016 opening keynote, Level 3's CTO said that 90 percent of all IP traffic will be video in only a few years.
Open Caching and the Future of Streaming
At the Content Delivery Summit today, Qwilt's Mark Fisher discussed how open caching can increase capacity at reduced cost
30 Days to a Better (Streaming) You: Conferences Lead the Way
Spring is the time to sharpen your streaming skills. If you started with NAB last week, be sure to continue your journey with Streaming Media East in May.
The State of Mobile Video 2016
Like it or not, that phone in your pocket isn't going to get any smaller. Streaming video is driving the trend for bigger screens and better connection speeds in the coming year.
Buyer's Guide to Media and Entertainment Video Platforms 2016
Here's how to choose a collaborative system for both creating media content and then managing and securely distributing that content.
The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers and Acquisitions of 2015
From A(OL) to V(erizon) we look at the mergers and acquisitions that mattered in the last year. Here's a look back, with an eye toward what they portend for the future.
Buyer's Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms 2016
Security, mobility, formats, and location lead the list of considerations when choosing an EVP. Here's how to shop for and test a solution.
Buyer's Guide to CDN Services 2016
From pure-play to piecemeal, CDN services offer significant benefits. Here are the major features to look for at a time when the lines around CDN services are getting blurred.
The State of Enterprise Video 2016
Balancing the need for security with employees' desire to use their own devices at work, enterprise video delivery platforms are more than just a pale imitation of consumer platforms.
A Stitch in Time: How Stream Stitching Beats the Ad Blockers
Ad blockers are the bane of online video publishers everywhere. Can stream stitching, also known as server-side ad insertion, save the day?
Leaping Into 2016: What Still Needs to Be Solved in Streaming
Three items for the online video industry's to-do list: Challenges for optimization, latency, and encoding that can be fixed in the short term.
Testing the Vitec MGW Ace and MGW D265 for HEVC Encode/Decode
While Vitec's latest encoder and decoder are strong products by themselves, they're even more impressive when used together in a complete end-to-end solution.
The Forecast for 2016 Is Mostly Cloudy With a Chance of Streaming
Presenting a weather report on the industry's accelerated move toward cloud-based video acquisition and delivery.
Many streams make light work as our Streams of Thought columnist shares his gratitude this Thanksgiving.
Streaming Media West '15: A Closer Look at the Epiphan Pearl and SDI2USB
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Epiphan's Dave Kirk discuss Epiphan's capture, encoding, and live streaming workflow solutions at Streaming Media West 2015.
Streaming Media West '15: How PAC-12 Networks Keeps Viewers Watching and Measures Engagement
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and PAC-12 Networks' Ryan Currier discuss strategies for sustaining and measuring viewer engagement at Streaming Media West 2015.
Streaming Media West '15: Stop Equating Video Quality with Bit Rate
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and SSIMWave chairman and chief scientist Dr. Zhou Wang discuss encoding optimization and quality-of-experience assessments for online video at Streaming Media West 2015.
Streaming Media West '15: Unifying the Playback Experience Across Multiple Platforms
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Microsoft's Andy Beach discuss Azure cloud management and automation, UHD vs. HDR, delivering playback experience across multiple platforms, and more
Streaming Media West '15: Stream-Stitching: Replacing Content and Replacing Ads
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Anvato's Matt Smith discuss stream-stitching, ad insertion, HDR, and more at Streaming Media West 2015
Streaming Media West '15: Lockheed Martin and On-Prem vs. Cloud
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Lockheed Martin's Eric Hards discuss on-premise vs. cloud and the RFP process.
Streaming Media West '15: What Enterprise Customers Want from Online Video Providers
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Oracle's David Boyll discuss key features of OVPs for enterprise clients at Streaming Media West 2015
Streaming Media West '15: Elemental, AWS, and the State of Cloud Transcoding
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Elemental Technologies' Aslam Khader discuss developments since Amazon Web Services' acquisition of Elemental and the software-driven cloud delivery, HEVC, HDR, and UHD.
Streaming Media West '15: Yahoo Takes the NFL Global
Yahoo says it delivered 33 million steams to 15 million unique viewers of the October 25 Jacksonville-Buffalo NFL game
Streaming Media West '15: Why Put All Your Bits into More Pixels When You Can Put Better Pixels Up?
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin and Akamai's Will Law discuss new technologies affecting OTT and the streaming industry
Streaming Media West '15: Xbox Live Behind the Scenes
Xbox Live's Corey Smith shared behind-the-scenes details about the Xbox Live Events interactive platform and a recent Xbox One event
Streaming Media West '15: Talking Xbox Live with Microsoft's Corey Smith
At Streaming Media West 2015, Streaming Media Contributing Editor Tim Siglin and Opening Keynote Presenter Corey Smith of Microsoft's Xbox Live discuss what's next for Xbox Live, HDR, and the live linear platform Microsoft used to deliver Smith's keynote worldwide via Xbox.
Streaming Media West '15: Introducing the Roland V-1HD
Tim Siglin and Rob Read discuss the V-1HD, Roland's just-announced portable 4 x HDMI input switcher
Heads Roll in a Time of Transition for the Online Video Industry
The future is up for grabs as viewers move from broadcast and cable to online, but will greedy royalty fees slow growth at a critical moment?
Implementing Real-Time Video Collaboration in the Enterprise
For many companies, the path is clear: understanding, championing, and leveraging video collaboration for more efficient business models.
When Travelers Go Abroad, Online Video Services Don't Follow
Add streaming video to the list of travelers' woes, right behind jetlag and missed connections. The solution is simple, but completely ignored.
Commentary: Apple Has Lost Its Way with New Apple TV
The new device, announced at this week's Apple keynote, has a number of ill-conceived design limitations, a few outright flaws, and a gaping privacy issue.
Haivision Launches the Calypso Enterprise Video Platform
This enterprise-ready video hub includes simulated multicast delivery and strong multi-location support. Native apps will follow in six weeks.
Authentication Remains a Challenge, and Not Just for Streaming
Broadcast snafus for pay-per-view events show ongoing authentication flaws, but seamless authentication via intelligent request routing might save the day for both broadcast and streaming
Time Flies: The Art and Technology Behind Great Timelapse Videos
Creating jaw-dropping slow-motion and timelapse effects is now easier and more affordable than ever. Here's how to speed up or slow down time like a pro.
Esports: Is This the Next Big Thing in Streaming Video?
Esports are the streaming industry's best-kept secret, but recent developments suggest they're quickly taking center stage.
Skype TX: Could Skype's New Offering Create a News Revolution?
The NewTek TalkShow VS-100 is based on Skype TX, which brings simple videoconferencing to the broadcast video workflow.
Cedexis: Pros and Cons of Cloud and Hybrid CDN Delivery
Are cloud data centers growing at the expense of content delivery networks (CDNs)? Are there limits to a cloud-only approach? Cedexis' Pete Mastin examined these questions at the Content Delivery Summit.
Streaming Media East '15: Benchmarking Your Video Workflow
Streaming Media East panel highlights results of a survey covering all aspects of the video workflow, from acquisition to propagation
Valve: Delivering Content to More Than 125 Million Users
At the Content Delivery Summit, attendees learned how Valve's Steam platform keeps up with demand from 9.5 million concurrent players who play 2 billion minutes per day
Pandora: Capacity Has Grown 50x in Eight Years
Pandora CIO Steve Ginsberg shared some of Pandora's network and delivery secrets at the Content Delivery Summit in New York
VITEC Aces HEVC
Company serves today's market by focusing on 1080p with its MGW ACE, builds for tomorrow with an eye towards 4K
Wowza Streaming Cloud Eases Live Event Setup
Company offers simplified pay-as-you-stream version complete with playout, which can be configured in advance or soon before a live event
The Fate of Broadcast TV in 2015: Last Gasp or Second Wind?
While video streaming has increased, so has the number of over-the-air broadcast channels. Can broadcasters stop the planned broadcast spectrum auction?
Presenting Streaming Media's Gear of the Year, 2014-15
Some of our top writers studied the gear releases from the past 12 months to honor the most interesting, innovative, and altogether breakthrough video products and technologies.
The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers and Acquisitions of 2014
A look back on the past year's mergers and acquisitions, with an eye toward what they portend for the future.
Buyer's Guide to Media and Entertainment Video Platforms 2015
Filming in remote locations becomes much easier with the right MEVP as a partner. Here are five questions to ask before making a purchase.
The State of Content Delivery 2015
Mobile device adoption, security requirements, and the rapid growth of premium OTT video will all challenge CDNs in the coming year.
Pumping AIR into the Flash Debate
Even on mobile devices, Flash isn't really gone. We talked to Adobe to clarify how Flash Player and Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) continue to grow together.
The State of Mobile Video 2015
Sharper screens, multicast, and phablets set the stage for the year ahead. As consumers watch more on mobile devices, how many subscriptions will they pay for?
Buyer's Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms 2015
You need to look at six key areas when choosing a platform to manage your enterprise video, including the platform's strategy for mobile, security, SharePoint, and adaptive bitrate.
The State of Media Servers 2015
Do we even need media servers in 2015? You bet we do; HTTP servers simply aren't up to live streaming and adapting to new technologies. Here's a survey of the media server market as it stands today.
The State of Enterprise Video 2015
2014's planning has turned into 2015's execution, but corporate video is still evolving slowly as enterprises figure out how to deal with moving away from overlay, whether or not to embrace the clooud, and what role (if any) integration with SharePoint and Skype for Business will play.
Aframe, massAV, and the Game of “Musical Chairs”
Aframe offers a cloud-based, SaaS approach to video management and storage, charging by the seat. Here's a look at how one company, massAV, works with Aframe to collaborate on video projects while keeping seat rental costs down.
First Look: NewTek TalkShow VS-100
NewTek jumps into remote news gathering with the TalkShow VS-100, a Skype TX-based product that dramatically improves the Skype video experience.
RGB Networks Sold to Imagine Communications for Undisclosed Sum
The move—the fourth recent acquisition by Imagine—further consolidates the TV Everywhere landscape, and is focused on ad-insertion technology.
The Challenge for Next-Generation Enterprise Video Platforms
Are video platforms geared toward the enterprise more than just repackaged entertainment platforms? Here's how to make a choice.
Thoma Bravo Sells Telestream to Allow Exit, Growth Acceleration
Genstar Capital purchases Telestream for an undisclosed sum, with an eye on increasing revenue for the already-profitable company
The Challenge of Mobile Video: Big Returns for Small Screens
The technology barriers are almost gone, and mobile video is growing faster than desktop. So when will mobile video delivery finally be profitable?
HDMI Fails at 4K; Will CES Show a Faster Wireless Connector?
Streaming 4K video will be a major theme at next week's CES, but manufacturers need to ditch the outdated HDMI connector for TV viewing.
Video in the War Zone: The Current State of Military Streaming
For the armed forces, streaming is a matter of national security. Here's an exclusive look at how the military, from analysts to ground troops, is using streaming video.
State of CDN Services Survey: A Supply and Demand Mismatch?
Social media video only accounts for 8% of content from a delivery perspective, but 23% from a consumption standpoint, according to a recent study by Streaming Media and Akamai. Why the disconnect?
Four More Ways Streaming Quality Must Improve to Compete With TV
Viewers aren't seeing 50 shades of gray because streaming video color calibration is outdated. Here's what else needs to impove.
Elemental Pushes Concept of Software-Defined Video
Elemental co-founder Sam Blackman talks networking and video workflows using off-the-shelf hardware rather than specialized processors
Online Video Must Improve Streaming Quality to Compete With TV
There are seven glaring quality issues that still plague online video. The industry needs to get serious if it hopes to rival television in popularity.
The Google Video Quality Report: What it Means for Video
Some connections are too slow for HD YouTube streaming. A helpful metric from Google explains why some viewers see a less-than-pristine picture.
Bit by Bit, Europe Leads the Way in Data Roaming Charges
A move by the European Union to control data roaming rates could lead to streaming throughput improvements that benefit mobile video.
VITEC and the Art of Low Latency
As IBC approaches, VITEC doubles down on lower latency products such as its Media Gateway Pico, which features no moving parts in form factor the size of a cigarette pack
Online Video Insiders Aren't Using Second-Screen Apps: Study
While there's a lot of hype around second-screen apps and personalized recommendations, video pros aren't fans. So who's the audience?
The Many Meanings of E-CDN: Viewing the Options
When it comes to using enterprise content delivery networks to stream video, companies face the choice of cloud, in-house CDN, or hybrid.
Don't Just Compress the Video, Compress the Content
Researchers are creating algorithms that remove non-essential information from a video, allowing viewers to watch it faster than in real-time.
VBrick Revs Up Video Webcasting Platform at Streaming Media East
Responding to the need for large-scale enterprise video solutions, VBrick debuts VBrick Rev, a portal for live and on-demand video.
Streaming Media East: Netflix Making the Move to HEVC, but Efficiency Gains Lag
Netflix discusses embracying HEVC (slowly), pushing 4K, and embracing IMF/MXF as a high-quality input format
Verizon Content Delivery Summit Keynote: Removing Complexity
During his keynote address, Chris Carey showed how the VDMS acquisitions would simplify digital content delivery for its customers.
Comcast Content Delivery Summit Keynote: Live Linear Explained
Using its IP video development platform VIPER, Xfinity TV Go offers next-generation products and services for on-demand and live linear content.
Content Delivery Summit: Google Talks YouTube Views, Caching
Google continues to build out POPs worldwide to reach more than a billion viewers and handle more than 100 hours of content uploaded per minute
Forget 4K, Think 4D: Time Could Be a New Wrinkle in Online Video
Science fiction or science fact? 3D video was a bust with consumers, but 4D could add an exciting new dimension to streaming video.
How to Build a Multiscreen Online Video Workflow
It's important to think ahead when preparing content for different screens in different environments. Read on for best practices from experts.
Industry Experts Discuss the Future of MPEG-DASH at NAB
The DASH Talks, a gathering of DASH supporters, compared notes on the standard's advancement, and highlighted the work being done.
Video Gear Gets Smaller, But One Hurdle Remains
The gear needed to shoot video on-the-go has gotten smaller and more convenient, but one obstacle is holding back even greater advances.
The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers and Acquisitions of 2013
From Samsung buying up Boxee to multiple acquisitions by Verizon and Yahoo, the past year was loaded with M&A activity that reflected streaming's ever-shifting landscape.
Cedexis’ Openmix and Radar Measure the Cloud, Using the Cloud
Partners include Juniper, Rackspace, Amazon, Limelight, Tata, and more as services now measure more than 100 cloud and CDN platforms
Take Our Second-Screen Application Trends Survey and Win an iPad
StreamingMedia.com and Unisphere Research want to know what streaming insiders think of companion viewing apps. Let us know and you could win an iPad Mini.
The State of Enterprise Video 2014
Streaming video is changing the way that business gets done. This year, making enterprise content accessible to mobile devices is a key challenge.
The State of Protocols and Formats 2014
From AVC to WebM, here's a look at the status of the acronyms that define the streaming media world.
A Buyer’s Guide to Multiformat Media Servers
4K and DASH muddy the waters, but the need for servers that can deliver multiple formats and handle closed captioning and ad insertion has never been clearer.
A Buyer’s Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms
The BYOD trend, closed captioning, and cloud services present three key areas that enterprises should address when purchasing an enterprise video platform.
The State of OTT 2014
Are we closer—or further away—from one-size-fits-all media consumption? In this article from the 2014 Streaming Media Industry Sourcebook, we take a look at the OTT landscape from a technology, carrier, and multi-channel video programming distributor standpoint.
First Look: Wowza Streaming Engine 4
Expect big changes from the renamed Wowza Media Server, which now offers a GUI. Both first-timers and power users will be happy about it.
Goodbye Wowza Media Server, Hello Wowza Streaming Engine
The latest version of Wowza Media Server includes a name change and a graphical user interface to make the product easier.
Brightcove Acquires Unicorn Media
Unicorn's Once technology gives Brightcove an end-to-end solution for mobile and ad insertion, with an eye towards getting around the increasingly prevalent use of ad blockers
Enterprise Rushes to the Cloud, Yet Significant Hurdles Remain
A move to the cloud makes sense for most business video initiatives, but pay special attention to issues such as security and bandwidth optimization.
Streaming New Year’s Resolutions for 2014
Now that the new year is here, it's time to make plans for the twelve months ahead. Here are six goals for the betterment of the streaming media industry.
Optimizing Supply Chains for Online Video
To understand data networks, think of the online video industry less as broadcasting and more as the transportation of goods.
Live Streaming With Mobile Devices: The BYOD Challenge
Mobile video in the enterprise is taking off, bringing with it increased security risks and unforeseen content management problems.
Don't Bury Television Yet, Says CNN's Caleb Silver at Streaming Media West
The online video audience continues to grow exponentially, but live events and appointment viewing habits mean traditional TV remains strong, and will continue to be for a long time
BBC Talks Resilient Cloud-Based Broadcast System
At Streaming Media West, BBC senior technical architect Stephen Godwin gave an in-depth look at the broadcaster's new Video Factory workflow
Online Video Captioning Is Critical, Offers Multiple Benefits
Reaching the hearing impaired is only the beginning: A Streaming Media West panel showed that online video captions deliver a variety of tangible benefits. Captions cost, but they also pay.
Streaming Media West Panel Offers Live Streaming Tips and Tricks
A panel of online video veterans presented their best live streaming advice. The difference between a free and a $40,000 encoder isn't just the cost.
Videoconferencing Grows With Rich Media Preservation
Educational institutions and businesses are creating innovative solutions that combine online video instruction and interactivity.
Videoconferencing Meets Streaming -- Finally
It's taken almost 20 years, but enterprise video solutions are finally integrating with videoconferencing tools, and everybody wins.
Wowza Acquires Camfoo
Acquisition complements Wowza's commitment to cloud-based services, which was amplified at IBC by a tighter integration between Wowza Media Server and Amazon CloudFront.
NewTek Intros TriCaster 410 for "Entry-Level Professionals"
Company seizes opportunity to bring HD-SDI to sub-$10k market, along with virtual set enhancements and other features previously available only in higher-priced models
New DASH-AVC/264 Guidelines Include Support for 1080p Video
Ahead of IBC, the DASH Industry Forum has released version 2 of the DASH-AVC/264 guidelines, moving MPEG-DASH to full HD and multichannel audio, among other improvements
Online Video Jumps on the Big Data Bandwagon
It's the era of big data, and online video publishers are embracing this trend in a big way. Learn what deep analytics have to offer the streaming video industry.
For UltraHD Streaming, Studios Need to Forge a Desperate Alliance
Consumers will never go for 4K video that stumbles on the last mile. Here's what the major studios can do about it.
MPEG-DASH Industry Forum Releases Implementation Guidelines
The DASH-IF continues move toward interoperability points and even H.265 integration. Publication will follow in mid-July.
Sonic Foundry Launches Mediasite 7
Companies flagship Mediasite ML HD gets hardware boost, software update featuring multiple video feed synchronization
Wowza Enters Mobile Encoding Space with GoCoder
Company's GoCoder app integrates with flagship media server for live streaming from iPhones over Wi-Fi and cellular
Will HEVC/H.265 Kill the Data Center?
QuickFire thinks so, which is why it's introducing the T-Video Transcoding Platform V1100, a single-RU box with multiple Ethernet connectors and 11 quad-core Core i7 mobile CPUs
Rovi Introduces MainConcept HEVC SDK
Claims to achieve transcoding conversion time savings via software using a single decoded stream and offering up to 10 simultaneous re-encodes for any given stream
Streaming Media East: Large Events Drive TV Everywhere
A&E, Epix, Ooyala see TV Everywhere turning mainstream, moving towards "individualized channels" in the not-too-distant future
PeerApp Announces New Revenue-Sharing Model
Offers framework in which pure-play CDNs and service providers can collaborate and generate shared revenue
DASH-AVC/264: Paring Down MPEG-DASH
DASH-IF introduces a leaner, meaner H.264/fMP4 approach, officially called DASH-AVC/264
Content Delivery Summit 2013: New Challenges and Opportunities
Transparent caching, federation, and the never-ending growth of video traffic
Commentary: Adobe Goes All In on the Cloud
Adobe officially changes all the Creative Suite products to Creative Cloud. While that might make logical sense, the shift could create problems for end users and, ultimately, for Adobe, too.
DB Plugins Launches dbObscura To Protect Media Files
Linux-based solution is intended to secure media files in Oracle databases throughout workflow cycle
Commentary: HLS's Ubiquity May Be DASH's Gain
Now that virtually all major players support Apple's HLS, the shortcomings of that de facto standard may lead to more widespread implementation of MPEG-DASH
Commentary: Will Flash Player Survive?
Recent announcements surrounding Adobe's plans for Primetime—including the inclusion of HLS and DASH support—beg the question: Why isn't the venerable Flash Player getting key upgrades?
Commentary: H.265 and 4K Ultra HD—History Repeats Itself?
Technology alone may not be enough to drive consumer and broadcast adoption
2K and 4K Televisions: Will Consumers Show an Interest?
Can 2K and 4K TVs generate the excitement that 3DTVs lacked? Manufacturers hope so. Here's what it will take.
RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster Brings Encoding and Server Together
Helix Broadcaster offers H.264 encoding and Helix server software on new proprietary hardware, including 1RU, 3RU, and blade configurations
Qualcomm, LG Show Off 4K Content at Mobile World Congress
The Consumer Electronics Show teased 4K recording and content, but Mobile World Congress delivered. Is 4K streaming next?
What Is 2K and 4K Video?
As we move beyond 1080p, consumers and the online video world are being enticed by 2K, 4K, and 4K Ultra HD (UHD). Here's a look at what those all mean, as well as what the future might hold.
The State of OTT Content Delivery 2013
Over-the-top delivery is shifting to more than just in-home content. Learn how the cloud, network DVRs, DASH, and DRM are combining to make TV Everywhere truly everywhere.
Streaming to the Converted: How One Church Serves Two Locations
A unique online video solution with nDVR helps Tennessee's Indian Springs Baptist Church preach to more than just the choir.
A Buyer's Guide to Format Conversion Tools
Do you need to transrate, transcode, transmux…or all three? Here are four essential questions to ask before making a purchase.
The State of Streaming Media Protocols 2013
It's all about DASH: Adoption is moving at a rapid pace, as industry insiders see a strong need to get DASH implemented in the field in the coming year.
Preparing for IPv6, a New System for Internet Addressing
The move to IPv6 is certain to be painful. Here's what the streaming industry needs to know about device-level addressability in an everything-connected world.
A Buyer's Guide to Nonlinear Editors
It's not a question of which editing program is best, but which is best for a certain user undertaking a certain project. Here are the points to consider when selecting an editor.
The State of Mobile Video 2013
Tablets and phones now account for most video consumption, with implications for both carriers and advertisers.
A Buyer's Guide to Streaming Appliances
When is a streaming appliance a good addition to an online video workflow? Read on for the answers, as well as the different types of streaming appliances.
A Buyer's Guide to Non-Real-Time Hardware Transcoders
File-based hardware solutions present a unique set of decision points. Some offer faster-than-real-time encoding, even with ad insertion.
A Buyer's Guide to Workflow Systems
Online video workflows are complex and tricky to pin down, but focusing on a few key areas can make the entire system much more manageable.
Intel Media Finds that Hardware Is the Easy Part: Commentary
The real challenge in creating a breakthrough set-top box is providing access to unbundled premium channels.
A Buyer's Guide to Live Software Encoders
Assessing your workflow is the most crucial step in making a live software encoder purchasing decision.
A Buyer's Guide to Multiformat Streaming Media Servers
MPEG DASH is the biggest factor to consider -- or is it? Here are the key features to know about before making a decision.
Cedexis Saves Load Times with Billions of Tests per Day
Learn how one company's automated CDN and ISP testing enhances traffic delivery for streaming video and more.
What Is Google TV?
Is Google TV the smart TV platform of the future,or still just "beta" software?
What Is Transparent Caching?
Transparent caching benefits both the end user, who gets the content they want more quickly, and the CDNs and ISPs delivering the content.
Two Worlds Collide: Smooth Streaming Meets Flash Player
Microsoft launches a preview Smooth Streaming plug-in for Adobe's Strobe player; shared use of H.264, AAC, and fragmented MP4 makes it possible.
Vbrick Goes 2.0 for 9000 Series, Moves to Ultra-High Densities
Government Video Expo attendees will get a first look at the 9000 series' mix-and-match encoding and decoding.
Boxee and Walmart Put Disappointment Under the Tree
Walmart sees high returns for the Boxee TV. We test one and find out why: its cloud DVR feature only works in eight markets.
KIT Digital Will Restate All Earnings for the Past 14 Quarters
KIT's stock tumbles as the company loses two-thirds of its market value and considers selling off assets.
Kaltura Raises $25 Million
Company eyes Asia and plans to expand its presence in the educational technology sector
Haivision Launches Makito X2 Line, Gets 'Seriously Stupid' About Encoder Densities
Visitors to the Content and Communication World expo in New York City can get a first look at Haivision's high-density lineup.
Wowza Media Server 3.5 Includes Support for Closed Captioning, Transcoder Overlays, and More
Modifications to the server also include HTTP origin delivery of ABR content into caching networks
Lockheed Martin Makes the Case for Video In the Enterprise
The aerospace giant joins Cisco in a panel discussion on how best to get executive buy-in for an enterprise video solution.
TV Guide Seeks to Simplify Video Discovery
At Streaming Media West, TV Guide discusses the company's strategy for helping viewers find what to watch in an increasingly fragmented video world
RealNetworks Launches DASH-Compatible Helix Server
Helix Universal Server version 15 offers support for MPEG DASH, as well as for fragmented MP4 and MPEG-2 Transport Streams
Streaming Servers 2012: New Features, New Opportunities
Adobe, Anevia, CodeShop, Microsoft, and RealNetworks talked last week at the Video Infrastructure Summit about their servers' latest features and what we can look for next
Apple Bets on Books, not Video, to Sell New iPad mini
With today's introduction of the iPad mini, Apple attempts to fit a glorified e-reader between iPod touch and full-size iPad
Olympics, Red Button, and Tablets: BBC Future Media at Streaming Media Europe
With more than 111 million total video requests, the London 2012 games reached over 65 percent of the adult UK population
SyncTV, TVinci Talk OTT at TVNext
How can OTT co-exist with traditional cable offerings? Two sessions at this week's TVNext conference explored the possibilities
Vote for President by Streaming Video: Could this Be the Future?
Imagine a future where Americans elect presidents by video, having their votes and faces recorded in a national database.
MPEG DASH and HEVC Dominated the Discussions at IBC
Even in a down economy, Amsterdam's IBC conference was able to grow total attendance -- something it's done for the past decade.
Adobe Pass Graduates to 2.0
Company says Pass successfully served millions of authenticated streams during the London Olympic Games
Google TV Devices Race to the Bottom
New units hit the market offering lower prices, but pared-down features. Will we see a Google TV price war for the holidays?
Studios Push Blu-Ray for the Holidays, but Disc's Time Is Ending
The major studios are making a concerted effort to sell classic movies on Blu-ray, but streaming is rapidly taking over from optical discs.
When Will H.265 HEVC Arrive and What Will it Mean for MPEG DASH?
The latest draft of the high-efficiency video coding codec appears to point to early 2013 for the final specification.
Adobe and Wowza Partner on Olympic DASH
The two server competitors provide interoperable delivery of adaptive streams during the 2012 London Olympics.
Widespread Metadata Use Is Almost Here, but How Far Is 'Almost'?
The online video industry is on the verge of offering useful new features powered by metadata. But when will the promise become a reality?
The 2012 Streaming Media Game Changers
We take a mid-year look at the mergers and acquisitions, fragmentation, and game-changing trends that will disrupt the entire streaming media industry.
Brightcove Acquires Zencoder
Brightcove buys the Bay Area cloud computing company for $30 million; will allow it to remain independent and even power competing services.
VBrick's Integration Strategy
As asset management becomes more important than ever, streaming veteran VBrick continues to expand it's end-to-end offerings
MPEG LA Requests Patents for High Efficiency Video Coding
Also, the MPEG Industry Forum closes up, its mission to promote a standards-based solution a success.
Vimeo Members Hit by Phishing Email Scam
A high-level phishing attack targeted members of the video sharing site Vimeo, and purported to come from Washington Post reporters.
Apple iOS 6 Gains True Music Streaming
Music playback in iTunes Match no longer requires downloading, but will work a little more like Pandora, Rhapsody, and Spotify.
The Changing Face of InfoComm
Several streaming companies are exhibiting and speaking at the AV show, and one major player has dropped out.
Apple WWDC: A MacBook with 5.1 Million Pixels
Apple pushes the Retina Display to center stage, offers laptops capable of viewing 2K video content
Transparent Caching Meets CDNs at Content Delivery Summit
Partnership announcements and a session at the recent Content Delivery Summit highlight a major convergence trend.
TalkPoint Conveys Self-Service Webcasting
TalkPoint's new Convey service lets users control the webcasting process from end to end with customizable features.
Adobe Media Server: What's Behind the Name Change?
Adobe's updated media server takes the focus off Flash and offers enhanced HLS support. But what about DASH?
Diving in Deep with Digital Rapids Kayak and Azure Media Services
Digital Rapids transcoding and workflow platform complements Windows Azure Media Services.
KIT Digital Earnings Down for Q1
KIT's earnings report shows a non-GAAP operating loss of $8 million for the first quarter, down $24.5 million from income of $16.5 million the previous quarter
Revision3's Louderback Talks Technology, Traffic, and Takeovers
Ever-increasing bandwidth, processor speed, and storage capabilities will revolutionize video in the next few years, Louderback says at Streaming Media East
Adobe Creative Cloud: Is this Ship on the Rocks Already?
By offering subscription pricing Adobe has found a path to higher revenue, but Creative Cloud is in dramatic need of a course correction.
Adobe's Mid-Sea Change of Course
Adobe's transition from perpetual license to monthly subscriptions for its Creative Suite offerings presents delivery and pricing challenges. Will it be smooth sailing or rough seas ahead?
Elemental Raises Another Round, Gains $13M in Series C Funding
While it still has Series B funding in the bank, Elemental takes on Series C. CEO plans to add personnel in Europe and Asia.
Will You Rent Your Next Live Encoder?
Cloud streaming delivery models such as Microsoft's Windows Media Azure could change the landscape for dedicated encoders
Epix's Premium Movies Become a Hot Property for Netflix and Apple
Netflix has exclusive streaming rights to Epix's library, and wants to renew before Apple can jump in.
Adobe Creative Cloud: This Ain't Dropbox
Adobe is offering automated actions on files stored in its Creative Cloud, including preview rendering, layer manipulation, and metadata generation
NAB Report: DASH Picks up Steam with Additional Support
Microsoft and Wowza voice their support for MPEG DASH, which is gaining ground faster than many would have predicted.
Wowza Brings Network DVR Functionality out of Beta
nDVR integrates well with live streaming, can be used as an asset management system
NAB Report: Microsoft Offers a Window into Azure Media Services
London Olympic Games will be an early showcase for the services, which offers custom media solutions for companies with widespread delivery needs.
Buyer's Guide: Live Encoders
When it's got to be streamed live, you can't cut corners. Here's a list of questions to ask when selecting a live encoding solution.
Buyer's Guide: Live Transcoders
What to look for when you need to transcode and transrate more than just one format
Buyer's Guide: Hardware and Cloud Transcoding
Sometimes a software-only solution won't do the trick. Here's what to look for when you need to do your transcoding via hardware or in the cloud.
Adobe Edge Preview 5: A First Look
2011's Online Video Acquisitions Set the Stage for an Interesting 2012
Acquisitions and mergers in 2011—including Cisco-Inlet, Polycom-Accordent, Akamai-Cotendo, and Thoma Bravo-Telestream—will have a significant impact on the online video landscape in 2012 and beyond.
HP Z820 Packs Streaming and Transcoding Power
With double the memory of the HP Z800, the HP Z820 should find a home in many online video workflows
The State of Enterprise Video 2012
Corporate IT managers grapple with the new bring-your-own-device culture, a new take on unified communications, and the rise of ECDN solutions.
How to Maximize Your Metadata
Tips and tricks to make metadata work for you. For generating interest in online video content, metadata is one of the most powerful tools available.
Mobile World Congress Puts an Emphasis on Video Streaming
The Samsung-Apple rivalry continued, even though Apple wasn't in attendance. Google put the fun of Ice Cream Sandwich on display with a carnival-like booth.
The Battle for Tiny Bits
Whether it's video file fragments, pieces of the wireless spectrum or dollars and cents, tiny bits are having a mighty big impact on the direction of online video
Buyer's Guide: Player Technology
Since there's no single player that works on all devices, you've got questions to answer before you settle on one for your content.
Buyer's Guide: Metadata
Video indexing and metadata extraction services help viewers find the clips they want to see. Here are key questions to ask before making a purchase.
'HP Has Our Swagger Back,' Declares Whitman at Partner Conference
Whitman, HP's new CEO, addresses the Palm WebOS, innovation, Autonomy, and software/hardware integration.
HP Z1 Workstation: A Collapsible Powerhouse for Field Encoding
At the Vegas launch, HP bets that corporate, video, and media production firms will crave the all-in-one workstation.
Apple and Microsoft to Google: Don't Be Evil about Patents
Google's position on essential patents seems to vary depending on its own best interests.
Super Bowl Streaming: 2.1 Million Served
NBC's Super Bowl streaming numbers don't tell the whole story, and once you break them down, they don't look quite so rosy.
Redbox Partners with Verizon to Offer Streaming Movie Service
By working with a partner, Redbox is putting its reputation in another company's hands. But will the new service dilute the brand?
Super Bowl Streaming Fail
The NFL's rookie Super Bowl streaming effort was marred by illegible graphics, widely varying image quality, and up to a minute time lag behind the broadcast
Livestream Announces NewTek TriCaster Plugin
The first plugin to use the TriCaster SDK, Livestream offers one-click high-def encoding.
The Changing Mobile Landscape: RIM Struggles, Apple Surges
In the topsy-turvy mobile world, AT&T gives away spectrum after arguing about a spectrum shortage, and RIM makes a drastic change but doesn't see the need for drastic changes.
Are MSNBC's Online Videos Getting a Once over?
Research reveals that Unicorn Media Once is serving MSNBC videos to the iPhone.
ViewCast Announces High-Density Niagara 9100 Series
The latest additions to ViewCast's Niagara line allow for multiple analog or digital inputs when dense clusters of encoders are needed
Will UltraViolet's Weak Takeoff Hurt DASH's Chances?
Slow uptake, technical problems, and poor user reviews bring UltraViolet's future into question
NFL High-Quality Highlights Hardly Worth the Effort
It takes a bit of computer savvy to view high-quality video on NFL.com; might be worth it for the Super Bowl but not if you just want to see the last play of the Broncos-Steelers game
Google TV Rebounds with New Chipset Partners and Devices
On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, Google makes a splash with key partnerships that promise a strong year for the battered connected TV platform.
Logitech Updates the Revue (Sort Of)
The long-awaited firmware update eliminates basic features from the Google TV 2.0 feature set. Why is Logitech hamstringing its own device?
A Tale of Two Tablets: Kindle and Nook Battle for Christmas Sales
Amazon favors a locked-in approach for media consumption, while Barnes & Noble offers an open experience. Apple's iPad, however, remains the tablet to beat.
MPEG DASH Specification is Ratified and Streamlined
An MPEG meeting in February will further shape the spec as it moves to general adoption.
Microsoft Silverlight Turns 5 (But Will there Be a 6?)
Microsoft launches Silverlight 5, keeping a promise for GPU decoding and equality for browser-based applications
Review: NewTek TriCaster TCXD850 Extreme
Does this all-in-one video mixer have what it takes to stream your next event? We put the robust TriCaster TCXD850 Extreme to the test in this exhaustive review.
AT&T and T-Mobile Withdraw Merger Request; Spectrum Is Key Issue
While AT&T needs spectrum, the DoJ's antitrust concerns could scuttle its plans.
Can You Stream It? This Site Answers the Question
A new site searches Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and others to answer the question vexing many an online video fan
CFF: One Format to Rule Them All?
The move towards MPEG DASH and the fragmented MP4 (fMP4) common file format may finally offer DVD-like interoperability for web video
Google TV May Not Miss Flash ... Eventually
Will Logitech's multi-million-dollar Revue "mistake" and Adobe's Flash for the Digital Home about-face hinder Google TV web browsing?
Flash Into (Not so) Thin AIR
Adobe Flash Player for Mobile's demise doesn't mean Flash on mobile is dead, but the transition to AIR brings its own challenges
MPEG DASH: The File Format of the Future?
A common file format for HTTP video delivery might be just around the corner, according to panelists at Streaming Media West
Internet Raises Alarm over HR 3261, Allows Sites to Be Shut Down
Free speech advocates decry SOPA bill, which gives broad powers to stop copyright infringement.
Will Streaming Kill Netflix? 800,000 Members Flee this Quarter
Earnings report offers cautionary tale on streaming-only services as company sheds subscribers.
What CDNs Are Missing
Application Trends panel at Content Delivery Summit 2011 Europe explores enhanced CDN delivery.
Compact Upload Solutions Create a Live Video Revolution
How fast will technology replace the camera truck or the news crew? A Streaming Media Europe panel looks ahead.
New Protocol HLS Carries Plenty of Old Baggage
A 15-year-old packet delivery system is buried within HTTP Live Streaming. It's time to rebuild it from the ground up.
Adobe MAX Conference Dazzles Audience with Video Innovations
Applications on display showcase real-time collaborative viewing and synchronized crowd-sourced video.
Adobe's Mobile Strategy: Not Dead Yet
The company affirms support for Apple iOS, Google Android, and RIM QNX mobile devices during conference keynote.
Dish Launches Blockbuster Movie Pass, but Faces Serious Hurdles
Anyone who thought Netflix got negative publicity, wait and see what happens to Blockbuster.
Adobe AIR 3 to Accelerate Performance on iOS Devices
New version of desktop Flash Player to add baked-in rental and content protection.
Flash Media Server 4.5 Delivers to iPad & iPhone
New version of Flash Media Server offers expanded, dynamic protocol support, including HTTP Live Streaming to iDevices, as well as DRM enhancements
Apple TV Show Rentals: Was 99 Cents Too Expensive?
As Apple abandons TV show rentals on Apple TV, questions remain about the technical limitations of iTunes in the Cloud.
BlackBerry and Android: Together at Last?
With WebOS now history, BlackBerry adds a novel feature to its QNX OS: the ability to run Android apps on the PlayBook.
Walmart Shutters its Music Store—Again!—but Video Survives
Retailer shuts off MP3 store purchases this Friday, plus nixes WMA DRM servers.
The TouchPad Is Dead; Is Adobe's Mobile Strategy Next?
HP deep-sixed the tablet that "works like nothing else," and possibly the WebOS along with it.
Free Online Video Can Change Lives, Even a World Away
While technology has brought changes across the United States, its power to connect is touching even those in less-developed nations.
Google's Motorola Conundrum: Dominance, Innovation, or Protectionism?
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility brings the company's Android strategy into question
DEG Report Shows Discs Still Tower Above Online Sales, Rentals
While online movie sales and rentals are up, Blu-ray players and Redbox rentals still pose a huge challenge to online.
Adobe's Edge is HTML5 at the Core
Public preview of new HTML-only tool brings familiar Flash interface to HTML5 development.
One Operating System, Two Platforms? Apple iOS 5 & Mac OS X Lion
Catching up with Android is a key goal for iOS 5, while Mac OS X Lion shows off media creation and consumption chops borrowed from iOS.
HBO Go iPad App Gets 1 Million Downloads in First Week
HBO Go represents the premium TV service's launch into the realm of TV Everywhere, and subscribers are flocking to get access on the iPad, iPhone, and other devices.
Demo: Transparent Caching Platforms
While service providers are rolling out their own CDNs, that solution takes 12 to 18 months. What to do in the meantime? One speaker at the Content Delivery Summit suggests putting transparent caching out at the edge.
Microsoft Launches Transform Manager
Tie-in to Expression Encoder 4 Pro allows conversion of existing libraries to IIS Smooth Streaming
Royal Wedding Stream Viewership Bodes Well for Flash Mobile, RTMP
Streaming of the Royal Wedding revealed a resurgence in RTMP traffic, which may be tied to the growth in Flash Mobile on Android devices
HBO, AOL Keynotes to be Webcast Live from Streaming Media East
We'll also be posting videos from sessions and interviews during the show. Here's a preview of what else to look for at Streaming Media East next week.
Amazon EC2 and Sony PSN Failures Highlight Need for Education
The recent Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud outage and the breach of Sony's PlayStation Network revealed the weaknesses of the cloud
Cisco, Technicolor Invest in Metadata with Digitalsmiths
Digitalsmiths closes funding round with participation from ongoing local investors and big names like Cisco and Technicolor
UltraViolet: Does the DECE Finally Get DRM Right?
The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) is trying to bring together an amalgam of DRM schemes that will let consumers achieve the long-sought goal of "buy once, play everywhere."
Online Video Collaboration Tools: A Buyer's Guide
Tools from Accordent, Adobe, Brainshark, HP, Market7, Mixmoov, VUELIVE, and Watchitoo each offer a different take on online video collaboration
Mobile Devices in the Enterprise: This Changes Everything—Streams of Thought
Enterprises will have to adapt to mobile device usage much the same way the adapted to employees' personal PC expectations a decade ago
Wowza Media Server 3: Any-Screen Delivery Done Right
Wowza revamps architecture and adds transcoding and DVR modules, offers free upgrade to Wowza Media Server 2 licensees
Is Google the New Acacia?
Google says that its acquisition of Nortel's patents is a defensive move, but if it uses the patents to stifle innovation, then Google risks becoming what it claims to abhor
Adobe to Bring Flash Access to Mobile Devices
Adobe's Flash Access DRM solution is coming to Android tablets and other mobile platforms later this year
Amazon's Cloud Player Beats Apple to the Streaming Punch
While Apple's MobileMe languishes and iTunes music streaming remains but a music-lover's wish, Amazon's new cloud-based music and storage service offers an iTunes alternative for the web and Android devices
Adobe Pass Speeds TV Everywhere with Single Sign-On System
New hosted service acts as a virtual service provider for content owners and cable MSOs.
Jim Cramer Talks Mobile Video with AT&T, Sprint, Verizon at CTIA
The Mad Money host peppers the wireless companies' CEOs with questions about video quality and the next big thing.
AT&T and T-Mobile: What's Behind the Deal?
The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger is more than just a quick way to leverage new technologies and grow AT&T's subscriber base: It could have a serious impact on HD video streaming growth.
CTIA, NAB, and the FCC Battle Over Wireless Spectrum Reallocation
Freeing up spectrum is needed to allow the economy to recover, claims FCC Chairman.
What Is a Content Delivery Network (CDN)?
A definition and history of the content delivery network, as well as a look at the current CDN market landscape
Adobe Wallaby is No Magic Bullet for Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion
As much a vision statement as a technology preview, Adobe's Wallaby Flash-to-HTML5 converter doesn't eliminate all the heavy lifting required to get Flash content to play in non-Flash-compatible devices
The State of Metadata in 2011
2010 saw consolidation, and 2011 promises to be a watershed year for video metadata and search.
Consolidation in the Streaming Media Sectors
Consolidation continues across all sectors of the streaming industry, and a major IPO is scuttled.
Assuring Video Quality
When we're at the point where all encoders work just as well, how do we measure quality? From PSNR to SSIM to ‘golden eyes,' here's a look at how video quality can be assessed.
How to Set Up a Streaming Server, from A to Z
From ABR to Zeri, here's what you need to know to get started with your streaming server.
Technicolor Sells Off Thomson Video Networks
Following the sale of the Grass Valley Group, Technicolor is now selling the Thomson Video Networks assets to a strategic investment fund backed by the French government
Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.3 Beta
The latest Flash Player beta, released only a month after the full version of Flash Player 10.2, offers media measurement, local storage/privacy integration, and acoustic echo cancellation for video chat applications
Irdeto Introduces ActiveCloak: DRM May Be Only Half The Battle
Irdeto turns obfuscation into a dynamic solution via its new ActiveCloak platform
Apple and Intel’s Thunderbolt Could Revolutionize Portable Live Streaming Production
Apple announced today that it's the first to implement Intel's 10Gbps connector in its new MacBook Pro machines, allowing multiple uncompressed HD video streams to flow in and out of the laptops
Amazon Challenges Netflix and Hulu With Free Streaming for Prime Members
Amazon offers free streaming of 5,000 movies and TV shows to Prime members, but is it enough to make Netflix and Hulu notice?
Securing the Enterprise Against Smartphones
As more and more employees use their smartphones on enterprise networks, security firms are taking a cue from content protection and controlled-access media technologies
Mobile World Congress Highlights LTE Advances
Whether you call it 3.5G, 4G, or just LTE, the Long Term Evolution standard is reshaping data delivery to mobile devices.
Google's WebM to Face Patent Challenge?
Last week, MPEG LA issued a patent pool request, which Google brushed off as "old news"
Nokia Abandons Symbian, Focuses on Windows Phone 7
Nokia's platform shift also drops Linux-based MeeGo in favor of Microsoft's mobile OS
Android On the Rise, Apple iOS Steady; Whither Symbian?
In the latest market studies, Android ascends and Apple's iOS remains solid, while Nokia's Symbian Drops
Elemental, Media Excel Plot 2011 Strategies
Elemental announces new investment and both it and Media Excel push forward with expansion plans for their hardware and software transcoding products
Google's Rejection of H.264 in Chrome Means a Unified HTML5 Video Tag is Now a Pipe Dream
Google's attempt to clarify its decision to drop H.264 from Chrome in favor of WebM creates even more questions than it answers
Verizon iPhone vs. AT&T iPhone: What We Know So Far
Verizon's iPhone will offer Wi-Fi hotspot functionality and possibly an improved antenna, but comes up short against some features already on the AT&T version, such as the ability to use data and voice at the same time.
Italy's AGCOM Moves to Regulate YouTube, Other Video Sites
"YouTube is like a TV" statement may bode ill for user-generated content sites that operate in Italy
iGugu: What Happens When Internet TV Technology Isn’t Ready for Prime Time
Igugu's approach to getting the web onto television may have some merit, but the current implementation leaves much to be desired
The Carrot or The Stick: Wresting Control of the Broadcast Airwaves
The battle between broadcasters and wireless providers heats up with remarks made by FCC Chair Julius Genachowski at CES last week
Verizon, Apple, and AT&T: A Battle of Incremental Proportions
Verizon gains the iPhone 4 and Apple puts incompatibility before sanity with a version that's a step backward from what AT&T users can do today
Mac App Store Launches Thursday
Say goodbye to demos, trials and maybe even bundles as Apple's Macintosh a App Store platform launches
CES Warm-Up: Whither Google TV?
In advance of this week's Consumer Electronics Show, expectations and rumors about about Google's nascent set-top box platform
Streams of Thought: Learning to Love Another
In which an unabashed Apple lover finds a newfound admiration for Microsoft
Set-Top Boxes Go on Holiday (Sale)
Apple TV's re-emergence educates consumers to streaming's promise and pitfalls, benefits entire set-top box market
A Nation of Have Nots
An FCC study reveals that a majority of Americans are unable to stream HD content.
Cisco TelePresence: Radical Collaboration
At Net:Work 2010, Cisco execs VP talk about fiscal benefits of internal enterprise video collaboration
Commentary: Apps, Plug-Ins, and Old-School Players
Sure, there's an app for that, but is that a good thing? When it comes to online video, the author finds that apps often bring more hassles, not fewer.
Making Sense of the Google/Widevine Deal
Longstanding DRM and video optimization company gives Google solid controlled access technology for the Google TV and Android ecosystem
Digitalsmiths Acquisition Fills Out Metadata Portfolio
The combined company's offerings will service film, news, sports, and television.
Apple Releases iOS 4.2
The new OS for iDevices brings long-awaited features and functionality, including TV episode rentals, to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Hulu and the Future of TV
Hulu CEO Jason Kilar talks about his team, his strategy, and the company's pursuit of better advertising
Irdeto Provides Content Protection on Logitech's Google TV Device
Irdeto is working with Netflix and other content providers to enable access to premium content on the Revue device for Google TV
Streaming Media West Keynote: Adobe Advances Consistency Across Devices with Flash 10.1
Consistency, quality, ubiquity are keys to the multi-screen revolution, said Adobe's Jennifer Taylor during her Streaming Media West keynote
If You Publish It, Will They Come?
Online Video Platform Summit explores the importance of both video SEO and social media recommendation
First Look: Microsoft IIS Media Services 4
Moving beyond Windows Media—and Silverlight—to bring multi-platform, multi-device, multi-protocol goodness, the new IIS Media Services 4 is part of a suite of offerings set to vault Microsoft's media delivery offerings into the future
The RIM PlayBook is Riding on AIR
At the Adobe MAX conference, RIM's president spoke about the importance of Adobe AIR to the hot new tablet.
3Crowd Attempts to Aggregate Aggregators
By aggregating CDN delivery, the company hopes to offer more flexible service at a lower price.
Adobe MAX 2010: Kick-off Keynote
Kevin Lynch shows off Flash—and HTML5 with CSS3—fueling Adobe's changing landscape.
The Search vs. Recommendation Conundrum
Online Video Strategies and Streaming Media Europe panels offer content owners deeper insight into this growing dilemma
Review: Wowza Media Server 2
Anthony Rose Talks YouView in London
Address predicts a convergence of viewing models, with more people turning to the Internet to view shows and events.
Streams of Thought: All Eyes Toward Europe
Google TV, Apple TV, and TiVo: More Than Just Pretty Faces
Behind the screens, set-top boxes powered by Apple, Google, and TiVo have their own approaches to online video for the living room
Online Video Through Broadcasting Eyes
A three-hour discussion at IBC reveals how traditional broadcasters see the online video industry.
IBC 2010: A Look Back
A wrap-up of this year's happenings in IBC, from two distinct perspectives. Plus, a rogues' gallery of photos of familiar faces in Amsterdam
Front Porch Digital Moves Online with DigitalSmiths
By building on DigitalSmiths' VideoSense, Front Porch Digital is pushing its "three M"—migrate, manage, market—strategy into the realm of online video
First Look: Flash Media Server 4
Anystream: What Will Telestream Do With It?
At IBC, Telestream outlined the role Anystream's Agility would play in its Vantage transcoding workflow solution
First Look: Flash Media Server 4
Today Adobe announced the immediate availability of Flash Media Server 4, including Flash Media Enterprise Server, which includes "Fusion," an approach to multicasting that combines IP multicasting with what the company calls "application multicasting." Here's a detailed look at what's available in each of the three new FMS products, including a look at a test implementation by MediaPlatform.
IBC 2010: Here Comes 3DTV
If there's any buzz word for IBC 2010, it's 3D. But will it make it beyond the television set?
Apple's HD Streaming Gamble
Whether Apple delivers from in-house or via CDN, Apple's new approach sets streaming bar high. But yesterday's Apple TV announcement suggested they might not always be able to reach it.
Analysis: Would Skype Vault Cisco into Streaming?
Rumors are flying that Skype's IPO might be pre-empted by an offer from Cisco. What would such an acquisition mean for the ever-growing "human network"?
Streams of Thought: WebM Strategies for the Hacking Crowd
The Transformation of Transcoding
What was once an easily defined process has become much more complex, as have the solutions that perform it
To Infinity and Beyond: MPEG LA Extends H.264 Internet Video Moratorium Indefinitely
The standards body extended in perpetuity the royalty-free license on internet video that's free to users from 2015
Will Terrestrial Radio Save Its Streaming Counterpart?
Mandatory inclusion of FM chip in CE devices may win lower streaming radio royalties
Consumers Not Getting Broadband Speeds Advertised, says FCC Study
Study also notes that video is the main driver behind bandwidth usage, and that most mobile data is consumed via wireless cards, not mobile devices
Post-PC Era? Maybe Not
Mobile data usage for devices—including laptops—continues to surge. But that doesn't necessarily mean the average user isn't using their PC to watch content.
Case Study: A Streaming Merit Badge?
With the help of AT&T and Ustream, the Boy Scouts of America delivered its 100th anniversary celebration to Scout troops across the U.S.
Elemental Technologies Closes Series B Funding Round
Existing investors joined by Steamboat Ventures, which is affiliated with new Elemental client ABC News
Back to Basics: What Is Open Source Software?
Now that Google has open-sourced VP8 as part of its WebM initiative, the once-esoteric question "What is open source anyway?" takes a highly tactical turn
DRM: The Big Two
When it comes to digital rights management and content protection, Microsoft PlayReady and Adobe Flash Access aren't the only names in town, but they're the biggest. Here's a look at the latest features in each.
RGB Networks Acquires RipCode
Private deal consolidates three-screen solution on to carrier-grade chassis
DigitalSmiths Releases VideoSense 3.0; Metadata Geeks Rejoice
User interface optimized to let users drill down through customized time slices
Octasic Announces New 1080p-Capable DSP Transcoding Series
New OCT2200 series capable of two 1080p HD transcodes without additional hardware assistance
A Look Inside Flash Player 10.1
Adobe promises more stability and better performance for Flash on the Mac, but for now, only Windows gets hardware acceleration
Infocomm 2010: Streaming Video Key to Telepresence, Rich Media Capture Announcements
Announcements from Accordent, Sonic Foundry, Cisco, Ncast, Wowza, and LifeSize highlight telepresence and rich media capture news at the Las Vegas event
Google's WebM Strategy: Open-Source Approved or Patent Exposure Minefield?
Google seems more concerned with modifying its WebM FAQ than it is with helping the online video world understand the practical and financial benefits of an open-source competitor to H.264.
InfoComm 2010: The Accidental Streaming Show
The InfoComm show's influence on streaming continues to expand in areas of audio distribution, digital signage, rich lecture/media capture, and telepresence.
Apple Announces iPhone 4 with Front-Facing Camera, Video Calling
At Apple's WWDC, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4, which has an improved display and a front-facing camera that allows for video calls
Apple's iPhone 4: A Tale of Two Platforms—HTML5 and The Other One
Steve Jobs prefaced his Apple WWDC announcements with HTML love, but...
WebM: Not Ready for Prime Time?
A few weeks into Google's "open sourcing" of VP8, the move has generated more questions than answers
An ISP's Edge in the CDN Game?
Edgeware and MediaMelon Attempt to define next-generation CDN with a "federated" approach to content delivery
Does Interphone Report Spell Trouble for Mobile Streaming?
GSMA welcomes report saying link between mobile phones and brain cancer is "inconclusive," yet researcher admits potential flaws and calls for further study
Streams of Thought: The Benefits of Going Virtual for Trade Shows
Streaming Media East 2010 Keynote 2: Yahoo's Rebecca Paoletti
Freaks and Geeks: Yahoo's head of video strategy looks at the importance of collaboration between creatives and tecnologists, as well as ways to make advertising work
A Look at Adobe's Flash Access and Player Roadmap
Flash Access is another step in the path leading to HTTP Streaming and Flash Player 10.1
Streaming Media East Keynote: Kodak's Jeffrey Hayzlett
Eastman Kodak's chief marketing officer talks about the company's embrace of digital video
SeaWell Launches Lumen1000 Appliance
Scalable video coding company sheds light on its hardware-software combination
The Economics of Live Events
The advent of the 21st century's second decade offers the opportunity to look back to gauge the newsmakers and news breakers of 2000-2009. In the streaming world, where we're now into the 14th year, the pace of innovation means that new technologies are being tried, and old technologies are being retested-some for the third or fourth time, depending on the corporate and individual memories of these technologies and on previous business execution attempts.
Octasic Moves Transcoding to the Core
Low-power, clockless DSP at heart of system claiming to be twice as inexpensive as x86 transcoding solutions.
Back to Basics: Hardware Acceleration
As more and more high-definition (HD) content is acquired, edited, and pushed out to the web, mobile, devices and set-top boxes, the demand for a higher-quality user experience is rapidly followed by a need for hardware acceleration. But what exactly is hardware acceleration?
Streams of Thought: What We Can Learn From Broadcasting
While the streaming industry likes to think of itself as the answer for over-the-air (OTA) broadcasters' legacy solutions, the fact is that we can gain a significant amount of insight from the tried-and-true methods of OTA broadcasters. I'll touch on just a few of them here.
Widevine Expands Its DRM, Video Optimization Offerings
Once a pure-play DRM solution provider, Widevine's video optimization may be its strongest competitive advantage
Adobe to Launch Flash Access 2.0 Next Month; Irdeto Announces Hosted Flash Access Service
Even before launch, Flash Access 2.0 ecosystem enhancements by Irdeto are intended to speed adoption
Level 3 Talks Vyvx, Expansion
Expanded capabilities of the Vyvx VenueNet live broadcasting standard go hand in hand with Level 3's growing global reach
NAB 2010: It's All About the Workflow
Despite the buzz about 3D TV, the true star of the show was workflow automation, as exemplified in new releases from ViewCast, Telestream, and Microsoft
Stream or Die: NAB Showcases Portable Streaming Production
Newtek's TriCaster and VBrick's Mobile Broadcasting System are just a few of the enhanced solutions on display at this week's NAB show, and live streaming is the topic of a special "Stream or Die" panel discussion Tuesday evening.
iPad - Dead End for Flash?
On the eve of Adobe's official unveiling of CS5 at NAB, the announcement of the Apple iPhone 4.0 SDK might spoil the party
Elemental Reveals Live Encoding Solution
Elemental Technologies is leveraging its massively parallel GPU solution for live encoding with Elemental Live
Commentary: Working Around the Web
This week's iPad launch ushers in new workarounds and developer challenges at the same time it poses a threat to Adobe's web video dominance with Flash.
Commentary: Mamas, Don't Let Your OVPs Grow Up to be CDNs
Some analysts posit that the next logical step for online video platforms is to become CDNs, but it's more likely that CDNs will push into the OVP market.
Commentary: HTML5 Video—Must It Be Free?
Now that Microsoft has announced HTML5 support, the question remains: Will HTML5 video end up being open source or standards-based?
HTML5's Open Source Solution?
Kaltura provides a toolkit for HTML5 embedded video, with a fallback to Flash or Ogg Theora when H.264 isn't available in a user's browser
HTML 5 and Internet Explorer 9: What We Know, What We Don't
Yesterday's announcement that Internet Explorer 9 supports HTML 5 set off a tech media frenzy. So which video codec will Microsoft choose?
RSA Conference 2010: Is Security Relevant to Streaming?
The RSA Conference keynote and sessions advocate a proactive approach to encryption and user identification that warrant closer attention from the streaming industry.
Blackwave's New Chorus Harmonizes High-Output Delivery
Blackwave's R7 release adds redundancy and Flash Media Server 3.5 to its high-performance streaming software.
HIMSS 2010: The Doctor (of Technology) Is In The House
New telepresence upgrades from Polycom and Cisco aid healthcare streaming solutions
On2 Shareholders Approve Google Acquisition
On2 announced today, after suspending two previous special meetings, that it has enough shareholder votes to complete a merger with Google.
Wed., Feb. 17, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: New Mobile Operating Systems From Microsoft, Samsung, Symbian, and Nokia/Intel
Fragmentation in the mobile OS category may be a play to gain additional application revenues, with improved and open source operating systems potentially acting as loss leaders.
Tues., Feb. 16, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: GSMA Attempts To Counter Apple With Device And App Initiatives
The GSMA's embedded device, API, and app store consolidation push raises ongoing innovation questions, especially with lack of Apple presence at the Mobile World Congress.
Tues., Feb. 16, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: The Move To LTE For 4G
Will your next phone—or pacemaker—work on any one of the world's mobile networks? As more carriers move towards the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard for 4G, the answer may be "yes."
Mon., Feb. 15, by Tim Siglin
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone 3G Finally Approved
Long-awaited mobile streaming option makes waves in U.S. while Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona
Mon., Feb. 15, by Tim Siglin
The Great Land Grab: A Look Back at the Last Year in Media & Entertainment
A year of growth for the media and entertainment industries, 2009 was characterized by those industries solidifying the previous year's gains in viewership, testing new models, and announcing, toward year's end, new versions of old business models, such as subscriptions for previously free content.
Blackwave Takes On Asian CDN Market, Asian Style
A different market approach allows U.S. company Blackwave to prosper in Asia, where it's recently opened headquarters in Tokyo and Seoul.
Wed., Feb. 10, by Tim Siglin
IVT Closes $5.5 Million Funding Round
California-based IVT plans to use the $5.5 million in Series B funding for expanding its go-to-market efforts for its webcasting and online meetings platform.
Tues., Feb. 9, by Tim Siglin
Corporate video solutions are moving away from centralized, rigid structures to give users more freedom and flexibility
HTTP Streaming: What You Need to Know
Understanding this hybrid delivery approach is key to advancing robust streaming solutions.
YouTube: The Place for Politics?
From President Obama to the Tea Party to a "re-enactment" of the Proposition 8 trial, politicians and activists of all persuasions are turning to streaming video to make their point.
Tues., Feb. 2, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: An iPad By Any Other Name
From the name to its lack of video features - including camera and Flash support - Apple's new iPad deserves equal parts criticism and praise.
The Devil's in the Details
When it comes to reporting and analytics, make sure you’re getting all the information you need.
Live Streaming of Large Events: Is it Worth It?
Last week's "Hope for Haiti" telethon was streamed to PCs and mobiles, as well as broadcast on dozens of TV channels. But a close look at the numbers reveals both the promise and the potential pitfalls of webcasting large events.
Time to Show YouTube (and Hulu?) the Money
YouTube announced that it will offer a select number of Sundance Film Festival entries for rental, while Hulu appears poised to start charging for some content.
Fri., Jan. 22, by Tim Siglin
News Video Sites Consider Charging for Content
Current events such as the earthquake in Haiti are driving traffic to news sites in unprecedented numbers, leading to renewed interest in charging for news video online.
Tues., Jan. 19, by Tim Siglin
The annotated player Market7 provides sets it apart from other collaboration tools, even if those other tools might do a better job with collaborative scripting and resource allocation.
Courtroom Streaming Attracts Supreme Attention
Supreme Court argument leads to ban on streaming in a case challenging California's gay marriage ban, but for how long?
Tues., Jan. 12, by Tim Siglin
CES 2010: Streaming Leads Consumer Electronics Growth
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, integration and service are the name of the game, with increased emphasis on mobile video and the digital living room.
Thurs., Jan. 7, by Tim Siglin
2009: The Year in Review
A look back at the most significant developments of the last year, from large-scale webcasts to adaptive bitrate streaming to new developments in the set-top box category.
Mon., Jan. 4, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: When HD Isn’t HD
Review: Digital Rapids TouchStream
Digital Rapids' TouchStream works equally well in an integrated environment as in its intended field use, and the touches that it has for field production show the level of detail in which the company understands the production workflow.
by Tim Siglin
On2 Acquisition Vote Meeting Adjourned
Halted special meeting to vote on Google's acquisition of On2 delayed until December 23
Tues., Dec. 22
Broadcasters And FCC Debate Extra Spectrum
Broadcasters, MSOs, telcos, and wireless providers are all attempting to lay claim to the over-the-air spectrum freed up by this year's conversion to digital television.
Tues., Dec. 15, by Tim Siglin
Apple Buys Lala, Vevo Launches
Apple's purchase of Lala suggests that iTunes might begin to offer a streaming listening service, while Vevo hopes to become a Hulu for music videos.
Mon., Dec. 7, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media West 2009 Keynote 3: Emil Rensing, CDO, EPIX
On Thursday, the final day of Streaming Media West 2009, EPIX chief digital officer Emil Rensing showed off his company's solutions to three-screen TV Everywhere.
Fri., Nov. 20, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media West 2009 Keynote 2: Mark Whitten, Xbox LIVE
Wednesday's keynote was a nod to the past and a view of the future, Xbox style.
Wed., Nov. 18, by Tim Siglin
Metadata: What You Need to Know (And Why You Need to Know It)
Want people to be able to find your video online? Then you need to pay attention to your metadata.
Thurs., Nov. 18, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media West 2009 Keynote 1: Bill Stone, President, FLO TV
Kicking off Streaming Media West, FLO TV president Bill Stone talked about how mobile television is growing on the mobile phone but also expanding on to other consumer devices.
Tues., Nov. 17, by Tim Siglin
Elemental Server Provides Enterprise-Class GPU Transcoding Acceleration
The GPU versus CPU debate begins in earnest with the shipping version of Elemental Server, which the company is making available today.
Thurs., Nov. 12, by Tim Siglin
NewTeeVee Live 2009: Looking Back, Looking Forward
TV Everywhere, Internet Everywhere, Content Everywhere? Predictions for the future of video help set the stage for next week's Streaming Media West
Thurs., Nov. 12, by Tim Siglin
An Olympic Feat
Technology vendors—Microsoft, Akamai, iStream Planet, Vertigo, and Inlet—line up to create HD Olympic moments
Tues., Nov. 10, by Tim Siglin
Not So Fast, EchoStar: Cable MSOs Look For Other "Sling" Options
Rather than embrace a place-shifting set-top box from EchoStar's Sling Media, cable MSOs may wait for a CableLabs' approved alternative.
Fri., Nov. 6, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Invades The Living Room (Again)
New initiatives from Sling, Sonic Solutions, Roku, and ioko herald a third wave of home entertainment streaming devices.
Tues., Nov. 3, by Tim Siglin
Ankeena And Juniper Networks Announce Partnership
Ankeena, formerly Nokeena, announces partnership with Juniper Networks to prioritize video through "big iron"
Wed., Oct. 28, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Streaming Media's Fall Events: Great Expectations
Will Wireless Spectrum Expansion be a Byproduct of the Net Neutrality Debate?
Last week's Net Neutrality war of words may provide the FCC a bit of bargaining power as carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless look to increase mobile reach into rural areas.
Tues., Oct. 27, by Tim Siglin
SUPERCOMM 2009: Broadband Life and Net Neutrality
Show once again gives carriers a major platform to discuss key issues, and net neutrality's risen to the top
Thurs., Oct. 22, by Tim Siglin
ATSC Adopts Mobile DTV Standard
The ATSC's Mobile DTV has the potential to seriously impact and disrupt both traditional broadcasting and online video, even beyond mobile devices.
Mon., Oct. 19, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #4: Creating Original Online Video Content—Where is the Funding?
ITN On managing director Nicholas Wheeler talked about a newer, more speculative modelof content creation.
Fri., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #3: Disney's Anytime, Anywhere Strategy
Myles MacBean of Disney Online EMEA explained the studio's integrated, converged approach to delivering content to multiple devices in multiple iterations.
Fri., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Live Events Online: Getting Used to Mediocrity?
The England vs Ukraine football match provides fodder for Streaming Media Europe discussion on live events streamed online, as reaction from the general public is lukewarm at best.
Thurs., Oct. 15, by Tim Siglin
Navigating the Enterprise Video Workflow
Four multinational corporations—CA, Lockheed Martin, Merck, and QAD—are taking enterprise video beyond the basics.
Adobe MAX: Flash for the iPhone? Not Quite
While not the full Flash solution everyone's been hoping for, several developers have created applications for the iPhone that are pushing the potential boundaries of the mobile device.
Mon, Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Adobe MAX Day 1: HTTP Delivery, Flash Player 10.1, Bit Encryption, and More
Adobe announces bit encryption DRM, HTTP delivery, Flash Player 10.1 and RTMFP at its annual MAX user conference, which kicks off today in Los Angeles.
Mon., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Cisco, IBM, and Tandberg: Telepresence's Shrinking Presence
IBM adds Cisco Telepresence to its offering, while Cisco gobbles up Tandberg.
Mon., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Akamai Announces HD Network
Delivering on CEO Paul Sagan's vision from Streaming Media East, Akamai delivers HD for Flash, Silverlight, and iPhone via HTTP.
Wed., Sept. 30, by Tim Siglin
Turner Sports and NBA Digital: Streaming A Different Kind of Training
NBA.com is streaming live video of training camps from the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Wizards.
Wed., Sept. 30, by Tim Siglin
Intel's Moblin 2.1 Linux Operating System to Support AIR, Silverlight
Moblin 2.1 can run on anything from mobile phones to full PCs, and its Silverlight and AIR support offers a compelling alternative to the iPhone OS. Also announced were a new GPU and chip enhancements.
Wed., Sept. 23, by Tim Siglin
HP SkyRoom Offers High-End Streaming, Collaboration
New SkyRoom offering from HP combines high-quality videoconferencing with full-motion and multiple display collaboration, including both 2D and 3D graphics.
Tues., Sept. 22, by Tim Siglin
Aprico, Elemental, and ViewCast Highlight New Offerings at IBC
Aprico showed off its recommendation and and targeting technology, Elemental demonstrated its Adobe CS4 plug-in, and ViewCast highlighted its all-in-one H.264 encoding solution, the Niagara 2120.
Tues., Sept. 15, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2009 Starts with a Bang
Adobe announces bit-level encryption, Envivio provides live iPhone encoding tools, and much more
Thurs., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Announces Story Scriptwriting Collaboration Tool
Adobe Story, which runs on the web or via a synchronized AIR application, allows multiple users to collaborate on script creation, making Creative Suite a full-fledged production software package.
Thurs., Sept. 10, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin
The FCC Offers You Its (Wireless Broadband) Protection
A newly issued FCC Notice of Inquiry is intended to protect consumers while fostering innovation, and could have significant impact on mobile video adoption as well as next-generation networks.
Mon., Aug. 31, by Tim Siglin
Yahoo's Launchcast Wins Royalty Case Against Sony
An appeals court decided that Launchcast isn't interactive enough to require the service to pay so-called "enhanced performance fees."
Mon., Aug. 24, by Tim Siglin
HSN Brings Video Shopping to iPhone
On-demand and live streams are the highlight of the former Home Shopping Network's iPhone app.
Tues., Aug. 18, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign
Digital signage is an industry that has evolved in parallel to streaming, with a variety of technical offerings that offer clues about how streaming might address its next challenge.
Livestream Launches APIs and Player Plug-In For Brightcove Platform
Company expands ability for its own and Brightcove's customers to access underlying live publishing; other APIs include chat and program guide.
Mon., Aug. 10, by Tim Siglin
Extreme Media Player Makeover: OS Update Edition
With Apple and Microsoft launching new operating systems soon, media players will get long-awaited updates.
Fri., Aug. 7, by Tim Siglin
Google To Acquire On2
Innovation mentioned as key reason for acquisition
Wed., Aug. 5, by Tim Siglin
Can Streaming Offset Losses In Traditional Revenue?
For those of us in the industry, the answer to that question is "Yes, and then some." But a series of recent earnings reports and research papers demonstrate that both the question and the answers are significantly more complex.
Tues., July 28, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #32: Mirror Image and Wowza Media Systems
In this episode, Tim Siglin explores the benefits of a single codec, H.264, for mobile delivery from two perspectives: a single media server (Wowza, represented by Dave Stubenvoll) and a content delivery network (Mirror Image Internet, represented by Martin Hayward).
Fri., July 24, by Tim Siglin
Starbak HDDE: High-Definition Digital Signage Converges With Streaming
New set-top box allows additional quality and functionality as Starbak enters the digital signage market from an enterprise content delivery network angle.
Tues., July 21, by Tim Siglin
iVMS Mobile: Mobile Monitoring of Video Quality
Ineoquest offers up Apple iPhone app for service provider personnel to monitor video quality of service from the field.
Tues, July 21, by Tim Siglin
Royalties Set for Internet Radio
Licensing terms for "pure play" webcasters are in effect until 2015, leaving terrestrial radio as the only outlet that doesn't pay some sort of royalty for playing music.
Tues., July 14, by Tim Siglin
Remembering Neal Page, Industry Pioneer
Inlet CEO Neal Page passed away last night after a long battle with cancer.
Tues., July 7, by Tim Siglin
HTML5 Video Tags: Inevitable or Pipe Dream?
Activism, Working Groups and the dream of a single online video codec
Tues., July 7, by Tim Siglin
The Past, Present, and Future of Metadata
Metadata might be really boring, but the things that can be done with metadata are very cool and absolutely crucial to the future of online video. A recent panel discussion at the Open Video Conference exposed the challenges and opportunities metadata poses.
Wed., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Nokeena Raises $6.5 Million In New VC Funding
Nokeena Networks says it will use the new funding, led by Mayfield Fund, to step up its sales and marketing efforts as well as expand infrastructure to appeal to CDN partners.
Thurs., June 25, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #31: Adobe, Akamai, and Level 3 on Open Source Video
What exactly are content creation and content delivery network representatives doing at an open source "open video" conference, and is it relevant to the streaming media business? Tim Siglin sits down with representatives from Adobe, Akamai, and Level 3 to find out.
Tues., June 23, by Tim Siglin
Video Culture: The Potential Reshaping Of The Online Video Landscape
Content owners, content distribution networks, and real business opportunities are all part of the discussion at the Open Video Conference in New York
Fri., June 19, by Tim Siglin
Adder and Avocent Branch From KVM Solutions To Streaming Delivery
At this year's InfoComm, the AV and streaming industries are finding ways to talk to each other, as new products from Adder and Avocent demonstrate.
Thurs., June 18, by Tim Siglin
CQ And SVSi Showcase Streaming Digital Signage Solutions at InfoComm
CQ is massively scaling delivery across traditional Gigabit managed switches, while SVSi is using H.264 to deliver content to digital signage in a variety of key verticals
Thurs., June 18, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Too Much of a Good Thing?
A supply-demand imbalance between advertisers and content distributors has inundated the web with ads. So what does this mean for the future?
Streaming Media Podcast Episode #30: Nokeena Co-Founder Prabakar Sundarrajan
Tim Siglin sits down with Prabakar Sundarrajan, Co-Founder and CTO of Nokeena Networks, for a wide-ranging interview on the topics of defining "television quality" on the web, adaptive streaming and the difference between quality of service and quality of experience.
Mon., June 15, by Tim Siglin
iPhone Envy Brings Out Innovation
Prior to Apple's WWDC event that kicks off today, the Palm Pre and a doubleTwist are making waves.
Mon., June 8, by Tim Siglin
QuickTime X: Rebuilding the Player and the Backend
Apple announced today that the next version of QuickTime will include HTTP streaming and hardware acceleration, as well as editing tools in the new player interface.
Mon., June 8, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #29: Datmedia's New Enhanced Podcasting Tool
An interview with Jay Pritchard, CTO of Datmedia Ltd., about a new enhanced podcasting service and Datmedia's take on the U.S. market. Recorded during the recent Streaming Media East show.
Wed., May 27, by Tim Siglin
HD Online at the Tipping Point
In a Streaming Media East keynote that deserves a more detailed look, Akamai’s Paul Sagan traced the history of internet video and proposed that it’s finally at the point where it’s truly competitive with TV.
Fri., May 22, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #28: Ooyala Updates Its Platform
Ooyala CTO Sean Knapp talks about the company's respect for other
platforms, metrics, and a new player for Ooyala's online video platform.
Thurs., May 21, by Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo
Streaming Media East: Verizon and boxee Want In To Your Living Room
Keynotes from Verizon and boxee pushed forward the concept of getting online video into the living room, though each company takes a radically different approach.
Wed., May 13, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East: Pre-Conference Workshops Provide Practical Solutions
Workshops focusing on Silverlight, H.264, Flash, and video blogs provided attendees with detailed insights and hands-on experience.
Tues., May 12, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East: Day 1 Keynotes Highlight Entertainment and Enterprise Challenges
Akamai CEO Paul Sagan talked about the HD "tipping point" while Bank of America's Gregg Moss addressed issues faced when streaming within enterprise environments.
Tues., May 12, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: Making Flash Play
Flash files are everywhere, and most consumers play them back without giving them a second thought. If you're a content creator, though, making sure they play back correctly can be a tricky proposition. Here's a look at the different Flash file formats and how to use them.
Mon., May 11, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2009 Highlights
Attendance was down, but that was good news for people who made the trip to NAB this year. Easy access to vendors provided plenty of "eureka" moments, particularly in the areas of mobile video and automated transcoding.
Tues., April 28, by Tim Siglin and Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Streaming Media Podcast #27: Wowza Media at NAB
Wowza's NAB show floor preview of its upcoming Pro Advanced server raised several questions about the combination of Flash and Silverlight, so Tim Siglin sits down with Wowza CEO Dave Stubenvoll to address those questions.
Mon., April 27, by Tim Siglin
Flash and Silverlight, Together at Last
Wowza Media Server Pro Advanced will allow H.264 encodes to be played back in Flash, Silverlight and other players.
Mon., April 20, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #26: Inlet's Armada Version 3.0
Tim Siglin talks to Andy Beach and John Bishop of Inlet Technologies, about the version 3 release of Armada, Inlet's automated transcoding and quality control system, which will be demonstrated at NAB starting this weekend.
Tues., April 14, by Tim Siglin
What to Look for at NAB
This year's National Association of Broadcasters show should be an especially important one for streaming. Here's what to look for, particularly in the categories of transcoding, HD, metadata, and mobile video.
Streams of Thought: Back to Basics
So far in 2009, competitive strategies are shifting, innovation is continuing, and a tipping point of new users appears to have been reached. All three trends mean good things for the streaming media industry.
Review: Adobe CS4 Production Premium
Although the release of CS4 pushes Adobe’s video software further into the spotlight, it doesn’t make as large a first impression as its predecessor did.
Intel's Nehalem Provides Boost for Single and Multi-Core Transcoding Tools
Released today, Intel's new Nehalem chip should benefits workstation users of every type of transcoding tool and video editing platform, and is already in use at DreamWorks Animation.
Mon., Mar. 30, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #25: Intel's New Nehalem Processor
A discussion with Intel's Kirk Skaugen about the company's new Xeon 5550 Nehalem processor, and its implications for transcoding and video editing.
Mon. Mar. 30, by Tim Siglin
Microsoft MIX 09: Live Smooth Streaming, Silverlight 3 and Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft held its annual developer confab in Las Vegas last week, rolling out new opportunities in streaming, most notably live Smooth Streaming and Silverlight 3.
Tues., Mar. 24, by Tim Siglin
iPhone 3.0 Software To Feature Streaming And HD Video For iPod touch and iPhone
Apple finally plans to expand video capabilities of both the iPhone and iPod touch, though exactly what form that will take isn't entirely clear.
Wed., Mar. 18, by Tim Siglin
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Downscaling in Tough Times
The acquisition of Ancept Media Server attempts to leverage complementary technologies to strengthen ViewCast's market position, while Hearst's hiring of George Kliavkoff as it takes a major newspaper online-only hints at old media's need to embrace new media in order to survive.
Tues., Mar. 17, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose an Encoding Solution
Increases in CPU power and the advent of portable appliances mean there are more encoding options than ever before.
Fri., Mar. 6, by Tim Siglin
HaiVision/Video Furnace Merger Brings Live HD Streaming to the Forefront
The combination of HaiVision and Video Furnace shows the potential synergies between hardware and software in the H.264 streaming realm.
Fri., Feb. 27, by Tim Siglin
Going Mobile in Barcelona
Despite a slightly smaller show floor than in the past, this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona offered up plenty of mobile streaming news, including new solutions from On2, Media Excel, Mirial, and MobiTV, as well as the Adobe-backed Open Screen Project.
Mon., Feb. 23, by Tim Siglin
The H.264 Licensing Labyrinth
Confusion and consternation abound over H.264 licensing terms. Here's a brief overview.
Cue the Strangelove Moment: Media & Entertainment Year in Review
2008 was the year that big media learned to stop worrying and love—or at least accept—online video.
Surveying the Mobile Video Landscape
While monetization remains elusive, technology advances in 2008 and on tap for 2009 set the stage for increased delivery and consumption of video on mobile devices.
Thurs., Feb. 5, by Tim Siglin
Distributed Social Networks: Promises and Pitfalls
As users attempt to maintain identities and assets, including video, across multiple sites, the W3C held a workshop to address opportunities and challenges offered by distributed social networks.
Fri., Jan. 30, by Tim Siglin and Christine Perey
Back to Basics: Of Players and Plug-Ins
The move to browser plug-ins for watching online video, added on top of the earlier availability of multiple standalone players is, at the very least, confusing to those who seldom think about the technology that we use every day, except when they really want to watch a key event.
Tues., Jan. 27, by Tim Siglin
Inauguration Offered the Online Video Industry a Chance to Shine, Reassess
From the official stream from the Presidential Inauguration Committee to virtually every major news outlet, online video was on center stage for the inauguration of President Obama.
Wed., Jan. 21, by Tim Siglin
Online Video Funding Should Continue In 2009
Despite the downturn, and the increasing cost of capital, online video funding appears to be moving forward, even if the days of experimental capital are over.
Thurs., Jan. 15, by Tim Siglin
Reviewed: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium
Each and every one of the suite’s features and technologies has been improved in CS4, some significantly. With an eye toward accelerating encoding workflows and an initial foray into mission-critical metadata entry and retrieval, the product offers noteworthy improvements that merit attention.
Thurs., Jan. 8, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin
iTunes Music Store Goes DRM-Free
At its final Macworld keynote, Apple announced that it's getting rid of DRM for iTunes Music and introducing a new tiered pricing plan.
Tues., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
YouTube Saga Mirrors iTunes Negotiations
Recent events, including Warner Music’s removal of its videos, appear to prove YouTube's value to music labels and recall similar issues that arose between the labels and Apple.
Mon., Jan. 5, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Give!
With the holiday season upon us, streaming professionals should consider giving their time to a good cause.
Tues., Dec. 30, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Continues to Grow, But Physical Media Still Wins Out
New studies from Deloitte and Ipsos show impressive growth in online video usage, especially among women, but when it comes time to pay for content, viewers are still more likely to purchase on DVD.
Fri., Dec. 19, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: H.264 Licensing Terms
Confusion and consternation abound. Here's a brief overview and analysis of H.264 licensing terms.
Fri., Dec. 12, by Tim Siglin
Review: Datmedia Datpresenter
While imperfect, Datpresenter is a good choice for those looking to create and deliver internet TV channels.
Review: Gomez Active Streaming XF
Gomez's first foray into large-object and streaming-delivery testing for CDNs seems to be a good initial launch.
Sun's JavaFX Sets Out to Challenge Flash and Silverlight
The JavaFX Production Suite, targeted at web developers and designers, offers integration with Adobe tools while potentially offering competition to Adobe's AIR efforts. Meanwhile, On2 plays both sides of the fence.
Mon., Dec. 8, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: H.264 Transcoding for Flash
At Adobe MAX in Milan earlier this week, Flash developer Fabio Sonnati presented a session packed with suggestions for transcoding H.264 video for Flash delivery.
Fri., Dec. 5, by Tim Siglin
A Closer Look at Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5
Two new features—Dynamic Streaming and Digital Video Recorder functionality—are the culmination of Adobe's latest attempts to maintain video quality in the face of network unreliability.
Wed., Nov. 19, by Tim Siglin
Everything Changes In (A) Flash
Adobe's Flash Media Server 3.5, used in beta by CDNs like CDNetworks, competes with Wowza's newly announced pay-as-you-go streaming server subscription service.
Mon., Nov. 17 by Tim Siglin
Mrs. P: Learning From TV to Teach Online
When content is king, knowing the proper medium and placement are key. New forays into online-only content like Mrs. P are demonstrating innovative approaches that don’t disregard the lessons of television.
Fri., Nov. 14, by Tim Siglin
GOTV: Get Out the Video
From live streaming of breaking news to user-generated content to video-promoted giveaways, online video did more than just provide election coverage to people away from their televisions.
Wed., Nov. 5, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: Advertising Rates and Metrics
This installment of our Back to Basics series looks at some common terms used when discussing advertising rates and metrics, as well as why they matter.
Fri., Oct. 31, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: HTTP Streaming
The term "HTTP streaming" got tossed around quite a bit at last week's Streaming Media Europe as a way to get through corporate firewalls. But not all "HTTP streaming" is created equal, nor is it always actually streaming.
Fri., Oct. 24, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Day 1
Sessions on a variety of topics from mobile video to content delivery to viewership habits show why Europe is the streaming growth leader
Thurs., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Creative Suite Turns 4
Adobe's Creative Suite 4 features improvements in the areas of native tapeless workflows, encoding, metadata, and Flash/After Effects integration and finally land just in front of Final Cut Studio.
October Surprises: Wal-Mart Turns off DRM, iTunes Threatens to Shut Down
Wal-Mart adds fuel to the DRM-free MP3 fire by shutting down its DRM servers, while Apple threatens to shut down iTunes if the Copyright Review Board hikes mechanical reproduction royalties. Meanwhile, streaming radio might get a break.
Fri., Oct. 10, by Tim Siglin
Review: The Video-Enabled Adobe Acrobat 9
With deep Flash integration, including the ability to convert multiple video formats for Flash Video playback, the new version of Acrobat 9 isn't your grandma's e-paper.
Fri., Oct. 3, by Tim Siglin
From C-SPAN to Drudge, Pelosi Speech Video Makes Waves
One thing that every politician agrees on: Political web video is a blessing and a curse. Just ask Nancy Pelosi, whose widely viewed speech yesterday gave Republicans plenty of ammunition with which to defend their vote against the bailout plan.
Tues., Sept. 30., by Tim Siglin
Disney-ABC, Roku Keynote Streaming Media West, Day 2
Disney-ABC is focusing on syndicating its online video player, and not just its content, while Roku looks to the future of set-top boxes.
Wed., Sept. 24, by Tim Siglin
Flash Video Compression Choices
Should you use Flash Media Encoding Server or the new CS4 Adobe Media Encoder? We break down the differences, from grid and batch encoding to VP6 and H.264.
Tues., Sept. 23, by Tim Siglin
Online Video vs. ISPs: How Much is too Much?
As online video pushes the limits on bandwidth, ISPs struggle to balance fairness with cost. Today's session at Streaming Media West highlighted some of the challenges.
Tues., Sept. 23, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Pieces of (VP)8
On2 supporters cry foul, both before and after the company announces VP8. But On2’s announcement actually raises more questions than it answers, and it’s too soon to tell what impact it will have on the online video world.
Fri., Sept. 19, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #23: Making Video Simple
Tim Siglin talks with Robert Manoff, CEO of Jambo Media, LLC, about the way the Jambo Video Network provides simple video services to mid-size web publishers—what Jambo calls the "upper-middle-class" of video publishers with relatively small, but very loyal, audiences.
Thurs., Sept. 18, by Tim Siglin
Is Napster Best Buy's Alternate Apple Strategy?
The announcement that the electronics big-box store will buy Napster puts Circuit City, others in tenuous situation.
Tues., Sept. 16, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2008 Kicks Off
Highlights in the early announcements from Amsterdam—from companies like Microsoft, Digital Rapids, HaiVision, and Motorola—emphasize the growth in H.264 and set-top box penetration.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: H.264 Wins—Now What?
WIth Microsoft's announcement that it's adding H.264 playback to Silverlight, some would argue that H.264 has emerged triumphant in the codec wars. So what does that mean for the future of online video?
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin
Adobe claims the gold in the Olympics and introduces live NFL football delivered in Flash, which debuted Thursday night.
Fri., Sept. 5, by Tim Siglin
Streaming the Conventions
Nominees and political parties firmly embrace an alternate media distribution lifestyle. And while platform limitations were politics as usual for video from the two major parties, independent candidate Ron Paul's video was viewable on all three major operating systems.
Fri., Sept. 5, by Tim Siglin
NBC Has a VHS Olympic Moment
Just as VHS didn't kill the multiplex, record-setting streaming audiences during the Beiijing Games appear to have actually translated into a boost to TV viewership.
Fri., Aug. 22, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #22: The Olympics
Tim's daughter talks about staying up late and watching the Olympics while Jose shares tips on how she can illegally watch the Olympics whenever she wants. Tim kicks Jose under the table. We all decide that Microsoft Silverlight looks great and was easy to install. Tim promises to watch the opening ceremonies before the games end on NBCOlympics.com
Wed., Aug. 20, by Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo
Is the RIAA’s “Making Available” Argument Still Valid?
A recent case brought aby a Recording Industry Association of America music label against a file sharer has been settled, but at significantly less per song than a similar case.
Tues., Aug. 19, by Tim Siglin
BitGravity’s Philosophy: Take It Easy
BitGravity’s seemingly slow approach in terms of CDN sales might be changing thanks to some new customer wins and the recent announcement of $2.5 million in funding.
Streams of Thought: The Patent Wars
As CDNs commoditize and streaming grows up, companies are gobbling up patents in an attempt to stay competitive. Who will come out on top?
Through acquisitions and partnerships, Thomson’s Technicolor is growing its business smartly in the United States and Europe, with an eye on Latin America and Asia for 2009.
Yahoo! Music Unlimited Turns Out To Be Limited
Another music service pulls the DRM plug, although unlike MSN Music, Yahoo! Music won't exit the music biz entirely, and will partner with Rhapsody. But some observers wonder how long even Apple can stay in the online music biz.
Thurs., July 31, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #21: Benjamin Wayne, Fliqz
In this week's podcast, Tim Siglin talks to Benjamin Wayne, CEO and Founder of Fliqz, who shares his opinions about what's wrong with video advertising CPM rates, agencies and the cost of content production.
Thurs., July 31, by Tim Siglin
Highwinds Lands Commitment from Technicolor
Highwinds RollingThunder CDN has chops, but also doesn't compete with its customers, as proven by recent deals with Castfire and Technicolor.
Tues., July 22, by Tim Siglin
Apple iPhone 3G Launch Marred by Activation Problems
Activation issues plague early adopters, but those who've been able to get their new iPhones up and running are seeing the potential of the device as a third computing platform.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #20: All-Stars and Format Wars
The first in a series of podcasts with Streaming Media All Stars, this spirited discussion with Nico McLane includes Jan Ozer and several opinions on Windows Media, Flash, H.264 and the needs of enterprise user.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Interoperability and Simplicity the Key Trends at Connections 2008
This year's Connections conference highlighted the paths and pitfalls to streaming in the home, with competing approaches offering simplified user experiences. And while there's a push towards a unified standard, its realizations seems a long ways off.
Tues., July 8, by IdaRose Sylvester and Tim Siglin
Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search
Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Rhapsody's New DRM-Free Tracks are Music to iPod Users' Ears
Real's Rhapsody music subscription service is now selling downloadable content that will play on any device, including the iPod.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Radio Royalties Set To Affect Terrestrial Radio
SoundExchange using last year's Copyright Board decision as leverage against traditional radio, claiming that AM and FM stations should start paying performance fees. In the meantime, negotiations to cap internet radio royalty rates have stalled.
Tues., June 24, by Tim Siglin
Microsoft Lets the Music Play
Reversing a decision it made in April, Microsoft has decided to allow music purchased from its now-defunct MSN Music service to play on new or updated devices.
Friday, June 20, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Everything Old Is New Again
A "where are they now?" look at some of the names associated with the early days of the Streaming Media shows.
Apple's 3G iPhone Adds Increased Speed and Video Capabilities
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2008, Steve Jobs promised the new iPhone is twice as fast at about half the price. Other announcements included a revamp of QuickTime, while Sling showed off its new SlingMobile across the street.
Tues., June 10, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #18: Microsoft's New Video Tools
Tim interviews Chris Knowlton and Charles Finkelstein, both with Microsoft, regarding the new Expression Encoder 2, Silverlight 2 and IIS 7's ability to handle multiple video formats.
Mon., June 2, by Tim Siglin
Entertainment Device Deals Reshape the Streaming Industry Yet Again
A spate of announcements from TiVo, Amazon, and Netflix over the past two weeks point to the ways in which consumer entertainment has joined the enterprise on equal footing as a driver of the streaming industry.
Fri., May 30, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #17: Streaming Media East Wrap-Up
Tim Siglin wraps up Streaming Media East 2008 coverage with a series of interviews: Angelina Ward with Focal Press, Gerard Virga, COO at CDN Powerstream and Dr. Harsh Verma from R Systems.
Tues., May 27, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2008 Day 2: How CNNmoney Does It
In a freewheeling presentation and a spirited question and answer session, CNNMoney's Caleb Silver touched on the technology, the people and the raison d'être for CNNmoney.com using video.
Wed., May 21, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #16: Streaming Media East 2008
Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin talk about highlights from Streaming Media East in New York, including AT&T's re-emergence as a CDN, a jaw-dropping mobile video webcasting demo by Steve Garfield, and interviews with show attendees.
Streaming Media East 2008: Day 1: AT&T is Back in the Video Streaming and CDN Game
AT&T courts customers big and small as the telco returns to the video and content delivery space in a big way at Streaming Media East
Tues., May 20, by Tim Siglin
Online News: A Decade of Change or Stasis?
Assessments of online news from today sound similar to those from a decade ago. What's changed is that, whether old-school print journalists like it or not, video is absolutely central to a successful newspaper business.
Tues., May 13, by Tim Siglin
A Decade of StreamingMedia.com
With the 2008 Streaming Media East show next week in New York, the Streaming Media brand celebrates its tenth year. What a long, strange trip it's been—here's a guided tour of the ups and downs of our first decade.
Tues, May 13, by Tim Siglin
H.264 Adoption Creating an International Broadcast Muddle
With more and more broadcasters simulcasting content online in H.264, issues of licensing and piracy are once again coming to the fore.
Fri., May 9, by Tim Siglin
Telepresence: Are Rising Oil Prices Videoconferencing's Best Hope?
Today’s confluence of environmental, financial, and political issues—along with new solutions from Polycom, Tandberg, and LifeSize—have breathed new life into the world of videoconferencing. That’s good news: Ultimately, more videoconferencing leads to more webcasting.
Mon., May 5, by Tim Siglin
When DRM Key Servers Vanish, Where Do Users Turn?
Piracy and "borrowed" content is often in the news, but even legitimate purchasers sometimes face a conundrum, such as that posed when MSN announced that music files purchased before 2006 would no longer be supported beginning later this year.
Streams of Thought: Where Are They Now?
A few years ago, VH1 ran a program called Where Are They Now that tracked down artists that had faded from wider public view. So I thought it only fitting that, as part of this “Decade of Streaming Media.com” issue, I track down a few people who had played varying roles in the advent of streaming media.
Review: Inlet Technologies Spinnaker S3000
Another winning real-time encoder from Inlet
Streaming Media Podcast #15: NAB Day Two
Tim Siglin interviews two more companies at the National Association of Broadcaster's show (NAB) in Las Vegas: Akamai talks about its partnership with transcoding companies, while Wowza talks about competing with Adobe on a whole new price-point playing field.
Fri., April 18, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #14: NAB Day One
Tim and Jose explore topics of interest at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, talking with companies about piracy, high-definition streaming and the disappearance of two major companies—Apple and Avid—from the show floor.
NAB 2008: Andy Beach Writes a Book . . . And Other Amazing Tales
Inlet's Andy Beach published a book on practical encoding, while his company and Adobe are showing off metadata and automated encoding solutions at the NAB show in Las Vegas.
Wed., April 16, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2008: Broadcasting by Any Other Name . . . Is Broadcasting
Not surprisingly, the takeaway from the president's keynote kicking off NAB 2008 is that broadcasting—whether it's online, offline or a combination of both—is alive and well. But clearly traditional broadcasters have much to learn from their web counterparts, and some key announcements indicate how the two worlds are merging.
Streaming Media Podcast #13: Broadcasting from 3G Mobile Devices
In this interview from the 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Cristoforo Mione of the Milan-based Mirial discusses the PSE Broadcast Genie, which takes video sent from a 3G mobile phone and converts it for television broadcast and web streaming.
Thurs., April 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Media Player Now Available
The new player—called AMP for short and first announced almost a year ago—will let viewers watch Flash Video content while online or offline, and lets content owners apply Flash Media Server Rights Management rules to their video.
Wed., April 9, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #12: Snacking on Mobile Content
An interview with representatives from mobile TV solutions provider NuNet on the implications of video "snacking" for consumers, content creators, and carriers alike.
Thurs., April 10, by Tim Siglin
Mobile Video: It's Not About the Phone
When it comes to getting the music and video you want on the go, forget the services, or even the phones, for that matter. What matters most is carrier lockdowns, as iPhone-related news this week suggests.
Fri., April 4, by Tim Siglin
CTIA Brings U.S. Mobile Video Into Focus
CTIA, the U.S. equivalent of the Mobile World Congress, is creating additional interest in streaming content to the mobile device by emphasizing new approaches. RealNetworks' Rob Glaser used his keynote to discuss "entertainment as a service."
Tues., April 1, by Tim Siglin
Alternative Flash Servers Follow H.264 Path
Last week Wowza introduced live H.264 capability in a preview version of Wowza Media Server Pro; Red5 promises live H.264 to come in an upcoming release of Red5 Server.
Tues, March 25, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Offers DRM with Flash Media Rights Management Server
New product offers protection and controls for FLV, F4V, and H.264, as well as attendant graphics and advertising, both online and offline.
Wed., March 19, by Tim Siglin
Operation MySpace and Kulabyte Bring Live HD Flash to the Web
The MySpace webcast of a concert for U.S. troops in Kuwait marked the debut of live HD Flash streaming. It wasn't perfect, but as a first test of Kulabyte's live encoding, it was an almost unequivocal success.
Tues., Mar. 11, by Tim Siglin
Apple’s iPhone Courts Enterprise, Disses Flash
The good news this week is that the APIs in the iPhone SDK boost audio and video options. The bad news is that it still won't support Flash.
Fri., March 7, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Ships Flex 3; Microsoft Shines Light on Silverlight 2
Things are heating up in the run-up to NAB, as Adobe completes the trilogy of Flash, Flex 3, and AIR , while Microsoft talks about what’s in Silverlight 2.
Tues., Feb. 26, by Tim Siglin
And Then There Were Three: RIP HD DVD
Toshiba’s decision to end HD-DVD production—leaving Blu-ray the clear leader and only the scarcely used EVD and VMD as the other HD alternatives—widens the window of opportunity for streaming media entertainment delivery, if only just a bit.
Mon., Feb. 18, by Tim Siglin
More Flash Brings More Light
Undoubtedly the biggest news in online video for 2007, the Silverlight/Flash battle is one that finds both Microsoft and Adobe significantly shifting their fundamental approaches, although in both cases, there’s historical precedent.
The Big Bang: Media & Entertainment Year in Review
Despite deterioration in the broader economic indicators, nonadvertising-driven entertainment models remain robust and advertising-supported media are feeling the pressure of web advertising.
Almost Grown: Advertising Year in Review
Rich media advertising continued to thrive in 2007, taking on its more established counterparts and holding its own.
Streamticker 2007: The Year in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Fundings
2007 proved to be the year of legitimate peer-to-peer networking and high-definition streaming, but the bigger news was that the "big kids" got involved in the streaming space in a way that left some smaller companies in awe of their larger siblings.
Streaming From the Mobile to the Newsroom and Game Show
At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, several companies are showcasing mobile products that fit into standard broadcasting workflow.
Wed., Feb. 13, by Tim Siglin
The Battle for Your Address Book May Involve Streaming for Social Networks
Social networking reworks the mobile address book into a rich media aggregation tool, with new offerings from Zyb, Yahoo, and others highlighted at this week's Mobile World Congress.
Wed., Feb. 14, by Tim Siglin
The Mobile Broadband Battlefield
Yahoo and Google getting into the mobile as broadband wireless web and rich media dominate growth discussions at global mobile phone event in Barcelona this week.
Mon., Feb. 11, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #10: Super Sports and Politics Edition
Jose and Tim discuss the Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, and the implications of streaming media on sports advertising and the political process. No, it's really not THAT boring!
Fri., Feb. 8, by Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin
Miss the Big Game? Stream the Ads
The year's most anticipated ads are still available online long after the Super Bowl, as well as highlights from the game itself.
Mon., Feb. 4, by Tim Siglin
Microsoft's Yahoo Offer Part of A Major Online Play
The tech giant likely sees Yahoo's effective rich and streaming media advertising success as a weapon against Google's text ads, which are proving less effective on social networking sites.
Fri., Feb. 1, by Tim Siglin
The Qtrax Announcement: Here We Go Again
If the news isn’t filled with politics, Super Bowl and economic stimulus stories, it’s filled with streaming media business models. And recent announcements from Qtrax, Last.fm, and Amazon indicate that there’s life yet in all three basic approaches to monetizing content.
Tues., Jan. 29, by Tim Siglin
Video Drives Apple's Innovation
Steve Jobs' yearly dog & pony show demonstrates just how important streaming and progressive downloading are to Apple’s strategy, from the new Macbook Air to the updated Apple TV.
Wed., Jan. 16, by Tim Siglin
Commentary—Macworld 2008: The Week That Copy-Protection DRM Dies?
Despite marked incredulity, the signs of the demise of copy-protection DRM in audio content seem to be everywhere.
Tues., Jan. 15, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 3: Podcasting
Products to capture and deliver podcasts abound at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Wed., Jan. 9, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 2: Home and Business Surveillance
Video camera systems, from the simple to complex, stream video content to home and business owners.
Tues., Jan. 8, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 1: HD Streaming
High-definition video streaming, both inside and outside the home, is all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Mon., Jan. 7, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008 Keynote: Bill Gates' Last Hurrah
Microsoft’s chairman reminisces on the past, pokes fun at the present, and pushing streaming as part of the company’s future—including a partnership with NBC to deliver video of the 2008 Summer Olympics with Silverlight.
Mon., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008 Preview: Streaming the Show
With almost 150,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center and associated hotels, it might be better to stay home and watch the highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show.
Sun., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
So You Got a New Computer for Christmas. Now What?
Here’s a brief overview of the basic tools everyone needs to stream content from Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime, and Real sources.
Fri., Jan. 4, by Tim Siglin
Brighter Days Ahead for Internap’s CDN Service?
The company has set in motion a series of events that provide a compelling case—if the customers buy in.
Fri., Dec. 21, by Tim Siglin
HD For The Holidays: Formats, Formats Everywhere!
Now that HD streaming is upon us, what cameras and editing software should you buy—and what format should you invest in—to keep up with the Joneses?
Tues., Dec. 18, by Tim Siglin
Let's Work Together
Combining streaming, videoconferencing, instant messaging, and desktop or application sharing, collaborative computing has come of age.
Streams of Thought: Altering Course—The Adobe Warship Begins to Turn
Everywhere you look, Adobe shows signs of turning into a relatively successful hybrid company that uses the web and the desktop as equal platforms.
CDNs Rush to Add High-Definition Flash Streaming
With Adobe's announcement of Flash Media Server 3 last week, content delivery networks including Level 3, Limelight, and Swarmcast are announcing formal support for HD Flash.
Tues., Dec. 11, by Tim Siglin
Flash Media Server Spawns a Family
Released today, the new Flash Media Server 3 contains not just one but three server options. Also released today was Flash Player 9, which supports H.264 and On2's VP6-s. Read the story and listen to the accompanying podcast.
Tues., Dec. 4, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #9: Flash Media Server 3
Tim Siglin and Sam Mays of Fresh Punch, who is standing in for Jose this week, talk about Flash, including several tools showcased at Adobe's MAX 2007 conference that have found their way into the newly announced Flash Media Server 3.
Tues., Dec. 4
Apple Settles Burst Lawsuit
$10 million settlement gives Burst second major out-of-court patent defense win in as many years.
Tues., Nov. 27, by Tim Siglin
Changes At The Helm At Adobe and Avid Reveal Changes In Strategy
With both of their CEOs leaving, Adobe and Avid are resetting high-level management for the next phase of growth and, perhaps, significant changes in corporate direction.
Tues., Nov. 20, by Tim Siglin
Collaborating With Streaming
Accordent’s partnership with Tandberg is just one of many initiatives to bring the worlds of videoconference, telephony, and streaming video closer together.
Thurs., Nov. 15, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #8: Speaking Encode
A look back on the highlights of the Streaming Media West show, and a talk with encoding specialist Jan Ozer about the latest video encoding tools.
Thurs., Nov. 15
Streaming Media Podcast #7: Bebo Partners With Video Content Providers
Jose Castillo talks to Bebo's Jose Hernandez about the company's new partnerships.
Tues., Nov. 13
Streaming Media West: The 50,000 Foot View From 6 Feet
This year's Streaming Media West exhibited a diversity of both attendees—from the C suite to the creative class—and exhibitors, many of whom were there for the first time.
Fri., Nov. 9, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media West: Keepin' It Real
Wednesday morning’s Streaming Media West keynotes explained some of the mysteries behind both user-generated content and professionally produced programming. For both Metacafe and National Geographic, a degree of authenticity has been key to success.Wed., Nov. 7, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #6: A Sit-Down With "The Vlogfather"
Jose Castillo chats with vlogging pioneer Steve Garfield.
Mon., Nov. 5
Streaming Media Podcast #5: Misadventures in Video Conferencing
Jose and Tim reflect on videoconferencing's past and ponder its future with LifeSize Communications' Craig Malloy.
Mon., Nov. 5
BitTorrent's Gone Legit, But Still Faces Obstacles
As we lead up to one of Streaming Media West 2007's most anticipated keynotes—by BitTorrent President Ashwin Navin—we take a look at the company that's been both an innovator and a lightning rod for controversy.
Fri., Nov. 2, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #4: Finding The Needle in the Digital Haystack
In Episode 4, Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo discuss video search with Everyzing's Thomas Wilde.
Fri., Nov. 2
Streaming Media Podcast #3: Home-Brewed Media Transmissions
In Episode 3, Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo talk with Sling Media's Brian Jaquet.
Fri., Nov. 2
The New Streaming Media Podcasts
Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo have taken over the podcasting helm, and bring you insightful and lively interviews with some of the biggest names in online media. In the first two episodes, they talk with IdaRose Sylvester of IDC and Ripcode's Brendon Mills.
Tues., Oct. 30
Leopard Release Takes Cues From Online Video
Besides all the bells and whistles that you’ll read about (and use, if you upgrade to Leopard or make the move to a Mac) one thing struck me: the way Leopard handles media now—including images, audio and video—is mimicking the online world in a way that is a first for a desktop operating system.
Fri., Oct. 26, by Tim Siglin
Mobile Device Control, Streaming On Display At CTIA
Announcements from Microsoft, Vantrix, and Symbian highlight a show that's putting increasingly more emphasis on video.Tues., Oct. 23, by Tim Siglin
EchoStar Plugs Into IPTV Via HomePlug Connections
The satellite company’s strategy came into clearer focus at the HomePlug Powerline Technology Alliance, where an EchoStar spokesperson outlined how set-top boxes from recently acquired Sling Media might move content around the home.
Thurs., Oct. 11, by Tim Siglin
Flash: Here, There, and Everywhere
The Moviestar engine will power more than Flash playback on the web—much more. At Adobe MAX 2007, the company offered some sneak previews of just how much.
Fri., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe: It's About Quality, Not Quantity
London—on its best weather behavior—was the setting for this week’s European event. Though the show is considerably smaller than its U.S. counterparts, the quality of the conference sessions themselves often surpassed what we get stateside.
Streams of Thought: Gettin' High (Def) in Amsterdam
IBC 2006 was heavy on high-definition hype.
Adobe Media Player Beta Now Available
It's not the full-blown version--it doesn't support H.264, for instance--but Adobe announced the availability of its long-awaited media player at Adobe MAX 2007 in Chicago.
Mon., Oct. 1, by Tim Siglin
Sling Slides Into Echostar, Set-Top Box Field Narrows
The acquisition of a place-shifting device manufacturer by the Dish satellite owner potentially closes one door while opening another.
Fri., Sept. 28, by Tim Siglin
Does Media Need to Be Free?
Recent moves to "free" Big 3 content from pay-per-download sites like iTunes poses an interesting question: Would consumers rather pay for it and own it, or watch it for free but be limited to streaming-only access?
Tues., Sept. 25, by Tim Siglin
Second Life Gets . . . A Second Life
Origin Digital’s Odaptor platform serves as underlying technology for Second Life's new, improved video capabilities.
Tues., Sept. 18, by Tim Siglin
More Details on Microsoft's VC-1 Ecosystem Emerge at IBC
In addition the introduction of Microsoft's VC-1 SDK, IBC brought big news from the likes of Tarari, Dayport, Thomson,and SyncCast.
Thurs., Sept. 13, by Tim Siglin
IBC Offerings Expand Digital and Streaming Infrastructure for Broadcasters
Whether you’re a traditional broadcaster, a cable giant, or just a video podcaster, something new is waiting for you at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam.
Mon., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
IBC Demos Reveal Advances Across IPTV Ecosystem
Whether it’s acquisition on solid-state media, encoding, or delivery, streaming in the IPTV space continues to move steadily forward, as proven by announcements from the likes of Digital Rapids, ViewCast, and Akamai.
Mon., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Demonstrates Flash Media Server 3, Adobe Media Player, and Cisco Integration at IBC
Ability to stream H.264 and AAC Plus, along with a tie-in to Cisco’s Content Delivery System, reveal more of Adobe’s larger plan to get video to three screens, even if it’s not FLV.
Thurs., Sept. 6, by Tim Siglin
Apple Delights, Infuriates With New iPods And iPhone Price Mods
The new WiFi-enabled iPod Touch looks tasty, but changes in the rest of the iPod line, a drop in the price of the 8GB iPhone, and discontinuation of the 4GB iPhone are leaving a sour taste in early adopters’ mouths.
Thurs., Sept. 6, by Tim Siglin
Nokia Breaks Ranks With Network Operators, Targets iPhone/iTunes
The handset manufacturer’s Ovi music portal leverages last year’s Loudeye acquisition to launch music and entertainment ecosystem in Europe and Asia.
Thurs., Aug. 30, by Tim Siglin
Vista Network Degradation Bug Linked to Streaming
Notice that your network transfer rate goes down when listening to audio or watching video in Vista? The bad news is you're not alone; the good news is that Microsoft says it's working on a fix.
Wed., Aug. 29, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: MTV Loses Its Urge, and So Do I
As MTV ends its partnership with Microsoft and starts one with Real, only one thing is clear: The online music world may be growing, but it’s still frustrating.
Fri., Aug. 24, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: MLB's Foul Bawl
MLB Advanced Media's anger against the placeshifting technology of the SlingBox seems a bit arcane.
Review: Adobe Production Premium CS3
Integration among all products in the CS3 suite is exceptionally strong, and Adobe Media Encoder—an example of a program that spans several CS3 applications—is a solid product putting Adobe firmly in the running against other more established video software suites.
Thurs., Aug. 16, by Tim Siglin
Players and Codecs Come Under Hacker Scrutiny
Several sessions at Black Hat 2007 showed the need to continue to develop lean code and close potential vulnerabilities in media players that might be exploited by hackers.
Friday, Aug. 10, by Tim Siglin
Akamai’s Troubles: Much Ado About Nothing
Akamai continues to lose valuation—and Internap just reported a 2Q 2007 net loss of $1.7 million—but that doesn’t mean the entire CDN market is in trouble. In fact, if you’re really paying attention, you'll see that the space is stronger than ever.
Tues., July 30, by Tim Siglin
Latency: The Next Frontier
Now that the major codecs can deliver quality that is acceptable—or better—for most video, the next challenge to be overcome for streaming is latency. New products from HaiVision and W&W Communications aim to bring latency down to the point where streaming becomes tenable for high-speed surveillance apps
How To Convert Videos To Play On The iPhone
Whether you're one of the masses who bought one, or just need to deliver content to people who have, getting video on the iPhone isn't quite as simple as it looks. Here’s are some tips on how to create videos that can play on the new device.
Wed., July 18, by Tim Siglin
Net Radio Deadline Looms (Again)
Retroactive royalties kick in on July 15 timetable will trigger retroactive royalties, and recent hearings indicate Congress won’t intervene. But all hope is not lost, as royalty rate could still be overturned.
Tues., July 3, by Tim Siglin
Adobe’s Visual Communicator 3 Integrates with Flash Media Server
New version of Serious Magic’s flagship product adds multicamera preview and seamless Flash Video output at a reduced price.Mon., June 25, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Apple iPhone—A Browser’s Best Friend or Streaming Engine?
Apple realized they needed to allow third-party apps on the iPhone, and they finally heeded the call for a software development kit. And—surprise, surprise—it’s called Safari.
Tues., June 19, by Tim Siglin
Akamai Monitoring Tool Becomes Marketing Magnet
Akamai's internet monitoring tool shows both the big picture-the ebb and flow of net traffic in general-as well as a close-up on media content usage.
Tues., June 12, by Tim Siglin
Immersive Media Maps Streaming's Future
Technology players like Immersive Media are integrating streaming content into practical, everyday-use online products such as Google Maps’ new street-level views.
Friday, June 1, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Gives Tennis and More A Sporting Chance to Generate More Revenue
The business of streaming sports is alive, well, and pushing the technology and business envelope, as MLB Advanced Media partners with The Tennis Channel and upstart Marshall Media pushes the video quality envelope.
Fri., May 25, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: SM East 2007—More Substance, Less Hype
The show floor at the New York Hilton—bursting at the seams with exhibitors and attendees—buzzed with spirited discussions about Flash, Silverlight, citizen journalism, user-generated content, and the state of the industry.
Sun., May 20, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2007: What’s Next for Online Video Advertising?
The final panel of the show—which topped 3,400 registered attendees, a 25% increase over 2006—focused on one of the most contentious issues facing the media and entertainment sector: Just what kind of advertising works best?
Thurs., May 17, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2007: For The New York Times, Video Now Just as Important as Print
Keynote by The Grey Lady’s Martin Nisenholtz reiterates Times is in the journalism business, and video is now part of that business, even for publications with roots in print.
Wed., May 16, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2007 News Briefs: Microsoft Sees the Light, Sprint Learns its ABCs, and TiVo Finds itself
While Microsoft showed off Silverlight at the show, Sprint started delivering ABC content for free and TiVo introduced new search capability.
Tues., May 15, by Tim Siglin
CBS Syndication Deals Reveal Seismic Strategy Change
By pushing content to other sites while gathering content to show through its own distribution channels, CBS is hoping to offer advertisers more bang for the buck as we enter the high-stakes advertising season.
Mon., May 14, by Tim Siglin
Burst Gains Ground for its Patent Validity in Court Battle with Apple
With the lawsuits filed against Burst.com now through the Markman phase, it appears likely that Apple's best bet will be to settle with the smaller company.
Mon., May 14, by Tim Siglin
Connecting Streaming to the Living Room
Last week’s Connections 2007 conference in Santa Clara explored “Future Opportunities: The Next Big Thing” for streaming, with a focus on simplifying consumer choices and DRM.
Tues., May 8, by Tim Siglin
Bill Offers Possible Reprieve for Indie Internet Radio
From Capitol Hill to the hip-hop blogosphere, unlikely allies are coming together to push back against Copyright Royalty Board's modified royalty rate.
Mon., May 7, by Tim Siglin
Head of MPAA Calls for DRM That Allows for "Managed Copying"
MPAA Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman told an industry gathering that the industry "wholeheartedly" supports legitimate copying. Meanwhile, On2 adds DRM to its Flash codec while Amazon plans to offer DRM-free downloads.
Wed., April 25, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2007: Real-Time H.264 Compression Options Abound at NAB
Announcements from Digital Rapids, Envivio, and others continue to push forward the state-of-the-art for traditional, mobile, and net broadcasting.
Sun., April 15, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2007: Apple Expands Production Tools, Now Offers VC-1, Windows Media Video, and Flash Encoding
Even though they weren’t the focus of Apple’s NAB press conference, there are a few key benefits for content streamers in the company’s new Final Cut Studio 2.
Sun., April 15, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose the Best Settings for Delivering Video in Adobe Flash
Flash offers a variety of ways to display video content, each with its own particular benefits and drawbacks. Here are five questions you should ask before you begin encoding.
Wed., April 11, by Tim Siglin
EMI's Rejection of DRM May Help Apple Overcome Its European Woes
EMI deserves a hand for pioneering a return to consumer choice when it comes to the music they download. At the same time, the move may ease some of the pressure Apple is facing in the EU.
Tues., April 3, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose a Video Capture Card
For both live and on-demand content, proper capture is key to successful delivery. Here are the questions you need to ask in order to select the right one for your needs.
Mon., April 2, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Creative Suite 3: New Launch Throws in the Kitchen Sink, Too
With implications for digital video professionals and web developers alike, CS3 offers major updates to just about every Adobe product, including Mac compatibility on almost all of them. Here’s a high-level look at the biggest product launch in the company’s history.
Tues., Mar. 27, by Tim Siglin
NSCA: Sounds Like Streaming
Systems contractor show once again proves that streaming is penetrating traditional analog audio strongholds, with implications that may benefit the entire streaming industry.
New Royalty Schedule May Scuttle Independent Internet Radio
The proposal to implement expensive and retroactive royalties on internet radio stations—and generate millions for SoundExchange—has created a backlash.
Tues., Mar. 13, by Tim Siglin
Linux Streaming Wins Respect in Europe
European Commission awards UK council that created “transparent” system to stream to constituents running Linux.
Wed., Mar. 7, by Tim Siglin
Sports Streaming Organizations Step Up Their Game
Servecast and the Sports Video Group are each hosting or partnering on high-profile industry events to keep pushing sports video as both a broadcast art and a significant revenue stream.
Mon., Feb. 26, by Tim Siglin
Streamticker 2006: The Deals That Reshaped the Online Video Space
Google, Adobe, Vitalstream, and more bring mergers and acquisitions of tech companies back to center stage in the mainstream media
The Perfect Storm: 2006 Media & Entertainment Year in Review
2006 was a turning point for streaming media, but which direction is it headed in now?
This Week in Streaming: New Approaches to Mobile Content
From both the programming and technology sides, announcements from ESPN, Media Excel, and ExpertVillage.com suggest the ways that mobile video is moving to the next level.
Wed., Feb. 14, by Tim Siglin
Digital Rights Management Takes Center Stage
From the unexpected—Steve Jobs coming out in favor of unprotected music—to the absurd—a man sued by the RIAA for downloading a paltry five songs—recent events highlight the fundamental problems with DRM.
Wed., Feb. 7, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: YouTube to Share Revenues—But With Whom?
YouTube's announcement that it will begin some sort of revenue-sharing program opens a Pandora’s Box of legal, ethical, and business questions.
Tues., Jan. 30, by Tim Siglin
The Week In Streaming: MIDEM, MySpace, and More
Announcements from MySpace, Merlin, France Telcom, and a Chinese search engine point towards the future of digital media online.
Wed., Jan. 24, by Tim Siglin
Ericsson Acquires Redback and Hires a Streaming Media Pioneer
A late-2006 acquisition plugs a hole for a service provider and creates a real-world lab for Alan Lippman.
Wed., Jan. 17, by Tim Siglin
HD Streaming Comes on Strong at CES 2007
Not content just to move standard-definition content around the home, consumer electronics companies are pushing HD content delivery to the forefront.
Thurs., Jan. 11, by Tim Siglin
Apple Drops the Computer, Picks up the Phone, and Streams to the Living Room
Steve Jobs's keynote at MacWorld was short on the Mac but long on mobile media and home entertainment, with the announcement of the iPhone and a demo of Apple TV.
Wed., Jan. 10, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Already the Rage at Consumer Electronics Show
SlingMedia, Sony, and Microsoft all announced products or initiatives to free streaming video from the PC and deliver it to other devices, while a portion of the stream of Bill Gates’ keynote was interrupted to protect intellectual property.
Mon., Jan. 8, by Tim Siglin
World Trade Centers Association Hopes Streaming Turns Education into a Revenue Source
Global 100 ties together vendor-sponsored education, streaming capabilities, and market experts for educational initiatives worldwide.
Wed., Dec. 20, by Tim Siglin
Sling Media Slings Content to the Masses
The popularity of the company’s easy-to-use, place-shifting Slingbox continues to grow as consumers look for new ways to control the content they watch.
Wed., Dec. 13, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Cisco, TI "Go Video"
The big boys are embracing video, and not without warning. But it was the smaller, scrappy players that got them back in the game.
Tues., Dec. 5, by Tim Siglin
Akamai Adds Media Management Tools With Purchase of Nine Systems
In the ever-more-competitive CDN space, the acquisition of Nine Systems—and its Stream OS platform—expands Akamai's media management and publishing capabilities.
Tues., Nov. 28, by Tim Siglin
PS3, Zune, and More Highlight This Black Friday
From game consoles that download to music players that share content wirelessly, the nation’s biggest shopping day of the year is sure to include something for the streamer of your choice.
Tues., Nov. 21, by Tim Siglin
Review: NewTek TriCaster Pro
NewTek’s TriCaster Pro builds on the solid base of the initial TriCaster but adds features that make it worthy of use in a professional environment. The $6,995 price point positions the product well below the price of other all-in-one products currently on the market, most of which have been created by streaming-centric companies. Given NewTek’s background in video, audio, and RGBHV, the TriCaster product line—with a few tweaks—could rival and outdo products of many times its cost.
Review: Grass Valley REV Pro
As an acquisition, editing, and playback format, this newest Iomega mass-storage cartridge has potential, and Grass Valley has done a fine job augmenting Iomega’s product with its own brand of video hardware expertise. The drive and media both performed well; they have a sturdy, rugged feel, and, for an external device, the REV Pro is quiet during operation.
Review: Inlet Technologies Semaphore Pro 2
Semaphore is a positive first step in allowing an average user to accurately assess the quality issues that file-based broadcasting creates. As a standalone product, Semaphore allows for consistent quality control in the field; coupled with FathomPro, Semaphore creates a much more compelling scenario for enhancing mid-sized and large broadcasters’ workflows.
Streams of Thought: Passing It On: Recording (and Consuming) Our Hobbies and Habits
Several sites have sprung up recently that feature consumer-generated, how-to video content, a trend that carries with it deeper social meaning than initially meets the eye. Each of these sites—ViewDo.com, VideoJug.com, and ExpertVillage—have several social drivers in common.
TI Advocates for Moving Transcoding From the Core
Texas Instruments evangelizes just-in-time and point-of-presence transcoding through a new sponsored study from IDC, arguing that it's crucial for the proliferation of video entertainment and the devices that play it.
Thurs., Nov. 9, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Here Come the Brides
A recent inquiry from a bride-to-be’s mother got me thinking: What could be a better sign that streaming has reached critical mass than webcasting the Big Day?
Wed., Nov. 1, by Tim Siglin
First Look: Adobe Soundbooth
Easier to use than Audition but nearly as powerful, Adobe’s new audio software sets its sights on streaming video producers and Flash developers.
Mon., Oct. 30, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: A Serious Acquisition Creates More Magic for Adobe
Adobe’s recent acquisition of Serious Magic is good news for current Adobe video customers, and bodes well for streaming users. And while Adobe’s thinking about acquisitions, here are some other companies it might be considering.
Wed., Oct. 25, by Tim Siglin
Review: Digital Rapids StreamZ
If your workflow requires both a transcoding and an encoding solution, and speed is paramount, strongly consider putting a StreamZ system on your short list.
Mon., Oct.9, by Tim Siglin
Licensing Sweetens Deal as Google Buys YouTube
YouTube’s deals with Universal and Sony BMG may have been the deal-clincher, as they could help reduce Google’s risk of taking on copyright infringement liability along with the user-video startup.
Tues., Oct. 10, by Tim Siglin
ESPN Shifts Mobile Video Focus
The network shut down Mobile ESPN after only seven months, realizing that customers weren’t willing to make service-provider choices based upon available video content.
Tues., Oct. 3, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Rolls Out Integrated PDF/Flash Products
Adobe puts Macromedia technologies to good use in the recently-released Captivate 2 and Acrobat 8 products.
Sun., Sept. 24, by Tim Siglin
Yes Virginia, There Is a Webcast
A recent symposium showed how streaming helped Virginia claim the title of Forbes’ Best State for Business.
Mon., Sept. 18, by Tim Siglin
Mobile Video in the Spotlight at IBC 2006
This year’s show demonstrates that the mobile video market is maturing rapidly, with an emphasis on DVB-H.
Thurs., Sept. 14, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2006: Is HD Coming, or is it Already Here?
Pre-IBC announcements show flurry of activity in HD streaming and broadcasting space
Fri., Sept. 8, by Tim Siglin
How-To Video Sites Gaining Traction
The appearance of UK-based Videojug.com suggests that the appeal of DIY video is growing, but potential investors in such sites would do well to consider three factors before signing the dotted line.
Wed., Aug. 30, by Tim Siglin
Cisco Solidifies VOD Footprint Through Arroyo Acquisition
Along with the Scientific Atlanta acquisition, the Arroyo deal positions Cisco to be a major player in the video-on-demand market.
Tues., Aug. 22, by Tim Siglin
Nokia’s Loudeye Acquisition Points to New Mobile Business Models
Since it gives Nokia control over encoding, distribution, and devices, it gives the company an end-to-end solution that may free mobile service providers to focus on their core competencies.
Tues., Aug. 15, by Tim Siglin
Telestream adds Popwire Tools to its Product Base
Acquisition solidifies Telestream’s place in the Mac encoding market while positioning both companies to pursue next-generation encoding tools.
Tues., Aug 8, by Tim Siglin
ViewDo.com Helps People Help Themselves
With social networking, advertising, and an eye toward product placement and manufacturer partnerships, this how-to video website has plenty of growth potential.
Tues., July 25, by Tim Siglin
Case Study: Video Interpreter Services at the Alameda County Medical Center
Tandberg and Cisco help non-English-speaking patients get the care they need by providing video communcations technology for interpreters.
Tues., July 11, by Tim Siglin
A Storage Area Network Primer
With the advent of lower-cost drives and ubiquity of 1GB Ethernet connectors, the cost and complexity of creating a storage area network (SAN) is falling. Is a SAN right for you?
Mon., July 3, by Tim Siglin
Parallels Desktop Lets Mac Users Do Windows (Media) Too
New virtual machine tool allows near full-speed access to processors on Intel-based Macs. And, unlike Apple's own Boot Camp beta, it lets users run Windows and OS X at the same time.
The (Small) Business of Streaming Media
When small businesses decide to enter the world of streaming media, the questions are the same as for large businesses: Should I outsource? Do everything in house? Or find a balance?
Tues., June 20, by Tim Siglin
iPodding InfoComm 06
The addition of podcast integration into rich media recording workflows highlighted product upgrades announced by Accordent, Anystream, and Sonic Foundry.
Mon., June 12, by Tim Siglin
Texas Instruments Provides Code Enhancements for DaVinci
DaVinci Technology Development Kit includes bundled codec package and software modules, taking some of the heavy lifting off the shoulders of developers.
Friday, June 9, by Tim Siglin
VitalStream Inserts Eonstreams’ Technology Into Advertising Lineup
The acquisition not only ends months of speculation about VitalStream’s ad insertion plans and Eonstreams’ future, but also serves as a prime example of the robust growth of a maturing industry.
Tues., May 30, by Tim Siglin
The Changing Digital Music Landscape
Announcements in the last week by Apple, Loudeye, and MTV show just how fluid the digital music delivery space has become.
Tues., May 16 by Tim Siglin
NAB 2006: Finding the Right Business Models
While the "big three"—subscription/pay-per-view, advertising, and promotional–still dominate, industry leaders at NAB suggest it's time to consider additional approaches.
Tues. April 25, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2006: Streaming Takes Center Stage
Beyond the slew of product announcements that always accompanies the opening of the show, this year’s NAB finds keen interest in streaming throughout the show floor.
Mon. April 24, by Tim Siglin
Gearing Up for NAB
As broadcasters focus more attention on delivering content online, this year’s show promises to be a showcase for streaming media tools.
by Tim Siglin
NSCA 2006: Streaming Invades the Conference Room
The National Systems Contractor Association’s annual Expo has traditionally focused on audio, and analog audio at that. But this year’s show, held earlier this month in Las Vegas, saw streaming products move front and center.
by Tim Siglin
Review: On2 Flix Pro 8 for Flash 8
An easy-to-use interface, myriad output options, and relatively fast transcoding make Flix Pro worth considering.
by Tim Siglin
CeBIT 2006: Americans in Hannover
The world’s largest technology show didn’t disappoint this year, with compelling advances in VoIP, display, and optical storage pointing towards the future.
by Tim Siglin
Company Profile: EonStreams Helps Terrestrial Radio Ads Reach Targeted Online Audiences
Marrying traditional media experience with new-world streaming tools, CEO Steve Newman hopes to help company rebound from loss of Clear Channel.
by Tim Siglin
Moving Beyond Text Search
Even today, video indexing systems are still based on textual search modalities. But if some cutting-edge research projects are any indication, that’s all about to change.
by Tim Siglin
Company Profile: On2 Technologies Pledges Continued Innovation
Despite the unexpected departure last week of CEO Doug McIntyre, On2 continues to search for the ever-elusive low bit-rate, low processor-power sweet spot.
by Tim Siglin
Commentary: The Year of Video Search
Google Video and the AOL/Truveo deal aren’t the only reasons why video search could take off in 2006. Other vendors like Accordent, Sonic Foundry, and Pictron are poised to step up their search game, too.
by Tim Siglin
H.264 Moves to Center Stage in 2006
The huge iPod Video sales numbers released by Apple at Macworld this week tell only part of the story, as H.264 takes hold for good.
by Tim Siglin
Video iPod Sales Growth Portends Big Things for Streaming Media in 2006
Apple’s latest success story might be just the key to open up the floodgates to the mobile streaming industry we’ve all been hoping for.
by Tim Siglin
Review: CNN Pipeline
Despite a few quirks, the network's new broadband video service is a news junkie's dream.
by Tim Siglin
Streaming for Holiday Travel
Whether planning to go somewhere exotic or mundane this season, more and more travelers check out the online views and reviews first, opening up new opportunities for Web sites to capitalize on the power of streaming video and audio.
by Tim Siglin
Adobe Completes Macromedia Acquisition
The April announcement of the deal paved way for speculation on how Adobe would leverage Macromedia’s Web and interactivity tools. With word that the acquisition is now complete comes a clearer, though somewhat surprising, picture of what the future may hold.
by Tim Siglin
Schooled in Streaming
Homeschoolers are embracing streaming in growing numbers, just as they embraced the Internet in the mid- to late-1990s, presenting significant revenue opportunities for content providers.
by Tim Siglin
Streaming in the Worship Market
It’s only natural that churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions would make the leap to streaming, podcasts, and other online delivery methods. In doing so, they both support their congregants and expand their reach.
by Tim Siglin
An Education in Streaming: Educause 2005
From Blackboard integration to podcasts, rich media recording companies offer new options as they vie for the academic market’s dollars.
by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Streaming Matters
Many of us maintain that streaming is a delivery tool, not an industry unto itself. But recent developments suggest that perhaps it’s time to reevaluate our perceptions.
by Tim Siglin
Flash 8 Video: Flash in the Pan or Serious Contender?
With improvements in quality and On2's aggressive marketing of its encoding tools, Flash 8 may be set to compete with Windows Media and other formats.
by Tim Siglin
Texas Instruments Joins the Video Fray—Again
Introduction of DaVinci could move TI to a dominant position across entire video acquisition and delivery chain.
Case Study: Pickin’ for Donations
The streaming community responded to Hurricane Katrina in ways big and small. In Kingsport, Tennessee, a bluegrass concert turned into a fundraiser, with digital media helping to get the word out.
Multiple Delivery Mechanisms for Streaming
P2P, personal area networks, and progressive layering of downloads are just a few of the mechanisms that will ensure streaming's success in the future.
Brave New Interfaces
By taking a cue from video games, the next generation of interfaces will give users new choices in what they watch.
Analysis: EU Issues Paper Threatens Internet Expression Worldwide
By suggesting that a version of the “fairness doctrine” be applied to the Web, proposed European Union regulations undercut the very nature of Internet communication.
Supreme Advice on Peer-to-Peer
The court’s ruling in the MGM v. Grokster case is good news for “legit” P2P media delivery, says Kontiki’s Stuart Clearly.
A Tale of Two Shows: Supercomm and Infocomm
If there was any doubt that streaming is now everywhere, a walk around either of these trade shows quickly dispelled that notion.
Looking into the Crystal Ball: The Future of Open-Standard Internet Video
At Streaming Media East last month, three industry experts took a look into the crystal ball, and reached different conclusions regarding whether the standards-based H.264 or Microsoft’s proprietary VC1 will win out.
Streaming Media East 2005: From the Show Floor
The exhibit booths and demonstrations at the recent Streaming Media East 2005 show revealed vendors and attendees bursting with excitement about the streaming industry.
Commentary: Macromedia Acquisition Solidifies Adobe’s Position
As the love fades from Adobe’s relationship with Apple, Macromedia’s Web development and video products could give the company a leg up in the creative tools war.
NAB 2005: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now
With a larger provider presence, smaller hardware, and more buzz about VC-1 and H.264, NAB has become a must-visit show.
Akamai-Speedera: The Industry Responds
Consolidation may be an unavoidable consequence of the streaming industry’s growth, but it could also prove a boon to smaller providers.
Raising the Video Streaming Quality Bar
Joe Kane's Digital Video Essentials Professional is designed to help A/V pros calibrate displays. Along the way, it so happens that he’s helping increase the quality of Windows Media and H.264 for the entire streaming industry.
Microsoft Settles Burst.com Lawsuit
The $60 million settlement fee is lower than many had expected, and the agreement may make it difficult for Burst to pursue future licenses.
The Sound of Things to Come
Streaming audio is the next frontier for home sound systems. Three manufacturers showed off their solutions last week at the Electronic Home Expo in Orlando.
Commentary: Napster to Go -- Do Hedged Bets Equal Innovation?
Napster’s new "Napster to Go"—the latest round in the "subscribe vs. buy" online music argument—suggests that, Super Bowl ads aside, the debate’s really over.
Ultra Wideband Technology Holds Promise for Streaming
Ultra wideband technology succeeds where 802.11b fails, handling multiple simultaneous transmissions across a wide band of frequences.
News Analysis: Too Much, Too Soon?
As Optibase shifts its focus back to network and streaming products, whither Media 100? It's a stark switch from the compay's public stance six months ago.
H.264 Begins Its Ascent
To quote Mark Twain, reports of the codec's demise are premature. If anything, H.264 is just beginning to gain traction.
Videophones, Round 3: Finally as easy as picking up the phone?
A batch of recent announcements and upcoming CES product announcements suggest that videophones just might be ready for their closeup.
Streaming Helps AV Industry Eliminate Cable Clutter
Now’s the time for savvy manufacturers to take advantage of the growing convergence of traditional analog audio-visual gear and IP-based devices.
Commentary: Are We There Yet?
We shouldn’t be thinking about creating a "streaming industry" anymore. Rather, we should focus on all the vertical markets for which streaming can provide solutions. A look at streaming’s past offers lessons for the future.
H.264 Video Prepares MPEG-4 For Prime Time
As broadcasters shift from tape- to disk-based digital acquisition, editing, and transmission systems, MPEG-4 system vendors’ products can gain significant market share against MPEG-2. Adoption will depend on several factors, such as de-mystifying H.264 and its availability as a codec within MPEG-4.
IBC 2003 Streaming Products Wrap-Up
The broadcast and streaming worlds are rapidly becoming one entity, if product announcements and show-floor buzz at IBC2003 are any indication. Tim Siglin gives an overview of interesting pre-launch and shipping products demonstrated at the show.