Formats/Codecs/Protocols

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

Features

What Will 5G Mean for the Broadcast and OTT Video World?

The coming 5G cellular revolution will bring big changes in how consumers view content on-the-go, but even bigger changes in how creators produce it.

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.

A Video Codec Licensing Update

The fragmented, frustrating future of HEVC licensing dominated discussion at the Media Coding Industry Forum's recent meeting, which attempted to influence licensing for the upcoming Versatile Video Codec.

Speak at Streaming Media East 2019

Executives and engineers from companies like Facebook, Google, Netflix, Hulu, and Disney have presented at Streaming Media East in the past. This year, we'll be featuring the OTT Leadership Summit, Video Engineering Summit, and Live Streaming Summit, and it could be your turn.

Spotlights

V-Nova: Executive Predictions 2019

Guido Meardi, CEO and Co-Founder, V-Nova

DVEO: Executive Predictions 2019

Laszlo Zoltan, CEO, DVEO

Encoding at Scale for Live Video Streaming

Many of today's live video encoding solutions require extensive compute resources, limiting the ability of live streaming business models to economically scale. This article will introduce a new real-time video encoding solution, combining the performance of System-on-Chip (SoC) encoding, with innovations from NVMe-based cloud infrastructure, which together provides an economical and high quality solution to deliver encoding at scale for live video streaming.

C-Level Interview: Diane Strutner, CEO, Datazoom

All too often, the online video industry conflates "data" and "metrics." Datazoom's Diane Strutner breaks down the difference, and proposes new ways to handle data, metrcis, and analytics.

Columns

3 Things the Streaming Industry Must Do to Prepare for ATSC 3.0

This is "The Year Before the Year of ATSC 3.0," and that means preparation—not just for broadcasters, but for the streaming industry, as well.

Creating a Recipe for Codec Success to Please All Palates

Looking back and the successes and misfires of H.264, HEVC, and VP9 show what the industry can expect from AV1 and VVC.

New Codecs Are Coming; Here's How to Evaluate Codec Evaluations

When comparing the video quality created by different codecs, consider the companies running the comparisons and the metrics they're offering.

Time to Start Testing: FFmpeg Turns 4.0 and Adds AV1 Support

AV1 delivers equivalent quality to HEVC, but with a lower data rate. For now, though, it's slow. A five-second clip took 23 hours and 46 minutes to encode.

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