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Legal Issues

Whether it’s regulatory compliance, patent lawsuits, or copyright challenges, the online video industry sees its share of legal and government issues. We’ll keep you up to date here with the latest news.

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Features

ttconv Simplifies Subtitling and Captioning

Thanks to ttconv, a new format converter, adding timed text to video is becoming simpler and more efficient, and Facebook is already embracing it

How to License Music for Streaming

Want to stream music online? Be prepared to deal with a labyrinth of licensing regulations. Here's an overview of music licensing for streaming, and scenarios to help you figure out what you need to do.

How to Build Live Linear OTT Channels in the Cloud

Rather than building a schedule and expensively re-encoding assets in real time for broadcast, this article explains how how to decouple the monolith of playout software into discrete components on top of AWS services. The approach discussed will open new possibilities of channel customization, personalization, and end-user quality, while also dramatically reducing running costs.

SMW '19: BuyDRM CEO Christopher Levy Talks Lifecycle DRM

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews BuyDRM CEO & Founder Christopher Levy at Streaming Media West 2019.

Spotlights

Empowering Live Streams with Accessibility Solutions

Two solutions from EEG Video are emerging as essential tools to ensure quality closed captioning for virtual events: Falcon Live Streaming Encoder and Lexi Automatic Captioning Service. Together, they form a suite that makes it easy and affordable to include closed captions and ensure online event accessibility for the hearing impaired.

Verimatrix: 2016 Online Video Industry Predictions

In this article and video interview, Tom Munro, CEO of Verimatrix, predicts what's coming in 2016 for the online video industry

Cocktail Parties at NAB 2015

Roundup of cocktail parties on-site and off, during NAB 2015

Columns

Educational Video and Protecting Student Rights

Both student privacy and accessibility need to be considered by any school, college, or university that's using video for education.

All Roads Lead to ABR Royalties

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

Two Quick-Fix Solutions That Became Long-Term Problems

When will the industry jettison HTTP-segment-based streaming and buffer-based playback, both of which hold us back? How about right now, our columnist proposes.

Online Educators Enjoy Generous Copyright Exemptions for Video

Schools are covered by different copyright measures than the mass public, making it easy for streaming classrooms to get around access controls.

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