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August/September 2012

Magazine Features

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.

AOL's Triple-Pronged Approach to Online Video

AOL is climbing back on top, and quality online video (some of it created by Heidi Klum and Mark Burnett) is helping get it there.

The 2012 Encoding and Transcoding Buyers' Guide

Discover the best hardware and software for video encoding and transcoding. We spotlight solutions from Elemental, Digital Rapids, Apple, Adobe, Sorenson, Harmonic, Telestream, Wowza, and Encoding.com.

Al-Jazeera Enables Citizen Journalism With Online Video

With its redesigned citizen journalism portal, Al-Jazeera is letting eye-witnesses upload video from some of the world's biggest hotspots.

Who Still Uses Flash Video? Just About Everybody

Despite all the attention HTML5 video has gotten, informal testing shows that most sites don't see a competitive benefit to leaving Flash.

Venera Pulsar Review: Quality Control for Adaptive Streaming

The rise of adaptive streaming video calls for new quality control solutions. In this comprehensive review, we put Venera Pulsar to the test.

Break Media Finds Big Bucks in Buffoons and Babes

The Break Media websites — including Break.com — attract 120 million visitors each month by aggressively courting a young male demographic.

Be Unsatisfied! Demand Technology that Works as it Should

For anyone not getting the results they need from technology, be like blues great Blind Lemon Jefferson and demand something that works better.

Having an Online Video Strategy Is Crucial for Higher Education

Campuses need to think about their streaming video needs before choosing a solution. Here are the factors to consider and the questions to ask.

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?

Editor's Note

VidCon Brings Together the Stars, Fans, and Passion of YouTube

The annual gathering of video-makers and video-watchers shows that YouTube has a strong community, but perhaps too much passive devotion.

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