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October/November 2012

Magazine Features

The Streaming Media 100: The One Hundred Companies that Matter Most in Online Video in 2012

Old vets join new kids on the block in our list of the 100 most important companies in online video.

The List of the 100 Companies that Matter Most in Online Video in 2012

Discover our 2012 list of the 100 companies doing the most interesting and innovative work in streaming video. Did your favorites make the list?

Video Encoding: Go for the Specialist or the Jack-of-All-Trades?

When it comes to video encoding, the choice between hardware and software comes down to flexibility, latency, and cost.

Reliable UDP (RUDP): The Next Big Streaming Protocol?

New so-called reliable UDP solutions offer an alternative to TCP. But are they worth the time or money to implement?

Smosh: YouTube Gods and Unlikely Online Video Superstars

Smosh is really, really big and the two young men behind it are giants on YouTube, but only for viewers of a certain age.

How to Create a Video Strategy for Colleges and Universities

Captions, interactivity, and lifespan management should all be part of a comprehensive video strategy.

NBC Has Two Years to Create a Better Olympic Viewing Experience

A lesson for NBC from down on the farm: If you can't escape your problems, you might have to buckle down and fix them.

Did NBCUniversal Medal at the London Olympics?

While NBCUniversal live streamed 3,500 hours of events from the London Olympics, public sentiment was often negative. We asked NBCU what it might do differently next time.

Total Webcasting: An Up-and-Comer Whose Time Has Come

After a slow start, business is booming at Total Webcasting, which delivers multi-camera live streams of major events.

Livestream Broadcaster Review: Deliver Rich Live Events for Less

This $495 device helps Livestream transition from a channel-based service to an event-based service.

DSA? FEO? Transparent Caching? CDN Value-Add Services Demystified

CDNs typically offer helpful services beyond content delivery, but trying to understand those services can be confusing. Here's a cheat sheet to the most common value-add services.

News Flash for Compressionists: Garbage in Means Garbage Out

Rigorous testing comparing encodes from lower-quality and higher-quality source material gives unsurprising, but much needed, results.

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.

Editor's Note

MPEG DASH and HEVC: Do Standards Drive Innovation or Stifle It?

The talk at IBC was about MPEG DASH and HEVC, and that talk grew louder and angrier as the conference went on. Will standards lead to the end of the world as we know it?

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