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June/July 2013

Magazine Features

MPEG-DASH: Making Tracks Toward Widespread Adoption

Despite all the hype, the move to embrace MPEG-DASH and the DASH264 spec has been slow-going. We look at the history of DASH and the roadblocks it faces moving forward.

Taking Steps to Fight Piracy in Online Video

Legislators and content owners are trying a variety of tactics to combat piracy, but so far the pirates are staying a step ahead.

No Second Chances: Get Live Events Right the First Time

Learn the five core elements for a live event, then follow this battle-tested advice to ensure live enterprise events come off without a hitch.

The WiredArts Fest: High Culture Meets Live Online Video

A 12-night event streams live music, dance, and theater to a global audience, proving that the arts have a place in online video.

Niche Sports — Such as Drifting — Find Growing Audiences Online

Sports too small for cable are finding big success with online video. Dailymotion tapped into the passion for drifting with a new series called "Battle Tested."

Review: Harmonic ProMedia Xpress

We put the first generation of the recently released ProMedia Xpress through a variety of tests, looking at performance, quality, closed captions, and more.

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.

Commentary: Standards Are Meaningless (Until They Mean Something)

Enough with the new standards. All the talk about HTML5, DASH, and HEVC is mostly hot air, and here's why.

Online Video Lets Professors Flip the Classroom

In a trend called "flipping the classroom," college instructors have students view instructional videos online before class, so that classroom time is put to better use.

Shedding Light on UltraViolet Performance

Most studios are on-board and most new releases are UltraViolet-enabled. But does that mean UltraViolet is a success?

Editor's Note

Cord-Cutters Find No Easy Solution to Replacing Cable

Those ready to dump cable or satellite subscriptions should be careful what they ask for. Cobbled together alternatives can be ungainly and challenging.

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