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March 2015 (Sourcebook)

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Welcome to Our Dojo

It's time for online video ninjas to overthrow the established order of broadcast television. Streaming Media's publisher offers an introduction to our annual Sourcebook.

The State of Media & Entertainment Video 2015

The rapid growth of OTT services and the slow decline of cable seen in the last year portends a breakout 2015, but don't expect massive 4K or TV Everywhere adoption anytime soon

The State of Mobile Video 2015

Sharper screens, multicast, and phablets set the stage for the year ahead. As consumers watch more on mobile devices, how many subscriptions will they pay for?

The State of Enterprise Video 2015

2014's planning has turned into 2015's execution, but corporate video is still evolving slowly as enterprises figure out how to deal with moving away from overlay, whether or not to embrace the clooud, and what role (if any) integration with SharePoint and Skype for Business will play.

The State of Education Video 2015

From flipped classrooms to MOOCs, video is at the very center of education in 2015. But are colleges and students getting their money's worth?

The State of Online Video Advertising 2015

From ‘programmatic' to ‘viewability,' buzzwords are becoming reality, and the online video market is at a tipping point.

The State of Media Servers 2015

Do we even need media servers in 2015? You bet we do; HTTP servers simply aren't up to live streaming and adapting to new technologies. Here's a survey of the media server market as it stands today.

The State of Video Codecs 2015

H.264 still accounts for most video encoding today, but HEVC/H.265 and VP9 are beginning to make noise. What will 2015 bring?

The State of MPEG-DASH 2015

Presenting the past, present, and future of MPEG-DASH, the standard that's transforming the entire video landscape in a quiet revolution.

The State of Content Delivery 2015

Mobile device adoption, security requirements, and the rapid growth of premium OTT video will all challenge CDNs in the coming year.

The State of Transcoding Solutions 2015

What are operators and MVPDs looking for from today's transcoding solutions? Automation and flexibility are high on the list, and the hardware vs. software debate continues.

The Biggest Streaming Media Mergers and Acquisitions of 2014

A look back on the past year's mergers and acquisitions, with an eye toward what they portend for the future.

Buyer’s Guide to On-Demand Encoders 2015

In the market for a VOD encoder? Learn the important product categories, the top choices in each, and the right time to upgrade to a more powerful encoder.

Buyer’s Guide to Live Video Encoders 2015

A range of factors—from video formats needed to encoder portability—will impact the decision-making process for a live streaming solution.

Buyer's Guide to Cloud-Based Video Encoding and Transcoding 2015

Encoding for VOD is very different from live transcoding. Here's what you need to know to find a service that serves your needs.

Buyer's Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms 2015

You need to look at six key areas when choosing a platform to manage your enterprise video, including the platform's strategy for mobile, security, SharePoint, and adaptive bitrate.

Buyer's Guide to Media and Entertainment Video Platforms 2015

Filming in remote locations becomes much easier with the right MEVP as a partner. Here are five questions to ask before making a purchase.

Buyer's Guide to Education Video Platforms 2015

Your school's video has value, not just for learning and assessment, but for training, promotion, publicity, recruitment, and more. Make sure you choose an education video platform that helps you maximize that value while keeping your video secure and well-managed.

Buyer’s Guide to Content Delivery Networks 2015

CDN-hunters, read this first for an explanation of the basic key performance indicators to explore in order to make the right choice for any size company.

How to Encode to HEVC: A Simple Guide for H.265 First-Timers

It's time to get started. Here's a look at best practices for encoding to H.265/HEVC with the MainConcept and x265 codecs

How to Package Video for Multiscreen Delivery

The video landscape is vast and fractured, so making sure that video plays on every screen requires careful planning. Here's what publishers need to know.

How to Build Online Video Players

This guide explains the many options and features available for video playback, and details the coding required to create video players for any platform.

How to Shoot Aerial Video Using Drones and Quadcopters

Ready to get a bird's-eye view with an airborne camera? Here is a list of drone dos and don'ts from an experienced aerial videographer.

How to Produce an All-Day Webcast

This article examines an all-day webcast that Morningstar conducts every year for its Individual Investor Conference, focusing on the decisions made in pre-production, the vendors selected, and the workflow.

How to Build a Video Workflow for SMBs

More and more small- and medium-sized businesses are producing and delivering video themselves. Here's how to set up a workflow on a budget. This is part 3 of a 5-part series on best practices for in-house video operations.

How to Streamline Your Portable Streaming Solution

This article highlights some of the latest gear for creating a portable streaming solution. Transport kit from one shoot to another and use it to deliver solid, high-quality streams for small and medium-sized events.

Editor's Note

The Golden Age of Streaming?

As anyone who's binge-watched a favorite show will tell you, there's an embarrassment of riches of great online video content. But why does so much of it still adhere to the conventions of broadcast TV?

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