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January/February 2020

Magazine Features

L.A. Stories: Facebook and Verizon Bring Video Production In-House

Nestled in Los Angeles' Playa Vista neighborhood, Facebook and Verizon Media's RYOT 5G Studio are using the latest social strategies and technologies to create innovative content that connects with viewers in unpredictable ways

The Algorithm Series: The Math Behind the CDN

Delivering content at scale requires a number of precise, discrete, yet interconnected steps, starting with an acute awareness of server loads.

In-Vehicle and In-Flight Video Takes Off

Cars and airplanes are now moving entertainment platforms. Here's how you'll be connecting to your favorite video on the road and in the air.

8K and Beyond: How Much is Too Much?

With higher-quality source material, new forms of content can take shape, from top-shelf VR to immersive live event viewing, as home TVs morph into giant, modular, wall-sized viewing platforms.

The Streaming Toolbox: Cinnafilm PixelStrings, THEOplayer, and Resonance AI

In this installment of The Streaming Toolbox, we'll cover a platform that transforms video formats, another tool that actually looks at what is resonating with viewers using AI and machine learning (ML), and a third that is a player which is delivering the product the first two tools are working with.

The Industry

The Real Streaming Battle: SVOD vs. vMVPD

There's plenty of room for multiple SVOD services. But live linear services are an endangered species unless they change their offerings and pricing models.

Streams of Thought

Back to the Future

A look at streaming media's past can give us guidance on our journey toward where we're heading next

The Video Doctor

Flash's Last Hurrah

Most content publishers have already moved on from Flash, but those who need ultra-low latency have stuck with it. Now that Adobe is ending support for Flash, it's time to move to WebRTC, but it won't be easy.

Future in Focus

Who Will Define 'TV'?

The age of the broadcaster is over. With OTT platforms built on microservices and previously unheard-of data collection capabilities, it's the age of the viewer now.

Spotlights

New Lightcast Media Cloud Lets You Manage All Your Apps in One Place

Automate upload, management and publishing ofall media to all platforms through programmable workflow presets. The Media Cloud is an award-winning Media Management System, allowing media producers and publishers to manage all live-stream and on-demand media intuitively, from anywhere in the world on any desktop or tablet.

Seeing 2020: Online Video Executive Predictions

Annual industry predictions from leaders in the space.

Exceptional QoE Will Be Critical in 2020

RIST and CMAF Will Emerge as Powerhouses in 2020

Automation Will Upend Video Production in 2020

Can We Unify HLS and DASH in 2020?

Diversified Revenue, Intuitive Real-Time Control Coming in 2020

Wi-Fi 6 and 5G Will Revolutionize Production in 2020

Enterprise Video Will Collide with Unified Communications in 2020

Subscription Fatigue, AVOD's Return, and Customization Lead 2020 OTT Trends

Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Video Will Shake Things Up in 2020

Stream Monitoring Will Become Table Stakes in 2020

OTT Tech Will Be Cheaper and Better in 2020

New Tech, New Players Will Shake Up OTT Market in 2020

The Producer's View

When it Comes to Video Quality Measurements, Average Won't Cut It

Average scores can be deceiving, so be sure you're using a tool that gives you a more accurate assessment of your video quality

Class Act

Video Helps Keep Schools Secure

The use of security cameras in schools is growing. Look for educational institutions and vendors to creatively squeeze value from fixed camera systems in schools by expanding the audience for the video footage while avoiding critical safety or privacy problems.

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