StreamingMedia Superguides
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Platinum Sponsor: Bitmovin. Gold Sponsor: Dash Industry Forum. Silver Sponsors: DVEO, MediaMelon, THEOplayer


As this latest DASH Superguide goes to print, the MPEG-DASH third edition is being finalized, and we expect the specification to be published in early 2017.

Key areas addressed include latency reduction, support for next generation immersive audio, reliability and fault tolerance, MPD chaining and virtual partitioning.

For anyone in the video industry, this is another must read installment in the DASH story.


Gold Sponsors: Limelight Networks, Vindica. Silver Sponsors: castLabs, DVEO


There’s more to delivering premium content than simply setting up a Roku channel. In addition to making sure you have great content, quality of experience and quality of service are both essential to developing and retaining an audience, whether it be subscription or ad-supported. The bottom line is, if it doesn’t load fast and look great, you’ll be updating your resume.

This Superguide delves deep into the technical and business challenges that you are facing, whether you realize it or not. We consider this installation mandatory reading for everyone working in the fastest-changing aspect of online video today. The solutions you’ll find in this Superguide are the ones to pay attention to.


Gold Sponsor: Wowza. Silver Sponsors: Imagen, Videoguys


THE ENTERPRISE CHALLENGE
Whether it’s a companywide meeting or new employee training, streaming it over your internal network saves on time, travel costs, and resources. These days, organizations are looking to support the complete live and on-demand video workflow, including content creation, distribution, management, and reporting. As many of these initiatives are now enterprise-wide, one of the critical questions facing organizations is whether to deploy on-premises, cloud/SAAS, or hybrid.

THE EDUCATION CHALLENGE
In attempts to facilitate new modes of teaching, including online and flipped classrooms, the behind-the-scenes process of building a course has rapidly changed. On-demand video portals, recording studios, and web conference sessions are working their way into many universities, and K–12 online video usage is growing, in addition to special needs and ESL programs.


Gold Sponsor: NeuLion Silver Sponsors: Ericsson, SeaChange, DVEO, Brightcove, BuyDRM


OTT is not going away, no matter what anyone tells you. It is, however, becoming extremely complicated. Every company under the sun says they can do it, but the reality is, they can’t. That’s where this Superguide comes in. You’ll learn from the experts who live, eat, and breathe this stuff. Want your strategy to deliver? The Advanced OTT Solutions Superguide is a must-read. In fact, your job just may depend on it.


Platinum Sponsor: BUYDRM Gold Sponsor: Verimatrix Silver Sponsors: Bitmovin, castLabs, EZDRM, vualto


Premium content requires protection. But how can you achieve this without compromising QoE/QoS, or creating unwanted barriers? How can you ensure that your chosen solutions work seamlessly on every platform, player, device, browser, server, and operating system? How can you integrate your content protection into your analytics and monetisation? This is the Superguide that addresses these important questions, and ensures that you’re using the right tools and the right companies to protect and monetize your content in the way that it deserves. 


Platinum Sponsor: Beamr Gold Sponsor: NeuLion Silver Sponsor: Videoguys, Vitec, DVEO


Encoding lies at the heart of the online video business. Each year brings new formats, new codecs, and new ways to squeeze greater efficiency and higher quality out of your encoding workflow. So how do you stay on top of the latest developments? Check out the Advanced Encoding & Formats Superguide, which includes deep dives into everything from encoding hardware and software to optimizing quality, as well as a deep dive into HEVC.


Platinum Sponsors: Teradek, Videoguys, Telestream Gold Sponsors: LiveU, NewTek Silver Sponsor: Vitec Video Innovations, nanocosmos


Live event streaming is on fire, but with so many moving parts, you need in-depth guidance on planning, workflow, and execution. This Superguide is designed as the ultimate 2016 reference for how to professionally stream a live event, featuring some of the best companies that make it happen. 


Platinum Sponsor: Teradek, Gold Sponsors: Videoguys, Matrox, Osprey Video, Zixi


What’s the biggest key to making an informed buying decision? References, especially on big purchases.

Online video has always been blessed and cursed with the notion of “promise.” As passionate as some companies are, let’s face it—much of this industry is still the Wild West. Say what you want, but our industry is still in startup mode, and as the target solution continues to run down that never-ending hallway just in front of you, a customer has to risk being the first, and hopefully reap the rewards. This is what makes it difficult to find case studies in the online video space. While some vendors will tell you the reason is that their customers don’t want to give away their “secret sauce,” the reality is that companies don’t want to put themselves out there for scrutiny, especially if they are publicly traded, albeit in a recovering economy. There are big dollars being spent on trial and error in our space, but many companies have yet to see much in the way of returns. This is finally changing now.

That’s why we decided last year to launch an annual Case Study Superguide in the Sourcebook - this is #2. This is where you’ll find companies that have self-selected their participation in this sponsored supplement. The companies participating are very eager to tell you about their successes and have put a lot of resources into making these case studies openly available to you ... their potential future case study. They want to earn your business by proving to you that they have what it takes to help make you successful in an exploding market that is a moving target. If you’d like to contact one of these companies, you’ll find all their information on the last page of this publication, or you can always contact us directly for a personal introduction.


Gold Sponsor: Wowza Silver Sponsors: AllDigital, Telestream, Kollective


What mission-critical gear and processes do you absolutely need to keep onsite, and what can you offload to the cloud to maximize control, workfow, and efficiencies? This Superguide explores all aspects of dealing with on-prem, cloud, and hybrid workflows: cost structures, future-proofng, trends, and the must-have latest products and services to get the job done in 2016 better than ever before. 


Gold Sponsors: Haivision, Wowza Media Systems, Mirror Image Silver Sponsors: encoding.com, Osprey by VarioSystems, Epiphan Systems, Matrox, Influxis, Chatroll


What’s really at the heart of an informed buying decision? References, especially on big purchases. When shopping for a major purchase be as informed as possible, and not just from the supplier interview process. 

We decided that in this year’s Sourcebook (2015) we’d launch a new annual Superguide: the Case Study Superguide. This is where you’ll find companies that have self-selected their participation in this sponsored supplement. The companies participating are very eager to tell you about their successes and have put a lot of resources into making these case studies openly available to you ... their potential future case study. They want to earn your business by proving to you that they have what it takes to help make you successful in an exploding market that is a moving target. If you’d like to contact one of these companies, you’ll find all their information on the last page of this publication, or you can always contact us directly for a personal introduction

 


Gold Sponsors: Haivision, RGB Networks Silver Sponsors: Telestream, Level 3, Wowza Media Systems, Intel


A Down-to-Earth Look at Cloud Video

If 2014 was the year that cloud computing for video reached the tipping point, then 2015 will be the year that it becomes the rule rather than the exception. For everything from acquisition to delivery—almost everything from the camera onward—the cloud offers myriad advantages over on-prem solutions, and this year you’ll be hard-pressed to find a video publisher of any size who isn’t using it for at least some of their workflow in the cloud.

Some media companies will use the cloud for just a few processes, while others might employ cloud solutions for virtually everything, including acquisition, storage, encoding/transcoding, packaging, and delivery. But whether you’re looking to the cloud to help with one part of your workflow for seeking a soup-to-nuts solution, the articles in this Cloud Video Superguide can help you assess your needs and determine what will work best for your unique situation.

Let’s face it—there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. But each of the companies represented in the Superguide have shared their considerable experience and expertise to help you find the answers you’re looking for, perhaps to questions you didn’t even know you had.

And that’s what the Streaming Media Superguides are all about: Helping you find the answers to your most crucial questions and solve your most vexing problems. Each Superguide in 2015 has a different focus; taken together, they’ll provide both a high-level overview and a deep dive into the biggest issues facing streaming video publishers of all stripes.

Here’s what you can look forward to in the Superguides for the rest of 2015:

• March: Real-World Case Studies From Across the Industry

• April: Advanced Encoding and Formats

• May: Live Streaming

• July/August: MSO Platforms

• September: Multiscreen Video

• October: Enterprise Video

• November/December: Transcoding, Serving, and Delivery

What do you think about cloud video? We want to hear from you. Please give us your feedback on this Superguide by sending a note to our team at super@streamingmedia.com.

–Joel Unickow • Publisher


Sponsors: RiverSilica, DIVX, Telestream, Haivision, Helix


Welcome to the first installment of our Superguide series, one that starts right at the center of online video technology—encoding and transcoding.

So what’s all the fuss about with encoding?

In our glossary (streamingmedia.com/glossary), we define encoding simply as, “Converting content from one form of video signal to another, either in real-time for live streaming or in non-real-time for further manipulation (editing or transcoding).” Of course, there’s a lot that goes on behind the wizard’s curtain, creating a plethora of choices for how you might handle your encoding/transcoding strategy. Do you use hardware, software, or outsourced services on the ground or in the cloud? What about workflow economics? What about future-proofing your content for emerging devices? Who can help with all of this?

Those are all fair questions.

This first installment in our new Superguide series is unique in that we are bringing you information from experts who make encoding and transcoding solutions for a living, to help companies such as yours get the job done efficiently and most cost-effectively. 

Let’s have a quick look at some numbers...

 


 
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