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As new standards and formats like MPEG-DASH and HEVC begin to take hold, video publishers face challenges on two fronts: adapting to these new technologies, while at the same time getting the most out of the technologies they’ve been using for years and that still account for the majority of video published and consumed online. The Streaming Media Superguide to Transcoding, Serving, & Delivery will help you make sure you’re caught up with the latest and greatest approaches to both new and old methods, ensuring your viewers get the best video and experience possible, no matter what technologies are being deployed behind the scenes. 

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Gold Sponsors: Kaltura, Hive Silver Sponsor: Epiphan Video

One of the surest ways to improve an organization’s bottom line is to utilize online video for both internal and external communications. And unlike days past, when video communications were reserved for large-scale events, solutions are now available that make video the cost-effective choice for everything from executive announcements and external marketing to departmental presentations and small group training sessions. 


Valuable contributions from leaders in the enterprise video space can only be found here, in the 2015 Streaming Media Enterprise Video Superguide.  Download it today, for free.

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A year has passed since the last MPEG- DASH Superguide was published. This year saw a significant growth of DASH deployments as well as its more mature implementations, including the powerful features of the MPEG-DASH 2nd edition standard, which have no counterparts in other adaptive streaming specifications.  

For anyone in the video industry, this is a must read installment.

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When it comes to OTT, I’ve said it before: Buyer beware. In 2009, Streaming Media was tracking about 95 different online video platforms (OVPs) in a crowded market that was driving margins down to the breaking point only a company like Walmart would be satisfied with. Soon after, we saw a major drop-off and another plunge in the online video industry.

But like the Phoenix it’s always been, our industry reinvented itself, rising from the ashes with an entirely new quest to rule the over-the-top supply chain. I’ve never really been a fan of the term “over-the-top”; as others have pointed out, it implies something sneaky. Maybe a few years ago the idea of a legitimate, subscription-based internet service challenging traditional TV broadcast was taken about as seriously as a Hobbit bringing down Sauron, but many—and I do mean many—vendors figured it would be a good idea to rebrand themselves as OTT solutions. Why? Partly to capitalize on a trend, but also to differentiate their value proposition and target market. The only problem was, there wasn’t much of a market to sell to. We are talking about a situation of over 100 companies chasing 10-15 potential clients who didn’t want to disrupt their revenue model with experimentation.

So what happened? Our industry declined. Money dried up; sales were scarce. Several companies didn’t survive or simply sold their business (on the cheap) to others. But as J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Not all those who wander are lost.”

Then, something wonderful happened last year...

Platinum Sponsors: LiveX, Wowza Media Systems, Adobe Primetime, iStreamPlanet, Teradek - Gold Sponsor: Vitec Video Innovations Silver Sponsors: Telestream, vMix, Sony, Media Excel, Epiphan Video, NewTek

How To Stream A Live Event

How do you stream a live event? That’s quite the loaded question, isn’t it? It’s very complex and you want to do it right—on budget, and without fail. And there are so many variables— from the type of event to the type of viewer—that it’s easy to end up with an inefficient workflow or the wrong equipment for the job.

This year, what we’ve done is create a really, really powerful Superguide all about live streaming, with contributions from some of the best and brightest people and companies in the business today. These folks want to earn your business by showing you great tips, great tools, and great examples, and that’s exactly what you should expect from a Streaming Media Superguide—the ultimate, jaw-dropping resource, built to help you do your job better.

To make this guide even more “super,” our editorial department has added a “recommended reading and viewing” section to help you dig even deeper in your search for success with live streaming. On the back page of this Superguide, you’ll also find contact information for the companies that put this together as well as links to their Streaming Media Industry Sourcebook directory listings, which will give you a comprehensive look at who they are, what they do, and all the press and editorial coverage they ever got from Streaming Media, going back to the year 2000. How solid is that

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the Streaming Media Superguides or the content within, let us know at—we answer every email. 

Platinum Sponsors: Akamai, - Gold Sponsors: Elemental Technologies, Verizon Digital Media Services Silver Sponsors: Brightcove, Envivio, Verimatrix

Today you may not be straying very far from H.264 for the bulk of your library, but you better start with something new, because your competitors are. 4K is not going away—it’s already here, and you need to be thinking strategy. For all the content that is coming online in 2015, a cutting-edge streaming offer is mandatory, and that’s where this Superguide is going
to come in really handy. Here, you’ll find thought-provoking contributions from the companies that are already helping the world see video in stunning clarity, the likes of which have to be experienced to be appreciated. 

Gold Sponsors: Haivision, Wowza Media Systems, Mirror Image Silver Sponsors:, 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

–Joel Unickow • Publisher