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Live Streaming Carbon Cuts Are Working, But There's More to Be Done: Blackbird Report

TV production's carbon output in the UK dropped by more than half in 2021, and though some of that is due to production shutdowns, there are clear signs that industry efforts to become more sustainable are working. Still, there's a long way to go, according to a new report from Blackbird.

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Why Community-Building Matters for Niche OTT Services

2GHTR.co Founder Matt DiLorenzo and Revry's Damian Pelliccione discuss how identifying and responding to the needs of an engaged community helps niche OTT services grow in this clip from their panel at Streaming Media Connect 2022.

Why FAST Is Growing Slower Outside the U.S.

Sony's Nick Colsey, XUMO's Stefan Van Engen, and Amagi's Paul Brickel discuss advertising and other factors that impact Free Ad-Supported TV (FAST)'s global maturation and expansion in this clip from Streaming Media Connect 2022.

The Politicization of Codec Adoption

Streaming Learning Center Owner & Chief Blogger Jan Ozer discusses the role the Alliance of Open Media's influence plays in the current codec landscape, and how it impacts the adoption of AV1 and VVC in particular as the streaming world increasingly moves beyond H.264.

The Biggest Misconceptions About AI Video Workflow Automation

Zixi VP of Business Development Eric Bolten discusses some of the prevailing misconceptions about AI/ML video workflow automation in this clip from Streaming Media Connect 2022.

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Get Back: Peter Jackson's 8-Hour Movie Suggests OTT Attention Spans Might Be Longer Than We Thought

Today, binge-watching is many people's favored mode of viewing. That's entirely our industry's doing (some might say fault), and it stands as a compelling counterpoint to the notion that we've devolved to the point where we're incapable of paying sustained attention to stories and storytellers.

How YouTube Encodes Videos

Looking for insights into exactly how YouTube encodes billions of videos? Jan Ozer went down the rabbit hole and shares what he discovered about AV1, VP9, and resolutions.

The Future Is Real Time, and It Starts Now

Where and how does "real time" fit into your workflows in this "COVID and beyond" era? Similar to global wars accelerating advan­ces in medicine such as plastic surgery, COVID has pushed all of us working in streaming media to rethink, innovate, optimise, and rebuild many components of our day-to-day responsibilities. 

Judging Apple's Advanced Video Quality Tool

As a metric, Apple's Advanced Video Quality Tool (AVQT) showed some bright spots, but it's hard to see it bumping VMAF or SSIMPLUS from real-world workflows without a lot more verification.

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Industry roundup on everything Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST)-- trajectory across regions, genres and devices.