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Encoding and transcoding video is at the heart of online video, and Streaming Media offers deep dives into encoding parameters, bitrate ladders, per-title encoding, content/context-aware encoding, CBR, VBR, and ABR. Here you’ll find the latest news, reviews, tests, and analysis to help you stay on the top of your encoding/transcoding game.

IBC: We've Been Apart for Too Long

The international focus of events like IBC generate a sense of excitement and a critical mass of activity that drives the whole industry forward. That momentum has been noticeably lacking in 2021, and it's time to get the ball rolling again.

The 2021 Streaming Media Europe Readers' Choice Award Winners

It's our biggest Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards competition in years. 16 categories. Almost 200 nominations. Nearly 10,000 votes. So who came out on top?

Vote Now in the 2021 Streaming Media Europe Readers' Choice Awards

Make your voice heard in the only online video industry awards selected by you—the people who use these products and services every day.

The Past, Present, and Future of Per-Title Encoding

Video encoding began as a one-dimensional data rate adjustment that reflected the simple reality that all videos encode differently is now a complex analysis that incorporates frame rate, resolution, color gamut, and dynamic ranges, as well as delivery network and device-related data, along with video quality metrics.

Nominate Now for the 2021 European Readers' Choice Awards

We're accepting nominations now in 16 categories for the only awards in the industry chosen by the people who actually use the products and services. Nominations close 19 July.

IBC Show Moves to December

Citing vendor and attendee reluctance to attend a September event, and the need to guarantee health and safety, IBC announced that this year's event will take place December 3-6 in Amsterdam

Buyers' Guide to VOD Encoders

What's the best solution for your video on-demand encoding needs? That depends, but this guide will help you figure out which questions to ask.

The Streaming Media Europe 101

Our annual list of the most innovative, influential, and interesting companies in the European online video market.

How Does VVC Measure Up Right Now?

VVC today can be both useful and usable; let's hope that VVC IP owners can formulate a royalty policy that delivers the same.

AV1 Has Arrived: Comparing Codecs from AOMedia, Visionular, and Intel/Netflix

Within 24 months, hardware support appeared, encoding became affordable, and AV1 became a much more realistic competitor to HEVC. Here's how the currently available AV1 codecs measure up.

8K: History Repeats Itself

With production challenge solved, smarter AI upscaling and enhanced codec technologies will enable 8K streaming to the home—inevitably.

The Greening of Streaming

The time has long since passed to turn our attention to making the streaming delivery ecosystem more environmentally friendly. Here are some of the key challenges, as well as some suggested first steps towards solutions.

Vote Now in the 2020 Streaming Media European Readers' Choice Awards

Cast your vote until 13 August in the only awards programme in our industry where the winners are chosen by the people who actually use their products and services.

Cutting Bitrates, Keeping Quality

In the COVID-19 era, the right approach can check both boxes, and decisions made in response to the current demand on bandwidth can have long-term business advantages for OTT services

How to Produce CMAF Output and Testing Playback

CMAF has reached maturity. Here's one way to go about using it, with AWS Elemental MediaConvert

How to Encode with LCEVC

Unlike other cutting-edge codecs coming to market, LCEVC will have an immediate impact on the streaming landscape. Here's how to use it.

Where Next for Video Codecs?

As broadcasters and operators move into a streaming-first delivery strategy, codecs like HEVC, AV1, VVC, and EVC show the way forward for reduced bitrates for immersive and ultra HD content

The State of CMAF: The Ultimate Format or Just Another Acronym?

It's all the buzz on the conference circuit, but deployment challenges mean CMAF hasn't taken over the streaming world yet. Here's why it's getting so much attention.

The 2019 Streaming Media Europe Readers' Choice Award Winners

Who took home the prizes in the only awards program where the winners are chosen by the people who use the products and services every day? Read on!

The 2019 Streaming Media Europe 101

Our annual list of the most important, most innovative, and most interesting companies in the online video space