Articles for Tim Siglin
Evidence That Survives Time
From war crimes to war crime tribunals and war commemorations, how do we guarantee that content is available to play?
Rob Collins of Starz Talks D2C Streaming App Development & Delivery
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin sits down with Rob Collins, Director of Software Development at Starz, to discuss streaming app development and delivery in this exclusive interview from Streaming Media East 2023.
System 73's Daniel Perea Strom Talks Improving Content Delivery
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin sits down with System 73's Daniel Perea Strom to discuss improving content delivery in this exclusive interview from Streaming Media East 2023.
Dom Robinson Talks Streaming Sustainability and the LESS Accord
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin sits down with Greening of Streaming Founder Dom Robinson to discuss streaming sustainability and the LESS Accord in this exclusive interview from Streaming Media East 2023.
id3as CEO Adrian Roe Intros Norsk Low Code Live Video SDK
Adrian Roe of id3as sits down with Tim Siglin to introduce Norsk low code live video SDK in this interview from Streaming Media East 2023.
CDN77's Juraj Kacaba Talks Low-Latency Streaming and the Edge
CDN77's Juraj Kacaba sits down with Tim Siglin to discuss low-latency streaming and the edge in this interview from Streaming Media East 2023.
Estrella Media's Christina Chung Talks Expanding AVOD Channels' Targeted Reach Via Media Partners
Estrella Media's Christina Chung talks with Tim Siglin of Help Me Stream Research Foundation about expanding AVOD channels' targeted reach via media partners in this Streaming Media East 2023 interview.
Practical Approaches to Sustainable Streaming
In this article I'll expand on prior sustainability approaches, detail reasons to consider additional areas of power-consumption optimisation, and invite diverse stakeholders across streaming workflows to engage with Streaming Media magazine, GoS, and like-minded stakeholders in a mid- to late-2023 initiative around the LESS Accord, with an overall goal of readers recommending measurable best practices for consideration by September 2023.
Vindral CEO Daniel Alinder Talks Latency, Sync, 8K, and Vindral
Tim Siglin of Help Me Stream Research Foundation sits down with Daniel Alinder of Vindral to discuss latency, sync, 8K, and Vindral in this Streaming Media East 2023 interview.
Take Streaming Media's Spring 2023 State of Streaming Survey
The teams at StreamingMedia.com and Help Me Stream Research Foundation are getting a jump on spring by releasing the Spring 2023 edition of the State of Streaming survey. This survey is our twice-annual look at the overall streaming industry. Take the survey today and help us understand just how the streaming landscape has shifted in the past six months.
Enterprise Video Usage Report Launches
Second annual survey highlights trends in hybrid work environments
State of Streaming Autumn 2022 Report Launched
New report expands on details provided during recent Streaming Media West keynote
RealSprint's Daniel Alinder Talks Sub-Second Latency and AV1 Encoding
Streaming Media's Tim Siglin interviews RealSprint AB CEO Daniel Alinder in the NETINT booth at IBC 2022 in Amsterdam.
An Industry Welcomes Itself Back, Amsterdam Style
Anticipation is mounting for this year's IBC. After a reasonable-size crowd at the April 2022 NAB event in Las Vegas (by most estimates, about half of normal attendee count), we've had smaller events take place—including our own Streaming Media East 2022, held in Boston—from May onward that seem to have returned to normal.
Pros and Cons of On-Prem, Cloud, and Hybrid Workflows
Where you host your workflows can make all of the difference. Experts from Signiant, Warner Bros., TV 2, and CNN break down the pros and cons of on-prem, cloud, and hybrid.
Why the Edge Matters in Streaming
The term that summed up Streaming Media East this year was "edge computing," a nascent idea that draws from streaming architectural concepts from the late 1990s but also has its roots firmly planted in the middle of the pandemic era we've just passed through.
Survey: Enterprise Video
Annual survey of enterprise video asks readers to update us on use of video in the workplace
Vimond's Megan Wagoner Talks Acceleration of Cloud Broadcasting
Megan Wagoner of Norway-based OTT Video CMS provider Vimond discusses the current state of cloud broadcasting and how the pandemic has accelerated migration to the cloud in this interview with Streaming Media's Tim Siglin at Streaming Media East 2022.
id3as' Dom Robinson and Help Me Stream's Tim Siglin Talk Greening of Streaming
id3as' Dom Robinson and Help Me Stream's Tim Siglin discuss the latest Greening of Streaming developments--including taking the conservation case to Parliament--in this interview from Streaming Media East 2022.
Cloud vs. On-Prem vs. Hybrid Streaming Workflows
Everything streaming is moving to the cloud, right? Not so fast. Where you keep your content and do your work depends on your own particular circumstances. And on-prem is by no means dead.
Survey: The Business Value of Real-Time Streaming
Real-time streaming at global scale has long been the holy grail for live delivery, and a new Streaming Media survey looks to gain insight into both the current state of real-time streaming and where it's headed in the near future, particularly for sports and betting.
Take the Spring 2022 State of Streaming Survey
Every 6 months, we gauge the state of the streaming industry with a survey looking at monetization, audience sizes, video quality choices, and more. Take the survey and be entered into a drawing for an Oculus Quest 2.
Beyond Software: Hardware Processing for Streaming at Scale
Whether you use the cloud or a hybrid solution to encode your live or on-demand streaming content, high-efficiency hardware-based encoding has come of age. This article explores the math and science behind these at-scale solutions that are not only good for business, but also good for the environment.
The Algorithm Series: QUIC Ways to Stream
Will 2022 be the year UDP finally shows its streaming mettle? The Quick UDP Internet Connections (QUIC) protocol might make the difference. First, though, OTT platforms need to make technical decisions about HTTP/3 that could further fragment the market.
Take the Content Delivery and Edge Compute Trends Survey
New survey explores the current content delivery landscape, with a focus on security and edge compute
Take the State of Enterprise Video Survey
New survey offers you a chance to tell us how your use of video for work has changed, and what you think the next few months will bring
Take the "OTT Trends 2021" Survey
Our latest Streaming Media survey looks specifically at the opportunities and challenges in the OTT space. Take it and register to win a live streaming bundle worth $300!
The Algorithm Series: Digital Rights Management (DRM)
The math behind the magic of protecting live and on-demand streaming video content
The Algorithm Series: Video Player Performance
Multiple algorithms for encoding, transfer, and playback intersect in the end user's player. So how can you make the numbers work in your favor?
Take the State of the Streaming Autumn 2020 Survey
How has the streaming industry changed in the last 6 months, and what's in store for the future? Take our Autumn 2020 State of the Streaming Industry survey and get a copy of the exclusive report before anyone else.
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.
Achieving Zero Latency for Video and Audio Is a Zero-Sum Game
In the AV world, zero-frame latency isn't just a pipe dream—it's a requirement. Here's why the streaming industry would do well to pay attention.
Streaming Innovation in Manufacturing: Building the Future
The assembly line has changed. Streaming video and audio, as well as machine learning and computer vision, are helping manufacturing become smarter and leaner.
For Thought-Provoking Video, Forget About Slick Production Values
In a previous age, videoconferencing was bright, sterile, and unpleasant. It lacked the multi-sensory input that makes face-to-face meetings valuable.
Announcing the State of Streaming 2019 Survey
StreamingMedia.com is undertaking the first-ever survey calculating the size and health of the entire streaming industry. Take a few minutes to answer our questions and you just might win a prize!
Streaming Forum: DAZN's Fan-First Sports Service
Fans watched 265 million hours of live content on DAZN in 2018, and that's just the beginning, said CTO Florian Diederichsen in his Streaming Forum keynote.
Streaming Forum: Sky Not Taking Competition Lying Down
Sky's Deepa Kutty talked about the competition from Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon as part of a deep dive into the importance of innovative approaches to advertising at Streaming Forum
How Australia's Optus Missed the Goal at the World Cup
Optus claimed it experienced "unprecedented demand" for live video streaming during the 2018 World Cup, but what else would it expect?
Portable Streaming Encoders Shrink and Grow
As companies launch small-form-factor encoders (SFFEs) for live streaming and (sometimes) recording, one of the biggest questions potential users ask is whether these devices offer the same encoding functionality as larger units.
Streaming Video Exploration Makes the World a Little Smaller
Both armchair explorers and scientists are making use of new video technologies that are able to see more deeply than human vision can.
Help Us Help Others Stream: The Online Video Industry Gives Back
This is the birth of a non-profit that could make a difference in the lives of many. If you have streaming skills and you'd like to help NGOs working in economically distressed areas, read on.
Next-Generation Content Delivery: The Shift Is Underway
What will it take for live streaming to finally match the global scale of traditional TV? A look at the next 18 months of next-gen video delivery.
Buyers' Guide to Encoder Appliances
Sometimes software-only solutions just don't cut it. Here's how to understand the tradeoff between hardware and software encoding, and how to select the best appliance when low-latency and delivery matter.
Streaming Forum: Metaliquid Innovates with AI and Metadata
New AI implementations allow for content analysis to detect everything from faces to brands and even the type of content, offering value for content owners, brands, and consumers
Streaming Forum Keynote: Sky Spins Up New Channels in Minutes
Sky principal streaming architect Jeff Webb shared how a move from appliance-based workflows to container-based workflows now means that the broadcaster can spin up new channels in minutes, a process that used to take up to 4 weeks
Streaming Forum: Building an HTML5 Video Workflow
HTML5 video workflows are being more widely deployed, but missing components are slowing further adoption, says Streamroot's Erica Beavers
Buyers' Guide to Content- and Context-Aware Encoding 2018
A new generation of encoders looks at the context of content to deliver better video playback and higher efficiency. Here's what publishers need to know about CAE.
The Chinese Streaming Market Rife With Possibilities and Pitfalls
Western publishers that want to stream video to audiences in China need to overcome unique hurdles that are more political than technical.
IMF: One Format to Rule Them All or Just One More Format?
The Interoperable Master Format (IMF) offers the appeal of a universal distribution format for all video, but it's not quite there yet. Here's where development stands today.
HDR: The More Bits, the Better
Apple's new Macs feature 10-bit HEVC decoding for HDR video viewing. To understand why that's important, it's worth a look at an old technology—film cameras.
Beyond TCP: Meet the Next Generation of Transport Protocols
Lower latency while increasing reliability: That's the promise of alternate transmission protocols that expand on TCP or simply replace it as the streaming transmission champ.
Cut the Cord, Plug In an Antenna: It's Prime Time for Subchannels
TV Everywhere is plagued by connection difficulties, while quality is improving on over-the-air digital subchannels. The home antenna is making a comeback.
Streaming Meets Unified Communications: Convergence Is on the Way
Social media, online video platforms, and knowledge management systems are coming together to create the future of enterprise communications.
Buyers' Guide to Content Delivery Networks 2017
Contrary to popular belief, CDNs aren't going away—for good reason—but their pricing models are changing. Here are the costs companies need to consider.
Latency Sucks! So Which Companies Are Creating a Solution?
It's one of the biggest challenges facing live video streaming today, and it's remained frustratingly stubborn. Explore the technical solutions that could finally bring latency down to the 1-second mark.
NewTek and Wowza Release MediaDS
Encoder offers NewTek proprietary IP inputs, world-class color correction, and an integrated Wowza Streaming Engine for live delivery
How to Monetize: AVOD, TVOD, or SVOD?
In quotes from a Streaming Media/Unisphere survey, our readers talk about the biggest monetization opportunities and challenges facing them today and tomorrow
Measuring Success: The Multiplatform Analytics Challenge
Counting viewers has always been a difficulty for streaming publishers, and today's multiplatform world makes the issue more demanding than ever. The answer is to radically rethink video analytics.
Infographic: Next-Gen Video Formats
OTT decision-makers are bullish on HDR, HFR, VR, and 4K, according to results of a survey by Streaming Media and Unisphere Research
A Stitch in Time: How Stream Stitching Beats the Ad Blockers
Ad blockers are the bane of online video publishers everywhere. Can stream stitching, also known as server-side ad insertion, save the day?
Buyer's Guide to CDN Services 2016
From pure-play to piecemeal, CDN services offer significant benefits. Here are the major features to look for at a time when the lines around CDN services are getting blurred.
Testing the Vitec MGW Ace and MGW D265 for HEVC Encode/Decode
While Vitec's latest encoder and decoder are strong products by themselves, they're even more impressive when used together in a complete end-to-end solution.
Implementing Real-Time Video Collaboration in the Enterprise
For many companies, the path is clear: understanding, championing, and leveraging video collaboration for more efficient business models.
Authentication Remains a Challenge, and Not Just for Streaming
Broadcast snafus for pay-per-view events show ongoing authentication flaws, but seamless authentication via intelligent request routing might save the day for both broadcast and streaming.
Skype TX: Could Skype's New Offering Create a News Revolution?
The NewTek TalkShow VS-100 is based on Skype TX, which brings simple videoconferencing to the broadcast video workflow.
The Challenge for Next-Generation Enterprise Video Platforms
Are video platforms geared toward the enterprise more than just repackaged entertainment platforms? Here's how to make a choice.
The Challenge for Next-Generation Enterprise Video Platforms
Are video platforms geared toward the enterprise more than just repackaged entertainment platforms? Here's how to make a choice.
StreamZilla: What’s in a Claim? Is this Regional CDN the Largest?
At CDN World Summit, StreamZilla announced it has created the largest CDN in the world. Its federated approach offers flexibility for customers big and small.
Netflix in the Nordics: What Can Other Countries Learn?
Without the burden of shiny disc delivery, Netflix's streaming-only approach is cannibalizing physical media content sales in countries where internet penetration and mobile device usage is way above average.
Don't Just Compress the Video, Compress the Content
Researchers are creating algorithms that remove non-essential information from a video, allowing viewers to watch it faster than in real-time.
How to Build a Multiscreen Online Video Workflow
It's important to think ahead when preparing content for different screens in different environments. Read on for best practices from experts.
Streaming Forum Preview: How to Leverage a "Corporate Tube" for Maximum ROI
How can businesses balance the need for corporate security with the ease-of-use employees expect from consumer-facing video portals? This Streaming Forum session will explore the issues and offer answers to this vexing challenge.
Streaming Forum Preview: The Second Screen—More Important than the First?
Tim Siglin will present the findings of a survey he conducted with Piksel and Unisphere Media, one that reveals some surprising results when it comes to people in our own industry feel about second-screen apps, and what those results might bode for the future.
Streaming Forum Preview: Media Servers—Who Needs Them?
With the advent of HTTP-based delivery, do you really need a media server? Panelists at this year's Streaming Forum will discuss the benefits that dedicated media servers offer.
Forget 4K, Think 4D: Time Could Be a New Wrinkle in Online Video
Science fiction or science fact? 3D video was a bust with consumers, but 4D could add an exciting new dimension to streaming video.
DASH: It's All About Interoperability
At NAB earlier this month, the DASH Talks delved deep into the ways that the standard calls for conformance and allows services like HbbTV to move forward
A Buyer’s Guide to Multiformat Media Servers
4K and DASH muddy the waters, but the need for servers that can deliver multiple formats and handle closed captioning and ad insertion has never been clearer.
A Buyer’s Guide to Enterprise Video Platforms
The BYOD trend, closed captioning, and cloud services present three key areas that enterprises should address when purchasing an enterprise video platform.
Take Our Second-Screen Application Trends Survey and Win an iPad
StreamingMedia.com and Unisphere Research want to know what streaming insiders think of companion viewing apps. Let us know and you could win an iPad Mini.
Videoconferencing Grows With Rich Media Preservation
Educational institutions and businesses are creating innovative solutions that combine online video instruction and interactivity.
Videoconferencing Meets Streaming -- Finally
It's taken almost 20 years, but enterprise video solutions are finally integrating with videoconferencing tools, and everybody wins.
For UltraHD Streaming, Studios Need to Forge a Desperate Alliance
Consumers will never go for 4K video that stumbles on the last mile. Here's what the major studios can do about it.
Streaming Forum: Streaming Schools the Enterprise
Panopto co-founder Eric Burns discussed best practices that can be applied to both educational and corporate video
Streaming Forum: Is CDN Just a Marketing Term?
Discussion with CDN.net, Deutsche Telekom, Jet-Stream, Limelight, and Mirror Image reveals shifts in how CDNs see themselves and their customers
Streaming Forum: HEVC and OTT
Thomson Video Networks' Alain Pellen broke down HEVC/H.265 improvements by the numbers
Streaming Forum Preview: Expanding Your Market from Europe to the USA
Session at Streaming Forum will examine case studies of companies that have branched out from Europe to the United States, as well as examine technical and certification issues involved with entering the USA market
Fore! European Tour TV Tees Off With Windows Azure
Ready to hit the links? Microsoft partners with the European Tour association to launch a Euro-centric live and on-demand golf site.
2K and 4K Televisions: Will Consumers Show an Interest?
Can 2K and 4K TVs generate the excitement that 3DTVs lacked? Manufacturers hope so. Here's what it will take.
Qualcomm, LG Show Off 4K Content at Mobile World Congress
The Consumer Electronics Show teased 4K recording and content, but Mobile World Congress delivered. Is 4K streaming next?
A Buyer's Guide to Streaming Appliances
When is a streaming appliance a good addition to an online video workflow? Read on for the answers, as well as the different types of streaming appliances.
A Buyer's Guide to Format Conversion Tools
Do you need to transrate, transcode, transmux…or all three? Here are four essential questions to ask before making a purchase.
A Buyer's Guide to Non-Real-Time Hardware Transcoders
File-based hardware solutions present a unique set of decision points. Some offer faster-than-real-time encoding, even with ad insertion.
A Buyer's Guide to Multiformat Streaming Media Servers
MPEG DASH is the biggest factor to consider -- or is it? Here are the key features to know about before making a decision.
Preparing for IPv6, a New System for Internet Addressing
The move to IPv6 is certain to be painful. Here's what the streaming industry needs to know about device-level addressability in an everything-connected world.
Fibre to the Home Europe: Entertainment at the Speed of Light
Fibre confab touts premium entertainment as key content driver, suggesting that the time has come for studios to start investing in network infrastructure, including last-mile delivery to the consumer
Will the EC Continue to fund Broadband Infrastructure?
European Commission strategy on funding may stimulate high-speed services—if investment funds materialize.
Wowza Media Server 3.5 Includes Support for Closed Captioning, Transcoder Overlays, and More
Modifications to the server also include HTTP origin delivery of ABR content into caching networks
Streaming Servers 2012: New Features, New Opportunities
Adobe, Anevia, CodeShop, Microsoft, and RealNetworks talked last week at the Video Infrastructure Summit about their servers' latest features and what we can look for next
Olympics, Red Button, and Tablets: BBC Future Media at Streaming Media Europe
With more than 111 million total video requests, the London 2012 games reached over 65 percent of the adult UK population
Tactics to Combat Video Piracy Are Shifting, Finds VIS Panels
Google now receives over 1.5 million DCMA takedown notices per week; piracy takes 24 percent of all bandwidth.
The Widespread Use of Metadata Is Almost Here. Almost.
We've only scratched the surface of offering useful features powered by metadata. When will the promise finally become a reality?
The Game Changers of 2012
Cisco acquired NDS. Tesco acquired We7. Read about the mergers and acquisitions, fragmentation, and game-changing trends that have disrupted the streaming media industry so far this year.
French MPEG DASH TV Requirements Have IBC Buzzing
The French TNT 2.0 connected television specifications now include MPEG DASH support, but is it a mandate or an update?
Le Tour de France: Live Stream it All Online
Providing nonstop live streaming coverage of marathon-level sports events might increase audience size.
Google TV Preps for its European Debut
At long last, Sony will bring Google TV to Europe starting July 22. Hardware and interface improvements should help it find an audience.
Tesco Acquires We7
The retail giant purchases 91 percent of Peter Gabriel's music service, with the goal of buying the other 9 percent soon.
Diving in Deep with Digital Rapids Kayak and Azure Media Services
Digital Rapids transcoding and workflow platform complements Windows Azure Media Services.
Connected TVs: Still Unplugged?
New study shows that 1 in 4 smart TV buyers in the UK have never connected the set to the internet
Buyer's Guide: Live Encoders
When it's got to be streamed live, you can't cut corners. Here's a list of questions to ask when selecting a live encoding solution.
Buyer's Guide: Live Transcoders
What to look for when you need to transcode and transrate more than just one format
Buyer's Guide: Hardware and Cloud Transcoding
Sometimes a software-only solution won't do the trick. Here's what to look for when you need to do your transcoding via hardware or in the cloud.
2011's Online Video Acquisitions Set the Stage for an Interesting 2012
Acquisitions and mergers in 2011—including Cisco-Inlet, Polycom-Accordent, Akamai-Cotendo, and Thoma Bravo-Telestream—will have a significant impact on the online video landscape in 2012 and beyond.
Mobile World Congress Puts an Emphasis on Video Streaming
The Samsung-Apple rivalry continued, even though Apple wasn't in attendance. Google put the fun of Ice Cream Sandwich on display with a carnival-like booth.
Buyer's Guide: Player Technology
Since there's no single player that works on all devices, you've got questions to answer before you settle on one for your content.
Buyer's Guide: Metadata
Video indexing and metadata extraction services help viewers find the clips they want to see. Here are key questions to ask before making a purchase.
Flash Into (Not so) Thin AIR
Adobe Flash Player for Mobile's demise doesn't mean Flash on mobile is dead, but the transition to AIR brings its own challenges
MPEG DASH: The File Format of the Future?
A common file format for HTTP video delivery might be just around the corner, according to panelists at Streaming Media West
Will Streaming Kill Netflix? 800,000 Members Flee this Quarter
Earnings report offers cautionary tale on streaming-only services as company sheds subscribers.
What CDNs Are Missing
Application Trends panel at Content Delivery Summit 2011 Europe explores enhanced CDN delivery.
Compact Upload Solutions Create a Live Video Revolution
How fast will technology replace the camera truck or the news crew? A Streaming Media Europe panel looks ahead.
Free Online Video Can Change Lives, Even a World Away
While technology has brought changes across the United States, its power to connect is touching even those in less-developed nations.
Microsoft Launches Transform Manager
Tie-in to Expression Encoder 4 Pro allows conversion of existing libraries to IIS Smooth Streaming
Online Video Collaboration Tools: A Buyer's Guide
Tools from Accordent, Adobe, Brainshark, HP, Market7, Mixmoov, VUELIVE, and Watchitoo each offer a different take on online video collaboration
Wowza Media Server 3: Any-Screen Delivery Done Right
Wowza revamps architecture and adds transcoding and DVR modules, offers free upgrade to Wowza Media Server 2 licensees
Adobe to Bring Flash Access to Mobile Devices
Adobe's Flash Access DRM solution is coming to Android tablets and other mobile platforms later this year
AT&T and T-Mobile: What's Behind the Deal?
The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger is more than just a quick way to leverage new technologies and grow AT&T's subscriber base: It could have a serious impact on HD video streaming growth.
Adobe Wallaby is No Magic Bullet for Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion
As much a vision statement as a technology preview, Adobe's Wallaby Flash-to-HTML5 converter doesn't eliminate all the heavy lifting required to get Flash content to play in non-Flash-compatible devices
Assuring Video Quality
When we're at the point where all encoders work just as well, how do we measure quality? From PSNR to SSIM to ‘golden eyes,' here's a look at how video quality can be assessed.
How to Set Up a Streaming Server, from A to Z
From ABR to Zeri, here's what you need to know to get started with your streaming server.
The State of Digital Television (DTV) in Europe
Digital TV transition across Europe is moving along slowly—and that may be a good thing for internet-connected TVs.
2011 Streamticker: Online Video Mergers, Acquisitions, and Investments
2010 proved to be a banner year for companies looking to bolster their strengths or move into new markets.
Technicolor Sells Off Thomson Video Networks
Following the sale of the Grass Valley Group, Technicolor is now selling the Thomson Video Networks assets to a strategic investment fund backed by the French government
Adobe Releases Flash Player 10.3 Beta
The latest Flash Player beta, released only a month after the full version of Flash Player 10.2, offers media measurement, local storage/privacy integration, and acoustic echo cancellation for video chat applications
Irdeto Introduces ActiveCloak: DRM May Be Only Half The Battle
Irdeto turns obfuscation into a dynamic solution via its new ActiveCloak platform
Apple and Intel’s Thunderbolt Could Revolutionize Portable Live Streaming Production
Apple announced today that it's the first to implement Intel's 10Gbps connector in its new MacBook Pro machines, allowing multiple uncompressed HD video streams to flow in and out of the laptops
Securing the Enterprise Against Smartphones
As more and more employees use their smartphones on enterprise networks, security firms are taking a cue from content protection and controlled-access media technologies
Mobile World Congress Highlights LTE Advances
Whether you call it 3.5G, 4G, or just LTE, the Long Term Evolution standard is reshaping data delivery to mobile devices.
Google's WebM to Face Patent Challenge?
Last week, MPEG LA issued a patent pool request, which Google brushed off as "old news"
Nokia Abandons Symbian, Focuses on Windows Phone 7
Nokia's platform shift also drops Linux-based MeeGo in favor of Microsoft's mobile OS
Android On the Rise, Apple iOS Steady; Whither Symbian?
In the latest market studies, Android ascends and Apple's iOS remains solid, while Nokia's Symbian Drops
Google's Rejection of H.264 in Chrome Means a Unified HTML5 Video Tag is Now a Pipe Dream
Google's attempt to clarify its decision to drop H.264 from Chrome in favor of WebM creates even more questions than it answers
Italy's AGCOM Moves to Regulate YouTube, Other Video Sites
"YouTube is like a TV" statement may bode ill for user-generated content sites that operate in Italy
Mac App Store Launches Thursday
Say goodbye to demos, trials and maybe even bundles as Apple's Macintosh a App Store platform launches
CES Warm-Up: Whither Google TV?
In advance of this week's Consumer Electronics Show, expectations and rumors about about Google's nascent set-top box platform
Streams of Thought: The European Sensibility
Cisco TelePresence: Radical Collaboration
At Net:Work 2010, Cisco execs VP talk about fiscal benefits of internal enterprise video collaboration
Making Sense of the Google/Widevine Deal
Longstanding DRM and video optimization company gives Google solid controlled access technology for the Google TV and Android ecosystem
New Strategies for Measuring Video Success
Brainient, GoViral, and Ooyala offer insights into the social graph and how they're using it to help brands like Volvo, Nike, and Coca-Cola evaluate the impact of their video campaigns
Streams of Thought: The European Sensibility
First Look: Flash Media Server 4
The Transformation Transcoding
First Look: Microsoft IIS Media Services 4
Moving beyond Windows Media—and Silverlight—to bring multi-platform, multi-device, multi-protocol goodness, the new IIS Media Services 4 is part of a suite of offerings set to vault Microsoft's media delivery offerings into the future
The Search vs. Recommendation Conundrum
Online Video Strategies and Streaming Media Europe panels offer content owners deeper insight into this growing dilemma
Anthony Rose Talks YouView in London
Address predicts a convergence of viewing models, with more people turning to the Internet to view shows and events.
Online Video Through Broadcasting Eyes
A three-hour discussion at IBC reveals how traditional broadcasters see the online video industry.
Front Porch Digital Moves Online with DigitalSmiths
By building on DigitalSmiths' VideoSense, Front Porch Digital is pushing its "three M"—migrate, manage, market—strategy into the realm of online video
First Look: Flash Media Server 4
Today Adobe announced the immediate availability of Flash Media Server 4, including Flash Media Enterprise Server, which includes "Fusion," an approach to multicasting that combines IP multicasting with what the company calls "application multicasting." Here's a detailed look at what's available in each of the three new FMS products, including a look at a test implementation by MediaPlatform.
IBC 2010: Here Comes 3DTV
If there's any buzz word for IBC 2010, it's 3D. But will it make it beyond the television set?
Streams of Thought: WebM Strategies for the Hacking Crowd
Review: Wowza Media Server 2
Apple's HD Streaming Gamble
Whether Apple delivers from in-house or via CDN, Apple's new approach sets streaming bar high. But yesterday's Apple TV announcement suggested they might not always be able to reach it.
To Infinity and Beyond: MPEG LA Extends H.264 Internet Video Moratorium Indefinitely
The standards body extended in perpetuity the royalty-free license on internet video that's free to users from 2015
The Transformation of Transcoding
What was once an easily defined process has become much more complex, as have the solutions that perform it
Back to Basics: What Is Open Source Software?
Now that Google has open-sourced VP8 as part of its WebM initiative, the once-esoteric question "What is open source anyway?" takes a highly tactical turn
DRM: The Big Two
When it comes to digital rights management and content protection, Microsoft PlayReady and Adobe Flash Access aren't the only names in town, but they're the biggest. Here's a look at the latest features in each.
RGB Networks Acquires RipCode
Private deal consolidates three-screen solution on to carrier-grade chassis
DigitalSmiths Releases VideoSense 3.0; Metadata Geeks Rejoice
User interface optimized to let users drill down through customized time slices
Octasic Announces New 1080p-Capable DSP Transcoding Series
New OCT2200 series capable of two 1080p HD transcodes without additional hardware assistance
A Look Inside Flash Player 10.1
Adobe promises more stability and better performance for Flash on the Mac, but for now, only Windows gets hardware acceleration
Google's WebM Strategy: Open-Source Approved or Patent Exposure Minefield?
Google seems more concerned with modifying its WebM FAQ than it is with helping the online video world understand the practical and financial benefits of an open-source competitor to H.264.
Apple Announces iPhone 4 with Front-Facing Camera, Video Calling
At Apple's WWDC, Steve Jobs announced the iPhone 4, which has an improved display and a front-facing camera that allows for video calls
Apple's iPhone 4: A Tale of Two Platforms—HTML5 and The Other One
Steve Jobs prefaced his Apple WWDC announcements with HTML love, but...
WebM: Not Ready for Prime Time?
A few weeks into Google's "open sourcing" of VP8, the move has generated more questions than answers
An ISP's Edge in the CDN Game?
Edgeware and MediaMelon Attempt to define next-generation CDN with a "federated" approach to content delivery
Does Interphone Report Spell Trouble for Mobile Streaming?
GSMA welcomes report saying link between mobile phones and brain cancer is "inconclusive," yet researcher admits potential flaws and calls for further study
A Look at Adobe's Flash Access and Player Roadmap
Flash Access is another step in the path leading to HTTP Streaming and Flash Player 10.1
Streaming Media East Keynote: Kodak's Jeffrey Hayzlett
Eastman Kodak's chief marketing officer talks about the company's embrace of digital video
SeaWell Launches Lumen1000 Appliance
Scalable video coding company sheds light on its hardware-software combination
The Economics of Live Events
The advent of the 21st century's second decade offers the opportunity to look back to gauge the newsmakers and news breakers of 2000-2009. In the streaming world, where we're now into the 14th year, the pace of innovation means that new technologies are being tried, and old technologies are being retested-some for the third or fourth time, depending on the corporate and individual memories of these technologies and on previous business execution attempts.
Octasic Moves Transcoding to the Core
Low-power, clockless DSP at heart of system claiming to be twice as inexpensive as x86 transcoding solutions.
Back to Basics: Hardware Acceleration
As more and more high-definition (HD) content is acquired, edited, and pushed out to the web, mobile, devices and set-top boxes, the demand for a higher-quality user experience is rapidly followed by a need for hardware acceleration. But what exactly is hardware acceleration?
Widevine Expands Its DRM, Video Optimization Offerings
Once a pure-play DRM solution provider, Widevine's video optimization may be its strongest competitive advantage
Adobe to Launch Flash Access 2.0 Next Month; Irdeto Announces Hosted Flash Access Service
Even before launch, Flash Access 2.0 ecosystem enhancements by Irdeto are intended to speed adoption
Level 3 Talks Vyvx, Expansion
Expanded capabilities of the Vyvx VenueNet live broadcasting standard go hand in hand with Level 3's growing global reach
NAB 2010: It's All About the Workflow
Despite the buzz about 3D TV, the true star of the show was workflow automation, as exemplified in new releases from ViewCast, Telestream, and Microsoft
iPad - Dead End for Flash?
On the eve of Adobe's official unveiling of CS5 at NAB, the announcement of the Apple iPhone 4.0 SDK might spoil the party
Commentary: Working Around the Web
This week's iPad launch ushers in new workarounds and developer challenges at the same time it poses a threat to Adobe's web video dominance with Flash.
Commentary: HTML5 Video—Must It Be Free?
Now that Microsoft has announced HTML5 support, the question remains: Will HTML5 video end up being open source or standards-based?
HTML5's Open Source Solution?
Kaltura provides a toolkit for HTML5 embedded video, with a fallback to Flash or Ogg Theora when H.264 isn't available in a user's browser
HTML 5 and Internet Explorer 9: What We Know, What We Don't
Yesterday's announcement that Internet Explorer 9 supports HTML 5 set off a tech media frenzy. So which video codec will Microsoft choose?
Blackwave's New Chorus Harmonizes High-Output Delivery
Blackwave's R7 release adds redundancy and Flash Media Server 3.5 to its high-performance streaming software.
FTTH: It's More Than TV
A panel at last week's Fiber to the Home Conference in Portugal explored the impact of online video on broadcasters from the perspective of media companies in the Netherlands.
Mon., March 1, by Tim Siglin
FTTH Council Europe Promoting Fiber to the Home in Portugal and Beyond
Broadband is about more than just infrastructure, FTTH Council declares, setting its sights on video as a way to push adoption
Wed., Feb. 24, by Tim Siglin
On2 Shareholders Approve Google Acquisition
On2 announced today, after suspending two previous special meetings, that it has enough shareholder votes to complete a merger with Google.
Wed., Feb. 17, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: New Mobile Operating Systems From Microsoft, Samsung, Symbian, and Nokia/Intel
Fragmentation in the mobile OS category may be a play to gain additional application revenues, with improved and open source operating systems potentially acting as loss leaders.
Tues., Feb. 16, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: GSMA Attempts To Counter Apple With Device And App Initiatives
The GSMA's embedded device, API, and app store consolidation push raises ongoing innovation questions, especially with lack of Apple presence at the Mobile World Congress.
Tues., Feb. 16, by Tim Siglin
Mobile World Congress 2010: The Move To LTE For 4G
Will your next phone—or pacemaker—work on any one of the world's mobile networks? As more carriers move towards the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard for 4G, the answer may be "yes."
Mon., Feb. 15, by Tim Siglin
Blackwave Takes On Asian CDN Market, Asian Style
A different market approach allows U.S. company Blackwave to prosper in Asia, where it's recently opened headquarters in Tokyo and Seoul.
Wed., Feb. 10, by Tim Siglin
Corporate video solutions are moving away from centralized, rigid structures to give users more freedom and flexibility
HTTP Streaming: What You Need to Know
Understanding this hybrid delivery approach is key to advancing robust streaming solutions.
Commentary: An iPad By Any Other Name
From the name to its lack of video features - including camera and Flash support - Apple's new iPad deserves equal parts criticism and praise.
The Devil's in the Details
When it comes to reporting and analytics, make sure you’re getting all the information you need.
Live Streaming of Large Events: Is it Worth It?
Last week's "Hope for Haiti" telethon was streamed to PCs and mobiles, as well as broadcast on dozens of TV channels. But a close look at the numbers reveals both the promise and the potential pitfalls of webcasting large events.
Futurewatch: Media and Entertainment
Learning How to Scale, Integrate, and Digest Digital Media
The annotated player Market7 provides sets it apart from other collaboration tools, even if those other tools might do a better job with collaborative scripting and resource allocation.
CES 2010: Streaming Leads Consumer Electronics Growth
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, integration and service are the name of the game, with increased emphasis on mobile video and the digital living room.
Thurs., Jan. 7, by Tim Siglin
2009: A Breakthrough Year for Online Video
A look back at the significant events of 2009, from large-scale webcasts to mobile HD and Flash to the latest initiatives from Sky and the BBC.
Mon., Jan. 4, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: When HD Isn’t HD
Metadata: What You Need to Know (And Why You Need to Know It)
Want people to be able to find your video online? Then you need to pay attention to your metadata.
Thurs., Nov. 18, by Tim Siglin
Elemental Server Provides Enterprise-Class GPU Transcoding Acceleration
The GPU versus CPU debate begins in earnest with the shipping version of Elemental Server, which the company is making available today.
Thurs., Nov. 12, by Tim Siglin
An Olympic Feat
Technology vendors—Microsoft, Akamai, iStream Planet, Vertigo, and Inlet—line up to create HD Olympic moments
Tues., Nov. 10, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Invades The Living Room (Again)
New initiatives from Sling, Sonic Solutions, Roku, and ioko herald a third wave of home entertainment streaming devices.
Tues., Nov. 3, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Streaming Media's Fall Events: Great Expectations
ATSC Adopts Mobile DTV Standard
The ATSC's Mobile DTV has the potential to seriously impact and disrupt both traditional broadcasting and online video, even beyond mobile devices.
Mon., Oct. 19, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #4: Creating Original Online Video Content—Where is the Funding?
ITN On managing director Nicholas Wheeler talked about a newer, more speculative modelof content creation.
Fri., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Keynote #3: Disney's Anytime, Anywhere Strategy
Myles MacBean of Disney Online EMEA explained the studio's integrated, converged approach to delivering content to multiple devices in multiple iterations.
Fri., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Live Events Online: Getting Used to Mediocrity?
The England vs Ukraine football match provides fodder for Streaming Media Europe discussion on live events streamed online, as reaction from the general public is lukewarm at best.
Thurs., Oct. 15, by Tim Siglin
Navigating the Enterprise Video Workflow
Four multinational corporations—CA, Lockheed Martin, Merck, and QAD—are taking enterprise video beyond the basics.
Adobe MAX: Flash for the iPhone? Not Quite
While not the full Flash solution everyone's been hoping for, several developers have created applications for the iPhone that are pushing the potential boundaries of the mobile device.
Mon, Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Adobe MAX Day 1: HTTP Delivery, Flash Player 10.1, Bit Encryption, and More
Adobe announces bit encryption DRM, HTTP delivery, Flash Player 10.1 and RTMFP at its annual MAX user conference, which kicks off today in Los Angeles.
Mon., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Cisco, IBM, and Tandberg: Telepresence's Shrinking Presence
IBM adds Cisco Telepresence to its offering, while Cisco gobbles up Tandberg.
Mon., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Review: Flumotion Streaming Server
As Fluendo goes commercial with its Flumotion Streaming Server technology, it may have created a product that will rival Wowza's Media Server Pro.
Akamai Announces HD Network
Delivering on CEO Paul Sagan's vision from Streaming Media East, Akamai delivers HD for Flash, Silverlight, and iPhone via HTTP.
Wed., Sept. 30, by Tim Siglin
Intel's Moblin 2.1 Linux Operating System to Support AIR, Silverlight
Moblin 2.1 can run on anything from mobile phones to full PCs, and its Silverlight and AIR support offers a compelling alternative to the iPhone OS. Also announced were a new GPU and chip enhancements.
Wed., Sept. 23, by Tim Siglin
HP SkyRoom Offers High-End Streaming, Collaboration
New SkyRoom offering from HP combines high-quality videoconferencing with full-motion and multiple display collaboration, including both 2D and 3D graphics.
Tues., Sept. 22, by Tim Siglin
Sky Takes On-Demand Content To New Viewers With ioko's Help
Sky content will soon be available on Xbox and Wii, using a player designed by ioko.
Tues., Sept. 15, by Tim Siglin
Aprico, Elemental, and ViewCast Highlight New Offerings at IBC
Aprico showed off its recommendation and and targeting technology, Elemental demonstrated its Adobe CS4 plug-in, and ViewCast highlighted its all-in-one H.264 encoding solution, the Niagara 2120.
Tues., Sept. 15, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2009 Starts with a Bang
Adobe announces bit-level encryption, Envivio provides live iPhone encoding tools, and much more
Thurs., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Announces Story Scriptwriting Collaboration Tool
Adobe Story, which runs on the web or via a synchronized AIR application, allows multiple users to collaborate on script creation, making Creative Suite a full-fledged production software package.
Thurs., Sept. 10, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin
Mobile Data Roaming Rates Drop, But Confusion Follows
The drop in data roaming charges is good news for subscribers, but the consensus is that it's not enough to spur an uptick in mobile video innovation.
Mon., Aug. 31, by Tim Siglin
Extreme Media Player Makeover: OS Update Edition
With Apple and Microsoft launching new operating systems soon, media players will get long-awaited updates.
Fri., Aug. 7, by Tim Siglin
Google To Acquire On2
Innovation mentioned as key reason for acquisition
Wed., Aug. 5, by Tim Siglin
Can Streaming Offset Losses In Traditional Revenue?
For those of us in the industry, the answer to that question is "Yes, and then some." But a series of recent earnings reports and research papers demonstrate that both the question and the answers are significantly more complex.
Tues., July 28, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #32: Mirror Image and Wowza Media Systems
In this episode, Tim Siglin explores the benefits of a single codec, H.264, for mobile delivery from two perspectives: a single media server (Wowza, represented by Dave Stubenvoll) and a content delivery network (Mirror Image Internet, represented by Martin Hayward).
Fri., July 24, by Tim Siglin
Starbak HDDE: High-Definition Digital Signage Converges With Streaming
New set-top box allows additional quality and functionality as Starbak enters the digital signage market from an enterprise content delivery network angle.
Tues., July 21, by Tim Siglin
Remembering Neal Page, Industry Pioneer
Inlet CEO Neal Page passed away last night after a long battle with cancer.
Tues., July 7, by Tim Siglin
HTML5 Video Tags: Inevitable or Pipe Dream?
Activism, Working Groups and the dream of a single online video codec
Tues., July 7, by Tim Siglin
The Past, Present, and Future of Metadata
Metadata might be really boring, but the things that can be done with metadata are very cool and absolutely crucial to the future of online video. A recent panel discussion at the Open Video Conference exposed the challenges and opportunities metadata poses.
Wed., July 1, by Tim Siglin
Nokeena Raises $6.5 Million In New VC Funding
Nokeena Networks says it will use the new funding, led by Mayfield Fund, to step up its sales and marketing efforts as well as expand infrastructure to appeal to CDN partners.
Thurs., June 25, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #31: Adobe, Akamai, and Level 3 on Open Source Video
What exactly are content creation and content delivery network representatives doing at an open source "open video" conference, and is it relevant to the streaming media business? Tim Siglin sits down with representatives from Adobe, Akamai, and Level 3 to find out.
Tues., June 23, by Tim Siglin
Video Culture: The Potential Reshaping Of The Online Video Landscape
Content owners, content distribution networks, and real business opportunities are all part of the discussion at the Open Video Conference in New York
Fri., June 19, by Tim Siglin
Adder and Avocent Branch From KVM Solutions To Streaming Delivery
At this year's InfoComm, the AV and streaming industries are finding ways to talk to each other, as new products from Adder and Avocent demonstrate.
Thurs., June 18, by Tim Siglin
CQ And SVSi Showcase Streaming Digital Signage Solutions at InfoComm
CQ is massively scaling delivery across traditional Gigabit managed switches, while SVSi is using H.264 to deliver content to digital signage in a variety of key verticals
Thurs., June 18, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Too Much of a Good Thing?
A supply-demand imbalance between advertisers and content distributors has inundated the web with ads. So what does this mean for the future?
Streaming Media Podcast Episode #30: Nokeena Co-Founder Prabakar Sundarrajan
Tim Siglin sits down with Prabakar Sundarrajan, Co-Founder and CTO of Nokeena Networks, for a wide-ranging interview on the topics of defining "television quality" on the web, adaptive streaming and the difference between quality of service and quality of experience.
Mon., June 15, by Tim Siglin
iPhone Envy Brings Out Innovation
Prior to Apple's WWDC event that kicks off today, the Palm Pre and a doubleTwist are making waves.
Mon., June 8, by Tim Siglin
QuickTime X: Rebuilding the Player and the Backend
Apple announced today that the next version of QuickTime will include HTTP streaming and hardware acceleration, as well as editing tools in the new player interface.
Mon., June 8, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #29: Datmedia's New Enhanced Podcasting Tool
An interview with Jay Pritchard, CTO of Datmedia Ltd., about a new enhanced podcasting service and Datmedia's take on the U.S. market. Recorded during the recent Streaming Media East show.
Wed., May 27, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #28: Ooyala Updates Its Platform
Ooyala CTO Sean Knapp talks about the company's respect for other
platforms, metrics, and a new player for Ooyala's online video platform.
Thurs., May 21, by Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo
Review: Jet Stream VDO-X
Jet Stream's CDN code, written in the late 1990s and early 2000s, was becoming a bit dated, so the company rebuilt its system from the ground up, releasing the results as Jet Stream VDO-X.
Streaming Media East: Verizon and boxee Want In To Your Living Room
Keynotes from Verizon and boxee pushed forward the concept of getting online video into the living room, though each company takes a radically different approach.
Wed., May 13, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East: Pre-Conference Workshops Provide Practical Solutions
Workshops focusing on Silverlight, H.264, Flash, and video blogs provided attendees with detailed insights and hands-on experience.
Tues., May 12, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East: Day 1 Keynotes Highlight Entertainment and Enterprise Challenges
Akamai CEO Paul Sagan talked about the HD "tipping point" while Bank of America's Gregg Moss addressed issues faced when streaming within enterprise environments.
Tues., May 12, by Tim Siglin
Hitchhiker's Guide to Streaming Media: Making Flash Play
Flash files are everywhere, and most consumers play them back without giving them a second thought. If you're a content creator, though, making sure they play back correctly can be a tricky proposition. Here's a look at the different Flash file formats and how to use them.
Thurs., May 7, by Tim Siglin
Review: Stream UK Stream Connect
Stream UK Stream Connect is a simplified yet powerful interactive streaming platform that can be managed by the presenter through a series of seven steps.
NAB 2009 Highlights
Attendance was down, but that was good news for people who made the trip to NAB this year. Easy access to vendors provided plenty of "eureka" moments, particularly in the areas of mobile video and automated transcoding.
Tues., April 28, by Tim Siglin and Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
Streaming Media Podcast #27: Wowza Media at NAB
Wowza's NAB show floor preview of its upcoming Pro Advanced server raised several questions about the combination of Flash and Silverlight, so Tim Siglin sits down with Wowza CEO Dave Stubenvoll to address those questions.
Mon., April 27, by Tim Siglin
Flash and Silverlight, Together at Last
Wowza Media Server Pro Advanced will allow H.264 encodes to be played back in Flash, Silverlight and other players.
Mon., April 20, by Tim Siglin
Review: Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 7
Adobe's Elements 7 bundle is an easy-to-use Windows platform, though it couldn't convince our reviewer to abandon his MacBook.
Streaming Media Podcast #26: Inlet's Armada Version 3.0
Tim Siglin talks to Andy Beach and John Bishop of Inlet Technologies, about the version 3 release of Armada, Inlet's automated transcoding and quality control system, which will be demonstrated at NAB starting this weekend.
Tues., April 14, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Back to Basics
So far in 2009, competitive strategies are shifting, innovation is continuing, and a tipping point of new users appears to have been reached. All three trends mean good things for the streaming media industry.
Intel's Nehalem Provides Boost for Single and Multi-Core Transcoding Tools
Released today, Intel's new Nehalem chip should benefits workstation users of every type of transcoding tool and video editing platform, and is already in use at DreamWorks Animation.
Mon., Mar. 30, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #25: Intel's New Nehalem Processor
A discussion with Intel's Kirk Skaugen about the company's new Xeon 5550 Nehalem processor, and its implications for transcoding and video editing.
Mon. Mar. 30, by Tim Siglin
Microsoft MIX 09: Live Smooth Streaming, Silverlight 3 and Internet Explorer 8
Microsoft held its annual developer confab in Las Vegas last week, rolling out new opportunities in streaming, most notably live Smooth Streaming and Silverlight 3.
Tues., Mar. 24, by Tim Siglin
iPhone 3.0 Software To Feature Streaming And HD Video For iPod touch and iPhone
Apple finally plans to expand video capabilities of both the iPhone and iPod touch, though exactly what form that will take isn't entirely clear.
Wed., Mar. 18, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose an Encoding Solution
Increases in CPU power and the advent of portable appliances mean there are more encoding options than ever before.
Fri., Mar. 6, by Tim Siglin
Going Mobile in Barcelona
Despite a slightly smaller show floor than in the past, this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona offered up plenty of mobile streaming news, including new solutions from On2, Media Excel, Mirial, and MobiTV, as well as the Adobe-backed Open Screen Project.
Mon., Feb. 23, by Tim Siglin
The H.264 Licensing Labyrinth
Confusion and consternation abound over H.264 licensing terms. Here's a brief overview.
Cue the Strangelove Moment: Media & Entertainment Year in Review
2008 was the year that big media learned to stop worrying and love—or at least accept—online video.
Distributed Social Networks: Promises and Pitfalls
As users attempt to maintain identities and assets, including video, across multiple sites, the W3C held a workshop to address opportunities and challenges offered by distributed social networks.
Fri., Jan. 30, by Tim Siglin and Christine Perey
Reviewed: Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium
Each and every one of the suite’s features and technologies has been improved in CS4, some significantly. With an eye toward accelerating encoding workflows and an initial foray into mission-critical metadata entry and retrieval, the product offers noteworthy improvements that merit attention.
Thurs., Jan. 8, by Paul Schmutzler and Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Give!
With the holiday season upon us, streaming professionals should consider giving their time to a good cause.
Tues., Dec. 30, by Tim Siglin
The Year in Review: Mobile Video
Europe continues to lead the way in mobile video usage and innovation. Here's a look at some of the new startups and developments in the market from 2008.
Tues., Dec. 23, by Tim Siglin
Review: Datmedia Datpresenter
While imperfect, Datpresenter is a good choice for those looking to create and deliver internet TV channels.
Review: Gomez Active Streaming XF
Gomez's first foray into large-object and streaming-delivery testing for CDNs seems to be a good initial launch.
Sun's JavaFX Sets Out to Challenge Flash and Silverlight
The JavaFX Production Suite, targeted at web developers and designers, offers integration with Adobe tools while potentially offering competition to Adobe's AIR efforts. Meanwhile, On2 plays both sides of the fence.
Mon., Dec. 8, by Tim Siglin
Back to Basics: H.264 Transcoding for Flash
At Adobe MAX in Milan earlier this week, Flash developer Fabio Sonnati presented a session packed with suggestions for transcoding H.264 video for Flash delivery.
Fri., Dec. 5, by Tim Siglin
A Closer Look at Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5
Two new features—Dynamic Streaming and Digital Video Recorder functionality—are the culmination of Adobe's latest attempts to maintain video quality in the face of network unreliability.
Wed., Nov. 19, by Tim Siglin
Everything Changes In (A) Flash
Adobe's Flash Media Server 3.5, used in beta by CDNs like CDNetworks, competes with Wowza's newly announced pay-as-you-go streaming server subscription service.
Mon., Nov. 17 by Tim Siglin
HItchhiker's Guide to Streaming: Advertising Rates and Metrics
This installment of our Back to Basics series looks at some common terms used when discussing advertising rates and metrics, as well as why they matter.
Fri., Oct. 31, by Tim Siglin
Hitchhiker's Guide to Streaming Media: HTTP Streaming
The term "HTTP streaming" got tossed around quite a bit at last week's Streaming Media Europe as a way to get through corporate firewalls. But not all "HTTP streaming" is created equal, nor is it always actually streaming.
Fri., 24 Oct., by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe Day 1
Sessions on a variety of topics from mobile video to content delivery to viewership habits show why Europe is the streaming growth leader
Thurs., Oct. 16, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Creative Suite Turns 4
Adobe's Creative Suite 4 features improvements in the areas of native tapeless workflows, encoding, metadata, and Flash/After Effects integration and finally land just in front of Final Cut Studio.
Review: The Video-Enabled Adobe Acrobat 9
With deep Flash integration, including the ability to convert multiple video formats for Flash Video playback, the new version of Acrobat 9 isn't your grandma's e-paper.
Fri., Oct. 3, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #23: Making Video Simple
Tim Siglin talks with Robert Manoff, CEO of Jambo Media, LLC, about the way the Jambo Video Network provides simple video services to mid-size web publishers—what Jambo calls the "upper-middle-class" of video publishers with relatively small, but very loyal, audiences.
Thurs., Sept. 18, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2008 Kicks Off
Highlights in the early announcements from Amsterdam—from companies like Microsoft, Digital Rapids, HaiVision, and Motorola—emphasize the growth in H.264 and set-top box penetration.
Fri., Sept. 12, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: H.264 Wins—Now What?
WIth Microsoft's announcement that it's adding H.264 playback to Silverlight, some would argue that H.264 has emerged triumphant in the codec wars. So what does that mean for the future of online video?
Tues., Sept. 9, by Tim Siglin
NBC Has a VHS Olympic Moment
Just as VHS didn't kill the multiplex, record-setting streaming audiences during the Beiijing Games appear to have actually translated into a boost to TV viewership.
Fri., Aug. 22, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #22: The Olympics
Tim's daughter talks about staying up late and watching the Olympics while Jose shares tips on how she can illegally watch the Olympics whenever she wants. Tim kicks Jose under the table. We all decide that Microsoft Silverlight looks great and was easy to install. Tim promises to watch the opening ceremonies before the games end on NBCOlympics.com
Wed., Aug. 20, by Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo
Streams of Thought: The Patent Wars
As CDNs commoditize and streaming grows up, companies are gobbling up patents in an attempt to stay competitive. Who will come out on top?
Through acquisitions and partnerships, Thomson’s Technicolor is growing its business smartly in the United States and Europe, with an eye on Latin America and Asia for 2009.
Streaming Media Podcast #21: Benjamin Wayne, Fliqz
In this week's podcast, Tim Siglin talks to Benjamin Wayne, CEO and Founder of Fliqz, who shares his opinions about what's wrong with video advertising CPM rates, agencies and the cost of content production.
Thurs., July 31, by Tim Siglin
Highwinds Lands Commitment from Technicolor
Highwinds RollingThunder CDN has chops, but also doesn't compete with its customers, as proven by recent deals with Castfire and Technicolor.
Tues., July 22, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #20: All-Stars and Format Wars
The first in a series of podcasts with Streaming Media All Stars, this spirited discussion with Nico McLane includes Jan Ozer and several opinions on Windows Media, Flash, H.264 and the needs of enterprise user.
Fri., July 11, by Tim Siglin
Interoperability and Simplicity the Key Trends at Connections 2008
This year's Connections conference highlighted the paths and pitfalls to streaming in the home, with competing approaches offering simplified user experiences. And while there's a push towards a unified standard, its realizations seems a long ways off.
Tues., July 8, by IdaRose Sylvester and Tim Siglin
Google and Yahoo Roll out Flash Search
Adobe has released code to search engine giants Google and Yahoo! that allow them to index content ins SWF files, including metadata about Flash Video embedded in the SWF file.
Tues., July 1, by Tim Siglin
BBC To Begin Streaming BBC One Live
BBC One will be the first major channel in the UK to be streamed live in its entirety, building on the success of the iPlayer. The news comes on the heels of a BBC Trust audit that severely scolded bbc.co.uk for overspending.
Mon., 16 June, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Everything Old Is New Again
A "where are they now?" look at some of the names associated with the early days of the Streaming Media shows.
Apple's 3G iPhone Adds Increased Speed and Video Capabilities
At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2008, Steve Jobs promised the new iPhone is twice as fast at about half the price. Other announcements included a revamp of QuickTime, while Sling showed off its new SlingMobile across the street.
Tues., June 10, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #18: Microsoft's New Video Tools
Tim interviews Chris Knowlton and Charles Finkelstein, both with Microsoft, regarding the new Expression Encoder 2, Silverlight 2 and IIS 7's ability to handle multiple video formats.
Mon., June 2, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #17: Streaming Media East Wrap-Up
Tim Siglin wraps up Streaming Media East 2008 coverage with a series of interviews: Angelina Ward with Focal Press, Gerard Virga, COO at CDN Powerstream and Dr. Harsh Verma from R Systems.
Tues., May 27, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #16: Streaming Media East 2008
Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin talk about highlights from Streaming Media East in New York, including AT&T's re-emergence as a CDN, a jaw-dropping mobile video webcasting demo by Steve Garfield, and interviews with show attendees.
H.264 Adoption Creating an International Broadcast Muddle
With more and more broadcasters simulcasting content online in H.264, issues of licensing and piracy are once again coming to the fore.
Fri., May 9, by Tim Siglin
Telepresence: Are Rising Oil Prices Videoconferencing's Best Hope?
Today’s confluence of environmental, financial, and political issues—along with new solutions from Polycom, Tandberg, and LifeSize—have breathed new life into the world of videoconferencing. That’s good news: Ultimately, more videoconferencing leads to more webcasting.
Mon., May 5, by Tim Siglin
Streams of Thought: Where Are They Now?
A few years ago, VH1 ran a program called Where Are They Now that tracked down artists that had faded from wider public view. So I thought it only fitting that, as part of this “Decade of Streaming Media.com” issue, I track down a few people who had played varying roles in the advent of streaming media.
Review: Inlet Technologies Spinnaker S3000
Another winning real-time encoder from Inlet
Streaming Media Podcast #15: NAB Day Two
Tim Siglin interviews two more companies at the National Association of Broadcaster's show (NAB) in Las Vegas: Akamai talks about its partnership with transcoding companies, while Wowza talks about competing with Adobe on a whole new price-point playing field.
Fri., April 18, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #14: NAB Day One
Tim and Jose explore topics of interest at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, talking with companies about piracy, high-definition streaming and the disappearance of two major companies—Apple and Avid—from the show floor.
Streaming Media Podcast #13: Broadcasting from 3G Mobile Devices
In this interview from the 2008 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Cristoforo Mione of the Milan-based Mirial discusses the PSE Broadcast Genie, which takes video sent from a 3G mobile phone and converts it for television broadcast and web streaming.
Thurs., April 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Media Player Now Available
The new player—called AMP for short and first announced almost a year ago—will let viewers watch Flash Video content while online or offline, and lets content owners apply Flash Media Server Rights Management rules to their video.
Wed., April 9, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #12: Snacking on Mobile Content
An interview with representatives from mobile TV solutions provider NuNet on the implications of video "snacking" for consumers, content creators, and carriers alike.
Thurs., April 10, by Tim Siglin
Alternative Flash Servers Follow H.264 Path
Last week Wowza introduced live H.264 capability in a preview version of Wowza Media Server Pro; Red5 promises live H.264 to come in an upcoming release of Red5 Server.
Tues, March 25, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Offers DRM with Flash Media Rights Management Server
New product offers protection and controls for FLV, F4V, and H.264, as well as attendant graphics and advertising, both online and offline.
Wed., March 19, by Tim Siglin
Operation MySpace and Kulabyte Bring Live HD Flash to the Web
The MySpace webcast of a concert for U.S. troops in Kuwait marked the debut of live HD Flash streaming. It wasn't perfect, but as a first test of Kulabyte's live encoding, it was an almost unequivocal success.
Tues., Mar. 11, by Tim Siglin
Apple’s iPhone Courts Enterprise, Disses Flash
The good news this week is that the APIs in the iPhone SDK boost audio and video options. The bad news is that it still won't support Flash.
Fri., March 7, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Ships Flex 3; Microsoft Shines Light on Silverlight 2
Things are heating up in the run-up to NAB, as Adobe completes the trilogy of Flash, Flex 3, and AIR , while Microsoft talks about what’s in Silverlight 2.
Tues., Feb. 26, by Tim Siglin
And Then There Were Three: RIP HD DVD
Toshiba’s decision to end HD-DVD production—leaving Blu-ray the clear leader and only the scarcely used EVD and VMD as the other HD alternatives—widens the window of opportunity for streaming media entertainment delivery, if only just a bit.
Mon., Feb. 18, by Tim Siglin
More Flash Brings More Light
Undoubtedly the biggest news in online video for 2007, the Silverlight/Flash battle is one that finds both Microsoft and Adobe significantly shifting their fundamental approaches, although in both cases, there’s historical precedent.
The Big Bang: Media & Entertainment Year in Review
Despite deterioration in the broader economic indicators, nonadvertising-driven entertainment models remain robust and advertising-supported media are feeling the pressure of web advertising.
Almost Grown: Advertising Year in Review
Rich media advertising continued to thrive in 2007, taking on its more established counterparts and holding its own.
Streamticker 2007: The Year in Mergers, Acquisitions, and Fundings
2007 proved to be the year of legitimate peer-to-peer networking and high-definition streaming, but the bigger news was that the "big kids" got involved in the streaming space in a way that left some smaller companies in awe of their larger siblings.
Streaming From the Mobile to the Newsroom and Game Show
At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, several companies are showcasing mobile products that fit into standard broadcasting workflow.
Wed., Feb. 13, by Tim Siglin
The Battle for Your Address Book May Involve Streaming for Social Networks
Social networking reworks the mobile address book into a rich media aggregation tool, with new offerings from Zyb, Yahoo, and others highlighted at this week's Mobile World Congress.
Wed., Feb. 14, by Tim Siglin
The Mobile Broadband Battlefield
Yahoo and Google getting into the mobile as broadband wireless web and rich media dominate growth discussions at global mobile phone event in Barcelona this week.
Mon., Feb. 11, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #10: Super Sports and Politics Edition
Jose and Tim discuss the Super Bowl, Super Tuesday, and the implications of streaming media on sports advertising and the political process. No, it's really not THAT boring!
Fri., Feb. 8, by Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin
Microsoft's Yahoo Offer Part of A Major Online Play
The tech giant likely sees Yahoo's effective rich and streaming media advertising success as a weapon against Google's text ads, which are proving less effective on social networking sites.
Fri., Feb. 1, by Tim Siglin
Commentary—Macworld 2008: The Week That Copy-Protection DRM Dies?
Despite marked incredulity, the signs of the demise of copy-protection DRM in audio content seem to be everywhere.
Tues., Jan. 15, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 3: Podcasting
Products to capture and deliver podcasts abound at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Wed., Jan. 9, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 2: Home and Business Surveillance
Video camera systems, from the simple to complex, stream video content to home and business owners.
Tues., Jan. 8, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008, Day 1: HD Streaming
High-definition video streaming, both inside and outside the home, is all the rage at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Mon., Jan. 7, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008 Keynote: Bill Gates' Last Hurrah
Microsoft’s chairman reminisces on the past, pokes fun at the present, and pushing streaming as part of the company’s future—including a partnership with NBC to deliver video of the 2008 Summer Olympics with Silverlight.
Mon., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
CES 2008 Preview: Streaming the Show
With almost 150,000 attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center and associated hotels, it might be better to stay home and watch the highlights from the Consumer Electronics Show.
Sun., Jan. 6, by Tim Siglin
So You Got a New Computer for Christmas. Now What?
Here’s a brief overview of the basic tools everyone needs to stream content from Flash, Windows Media, QuickTime, and Real sources.
Fri., Jan. 4, by Tim Siglin
Brighter Days Ahead for Internap’s CDN Service?
The company has set in motion a series of events that provide a compelling case—if the customers buy in.
Fri., Dec. 21, by Tim Siglin
Let's Work Together
Combining streaming, videoconferencing, instant messaging, and desktop or application sharing, collaborative computing has come of age.
Streams of Thought: Altering Course—The Adobe Warship Begins to Turn
Everywhere you look, Adobe shows signs of turning into a relatively successful hybrid company that uses the web and the desktop as equal platforms.
CDNs Rush to Add High-Definition Flash Streaming
With Adobe's announcement of Flash Media Server 3 last week, content delivery networks including Level 3, Limelight, and Swarmcast are announcing formal support for HD Flash.
Tues., Dec. 11, by Tim Siglin
Flash Media Server Spawns a Family
Released today, the new Flash Media Server 3 contains not just one but three server options. Also released today was Flash Player 9, which supports H.264 and On2's VP6-s. Read the story and listen to the accompanying podcast.
Tues., Dec. 4, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #9: Flash Media Server 3
Tim Siglin and Sam Mays of Fresh Punch, who is standing in for Jose this week, talk about Flash, including several tools showcased at Adobe's MAX 2007 conference that have found their way into the newly announced Flash Media Server 3.
Tues., Dec. 4
Apple Settles Burst Lawsuit
$10 million settlement gives Burst second major out-of-court patent defense win in as many years.
Tues., Nov. 27, by Tim Siglin
Changes At The Helm At Adobe and Avid Reveal Changes In Strategy
With both of their CEOs leaving, Adobe and Avid are resetting high-level management for the next phase of growth and, perhaps, significant changes in corporate direction.
Tues., Nov. 20, by Tim Siglin
Collaborating With Streaming
Accordent’s partnership with Tandberg is just one of many initiatives to bring the worlds of videoconference, telephony, and streaming video closer together.
Thurs., Nov. 15, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #8: Speaking Encode
A look back on the highlights of the Streaming Media West show, and a talk with encoding specialist Jan Ozer about the latest video encoding tools.
Thurs., Nov. 15
Streaming Media Podcast #7: Bebo Partners With Video Content Providers
Jose Castillo talks to Bebo's Jose Hernandez about the company's new partnerships.
Tues., Nov. 13
Streaming Media West: The 50,000 Foot View From 6 Feet
This year's Streaming Media West exhibited a diversity of both attendees—from the C suite to the creative class—and exhibitors, many of whom were there for the first time.
Fri., Nov. 9, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media West: Keepin' It Real
Wednesday morning’s Streaming Media West keynotes explained some of the mysteries behind both user-generated content and professionally produced programming. For both Metacafe and National Geographic, a degree of authenticity has been key to success.Wed., Nov. 7, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #5: Misadventures in Video Conferencing
Jose and Tim reflect on videoconferencing's past and ponder its future with LifeSize Communications' Craig Malloy.
Mon., Nov. 5
BitTorrent's Gone Legit, But Still Faces Obstacles
As we lead up to one of Streaming Media West 2007's most anticipated keynotes—by BitTorrent President Ashwin Navin—we take a look at the company that's been both an innovator and a lightning rod for controversy.
Fri., Nov. 2, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Podcast #3: Home-Brewed Media Transmissions
In Episode 3, Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo talk with Sling Media's Brian Jaquet.
Fri., Nov. 2
The New Streaming Media Podcasts
Tim Siglin and Jose Castillo have taken over the podcasting helm, and bring you insightful and lively interviews with some of the biggest names in online media. In the first two episodes, they talk with IdaRose Sylvester of IDC and Ripcode's Brendon Mills.
Tues., Oct. 30
Leopard Release Takes Cues From Online Video
Besides all the bells and whistles that you’ll read about (and use, if you upgrade to Leopard or make the move to a Mac) one thing struck me: the way Leopard handles media now—including images, audio and video—is mimicking the online world in a way that is a first for a desktop operating system.
Fri., Oct. 26, by Tim Siglin
Mobile Device Control, Streaming On Display At CTIA
Announcements from Microsoft, Vantrix, and Symbian highlight a show that's putting increasingly more emphasis on video.Tues., Oct. 23, by Tim Siglin
EchoStar Plugs Into IPTV Via HomePlug Connections
The satellite company’s strategy came into clearer focus at the HomePlug Powerline Technology Alliance, where an EchoStar spokesperson outlined how set-top boxes from recently acquired Sling Media might move content around the home.
Thurs., Oct. 11, by Tim Siglin
Flash: Here, There, and Everywhere
The Moviestar engine will power more than Flash playback on the web—much more. At Adobe MAX 2007, the company offered some sneak previews of just how much.
Fri., Oct. 5, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media Europe: It's About Quality, Not Quantity
London—on its best weather behavior—was the setting for this week’s European event. Though the show is considerably smaller than its U.S. counterparts, the quality of the conference sessions themselves often surpassed what we get stateside.
Streams of Thought: Gettin' High (Def) in Amsterdam
IBC 2006 was heavy on high-definition hype.
Adobe Media Player Beta Now Available
It's not the full-blown version--it doesn't support H.264, for instance--but Adobe announced the availability of its long-awaited media player at Adobe MAX 2007 in Chicago.
Mon., Oct. 1, by Tim Siglin
Second Life Gets . . . A Second Life
Origin Digital’s Odaptor platform serves as underlying technology for Second Life's new, improved video capabilities.
Tues., Sept. 18, by Tim Siglin
More Details on Microsoft's VC-1 Ecosystem Emerge at IBC
In addition the introduction of Microsoft's VC-1 SDK, IBC brought big news from the likes of Tarari, Dayport, Thomson,and SyncCast.
Thurs., Sept. 13, by Tim Siglin
IBC Offerings Expand Digital and Streaming Infrastructure for Broadcasters
Whether you’re a traditional broadcaster, a cable giant, or just a video podcaster, something new is waiting for you at this year’s IBC in Amsterdam.
Mon., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
IBC Demos Reveal Advances Across IPTV Ecosystem
Whether it’s acquisition on solid-state media, encoding, or delivery, streaming in the IPTV space continues to move steadily forward, as proven by announcements from the likes of Digital Rapids, ViewCast, and Akamai.
Mon., Sept. 10, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Demonstrates Flash Media Server 3, Adobe Media Player, and Cisco Integration at IBC
Ability to stream H.264 and AAC Plus, along with a tie-in to Cisco’s Content Delivery System, reveal more of Adobe’s larger plan to get video to three screens, even if it’s not FLV.
Thurs., Sept. 6, by Tim Siglin
Nokia Breaks Ranks With Network Operators, Targets iPhone/iTunes
The handset manufacturer’s Ovi music portal leverages last year’s Loudeye acquisition to launch music and entertainment ecosystem in Europe and Asia.
Thurs., Aug. 30, by Tim Siglin
Vista Network Degradation Bug Linked to Streaming
Notice that your network transfer rate goes down when listening to audio or watching video in Vista? The bad news is you're not alone; the good news is that Microsoft says it's working on a fix.
Wed., Aug. 29, by Tim Siglin
Review: Adobe Production Premium CS3
Integration among all products in the CS3 suite is exceptionally strong, and Adobe Media Encoder—an example of a program that spans several CS3 applications—is a solid product putting Adobe firmly in the running against other more established video software suites.
Thurs., Aug. 16, by Tim Siglin
Players and Codecs Come Under Hacker Scrutiny
Several sessions at Black Hat 2007 showed the need to continue to develop lean code and close potential vulnerabilities in media players that might be exploited by hackers.
Friday, Aug. 10, by Tim Siglin
Akamai’s Troubles: Much Ado About Nothing
Akamai continues to lose valuation—and Internap just reported a 2Q 2007 net loss of $1.7 million—but that doesn’t mean the entire CDN market is in trouble. In fact, if you’re really paying attention, you'll see that the space is stronger than ever.
Tues., July 30, by Tim Siglin
Latency: The Next Frontier
Now that the major codecs can deliver quality that is acceptable—or better—for most video, the next challenge to be overcome for streaming is latency. New products from HaiVision and W&W Communications aim to bring latency down to the point where streaming becomes tenable for high-speed surveillance apps
How To Convert Videos To Play On The iPhone
Whether you're one of the masses who bought one, or just need to deliver content to people who have, getting video on the iPhone isn't quite as simple as it looks. Here’s are some tips on how to create videos that can play on the new device.
Wed., July 18, by Tim Siglin
Adobe’s Visual Communicator 3 Integrates with Flash Media Server
New version of Serious Magic’s flagship product adds multicamera preview and seamless Flash Video output at a reduced price.Mon., June 25, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Apple iPhone—A Browser’s Best Friend or Streaming Engine?
Apple realized they needed to allow third-party apps on the iPhone, and they finally heeded the call for a software development kit. And—surprise, surprise—it’s called Safari.
Tues., June 19, by Tim Siglin
Akamai Monitoring Tool Becomes Marketing Magnet
Akamai's internet monitoring tool shows both the big picture-the ebb and flow of net traffic in general-as well as a close-up on media content usage.
Tues., June 12, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2007: What’s Next for Online Video Advertising?
The final panel of the show—which topped 3,400 registered attendees, a 25% increase over 2006—focused on one of the most contentious issues facing the media and entertainment sector: Just what kind of advertising works best?
Thurs., May 17, by Tim Siglin
Streaming Media East 2007: For The New York Times, Video Now Just as Important as Print
Keynote by The Grey Lady’s Martin Nisenholtz reiterates Times is in the journalism business, and video is now part of that business, even for publications with roots in print.
Wed., May 16, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2007: Real-Time H.264 Compression Options Abound at NAB
Announcements from Digital Rapids, Envivio, and others continue to push forward the state-of-the-art for traditional, mobile, and net broadcasting.
Sun., April 15, by Tim Siglin
NAB 2007: Apple Expands Production Tools, Now Offers VC-1, Windows Media Video, and Flash Encoding
Even though they weren’t the focus of Apple’s NAB press conference, there are a few key benefits for content streamers in the company’s new Final Cut Studio 2.
Sun., April 15, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose the Best Settings for Delivering Video in Adobe Flash
Flash offers a variety of ways to display video content, each with its own particular benefits and drawbacks. Here are five questions you should ask before you begin encoding.
Wed., April 11, by Tim Siglin
EMI's Rejection of DRM May Help Apple Overcome Its European Woes
EMI deserves a hand for pioneering a return to consumer choice when it comes to the music they download. At the same time, the move may ease some of the pressure Apple is facing in the EU.
Tues., April 3, by Tim Siglin
How to Choose a Video Capture Card
For both live and on-demand content, proper capture is key to successful delivery. Here are the questions you need to ask in order to select the right one for your needs.
Mon., April 2, by Tim Siglin
Adobe Creative Suite 3: New Launch Throws in the Kitchen Sink, Too
With implications for digital video professionals and web developers alike, CS3 offers major updates to just about every Adobe product, including Mac compatibility on almost all of them. Here’s a high-level look at the biggest product launch in the company’s history.
Tues., Mar. 27, by Tim Siglin
NSCA: Sounds Like Streaming
Systems contractor show once again proves that streaming is penetrating traditional analog audio strongholds, with implications that may benefit the entire streaming industry.
Linux Streaming Wins Respect in Europe
European Commission awards UK council that created “transparent” system to stream to constituents running Linux.
Wed., Mar. 7, by Tim Siglin
Streamticker 2006: The Deals That Reshaped the Online Video Space
Google, Adobe, Vitalstream, and more bring mergers and acquisitions of tech companies back to center stage in the mainstream media
The Perfect Storm: 2006 Media & Entertainment Year in Review
2006 was a turning point for streaming media, but which direction is it headed in now?
This Week in Streaming: New Approaches to Mobile Content
From both the programming and technology sides, announcements from ESPN, Media Excel, and ExpertVillage.com suggest the ways that mobile video is moving to the next level.
Wed., Feb. 14, by Tim Siglin
Digital Rights Management Takes Center Stage
From the unexpected—Steve Jobs coming out in favor of unprotected music—to the absurd—a man sued by the RIAA for downloading a paltry five songs—recent events highlight the fundamental problems with DRM.
Wed., Feb. 7, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: YouTube to Share Revenues—But With Whom?
YouTube's announcement that it will begin some sort of revenue-sharing program opens a Pandora’s Box of legal, ethical, and business questions.
Tues., Jan. 30, by Tim Siglin
Apple Drops the Computer, Picks up the Phone, and Streams to the Living Room
Steve Jobs's keynote at MacWorld was short on the Mac but long on mobile media and home entertainment, with the announcement of the iPhone and a demo of Apple TV.
Wed., Jan. 10, by Tim Siglin
World Trade Centers Association Hopes Streaming Turns Education into a Revenue Source
Global 100 ties together vendor-sponsored education, streaming capabilities, and market experts for educational initiatives worldwide.
Wed., Dec. 20, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: Cisco, TI "Go Video"
The big boys are embracing video, and not without warning. But it was the smaller, scrappy players that got them back in the game.
Tues., Dec. 5, by Tim Siglin
Review: NewTek TriCaster Pro
NewTek’s TriCaster Pro builds on the solid base of the initial TriCaster but adds features that make it worthy of use in a professional environment. The $6,995 price point positions the product well below the price of other all-in-one products currently on the market, most of which have been created by streaming-centric companies. Given NewTek’s background in video, audio, and RGBHV, the TriCaster product line—with a few tweaks—could rival and outdo products of many times its cost.
Review: Grass Valley REV Pro
As an acquisition, editing, and playback format, this newest Iomega mass-storage cartridge has potential, and Grass Valley has done a fine job augmenting Iomega’s product with its own brand of video hardware expertise. The drive and media both performed well; they have a sturdy, rugged feel, and, for an external device, the REV Pro is quiet during operation.
Review: Inlet Technologies Semaphore Pro 2
Semaphore is a positive first step in allowing an average user to accurately assess the quality issues that file-based broadcasting creates. As a standalone product, Semaphore allows for consistent quality control in the field; coupled with FathomPro, Semaphore creates a much more compelling scenario for enhancing mid-sized and large broadcasters’ workflows.
Streams of Thought: Passing It On: Recording (and Consuming) Our Hobbies and Habits
Several sites have sprung up recently that feature consumer-generated, how-to video content, a trend that carries with it deeper social meaning than initially meets the eye. Each of these sites—ViewDo.com, VideoJug.com, and ExpertVillage—have several social drivers in common.
First Look: Adobe Soundbooth
Easier to use than Audition but nearly as powerful, Adobe’s new audio software sets its sights on streaming video producers and Flash developers.
Mon., Oct. 30, by Tim Siglin
Commentary: A Serious Acquisition Creates More Magic for Adobe
Adobe’s recent acquisition of Serious Magic is good news for current Adobe video customers, and bodes well for streaming users. And while Adobe’s thinking about acquisitions, here are some other companies it might be considering.
Wed., Oct. 25, by Tim Siglin
Review: Digital Rapids StreamZ
If your workflow requires both a transcoding and an encoding solution, and speed is paramount, strongly consider putting a StreamZ system on your short list.
Mon., Oct.9, by Tim Siglin
Licensing Sweetens Deal as Google Buys YouTube
YouTube’s deals with Universal and Sony BMG may have been the deal-clincher, as they could help reduce Google’s risk of taking on copyright infringement liability along with the user-video startup.
Tues., Oct. 10, by Tim Siglin
Mobile Video in the Spotlight at IBC 2006
This year’s show demonstrates that the mobile video market is maturing rapidly, with an emphasis on DVB-H.
Thurs., Sept. 14, by Tim Siglin
IBC 2006: Is HD Coming, or is it Already Here?
Pre-IBC announcements show flurry of activity in HD streaming and broadcasting space
Fri., Sept. 8, by Tim Siglin
How-To Video Sites Gaining Traction
The appearance of UK-based Videojug.com suggests that the appeal of DIY video is growing, but potential investors in such sites would do well to consider three factors before signing the dotted line.
Wed., Aug. 30, by Tim Siglin
Cisco Solidifies VOD Footprint Through Arroyo Acquisition
Along with the Scientific Atlanta acquisition, the Arroyo deal positions Cisco to be a major player in the video-on-demand market.
Tues., Aug. 22, by Tim Siglin
Nokia’s Loudeye Acquisition Points to New Mobile Business Models
Since it gives Nokia control over encoding, distribution, and devices, it gives the company an end-to-end solution that may free mobile service providers to focus on their core competencies.
Tues., Aug. 15, by Tim Siglin
Telestream adds Popwire Tools to its Product Base
Acquisition solidifies Telestream’s place in the Mac encoding market while positioning both companies to pursue next-generation encoding tools.
Tues., Aug 8, by Tim Siglin
Case Study: Video Interpreter Services at the Alameda County Medical Center
Tandberg and Cisco help non-English-speaking patients get the care they need by providing video communcations technology for interpreters.
Tues., July 11, by Tim Siglin
A Storage Area Network Primer
With the advent of lower-cost drives and ubiquity of 1GB Ethernet connectors, the cost and complexity of creating a storage area network (SAN) is falling. Is a SAN right for you?
Mon., July 3, by Tim Siglin
Parallels Desktop Lets Mac Users Do Windows (Media) Too
New virtual machine tool allows near full-speed access to processors on Intel-based Macs. And, unlike Apple's own Boot Camp beta, it lets users run Windows and OS X at the same time.
Texas Instruments Provides Code Enhancements for DaVinci
DaVinci Technology Development Kit includes bundled codec package and software modules, taking some of the heavy lifting off the shoulders of developers.
Friday, June 9, by Tim Siglin
The Changing Digital Music Landscape
Announcements in the last week by Apple, Loudeye, and MTV show just how fluid the digital music delivery space has become.
Tues., May 16 by Tim Siglin
NAB 2006: Finding the Right Business Models
While the "big three"—subscription/pay-per-view, advertising, and promotional–still dominate, industry leaders at NAB suggest it's time to consider additional approaches.
Tues. April 25, by Tim Siglin
Review: On2 Flix Pro 8 for Flash 8
An easy-to-use interface, myriad output options, and relatively fast transcoding make Flix Pro worth considering.
by Tim Siglin
CeBIT 2006: Americans in Hannover
The world’s largest technology show didn’t disappoint this year, with compelling advances in VoIP, display, and optical storage pointing towards the future.
by Tim Siglin