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2016 Paves the Way for a Next-Gen Video Encoding Technology Explosion in 2017

2016 has been a significant year for video compression as 4K, HDR, VR and 360 video picked up steam, paving the road for an EXPLOSION of HEVC adoption in 2017. With HEVC’s ability to reduce bitrate and file sizes up to 50% over H.264, it is no surprise that HEVC has transitioned to be the […]

Shows Without Safety Nets: The Lasting Appeal of Live TV

Live video streaming is certainly popular these days, but it’s not a new concept. Instead, it hearkens back to a beloved form of 20th-century entertainment: live scripted television. In fact, this type of non-news, non-sports programming endures to this day. Live TV Enthralls a Nation During the 1950s, comedies and dramas on TV were often […]

The State of Commercially Available 4K UHD Services

In a recent article we did a little investigative research on the state of 4K and four significant trends: The upgrade in picture quality is significant and will drive an increase in value to the consumer – and additional revenues for services. Competitive forces are operating at scale – Service Providers and OTT distributors will […]

We Need a Revolution of 4K!

Don’t panic or stop reading, we used the word ‘revolution’ in the title and though admittedly it’s provocative being less than a week from the US Presidential elections, we are talking about entertainment and TV, not politics. Cue the massive sigh of relief here… Our story starts with a recent article published in PC Magazine […]

4 Facts about 4K

We recently did a little investigative research on the state of 4k and here are four highlights of what we found. To start, as an industry, we’ve been anticipating 4K for a few years now, but it was just this past April that DIRECTV launched the first-ever Live 4K broadcast from the Masters Golf Tournament. […]

Can we profitably surf the Video Zettabyte Tsunami?

Two key ingredients are in place. But we need to get started now. In a previous post, we warned about the Zettabyte video tsunami – and the accompanying flood of challenges and opportunities for video publishers of all stripes, old and new.  Real-life tsunamis are devastating. But California’s all about big wave surfing, so we’ve […]

Data Caps, Zero-rated, Net Neutrality: The Video Tsunami Doesn’t Take Sides

We Need to Work Together to Conserve Bits in the Zettabyte Era Over the past year, and again last week, there has been no shortage of articles and discussion around data caps, binge-on, zero rated content, and of course network neutrality. We know the story. Consumer demand for Internet and over-the-top video content is insatiable. […]

Will Virtual Reality Determine the Future of Streaming?

As video services take a more aggressive approach to virtual reality (VR), the question of how to scale and deliver this bandwidth intensive content must be addressed to bring it to a mainstream audience. While we’ve been talking about VR for a long time you can say that it was reinvigorated when Oculus grabbed the […]