Showing posts from 2016

Flash is Dead!!

TheoPlayer's new video advertisement provides some important information about Flash, and its diminishing role.

Wowza Streaming Engine Demonstration


JW Player


How To Build Your Encoding Ladder, Part 2: Resolution


Encoding Ladder Guidelines

State-of-art streaming must reach all devices; all connection speeds.  Encoding ladders service this end, and this series of videos will help you construct the perfect infrastructure.


Apple vs Spotify Review

Apple vs Spotify Review

Which is better? Both services offer high-fidelity audio and HD music videos. Is it worth the extra money? Which is best. Are there other similar services?

Free MPEG DASH Player

Bitmovin's new player is an HTML5 Adaptive Streaming Player for MPEG-DASH & HLS. They claim that with their player, your videos play everywhere with low startup delay, no buffering and in the highest quality. It supports advertising and DRM.

The most encouraging thing about the Bitdash Player - they have a full featured version that is free.

What's more - their pricing is much lower than the other media players (JW, THEO, Radiant).

For more information, see the below link:

Demo of BitDash Player:

WMSPanel Demo Videos

Checkout this HLS Stream in several players:

Test Your Stream Here

Test Site
Dispersa: streams availability free distributed checker - WMSPanel Improving quality of service. Every streaming media business wants to bring the best possible quality of service. This requires a variety of techniques, tools and

How An Open-Source Cloud Storage Company Is Taking On Amazon and Google | Popular Science

Samsung Deal with M-GO for 4K Content

With millions of 4K and Ultra HD television sets being sold all around the world, there is relatively little content available in 4K format. 

M-Go is a pay per view VOD (video on demand) service; partnered with both DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.  It announced a new Samsung-exclusive 4K catalog. By the end of the year, they will offer around 100 movies and TV shows.

According to a report by Variety, the library will include Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Giver, Power, Ghost in the Shell and Limitless.

The 4K content is expected to cost around $1-2 more on average than M-Go’s regular HD titles to rent, and around $3-5 more.  Amazon is also working on developing new 4K content.


The Four HLS Players

JW Player, THEOplayer, Bitmovin Player and Radiant Player are the four media players that have native support Apple's HLS format (m3u8 playlists). The cost of JW, THEO and Radiant players is about $1,200 per year.  The Bitmovin player is free, but after 5,000 streams, they charge a monthly fee.

State of the Media Player Industry

JW Player - World most popular HTML5 media player; HLS, RTMP, MPEG-DASH, m3u8. The JW Player was the very first generic media player, and today, it claims to be the most popular.

THEOPlayer - 100% HTML5 media player; HLS, RTMP, MPEG-DASH, m3u8.  This player boasts that it is coded entirely in HTML5, but its prices are exactly the same as JW Player.

Radiant Player - HTML5 compatible media player; uses HTML5 and JS, but its prices are exactly the same as JW Player.

BitMovin Player - HTML5 player; native MPEG-DASH without plugins; free version supports all features.

The recent focus of the media player industry has shifted towards advertisers, who are using …

DRM Now - Video Workshop by Avni Rambhia

From Streaming Media East, by Avni Rambhia, Industry Principal, Digital Media - Frost & Sullivan

Avni is an expert in DRM, and she gives her first seminar at a Streaming Media industry trade show.

Landmark -- Netflix Simultaneously Releasing Online & Theater Release of 'Crouching Tiger'

Could it be? Has the day arrived when online distribution is happening at the same time as theater release? Yes! The day is here! Online giant, Netflix, is simultaneously releasing the sequel of 'Crouching Tiger' in theaters and online.

Michelle Yeoh returns from the original cast as Yu Shu-Lien alongside Donnie Yen  as Silent Wolf, in the sequel of Crouching Tiger.." . The plot involves the quest for the legendary sword, and ultimately the battle for the survival of the world. A visual masterpiece, from director Woo-Ping Yuen, fight choreographer forThe Matrix and Kill Bill franchises, director of Jackie Chan’s classic Drunken Master.

The dual release is a first for the film industry, and because the movie's reviews have been somewhat lackluster, observers might not see this as much of a risk.

Amazon Elastic Transcoder Adds PlayReady DRM Support

Amazon is giving away its Elastic Transcoder to apply Microsoft PlayReady DRM protection to Smooth Streaming and HLS outputs. When you create your transcoding job, simply include the encryption key, the ID of the key on the license server, and license server URL provided by your PlayReady License Provider. Elastic Transcoder transcodes and packages your files in one simple step.

There are no additional Elastic Transcoder charges for using this new DRM packaging feature. To learn more, please consult the Securing Your Content chapter in the Elastic Transcoder Developer Guide.

HLS Streaming: Amazon Elastic Transcoder can be used to convert your mezzanine (or master) media files stored in Amazon S3 to various formats depending on the devices your viewers will be using to play it and can further be transmuxed to create a collection of HLS segments and manifest files. This can be stored back in Amazon S3 and delivered using Amazon CloudFront in a high performing and scalable manner. Using…

What is OTT

What is is OTT?

OTT stands for “over-the-top,”or delivery of film and TV content via the Web, without a cable subscription, such as Time Warner or Comcast.

OTT didn’t develop quickly because content owners didn’t have the infrastructure to sell content directly to consumers,” according to experts in video marketing.

OTT has become a hot topic since Netflix matured into a major force (Netflix’s 37.7 million puts it ahead of HBO in total subscribers and offering) . With audiences were increasingly watching their favorite shows on Netflix (and Hulu), rather than the initial live broadcast, TV networks and studios felt compelled to license their older programming to them. As one might have predicted, the success of the Netflix experiment has resulted in the erosion of ratings for conventional TV.10 million US broadband subscribers don’t pay for TV.

HBO launched HBO Now, an over-the-top subscription video service that offers full access to its library and original programming. It's s…

Video - 84 Percent Of Internet Traffic By 2018 -- ScienceDaily‏

Internet traffic will be fueled by video over the next few years, according to a new report from Cisco Systems. The report forecasts that video will grow to 84% of internet traffic in the United States by 2018. Video traffic currently makes up 78% of internet traffic in the United States.