MPEG-DASH Moving Toward Deployment: Wowza’s Knowlton

LAS VEGAS — MPEG-DASH, the digital video standard that uses adaptive bitrate streaming to offer higher-quality video and audio with encryption and cross-platform capability, is increasingly being looked to by video content owners searching for an alternative, says a video server vendor. “DASH is getting more and more attention out in the real world,” Wowza streaming industry evangelist […]

 

Microsoft Dashes To MPEG-DASH Support: Sodagar

LAS VEGAS — DASH by name, dash by nature? The draft international standard for MPEG-DASH, the video standard bringing higher-quality video and audio to digital media by using adaptive bitrate streaming, was first specced out in 2011. Now it is fast being adopted by big-name video server vendors. “We have been involved in DASH from the very […]

 

IDC Analyst: Virtual Cable Next Step in TV Everywhere

Keep an eye out for “virtual cable” as a new variation on TV Everywhere and over-the-top experiences, says Greg Ireland, Research Manager at IDC in an interview with Beet.TV. “So far TV Everywhere today is fractured and inconsistent, across some different apps, with some linear, some live content, some on-demand content. It’s not a replication of everything I can […]

 

Dolby Readies Deeper Color Palette for Video w/ Amazon, Sharp, others

LAS VEGAS — Can Dolby do for eyes what it’s done for ears? The San Francisco-based firm is best known for its audio developments, but recently unveiled Dolby Vision, its system for encoding pictures with more colors, brightness and more dynamic range than the current TV grading standard. “The way that content being graded today […]

 

Video Ads Changing Faster In EU Than US: Videology’s Gaskamp

LAS VEGAS — America’s patchwork TV provider landscape means linear’s move to data-driven digital ad trading is not happening as quickly as in some other parts of the world, says video ad tech vendor Videology. “We’re very complex (in the US), there’s a lot of people involved in that change,” says the company’s north America development […]

 

A Revolutionary Apple TV? Don’t Expect too Much, IDC Analyst Greg Ireland

LAS VEGAS – Over the past four  years,  speculation has been rampant about the entrance of a new Apple hardware/software solution that will revolutionize the IPTV and gaming businesses. But it’s not going to happen, cautions industry analyst Greg Ireland, Research Manager at IDC, the this interview with Beet.TV While Apple can surely introduce an […]

 

Ericsson Taps Elemental Technologies for “Virtualized Encoder”

LAS VEGAS  —   As part of Ericsson’s expansion into cloud-based video encoding with its “Virtualized Encoder Solution,” it has tapped Portland, Oregon-based Elemental Technologies, the companies announced at the NAB Show. We sat down with Ericsson’s Giles Wilson, Head of TV Compression, for an overview the company’s expanding role in video encoding and how […]

 

Qualcomm is Shipping MPEG Dash Enabled Chips on All Android Devices

LAS VEGAS –  Semiconductor manufacturer Qualcomm is now shipping all Android devices with MPEG Dash implementations — and some phone manufacturers (OEM’s) are enabling the new video streaming standard, says Aytac Biber, Video Technology Product Manager, in this interview with Beet.TV Aytac says that Android devices powered by the Snapdragon chip using Dash, stream video […]

 

Ooyala Taps Microsoft Azure for Cloud Solutions

LAS VEGAS – Ooyala, the digital video services company, which has been expanding its offering as a “TV Everywhere” platform for big broadcasters including Univision, has entered an agreement with Microsoft for its Azure, cloud-based platform, explains Jonathan Wilner, VP for Products, in this interview with Beet.TV In this interview, he speaks about both the utility […]

 

Microsoft Unveils Skype TX, a Studio-Grade Solution for Broadcasters

LAS VEGAS – As television, digital, radio and even live events come together, Skype has found a place in the middle of that convergence, connecting people worldwide via live television and digital, says Angie Hill, general manager of consumer marketing at Skype, in this interview with Beet.TV at the 2014 NAB Show last week. Skype […]

 

UGC-Based Broadcast is #1 New Syndicated Show in U.S.

LAS VEGAS – The manpower and resources behind local news have shrunk but the time frames have not, leading to a lot of repetition in news programs, says Phil Alvidrez, executive in charge of production for RightThisMinute, a TV show that publishes online video content – and tells the story behind it – before it […]

 

Dolby Readying “Cinema-Like” Audio for Mobile Video

LAS VEGAS – With the advancement in second-screen and mobile technology as companies like Apple and Amazon rolled out mobile devices that could support high-definition video, consumer expectation for high-quality sound on their tablets and phones increased, says JC Morizur, senior director of professional solutions and products for Dolby. But this experience was still very […]

 

Live Video Streaming Format MPEG Dash Embraced by Akamai, Google, Adobe, Microsoft others

LAS VEGAS – MPEG Dash — the emerging live video format for cross-platform streaming, has picked up considerable traction over the twelve months with the participation of major players including Google’s YouTube, Microsoft’s Azure, Adobe Primetime and Akamai, explains Will Law, Chief Media Architect of Akamai, in this interview with Beet.TV Also in the interview, […]

 

Microsoft says Streaming Olympics was Turning Point for its New Cloud Offering

LAS VEGAS —  Microsoft’s global, cloud-based platform for delivering video, called Azure, is gaining momentum and customer wins in the aftermath of its successful streaming of the Winter Olympics, says Bob DeHaven, GM of Worldwide Communications and Media, in this interview with Beet.TV The media offering is also gaining attention in the aftermath of some […]

 

Microsoft Announces Support for Fast-Emerging Streaming Standard MPEG-Dash

LAS VEGAS  — One of the top stories from the NAB Show was the accelerated support of streaming  video standard MPEG-Dash, perhaps  most notably with the announcement from Microsoft that it will support Dash with its media solutions. At NAB, we interviewed Iraj Sodagar, Principal Multimedia Architect at Microsoft, about the Dash initiative globally, its […]

 

Elemental Technologies Now Powering Video Encoding for BBC iPlayer, Integration with Adobe Primetime

LAS VEGAS – Elemental Technologies, the Portland, Oregon-based video encoding software company is powering the “the BBC iPlayer infrastructure,” says CEO Sam Blackman, in this interview with Beet.TV at the NAB Show. For the BBC and other customers, the video encoding happens increasingly in the Amazon “cloud,” he explains.  While hardware solutions had been the […]

 

IDC Analyst Greg Ireland: TV Everywhere Offerings Risk Consumer Confusion

LAS VEGAS – While an increasing number of cable operators and programmers are making their channels available on digital devices, to cable and satellite subscribers via TV Everywhere, the industry is confusing consumers with a vast array of apps and OTT scenarios, explains  Greg Ireland, Research Manager at IDC, in this interview with Beet.TV taped […]

 

Here’s What’s Exciting about 4K: It’s All about the New Colors

LAS VEGAS — Perhaps the biggest trend coming from the year’s NAB Show is the advent of UltraHD or 4K video. The technology was pervasive among infrastructure companies along with TV and camera makers.   While much has been said about the clarity of the image, the most compelling aspect of 4K is the vast […]

 

Conviva Now Analyzing 4 Billion Monthly Global Streams for ESPN, HBO, others

LAS VEGAS — Conviva, the streaming video analytics firm used by many digital publishers including ESPN and HBO, is analyzing some 4 billion monthly video streams to help publishers manage the delivery of video from the  ingestion points to the CDN to the “last mile” connection to the home or mobile device.  For an overview […]

 

Adobe Upgrades Premiere with Integration with After Effects

LAS VEGAS – Adobe’s video editing tool Premiere, got a significant upgrade with the integration of some elements of graphics tool After Effects, the company announced at the NAB Show this week.   We sat down with Bill Roberts, who heads up video products at Adobe for an update on Premiere. He says that Premiere […]

 
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