Growing Demand For Video Quality Tests Networks: Akamai’s Michel

AMSTERDAM — Networks are going to have to get smarter in the future if they are going to cope with booming demand for high-quality video, says network technology group Akamai. “Demands of audiences are going to increase, expecting broadcast-levels of quality,” Akamai product marketing director Kurt Michel tells Beet.TV at IBC Show. “Quality means more […]


Viewers Wield Ultimate TV Power: Broadcom’s Del Rio

LAS VEGAS — Semiconductor firm Broadcom is watching the evolution of a video distribution industry quite different to the one it entered two decades ago. “You’re familiar with the channel guide … that is about to change in a very big way,” says Broadcom’s broadband marketing associate director Joe Del Rio. “Now we’re talking about  […]


AOL’s Gabriel on the Importance of Being “Full-Stack”

VIEQUES, PR — Advertising technology firms are fond of flexing their “stack” – each boasts the varied strata of their connectable platform pieces. But what does “full-stack” even mean? To AOL video sales VP Charles Gabriel, that’s quite clear. It’s about creation, curation, programming, distribution across all screens and platforms, Gabriel says. “It’s not just distributing in digital to all […]


GroupM’s Gotlieb On Chips’ Astonishing Power Boom

Two cores good, 192 cores better. The history and future of digital media is the story of computer processing power. And the industry is still giving us better, faster, stronger. In this interview,  media agency GroupM’s visionary chairman Irwin Gotlieb ruminated with Beet.TV on where chip engineering is taking media. “Qualcomm just put out the  […]


Akamai and Qualcomm in Pact for UltraHD Streaming

LAS VEGAS — With a growing number of connected screens, streaming services having risen above local playback and the demands of UltraHD video looming, internet infrastructure is being sorely tested. Akamai and Qualcomm think one solution is to cache popular digital content in the home or office. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Qualcomm’s Atheros […]


Cisco’s Cozzolino: Compression Is Essential For Broadband 4K

LAS VEGAS — 4K televisions being touted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) promise phenomenal-quality viewing in the years ahead. But traditional broadcast infrastructure may not be able to cope with the extra demands, and broadband pipes may not be fat enough either, says one exec. “The only way a wireline operator is going to […]


Akamai Wants To Turn Consumer Gadgets In To Video Nodes

Akamai is commonly thought of as the content powerhouse in the sky, thanks to its online server capacity. But soon it wants to start turning consumer devices in to a video delivery network. Elaborating on October’s announcement, in which Akamai struck a relationship to add its software to Cisco routers, its media SVP and GM Bill Wheaton […]


‘Beamr’ Touts Dramatic Video Compression Process

AMSTERDAM — The upcoming HEVC video compression codec promises to cut streaming files by up to 50% without losing quality. But what if you could go 30% to 50% smaller again? That’s what brand-new video tech startup Beamr Video is promising. Launched at the recent IBC show after four years in development, Beamr’s technology, which runs […]


Beet Commentary: Ashley Swartz on Big Data and Google Fiber

With the arrival of new broadband technology such as Google Fiber, power will return to the consumer as existing broadband companies fight to remain competitive, says Ashley Swartz, CEO and founder of Furious Minds. Nielsen’s recently-released “Zero TV” study found that more than 5 million U.S. households watch television without cable or satellite providers; these […]


Elemental Debuts H.265, “Next Generation” Video Compression Standard

AMSTERDAM  – Elemental, the Portland, Oregon-based video compression hardware and cloud provider, presented its video compression solution for H.265 at the IBC conference.   According to Keith Wymbs, VP, the “next generation” video standard has shown reduction of bitrate of 40 percent, while retaining the quality of H.264, the current standard.


Brightcove’s Zencoder, Providing Streamlined Transcoding in the “Cloud”

AMSTERDAM – Zencoder, the San Francisco-based software company recently acquired by Brightcove, sees demand for various streaming formats to be created, or transcoded, instantly in the "cloud."  


Brightcove Debuts On-Demand Playback Tools via Zencoder

AMSTERDAM — Following its acquisition of encoding company Zencoder earlier this summer, online video technology company Brightcove rolled out a slate of new features for faster live and on-demand video playback and publishing, says Jeff Whatcott, Brightcove's Chief Marketing Officer, in an interview with Beet.TV at the IBC Show.


U.S. Video Services NeuLion to Stream 2014 and 2016 Olympics in China

PLAINVIEW, NY — NeuLion, a U.S.-based digital video services company, has won the contract with China Central Television (CCTV) to provide video streaming services for the 2014 Winter and 2116 Summer Olympics in China, the company says.


Cisco Forecasts Internet Traffic Will Reach 1.3 Zettabytes In 2016

Cisco‘s, latest report on internet network growth and trends, the Visual Networking Index Forecast (VNI) predicts that the Internet will generate 1.3 zettabytes of traffic in 2016.


Exclusive: Hollywood Studios Readying Common File Format for Digital Distribution

LAS VEGAS – The industry consortium of five of the the major Hollywood studios, the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), is readying a common file format for digital content distribution, says Mitchell Singer, President of the group and Chief Technology Officer of Sony Pictures in this interview with Beet.TV


Content Protection Firm Irdeto Expands “TV Everywhere” Offerings

Software security firm Irdeto is migrating its service provider-centric business to also include content protection now for online services, said Jan Steekamp, VP Business Development & Sales at Irdeto, in this interview with Beet.TV.


Cisco: Video will Account for 90% of Net Traffic in Three Years

NEW YORK/SAN JOSE (via Telepresence) — "Video is invading all aspects of our lives" and in three years will account for 90 percent of Internet traffic, says David Hsieh, VP for Marketing and Emerging Technologies at Cisco in this interview with Beet.TV.


CBS News Launches “TV-Like” Web Experience with Chrome App for “60 Minutes”

CBS News has introduced a Chrome App for its "60 Minutes" program, the network announced today.


Cisco Expanding its Telepresence Video Conferencing to the Desktop with Free Software

NEW YORK/SAN JOSE (via Telepresence) Cisco’s high-end video conferencing platform for big companies and institutions, with endpoints costing $300K or more, now has a low-priced solution for small businesses.


Latakoo Helping Newsrooms Move Big Video Files Fast

SAN FRANCISCO — Austin-based Latakoo has a product which allows video producers to compress big files to under 5 percent of their size and then send via the Web.

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