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Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

March 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Forum Presentation: Royalties on H264, HEVC, and DASH

I gave a recent talk on royalties at the Streaming Forum, entitled HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-DASH Royalty Update. Here’s the description.
Ten years ago, to stream video, you needed to know how to encode to H.264 and configure Flash. Now you have to be a patent lawyer. The end of 2016 was brutal from a royalty perspective. MPEG LA did the unthinkable and launched a DASH patent pool, which will impact all OTT producers with more than 100,000 customers. Will they launch a similar pool for HLS using the same IP? Nokia sued Apple for H.264 patent infringement, asserting a novel theory that could enable royalties far beyond the $0.20/unit charged by MPEG LA and impact all producers using H.264. And in a rare act of sensibility, unfortunately unmatched by MPEG LA, HEVC Advanced waived royalties on certain classes of HEVC decoders. You can pay your patent attorney 1000 quid …Read more

Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

February 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Download Handout from Rating HEVC Contenders

Below is the handout from my presentation at the Streaming Forum entitled, HEVC: Rating the Contenders Operators adding HEVC to their delivery pipeline will have plenty of codec options, but who has the time to ...Read more

Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

January 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live: A Progress Report After One Year of Growth

How are organizations such as PBS and TechCrunch using Facebook Live to reach and grow their audiences? The platform has been with us for a year now, so it's time to check in. We’ve all ...Read more

Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

January 17th, 2017|Comments Off on Choosing the Data Rate for your Mezzanine Files

(Note: This article was amended to show the comparative results at 6 mbps)Summary (The MPD)As more and more producers move their encoding to the cloud, or distributing via OVPs or other service providers, the data ...Read more

Facebook Live Case Studies

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Facebook Live Case Studies

We spoke with 15 publishers including PBS, The YES Network, and TechCrunch to find out exactly how they're broadcasting to Facebook Live, and the technology they're using to do it. For our article "Facebook Live: ...Read more

Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

January 9th, 2017|Comments Off on Apple Makes Sweeping Changes to HLS Encoding Recommendations

Author's note: This article was updated to include subjective comparisons of the 30p and 60p clips.  N2224 has long been considered the Rosetta Stone of ABR encoding (image courtesy of Beamr). Apple TN2224 was originally posted ...Read more

Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

December 11th, 2016|Comments Off on Containing Costs: How Publishers Can Save Money on ABR Encoding

Many companies spend too much on adaptive bitrate encoding. In turns out there's a pricey way to go about it and a cheaper way. Dynamic packaging to the rescue! Let me throw a couple of ...Read more

Recent Blogs

Encoding for HLS Delivery-Understanding the Bitrate Rules

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Apple could make all of this easier to remember if they changed the name of the BANDWIDTH tag to PEAK BANDWIDTH, which is really what it means. Since that's unlikely to happen, if you just remember that BANDWIDTH means peak bandwidth, you should be able to keep it straight.  In this article, I take a quick look at the VOD and Live bitrate requirements in Apple's HLS Authoring Specification for Apple Devices. VOD A quick glance reveals the following three requirements for VOD data rates: The average segment bit rate MUST be within 10% of the AVERAGE-BANDWIDTH attribute. (See also Appendix.) The measured peak bit rate MUST be within 10% of the BANDWIDTH attribute. The peak bit rate SHOULD be no more than 200% of the average bit rate. Working through the first requirement is simple. Basically, it means that the average bitrate for each segment must be within 10% of ...Read more

AV1 Gets Closer, HEVC Gets More Expensive

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

I really was positive about HEVC when there was one pool from MPEG LA with a $25M/year cap. It was three times the cost of H.264, but HEVC was a better technology, so it seemed ...Read more

V-Nova Launches Perseus 2.0

April 11th, 2017|Comments Off on V-Nova Launches Perseus 2.0

On April 3, 2017, London codec developer V-Nova announced PERSEUS 2.0; you can read the complete release here. I visited V-Nova in March 2016, and wrote an update for Streaming Media that you can read ...Read more

SLC Announces Webinar, HEVC: Rating the Contenders

April 3rd, 2017|Comments Off on SLC Announces Webinar, HEVC: Rating the Contenders

The Streaming Learning Center will host a webinar entitled HEVC: Rating the Contenders on April 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST. The free event will review the findings of extensive comparisons of the x265 and MainConcept ...Read more

Why I’m selling a PDF, but not a Kindle version of my new book

April 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Why I’m selling a PDF, but not a Kindle version of my new book

Hey all, recently announced my new book, Video Encoding by the Numbers:Eliminate the Guesswork from your Streaming Video, which you can read all about here. The paperback version in full color is available on Amazon ...Read more

Instart Logic Ad Integrity Anti-Ad Blocker used by 20% of Comscore 100

March 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Instart Logic Ad Integrity Anti-Ad Blocker used by 20% of Comscore 100

I wrote a story on ad blocking for the Streaming Media Sourcebook, which did not include Instart Logic. They called to set up a briefing, and here's what they told me. Company: Instart Logic Product: ...Read more

Newletter March 27, 2017. HEVC Losing Share; Standards Failing the Streaming Industry; V-Nova Update; Dolby and HLS

March 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Newletter March 27, 2017. HEVC Losing Share; Standards Failing the Streaming Industry; V-Nova Update; Dolby and HLS

  Here's what's new. First, an essay entitled Standards are Failing the Streaming Industry, explores how MPEG's inability to set unified pricing is hindering the utilization of HEVC, and will likely stall the deployment of DASH ...Read more