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Free Webinar-HEVC: What it is, Where it's At, and Where it's Going

Tue, Apr 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT HEVC is definitely the next big thing; but how big is it, and when will it matter? If you're interested in learning about the current status of HEVC, consider attending this webinar, during which I'll discuss a rang...

Netflix, HEVC and Net Neutrality. Who Ultimately Will Pay the Toll?

The poor folks at HDTVtest were reviewing a Samsung HU8500 UHDTV and noticed that Netflix was streaming House of Cards Season 2 at 4K in HEVC. According to the article, after cycling through 720p and 1080p, the stream ultimately switched up to 2160 H...

Configuring a Server Farm for Telestream Episode

OK, pretty discrete topic, but if you care, you care. This blog post originated as questions from a visitor to this website, who asked: At this stage of my investigation, I have the following questions: - Should I go for a few 16-core or a lot 4-core...

A Buyer's Guide to Cloud Encoders

Considering a cloud encoder? My article, A Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Encoders, from the fabulous 2014 Streaming Media Sourcebook, is up on the Streaming Media webiste. Here's the scintillating intro which tells what's covered in the article.  Ther...

Encoding for iBooks Author Webinar: Download Free Proof of Concept iBook

ibookcover.pngIn my upcoming webinar, Encoding for iBooks Author (register here), I claim that "by the lessons learned in this webinar, you’ll be able to include more minutes of videos in your iBooks, or the same number of minutes in a much smaller footprint." To prove the concept, I created an iBook with seven video files that you can freely download here. By practicing the techniques I'll demonstrate during the webinar, the seven files I produced (195 MB total) were about 400 MB smaller than those produced by iBooks Author (591 MB), with no visual difference. Click here to see the article with the complete analysis. Click here to download the free 800 MB iBook. 

How to Encode Video for HLS Delivery

HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) is a simple and elegant architecture created by Apple for delivering adaptive bit rate streams to iOS devices and compatible browsers, essentially Safari. Since its release, HLS has been incorporated into technologies that enable desktop computers to play HLS streams with Flash installed (JW Player) or within HTML5 browsers (THEOplayer from OpenTelly). HLS has also been (poorly) adopted by Google for Android and incorporated into most (if not all) OTT platforms like Roku. Though Dynamic Adaptive Streaming via HTTP (DASH) gets all the press, HLS gets all the eyeballs, and is as close to a “one-spec-fits-all” technology as is available in the adaptive streaming space.

YouTube Preparing to Deploy VP9 on 4K Content

In a TV Technology article, Deborah D. McAdams reported that "YouTube is preparing to use Google’s own VP9 compression for 4K content otherwise known as “UltraHD.” McAdams was recounting Google's presentation from Day 2 of the Hollywood Post Al...

Telestream Includes x.264 in Free Episode 6.4 Update

In an uncharacteristically quiet release, Telestream launched Episode 6.4, a free upgrade that includes x264 encoding for all versions. This is essentially a price reduction of around $89 (B&H was still selling the x264 option when I wrote this p...

HEVC Likely to be Subject to Similar Royalty Structure as H.264

One of the best things about presenting at Streaming Media conferences is that the expertise level of attendees is so high that it’s rare you don’t learn a thing or so in the sessions that you present. So it was during my HEVC session at Streaming Media West.

MPEG LA Announces Proposed HEVC Licensing Terms

Yesterday, MPEG LA announced proposed license terms for HEVC. We parsed the press release, and spoke with MPEG LA, and here’s what we know, and what we don’t know.