Pity the misunderstood, overlooked caption: the text that displays underneath television pictures, white letters framed in black. Pity the subtitles of foreign movies, oft-maligned for their inaccuracy. Getting these captioning functions right is an expensive, time-consuming proposition. At least, that's what broadcasters want consumers to think.
In the wake of FCC rules, passed in 2012, that require television programs and movies to have closed captions even in the online video space--and an added rule this year regarding short clips--broadcasters and online video providers are scrambling to make sure their online catalogs are captioned. (...)
In a statistic that probably has cable TV execs scrambling to push broadband video, only about 2 percent of the 19 percent of millennials who don't have pay TV would consider signing up in the next three months, a new report from nScreenMedia indicates.
The white paper, "What Millennials Want from TV" studies what an age group that grew up with the Internet and mobile phones wants--and it's not a passive TV viewing experience.
"For the Internet generation, their opinions are as much a part of the experience as the media they are consuming," said Colin Dixon, founder and chief analyst of nScreenMedia in a post. "When they look at television they see something fixed and unresponsive. TV operators and content providers need to bring the audience's voice more directly into the experience." (...)
We’re excited to announce an open source video player framework to make online video and video monetization with the IMA SDK easier than ever. The Google Media Framework (GMF) is available for iOS and Android, and we have a Video.js plugin for web based video players.
Ready to use Video player for your apps and websitesDemo apps include production ready integrations with the IMA ads SDKGMF is free and open source, so can be customized to meet your specific needs (Send us a pull request!)Easily customize the UI color and add or remove buttonsSupport for iOS 7+ and Android 4.1+
Portland, Oregon - Aug 15, 2014 - Global communications network and the world’s largest provider of simulcast horse and greyhound racing video services rapidly expands into adjacent markets with Elemental video processing software.
Three years after virtualizing its transcoding software on generic HP servers to enable the convergence of video headend and IT infrastructure, Envivio took its software fully into the cloud this year with OpenStack and VMWare integration. The company views virtualization as a natural trajectory for the industry.
More than five years after its introduction, U.S. pay TV's complex multiscreen initiative, TV Everywhere, remains a work in progress. Despite record streaming audiences for the World Cup on ESPN and Univision, the industry is struggling in areas like authentication, audience measurement, and consumer awareness.
How can publishers ensure that their viewers are getting a TV-like experience with MPEG-DASH video? At the recent Streaming Forum conference in London, experts from Qualcomm and Bitmovin explained the finer points of QoE for DASH.
"How can the DASH standard or standardized formats have to increase the quality, once there is some kind of metrics or logging functionality at the client that gives you means to communicate to another instance -- a logging server or whatever -- what's going on in the client side?" asked Christian Timmerer, CIO for Bitmovin. "In DASH there is an Annex D which is a normative definition of semantics for these metrics according to different observation points. If you have the DASH access client -- that basically is the one that issues the HTTP request -- and gets the responses and hands that over to what we call here a DASH-enabled application, which then in the end feeds into a display for rendering purposes or whatever."
Consumers are increasingly using their over-the-top online video connections to complement their pay TV subscriptions, creating “Do-It-Yourself Bundles” of programming, according to a recent study by Hub Entertainment Research. (...)
The industry might be buzzing about 4K video, but is this something consumers actually want? At the recent Streaming Media East conference in New York City, Will Law, chief architect, media division, at Akamai, reminded the audience that this discussion sounds awfully familiar.
"I'm a pragmatic optimist about 4K, and I'm also a student of history," Law began. "I wanted almost to print out a session we had at Streaming Media East about six years ago that was taking about the new format coming out -- how it was larger, there were no screens to display it, there were no devices to play it, content wasn't produced in it. And that format was 1080p. Six years ago we were having exactly the same discussion, and I think we're going to repeat it again. In six years time we're going to be looking back and we will see a transition from 720 to 1080 to 4K."
It wasn't long ago that 3D enjoyed the same level of hype. Yet, it still didn't catch on.
This session examines commercial deployments of DASH based solutions across the spectrum of media delivery. Learn from operators why they made the decision to move to DASH, lessons learned in the practical implementation of DASH, and future plans.