Rampant Piracy Is the Elephant in the Live-Streaming Room

There’s no doubt that live streaming is one of the next frontiers in the online video landscape—right behind artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. OK, I’m being a little sarcastic, but it’s true that everyone is talking about offering live linear events over the internet. Unfortunately, as of late, the industry discussion of the live-streaming experience […]

Can AI Make the Streaming Video Experience Even Better Than TV?

No, Skynet is not preparing to wipe out humanity anytime soon, but artificial intelligence (AI), along with its cousin machine learning (ML), are starting to make waves in industries across the globe. From alerting physicians to potential, harmful pharmaceutical interactions to handling customer service inquiries to powering self-driving cars, AI is re-imagining what were once manually intensive […]

Virtual Reality Development Is Moving in the Wrong Direction

I recently had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at Light Reading’s 2018 Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas. My fellow panelists, Arianne Hinds, Ph.D. (principal architect, video and standards strategy at CableLabs), and Ozgur Oyman, Ph.D. (from Intel and a board member of the VR Industry Forum group), provided a very lively discussion on the […]

Hey, European Mobile Operators: What About Streaming Video?

I recently returned from GSMA’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and was disappointed by the complete lack of vendors and messaging to address streaming video. None of the operator booths had sections set up to talk about streaming, or video delivery, or solving network congestion to ensure a great end-user video experience. In contrast, there was […]

The Enterprise Embraces Streaming Innovation Behind the Firewall

When we look at the future of television, we are talking about streaming video. Over-the-top (OTT) and online distribution will slowly displace traditional broadcast over the next 10 to 20 years. And when we talk about the innovators in that space, we usually mean Netflix or Hulu or Amazon or a bevy of others all […]

The Four Problems Facing OTT Services—and How to Solve Them

Although the growth of over-the-top (OTT) is nothing to shake a stick at, it pales in comparison with the amount of viewership garnered by broadcast television. In fact, according to Nielsen, it’s a 5-to-1 consumption ratio: For every single hour of OTT viewed each day, the average consumer also views 5 hours of broadcast television. […]

The Reality of Virtual Reality: Despite the Hype, VR Isn’t Viable

It seems like you can’t browse the web or read a magazine without something popping up about VR. Sure, there’s a lot of hype around the technology (probably as much as, or maybe even more than, the hype around mobile in the mid-1990s), but consumer adoption is relatively low. Sales of VR headsets number in […]

Latency: The Final Frontier for Streaming Video Entertainment?

Streaming video has come a long way in just a short time. Compared to how long it took broadcast television to take root and gain widespread adoption, online video has happened in the blink of an eye. Of course, the environment for adoption was different. When TV first showed up, people had to buy their […]

How Much of a Role Will Mobile Phones Play in the Future of TV?

I think we can all agree that the traditional television experience—you know, sitting on your couch and watching the TV according to some sort of schedule—is undergoing a transformation. The different ways people watch video content is exploding across devices, apps, and websites. Video has been unchained from the family room and is roaming around […]

IPTV Is Dead and OTT Killed It. Will it Do the Same to Broadcast?

In a recent announcement, CenturyLink indicated that it was scrapping its IPTV offering in favor of OTT. The logic? It is simply cheaper to deliver over the internet than over fixed line. But CenturyLink isn’t alone in this movement. Comcast, with the Xfinity platform, has been advocating OTT over IPTV for a while, and several other […]