Archive | Internet video

Will AI Power the Next Leap in Video Compression?

Artificial intelligence’s (AI) role in the digital content economy isn’t merely confined to better anticipating what TV series you’d like to binge watch next. It’s increasingly being brought to bear to solve a more challenging (and equally long-standing) technical problem: how to shave off bits from a video file without fatally compromising quality. While the […]

HEVC Products Forecast Overview

With efficiency improvements over the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 standard and higher-quality play back, HEVC/H.265 use has expanded into nearly every consumer product and video content category. Although higher-end applications, such as the viewing of UHD TV, are the most advertised uses for the HEVC standard, its use in non-UHD applications is prolific. DTC’s latest study narrates […]

Is There A Universal Cable Converter Solution?

If you think the presidential primaries, Cam Newton v. the media, and Superman v. Batman battles are brutal, just wait. Two of the most hated entities in our society—the Federal government and local cable TV providers—are about to butt proverbial heads over one of the most important devices in consumer homes: the cable box. This […]

How Dish’s Sling TV Explains the Mystery of Apple’s Missing iTV

Dish rocked the recently concluded CES show with the announcement of Sling TV, an over-the-top (OTT) video service that delivers a lineup of linear channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. The service offers access to this content on mobile platforms, […]

HEVC for non UHD Content: Not Sexy but Excitingly Steady

The casual video-market observer can be forgiven for thinking that the latest version of an MPEG video compression standard, HEVC, exists only to enable the fledgling Ultra HD market. As companies like Qualcomm, Apple and Samsung well know, the latest MPEG/ITU video compression standard will serve a much larger and less glamorous purpose than delivering […]

Big Data Tackles the Multiscreen Video Quality Challenge

During a panel at the NAB Show in April, Hui Zhang, the CEO of the multiscreen video analytics firm Conviva noted one of the challenges of the streaming age: as the quality of video streaming over the Internet has steadily improved, our patience for buffering has diminished even more rapidly. While video providers have made […]

What Intel’s Retreat Tells Us About the Pay TV Industry

So that’s just about that. After announcing to the world that it was preparing an over-the-top video service to rival Netflix, Intel has now signaled in the press that it’s looking to bail. Specifically, reports have surfaced that Intel wants to sell its video service (dubbed OnCue) to Verizon or possibly Liberty Media. According to […]

Are Cord Cutters (Finally) Here?

The traditional pay TV market has taken a turn for the worse in the United States. Cable TV operators continue to bleed subscribers, collectively shedding roughly half-a-million subscribers in the last quarter. Satellite operators, which had managed to hold and grow their subscriber base at the same time that cable was losing ground, have also […]

Stream Dream or Nightmare?

It’s been a rough summer for streaming music services. In June, singer/songwriter David Lowery penned a blog post titled, “My Song Got Played On Pandora 1 Million Times and All I Got Was $16.89, Less Than What I Make From a Single T-Shirt Sale!” Lowery’s piece went on to describe how “terrible” streaming music royalties […]