Broadpeak takes server-side approach to ABR streaming

fiercevideo | February 20, 2020

Broadpeak, a CDN and video tech provider, is rolling out S4Streaming, a new platform that uses server-side technology for adaptive bit rate streaming. The company said S4 assesses and selects the appropriate quality for video streaming to reduce the latency of live streams and enable higher bit rates for on-demand content delivery. "Until now, ABR streaming has been exclusively relying on the players to evaluate bandwidth and perform quality selection. The problem with this approach is that it can cause uneven end-user experiences, and bandwidth evaluation may not work in the context of low-latency video streaming, further worsening viewer experiences," said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak, in a statement. "S4Streaming represents an inflection point in the industry, giving service providers full control over how their resources are used so that they can deliver high-quality video streams with low latency."

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The latest 30 years can be characterized as a breakthrough in the media industry caused by the advent of the Internet and its dynamic expansion. The Internet and smartphones have revolutionized our communication channels and become an integral part of our daily lives. Today, there are approximately 3.7 billion Internet users — that’s over 50% of the world’s population — and the number is still continuing to climb.

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The latest 30 years can be characterized as a breakthrough in the media industry caused by the advent of the Internet and its dynamic expansion. The Internet and smartphones have revolutionized our communication channels and become an integral part of our daily lives. Today, there are approximately 3.7 billion Internet users — that’s over 50% of the world’s population — and the number is still continuing to climb.

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Veritone Creates AI-Driven Revenue Opportunities for Enterprise Media & Entertainment Companies on AWS

Veritone, Inc | August 09, 2022

Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI), creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) platform, has announced an extension of its work with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support its Media & Entertainment (M&E) customers. Last year, Veritone joined the AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative that helped content creators, rights holders, producers and distributors easily identify industry-specific AWS capabilities and accelerate transformation across five key industry innovation centers. By continuing to support the AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative, Veritone reaffirms its commitment to modernizing how IP owners of all sizes produce, distribute and ultimately monetize their content.Veritone brings a portfolio of content-enabling technologies and services that, when running on AWS, allows for end-to-end production in the cloud. With aiWARE as the enterprise platform, companies can build and deploy AI-powered workflows while seamlessly integrating with their current datasets, applications and processes. “Working in lockstep with AWS allows us to deliver the most current content production, management and monetization tools, which help M&E customers to overcome the challenges of processing digital content at greater speeds and depth with metaverse and Web3 activations, Combining the power and scale of AWS along with our aiWARE technology, applications and services ensure that IP owners and content creators have a complete arsenal to create and maximize revenue opportunities regardless of where they exist or appear.” -Ryan Steelberg, president and co-founder of Veritone With Veritone, we can combine our skill sets and capabilities to offer a revolutionized way to create and monetize content no matter where creative workforces are located, said Chris Blandy, global leader of strategy and business development for media & entertainment, AWS. Leveraging Veritone’s AI platform on AWS, content creators and distributors are unlocking new ways to monetize existing libraries and create more engaging programming. The demand for content is not slowing down, and having the ability to identify and access the right asset immediately is essential for meeting the demanding pace of production. Veritone and AWS magnify benefits for Media & Entertainment organizations With aiWARE serving as a foundation to incorporate AI and intelligent workflow capabilities into a content production environment, M&E brands can leverage aiWARE-based applications on AWS, such as Veritone Digital Media Hub, to streamline the management of unstructured data to activate the monetization of their vast media archives. By automating metadata tagging and creating intelligent and actionable media data lakes, content creators can efficiently uncover valuable content and ensure new assets do not become lost, allowing brands like the San Francisco Giants and CBS News to activate decades worth of content. “Leveraging AI to structure our digitized archive of 80-plus years of Giants baseball history, aiWARE and Digital Media Hub have accelerated and expanded our content projects,As part of the Veritone ecosystem, we like how we can incorporate more tools and capabilities as needed, future-proofing our content production for omnichannel fan engagement including Web3.” -Paul Hodges, vice president of content and entertainment, San Francisco Giants. As the next phase of content creation becomes more immersive and driven by “phygital” experiences, creators need tools to extend the content lifecycle to reach and access customers wherever they are consuming media. Veriverse, a portfolio of metaverse-ready solutions for the Enterprise, provides that much-needed bridge M&E brands are trying to cross to capitalize on the Web3 opportunity. Winner of back-to-back NAB Product of the Year awards for Veritone Voice and Veritone Avatar, Veriverse adds another layer of capability that is positioned to become industry standard. Veritone Voice and the rest of the Veriverse portfolio change how brands engage with their customers. With the ability to deploy internationally, including in the U.K., Veritone accelerates international product and service implementations while also taking into account GDPR standards, said James Poulter, CEO, and co-founder, Vixen Labs. From conversational AI applications to human-driven digital personas in immersive environments, we can truly make the digital experience feel human and authentic anywhere. In addition to Digital Media Hub and Veriverse, the Veritone portfolio of applications on AWS includes Attribute and Discovery, broadcast solutions designed to track and search content and provide proof-of-performance metrics. Additionally, through Veritone One, a performance-based audio and influencer agency creating impactful advertising for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, and Veritone Licensing, a full-service content licensing and clearance service activating content from some of the world’s most sought-after archives, companies have a one-stop-shop to implement a modern content practice to unlock their full revenue potential. Veritone’s artificial intelligence products and services are available at www.veritone.com. About Veritone Veritone (Nasdaq: VERI) is a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solutions. The company’s proprietary operating system, aiWARE™ powers a diverse set of AI applications and intelligent process automation solutions that are transforming both commercial and government organizations. aiWARE orchestrates an expanding ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video and other data sources into actionable intelligence. The company’s AI developer tools enable its customers and partners to easily develop and deploy custom applications that leverage the power of AI to dramatically improve operational efficiency and unlock untapped opportunities. Veritone is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in Costa Mesa, California; London and San Diego. To learn more, visit www.veritone.com.

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Cloud Gaming to Create Strong Opportunities for Telcos in Europe E-gaming Market | Globaldata Plc

Globaldata Plc | June 17, 2022

E-gaming providers are revamping their cloud gaming subscriptions, expanding their gaming portfolio, and making their games available across more platforms. All that is required for cloud gaming is a subscription, a smartphone, TV, or laptop, and an internet connection. Telcos are well positioned to take advantage of the cloud computing market. Telcos can provide the connectivity to end-users to support cloud gaming and the network infrastructure such as data centers for cloud gaming providers. The Europe E-gaming Market Research Report offered by GlobalData Plc highlights the latest developments among a selection of global e-gaming and entertainment companies. It also explores telco e-gaming and esports value propositions and provides a list detailing examples of telcos’ e-gaming and esports activities and offers in Europe. Key Europe E-gaming Market Trends One key trend in the e-gaming and esports market includes increased accessibility of e-gaming with free-to-play gaming models, mobile gaming, and cloud gaming solutions. The free-to-play (F2P) model has accelerated the adoption of video games and microtransactions have changed the economy of games. On-the-go gaming is growing on the back of the availability of high-performance mobile devices, irrespective of the price tag. More powerful devices with extended battery life coupled with 5G speeds paint a gaming future-oriented towards mobile. Furthermore, AR/VR technology is in focus as gamers demand more immersive experiences, blurring the line between reality and fantasy. Cloud gaming and streaming are transforming the gaming market as Netflix did for streaming movies. Metaverse-like games can provide an immersive and interactive gaming experience with a virtual environment where players can interact with each other and customize their spaces For more insights on Europe E-gaming market trends, download a free report sample Key Findings in the Europe E-gaming Market As fundamentally connectivity providers, European telcos can leverage e-gaming services to upsell/cross-sell customers and incentivize service bundling. For example, both SFR and Telekom Slovenije made cloud gaming available on their TV platforms, which further promotes their fixed and TV bundled services. Telcos can provide the network infrastructure and data center capacity, and edge computing solutions, to host cloud gaming closer to the end-user, lowering latency and improving the gaming experience. For more insights on the Europe E-gaming market, download a free report sample Europe E-gaming Market Report Scope Overview of e-gaming at a global level and analysis of the e-gaming value chain and key trends. This section also analyzes the latest developments in the cloud gaming market and provides an overview of a large selection of cloud gaming value propositions from technology companies and gaming providers. Outlines ten telco e-gaming & esports value proposition strategies and provides examples of telcos’ current activity in the e-gaming & esports space. Analyzes the e-gaming & esports value propositions, business models, and strategies of four telecom operators in Europe. A number of key findings and a set of recommendations for e-gaming stakeholders, including telecom service providers are also provided. Reasons to Buy This Insider Report provides a comprehensive examination of the E-gaming value chain and business models. It helps executives fully understand the ecosystem, market dynamics, and latest developments. It helps telecom decision-makers determine key e-gaming (including cloud gaming) positioning strategies, formulate effective product development plans, and optimize return on investments. Four telco case studies from Europe illustrate the findings of the report, providing insights into different telco e-gaming value propositions in the region, including services, monetization approaches, and partnerships. This will help telecom executives craft adapted e-gaming strategies to unlock new revenue streams. The report discusses concrete opportunities in the e-gaming market, providing several actionable recommendations for e-gaming ecosystem participants, including telecom service providers. AboutGlobalData GlobalData is a leading provider of data, analytics, and insights on the world's largest industries. In an increasingly fast-moving, complex, and uncertain world, it has never been harder for organizations and decision makers to predict and navigate the future. This is why GlobalData's mission is to help our clients to decode the future and profit from faster, more informed decisions. As a leading information services company, thousands of clients rely on GlobalData for trusted, timely, and actionable intelligence. Our solutions are designed to provide a daily edge to professionals within corporations, financial institutions, professional services, and government agencies.

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SLING TV and The Basketball Tournament Announce National Partnership

SLING TV | July 15, 2022

SLING TV announced its official sponsorship of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a two-week, $1 million winner-take-all event streaming on ESPN beginning July 16, 2022. Throughout the 60+ game, 64-team tournament, SLING will be prominently featured as the official sponsor of TBT. With more than 60 games of non-stop excitement and a game-winning final 'SLING Shot' for each matchup, we're thrilled to bring TBT's action to SLING subscribers," said Ajinkya Joglekar, senior vice president of marketing, SLING TV. "Live events are at the core of SLING, and we offer an unbeatable value to customers looking for the best seat in the house on game day. Moreover, we're pleased to align our innovative brands to deliver a one-of-a-kind fan experience and look forward to welcoming new and current subscribers to root for their favorite teams throughout this tournament. "We're proud to announce SLING as the official tournament sponsor and unveil the game winning 'SLING Shot,' which will be featured in every TBT matchup, This partnership highlights one of the Elam Ending's most marketable facets: every game ends with its most clutch shot. And by combining SLING's live television value with TBT's intensity, fans will get an electrifying experience for this year's tournament." -TBT Founder/CEO Jon Mugar. The Basketball Tournament 2022 is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament hosted in eight cities and structured to include a game-winning shot in each game. This unique format has grown in popularity since TBT first instituted it in 2017, and is now prominently featured as part of the NBA's All-Star Game. Since their start in 2014, TBT has hosted more than 400 games, partnered with ESPN to televise games globally, paid out $10 million in prizes and crowned eight champions. In 2022, TBT will take place between July 16 and August 2 in New York City; Syracuse, New York; Dayton, Ohio; Cincinnati; Omaha, Nebraska; Wichita, Kansas; Albuquerque, New Mexico and Charleston, West Virginia. Throughout the tournament, fans can catch all the action from tipoff to the final "SLING Shot" on ESPN, included with SLING Orange for $35 a month. Plus, new subscribers currently receive HALF OFF their first month. Learn more at Sling.com. About SLING TV SLING TV is an Emmy® Award-winning live streaming TV service that provides more than 700 channels from today's most popular networks across its general market, Latino and international services. It is available on all major streaming devices, smart televisions, tablets, game consoles, computers and smartphones. SLING offers two general market streaming services, SLING Orange and SLING Blue, that collectively feature content from Disney/ESPN, Fox, NBC, AMC, A&E, AXS, Discovery, Scripps, Turner, Viacom, NBA TV, NFL Network, NHL Network, Pac-12 Networks, GSN, Hallmark, SHOWTIME, STARZ and EPIX. On select devices, SLING offers customers access to free content, à la carte channels and services, plus Pay-Per-View events and movies on-demand. SLING provides a suite of stand-alone and add-on Spanish-language services and packages tailored to English-dominant, bilingual and Spanish-dominant U.S. households. SLING is the leading U.S. provider of foreign-language programming, with more than 400 channels in over 20 languages. Additionally, SLING offers a variety of local channel solutions through the AirTV brand, which provides products and services that simplify the modern over-the-air (OTA) entertainment experience. Visit sling.com and AirTV.net for more information. SLING TV L.L.C. and AirTV L.L.C. are wholly owned subsidiaries of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH).

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