the intersection: The Future of ACR: A Major Weapon in the Digital Video Ecosystem Arms Race

We’ve been talking about ACR (automatic content recognition) in blogs and at conferences for quite some time now (most recently, the 10th prediction for second screen trends in 2013).  For many players in the ecosystem (including consumers), the ability to trigger an event on the second screen based on what is happening on the first screen is somewhat of a holy grail of enabling technology capabilities.  But as we discussed at NAB in April and at IBC in September, this has so far remained elusive in terms of real scale for consumers reached because of the challenges inherent in each of the various approaches.”

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NAB 2012 OTT Advancements & Doubts –

“NAB 2012 closed its doors two weeks ago, so it’s a good time to draw an appraisal on various themes concerning OTT issues, and especially premium OTT issues, that have been handled through industry technology offer during the tradeshow. Here we’ll go from production to distribution and examine the salient NAB facts and products, at least the ones which have a potential influence on OTT workflows evolution in the coming months (or years ?).”

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Will You Rent Your Next Live Encoder? –

“Cloud streaming delivery models such as Microsoft’s Windows Media Azure could change the landscape for dedicated encoders.


In our recent coverage of the National Association of Broadcasters’ show (NAB), we mentioned Windows Azure Media Services as one of several emerging cloud models for scaling up streaming delivery to television-level viewership. The benefit of cloud-based delivery holds potential, yet one part of Azure Media Services was under-reported: live streaming.


Why does live streaming in Azure Media Services demand more attention? We think the inclusion of at least one live encoder option is a precursor to a larger trend that will occur within the live encoding space: a move towards one-off rentals of live encoding and away from buying dedicated live encoding resources.”

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Cloud Makes Impact on TV Execs at NAB Show | Cloud Computing Journal

“For the first time in NAB history, cloud computing was put on the agenda. Thanks to the efforts of the Distributed Computing Industry Association (, a pavilion was dedicated to looking at how the cloud relates to the A/V ecosystem at each stage of the content distribution chain, from collaboration to storage, delivery and analytics, ending the cloud portion of the show with ‘Disruptive Effects of Cloud Computing Will Continue.'”

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NAB 2012 Trend: Transformation at the Speed of Delivery ยป Limelight Blog

“It seemed that everywhere I turned at NAB 2012 I saw the same message: we can deliver your video to mobile. Whether it was with proprietary software or special transcoding equipment or, it sometimes appeared, bubble gum and popsicle sticks, lots of providers, big and small, had a solution for mobile video delivery.


And, of course, it’s no wonder. Mobile is on everyone’s mind and delivering to mobile can be a very complicated proposition. With a variety of devices (increasing every day) and format fragmentation, businesses can get overwhelmed quickly with the prospect of packaging video content for people on the go.”

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NAB Universal Sports Network Deploys Brightcove | Broadcasting & Cable

“Cloud content services provider Brightcove has announced that Universal Sports Network has rolled out the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform to deliver live and on-demand sports coverage to its website

Universal Sports Network, which is a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, is using Video Cloud to deliver more than 2,000 hours of original, Olympic, adventure and endurance sports programming to both Adobe Flash and HTML5 desktops and devices.”

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