Traci Ruether

Graphic of a smart city with mobile users, an autonomous drone, viewer of a live stream, and a person wearing a VR headset with the text 5G.
Graphic of a smart city with mobile users, an autonomous drone, viewer of a live stream, and a person wearing a VR headset with the text 5G.

5G — the fifth generation of mobile communications — has been a tech buzzword for several years. And like any other overused term, it’s a difficult concept to pin down. Is 5G the next best thing for internet connectivity or the cause of COVID-19’s deadly spread across the world?

It (hopefully) goes without saying that any conspiracies linking the pandemic to 5G technology are unfounded. Even so, the two global phenomena — 5G and COVID-19 — share some things in common. For one, they both use an acronym made up of letters and numbers as their name. …


Traci Ruether

We used to live in a world where watching a video on the internet meant waiting 28 hours for the file to download. I’m referring to the turn of the century, back when dial-up internet was cutting-edge and the term smartphone hadn’t made its way into common lexicon.

What else was happening, you ask? Well, risk-takers like myself were illegally downloading music to the family desktop via the peer-to-peer sharing site Kazaa. And Netflix was disrupting the movie rental industry by mailing DVDs to subscribers (how avant-garde!)

It goes without saying that streaming video was in its infancy…


Traci Ruether

We’ve long relied on ‘things’ to assess and treat our health. Things like thermometers, pills, x-ray machines, and even artificial knees. But increasingly, these things are becoming smart, connected, and in communication with each other.

Sound like science fiction? Well, if you’ve ever worn a Fitbit, then you’re an early adopter.

The internet of medical things (IoMT), also known as healthcare IoT, describes almost any type of internet-connected medical or wellness device. From smart stethoscopes to consumer wearables, examples of this trending development in healthcare tech continue to pop up.


Traci Ruether

Live video stream from an operating room (OR) showing five doctors conducting surgery, displayed across several different devices (mobile, tablet, desktop, laptop).
Live video stream from an operating room (OR) showing five doctors conducting surgery, displayed across several different devices (mobile, tablet, desktop, laptop).

Over the course of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on the healthcare industry. Between Fauci’s pleas for social distancing and the global race for vaccinations, never before has the world been so singularly focused on one segment of our economy.

2020 was also the year that I became a mother. And thus, the medical sector took center stage in my own life. I watched from front row as standard doctor-patient practices evolved at a rapid pace.

What started as ‘temporary’ restrictions to bringing my husband to ultrasounds eventually took the form of explicit instructions from the…


Rose Power

With Adobe Flash Player now officially laid to rest, HTML5 players are the new industry standard. For that reason, it’s high time to consider your options for streaming video in 2021. In this article, we’ll summarize how HTML5 players work and feature our top six recommendations when streaming live and video-on-demand (VOD) content.

How Do HTML5 Players Work?

When HTML5 introduced Media Source Extensions (MSE), it enhanced the capability of its <video> and <audio> elements, making it possible to stream content directly in a webpage or application without the use of any additional plugins. Built on a JavaScript library, the new spec enabled…


Traci Ruether

Adaptive bitrate streaming provides the best video quality and viewer experience possible — no matter the connection, software, or device. Called ABR for short, the majority of these streams are delivered via HTTP-based technologies such a MPEG DASH and Apple’s HLS.

In this article, we’ll discuss why adaptive bitrate streaming matters and how it works. But first, let’s segue into the details by looking at one of the most-watched live broadcasts in the United States: the Super Bowl.

Andy Reid’s Mask: Brought to You by ABR

Between the Bruce Springsteen Jeep commercial and Biden’s plea for Americans to continue social distancing, this year’s Super Bowl was…


Traci Ruether

What do ESPN, Microsoft, and Al Jazeera share in common? All three power their live broadcasts with Secure Reliable Transport (SRT). The cutting-edge protocol has quickly gained prominence for its ability to deliver smooth streams, minimal lag, and pristine video quality.

What Is SRT?

SRT is an RTMP alternative designed by Haivision to transport low-latency streams over noisy networks. The open-source protocol addresses the challenges of remote video contribution while maintaining speedy delivery.

Now for a paragraph rife with hyphens and acronyms (something hard to avoid in the streaming industry):

By combining the lightning-fast speed of UDP with TCP’s error-correction qualities


Barry Owen

This past year has been a wild ride, and most of us are eager to leave 2020 in the dust. With COVID-19 now a part of our everyday lives for the foreseeable future, the streaming media landscape finds itself at a significant turning point as we enter 2021.

In 2020, the streaming industry experienced growth like never before. The early days of lockdowns catapulted us five years forward in consumer and business digital adoption, with user-generated content, Zoom calls, and telemedicine at the forefront.

So, what’s next for the streaming industry? …


Anne Balistreri

Live streamed auctions have steadily increased in recent years, but 2020 has undeniably catalyzed the digitalization of live bidding. This past summer, the famed auction house Sotheby’s conducted its first live fine-art auction. Bidders everywhere, from New York to Hong Kong, accessed the auction in London via a live stream to vie for artworks from the art world’s biggest names. Sotheby’s was testing the waters, but when that one event generated $192.7 million dollars, online auctions proved to be a success.

The digitalization of live bidding isn’t limited to traditional auction houses either. There’s been a surge of…


Traci Ruether

For some (i.e., me), COVID-19 lockdowns have doubled as a convenient excuse for not meeting the recommended workout guidelines. Between gym closures and face mask mandates, 2020 simply hasn’t been the year for toning and sculpting your way to the perfect beach body.

But for the more motivated among us — those dead set on combating the ‘quarantine 15’ — the burgeoning digital fitness market has provided tools to keep moving. Numerous fitness services now integrate live video streaming to recreate in-person experiences, effectively teleporting exercise regimens from fitness studios to our living rooms and basements.

This fusion…

Wowza Media Systems

Wowza technology powers professional-grade streaming for any use case and any device. https://www.wowza.com/

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