I hope you are well and I am certain your weather is perfect!
Great seeing you again last week … as always.
Like you, I try to stay ahead of trends in online media – with domains being a cornerstone of everything (as they truly are). I thought you’d enjoy spending some time on streamingmedia.com if you haven’t already.
The site is replete with info on the streaming media industry … which is really another way to say MEDIA … as we all know that with convergence “real-time media and information” means “all information and media” which will or should be real time.
What I find of considerable interest today on the site is the underlying message of who “gets it” in media (like BBC, Akamai, etc.) and those companies recently awarded StreamingMedia’s Reader’s Choice Awards (http://www.streamingmedia.com/article.asp?9730&page=1&c=31)
While these inaugural award winners comprise some industry stalwarts (and are not necessarily the most progressive companies though they continue to lead in terms of content delivery) it is a sign of the times that as all media streams (whether blogs, radio – i.e., Live365, etc) it likely won’t be long before the domain world is recognized as the leading indicator for media universally. I also think this dovetails into your and Sahar’s recent blogs on matching domains with real content (as many of the SM awards reflect content delivery technologies).
The StreamingMedia press release hit today announcing the awards...
"This is a tremendous opportunity for us to acknowledge not just the winners of these awards but the continued growth and vitality of the streaming media industry," says Streaming Media editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen. "The winners exemplify technological and business innovation, as well as outstanding customer service and brand messaging. I think the fact that the winners were chosen by end users makes them all the more meaningful." Here are the winners:
-- Collaboration/Conference Solution: WebEx
-- Content Management Platform: VeriSign Intelligent Content Delivery Network
-- Content Protection/DRM Solution: BuyDRM KeyOS
-- Encoding Hardware: ViewCast Osprey Video Capture Cards
-- Encoding Software: Sorenson Squeeze
-- Global Content Delivery Network: Akamai
-- IPTV Hardware: VBrick EtherneTV
-- IPTV Software: Sling Media SlingPlayer Mobile
-- P2P Delivery Network: BitTorrent
-- Regional Content Delivery Service Provider: RealNetworks Real Broadcast Network
-- Search and Indexing Platform: GoTuit PowerVideo Suite
-- Server Hardware/Software: Adobe Flash Media Server
-- Streaming Radio Solution: Live365
-- Video Advertising Platform: SpotXChange
-- Webcasting Appliance: Sonic Foundry Mediasite
-- Webcasting Platform: Sonic Foundry Mediasite
SOURCE: Streaming Media
***FS*** Thanks Bri !~