went on to deliver a number of de facto technologies
that we recognize as today’s streaming industry.
MCP 3 came out in 1999, just after streaming began,
but the team at Terran has continued to make significant waves in the industry. For instance, alumnus Ben
Waggoner, who joined Terran to head up the MCP consulting division but was laid off when Media 100 acquired the company, went on to consult on “the design
of many different products, including Windows Media
Encoder, Adobe Media Encoder, Telestream’s Episode
Pro, Canopus ProCoder, Rhozet Carbon Coder, and So-renson Squeeze.” Waggoner then joined back up with
Terran co-founders Dana LoPiccolo-Giles and Darren
Giles at Amazon, after the Giles’ and John Geyer sold
CustomFlix, an on-demand DVD publishing company,
to Amazon, in a move that ultimately rebranded the
company as CreateSpace.
Percentage vote: 29%
Definition & Why it matters. Acting as an underlying library of A/V technologies, Libav allows FFmpeg and other open source projects easy access to a wide variety of
codecs and container formats. According to the developers, “Libav is free software licensed under the LGPL or
GPL depending on your choice of configuration options.
If you use Libav or its constituent libraries, you must adhere to the terms of the license in question.”
Percentage vote: 43%
• Microsoft Silverlight: Percentage vote: 29%
• Server virtualization: Percentage vote: 29%
• AnyCast: Percentage vote: 29%
• AV1: Percentage vote: 29%
There are a number of technologies that didn’t quite
make the cut—including Microsoft Smooth Streaming
and the emerging Websockets approach to sidestep-ping TCP windowing issues—but the top 20 list we’ve
covered here shows that the streaming industry of today continues to innovate beyond just the standards-based solutions available for today’s march toward
OTT global conquest. Don’t forget to check out our top
20 standards and patents article (see page 122), which
includes a number of internationally agreed-upon approaches to streaming that have found their way into
all aspects of the streaming media industry.
Tim Siglin is a streaming industry veteran and longtime contributing
editor to Streaming Media magazine.
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