BY ERIC SCHUMACHER-RASMUSSEN
As we approach the 20th anniversary of StreamingMedia.com, the world at large has finally caught on to what we’ve known
all along: Online video is a revolutionary technology. Nary a week goes by without leading
mainstream magazines and newspapers writing about OTT, YouTube, or even formerly esoteric subjects like video resolution and bandwidth usage.
But while streaming has gone mainstream,
the companies that enable it are still largely
behind the scenes, unknown to the people who
use the technology every day. That’s no different
from any industry, I suppose—I don’t know who
supplied the gaskets in my car’s engine—but
now more than ever, it’s our duty to give recognition to these companies, and that’s exactly what
we do in our annual Streaming Media 100 List.
The Streaming Media 100 is our yearly effort
to shine the spotlight on the companies that enable the creation and delivery of all of that amazing content. These are the companies that our
editors and contributors have determined to
be the cream of the crop—the most important, most innovative, and most influential companies providing streaming and OTT technologies, products, and services.
So how do we choose the Streaming Media 100?
We start with a master list of all of the vendors in
the online video space, then ask our editorial and
publishing team to rank them on a scale of one
(doesn’t belong on the final list at all) to five (no list
of the most important companies would be com-
plete without it). The top 100 make the list.
You’ll note that when a company is part of a
larger company, we’ll typically list the parent
company but note the subsidiary or subsidiaries
we are honoring.
Also, the Streaming Media 100 focuses exclusively on companies with headquarters in North
America. Later this year, we will publish a similar list, the Streaming Media Europe 101, focusing on companies with headquarters in Europe.
Congratulations to this year’s Streaming
Troy Dreier, senior associate editor, Streaming Media and editor,
Nadine Krefetz, consultant, Reality Software and contributing editor,
Shawn Lam, owner, Shawn Lam Video and contributing editor,
Streaming Media Producer
Steve Nathans-Kelly, editor, Streaming Media Producer
Jan Ozer, principal, Doceo Publishing and contributing editor,
Robert Reinhardt, vice president, the MAKERS and contributing editor,
Dom Robinson, co-founder and director, id3as and contributing editor,
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, editor, Streaming Media
Tim Siglin, contributing editor, Streaming Media
Joel Unickow, publisher, Streaming Media
100 Companies Steering
the Online Video Industry