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Streaming and Digital Media

Book Description

Steaming and Digital Media gives you a concise and direct analysis to understand a scalable, profitable venture, as well as the common and hidden pitfalls to avoid in your business. By focusing on both the business implications and technical differences between online video and traditional broadcast distribution, you will learn how to gain significant time-to-market and cost-saving advantages by effectively using streaming and digital media technologies. As part of the NAB Executive Technology Briefing series, the book is geared towards the manager or executive and no technical prerequisite is required. You can quickly learn the technical speak as well as the market and business implications.

New In The Book:
- Consumer generated content and portals
- Distribution of full-length video content
- New distribution outlets for delivering content (Sling, TiVO, IPTV)
- Addition of Flash streaming technology and Podcasting
- Up-to-date market research and data
- New industry pricing data

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Contents
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. About the Author
  9. Introduction
  10. 1. Why Get into Streaming and Digital Media?
    1. The Key Question is not can You Build a Streaming Business, but Should You?
    2. Using Digital Media for Revenue Generation: The Value in Managing Your Own Content, Channels, and Customers
    3. Using Digital Media to Reduce Costs and Increase Communication: Leveraging Digital Media for Different Applications
    4. Early Successes Show Big Returns If They’re Done Right
  11. 2. Technology Primer: The Basics of Streaming and Digital Media
    1. Introduction to Streaming and Digital Media Technologies
    2. Technical Variations of Internet Media from Traditional Broadcasting
    3. The Fundamental Difference in Cost Structures Between the Old and New
    4. Why Broadcast Quality is Different From Internet Quality
    5. Typical Quality Measurements for Streaming and Digital Media
    6. Content Security: Digital Media Means a User Can Record an Exact Copy
  12. 3. The Four Keys to a Profitable Streaming or Digital Media Business
    1. Given These Technology Issues, What Should You Focus on When Building Your Digital Media Business?
    2. Four Key Principles of a Stable Digital Media Strategy: Scalability, Security, Intelligence, and Quality
    3. Scalability: A Scalable Delivery Strategy Can Cut Delivery Costs Over Traditional Broadcast
    4. Security: Digital Rights Management (DRM) Security Technologies Make Streaming and Digital Media Safe and Sound
    5. Intelligence: Getting Accurate, Reliable, Usable Usage and Audience Intelligence
    6. Quality: Assuring Media Fidelity and Quality When Delivering Content Over the Internet
  13. 4. It’s Not Child’s Play: Learning From the Pitfalls of the Past Three Years
    1. In the Internet Land Grab and Rush for Revenue, Early Companies Forgot to Manage the Costs for Streaming and Digital Delivery
    2. You Can Avoid the Top Four Mistakes Made in the Early Days by Understanding the Business Impact of Licensing, Security, Distribution, and Quality
    3. Don’t Let Your Strategy Get Sidetracked by the Media Player Market Share Numbers
    4. The Changing Value of CDNs for Streaming and Digital Media Distribution
    5. The Most Common Outsourced Application—Live Webcasting
    6. Quality Is So Important It Deserves Its Own Chapter—Chapter 5
  14. 5. Quality and Content Are King and Queen of the Digital Media Realm
    1. If You Don’t Have Good Content or Sufficient Quality, Don’t Bother
    2. The Definitions of “Good Content” and “Sufficient Quality” Change Depending Upon Your Target Audience, Usage, Price Charged, etc.
    3. Some Content is Excellent for Streaming or Digital Media, While Others are Unsuitable
    4. When Determining the Best Quality for Your Company, Make Sure You Understand the Four Sides of the Digital Media “ Business Square”
    5. If You Change Audience Size, Then You’ll Have to Change Your Delivery Strategy
    6. Content Size Does Matter When It Comes to Streaming and Digital Media
    7. Encoding Bit Rates Affect Content Quality—And Your Target Audience
  15. 6. Streaming or Digital Media Project Management: How to Implement and Manage a Profitable Business
    1. Based on Interviews with People Building These Systems Today, Here Are Some Guidelines for Building and Managing a Streaming or Digital Media Business
    2. Pricing: Understanding Costs and What You Should Pay
    3. Build versus Buy
    4. Understanding the Most Commonly Used Multimedia Applications for Enterprise Communications
    5. A Summary Checklist to Use When Building a Successful Streaming Business
  16. 7. Beyond Streaming Media: What Streaming and Digital Media Means to Other Areas of a Media Business
    1. The Internet Can Significantly Impact Other Areas of a Media Business
    2. Managed Delivery: Cut Weeks Out of Media Production Cycles and Push Post-Production Times to the Limit
    3. Using Media as Part of a Customized Web Portal to Increase Sales and Improve Customer Satisfaction
    4. Putting Your Knowledge Into Action
  17. A. The Costs of CDN and Streaming Services 3rd Edition: Vendor Pricing and Customer Expectations
    1. Executive Summary
    2. Media Delivery Buying Practices
    3. The Cost of Delivering Media
    4. Closing the Buyer/Vendor Gap
    5. Recommendations for Buyers
    6. Vendors Participating in Research Study
  18. B. Enterprise Streaming: Return on Investment Report
    1. Enterprise Streaming: Return on Investment Report
    2. Report Summary
    3. Return on Investment: Identifying and Measuring Return on Investment
    4. ROI Summary
    5. Major Research Conclusions
    6. Summary Conclusions and Predictions
    7. Training and Education
    8. Investment
    9. StreamLearning Summary
  19. C. Uses of Streaming and Digital Media Report
    1. Statistically Significant Research Data
    2. Findings Contained in the Report
    3. Executive Summary
    4. Media Usage and Preferences
  20. Glossary
  21. Index