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If you've watched video on many websites, chances are you've used JW Player. Unlike a YouTube video, JW Player is integrated into a website which gives the owner more control over how it looks and what it plays. They reportedly have over a billion unique streams a month making them the most popular private video player online. Why a private player With so many public video platforms...

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In the technical world of online video streaming there are many confusing terms. Here’s a look at four acronyms that you’re likely to see being bandied about online. There’s no need for confusion as the explanation below will show. VSP – Video Streaming Provider or Video Service Provider Unfortunately, VSP is one of those terms that can mean different things depending on context. The most common usage...

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Superfast internet? Yes, please. In the UK and around the world there are plans for increasing the bandwidth of existing residential Internet connections to superfast speeds. BT is set to deploy 300-500 Mbps connections by 2020. Virgin Media already goes to 200Mbps and will likely increase as BT does. In the US, Google is testing out its 1 Gbps services in select cities. Verizon and...

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Remember when 4k was the next big thing? It wasn't that long ago really when we were all lusting after the new bigger, higher resolution TVs. It wasn’t just me was it? As cool as they were, and are, there’s something even better: HDR. HDR stands for high dynamic range. According to EEtimes, it “effectively expands the range between the darkest and the brightest images a...

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We've all experienced poor video playback from time to time. It's usually frustrating for sure, but do you know it increases your heart rate too? According to a neurological study done by Ericsson, waiting for mobile video to load really stresses people out. The study was part of their Mobility Report Mobile World Conference Edition 2016 released for the conference in February. User experience objectified Ericsson contracted...

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The last time I wrote a blog about short form video was in 2014.  Back then I was talking about videos between 30 seconds and two minutes. Now, according to some recent data, two minutes is an eternity, and even 30 seconds might be a bit long. First, let me backup. Long form video used to be any video content over 10 minutes long. That’s the...

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Have you ever read reviews of hotels to find a great place, then end up feeling disappointed once you got there? Maybe the pictures were old, or only showed the one room that was decent. The opposite might be true too, when you come across a hotel that is even better than you could have imagined from the pictures. The travel industry knows this happens too....

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Streaming is all over the Internet, the news, and people’s devices. People use the term “streaming”, but for someone new to the topic it can all get confusing. So to clear it all up, let’s look at three terms related to streaming you should know in order to understand the hype, the truth, and the technology. Streaming What exactly is streaming anyway? It’s actually a technical term...

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streaming services for churches

Weddings, graduations, and anniversaries are intensely personal moments. What they all have in common is that we want to share the joy with family and friends. Live streaming of these moments has become commonplace, letting distant relatives take part even when they can’t attend. But there are also times when we want to share our sorrows. It’s a subject many don’t like to think about, but...

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Small businesses don’t usually have large marketing budgets so they have to make the most of every pound. That means they’re doing their best to keep an eye out for the most effective ways to market themselves. And when US business owners were asked to choose the top three trends that would impact their marketing, 51% of them chose video streaming. The Internet of Things (IoT)...

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