Akamai received a perfect ‘5’ rating from this year’s Streaming Media 100. Akamai was one out of only 3 companies that earned the top rating from every judge.
The List of Top Companies in Web Performance
The Streaming Media 100 list, “The One Hundred Companies that Matter Most in Online Video”, includes the top 100 companies that make the most impact in online video streaming, the top 100 that are considered to be the most interesting and most influential. The top 3 of those 100 were Akamai, Google, and JW Player. A total of 32 companies averaged a score of four, and the rest of the companies did not score less than 3 each.
Judging is conducted by Streaming Media Magazine’s editorial and publishing team. The team starts off with an initial list of over 300 vendors and rates them on a scale of 1 to 5. A rating of 1 means the vendor “does not belong on the list at all” and 5 means “no list of the most important companies would be complete without it”, meaning companies with the highest web performance and technology when it comes to video. All companies that do not make the cut, do not make it into the top 100.
The 2015 Judges
These are the judges:
- Troy Dreier
- Jan Ozer
- Dan Rayburn
- Robert Reinhardt
- Dom Robinson
- Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen
- Tim Siglin
- Joel Unickow
- Nicolas Weil
The Streaming Media 100
The top 100 companies are listed as the “Streaming Media 100″. The Streaming Media 100 is the fifth annual list of the most interesting, important and influential online video companies with the best web performance. This list clearly shows that the online video industry has come into its own and is a growing trend. The 2015 list has changed compared to 2014 but only by 15 companies. The year 2014 featured 24 companies that were not on the 2013 list. This year, Streaming Media focused on vendors in the online video category that offer products, services, and technologies that enable other vendors or the end users to contribute to the multiplatform, multiscreen and multiservice video delivery to the internet.
Streaming Media have stopped including advertising platforms and exchanges on their top 100 list but they do still make use of video advertising on the website, their main focus remains on online video, video production, capture, encoding, transcoding, serving, distribution and viewing of video.
Camera manufacturers are also seen on this year’s list, introducing new technology that streams directly from the camera. There are also vendors that offer end-to-end solutions for OTT streaming on the list for 2015. OTT is the delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. Generally OTT platforms and social media platforms are excluded from the list this year, as OTT and social media companies focus only on viewing the content and not the actual technology behind it. Google is on the list because of its continued codec work , same goes for YouTube and Vimeo. These companies are providing an invaluable platform for publishing 4K video. Roku is on the Streaming Media list as Roku will soon become BAM Tech, they are becoming a digital media service company and a force to be reckoned with. Roku provides easy OTT channel creation for publishers of all sizes.
You can view quite a few of these companies, products, and services in person at Streaming Media West in Los Angeles this month, Streaming Forum in London on February, and Streaming Media East in New York City in May.