Interesting things happened between the 31st of August and 6th of September. Seems like Summer is over?

  • Microsoft updated their stance on Flash. Summary: support for Flash will be dropped in 2021, but their are alternatives for enterprise users.
  • Chromium 86: preservesPitch property, VP9 on MacOS Big Sur and more.
  • Netflix published three articles.
  • Chromecast Web Receiver now supports manifest metadata.
  • The 🥎 Weekly Golden Ball goes to Adult Swim's video on "WHAT CODEC SHOULD I USE?". Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dwLs9juzWw – it's pretty good.

Browsers

Source Date Item
Firefox Nightly News 2020-08-31 These Weeks in Firefox: Issue 78
  • More Picture-in-Picture changes... e.g. it now works through iframes.
Google Web Updates 2020-09-01 Deprecations and removals in Chrome 86
Edge 2020-09-04 Update on Adobe Flash Player End of Support
Chromium 2020-09-03 Chrome 86: Improved Focus Highlighting, WebHID, and More

Organizations

Source Date Item
Dash IF 2020-09-01 Our esteemed colleague Mike Dolan (Pearl TV) provides an article in the ATSC News: DASH INDUSTRY FORUM CONTINUES TO FORGE ADOPTION WITH ATSC 3.0
Google Developers Blog 2020-08-31 Instant Motion Tracking with MediaPipe

Company Blogs

Source Date Item
AWS Media 2020-09-02 Creating a Feature Film with DaVinci Resolve on AWS
Bitmovin 2020-09-03 How to Trust Your Player #2: Securing Content Access with DRM Best Practices by Intertrust
FAME 2020-09-03 Solving ExoPlayer rendering performance issues
Hotstar 2020-08-31 Using Apple’s Testing Mjölnir: XCUITest
Netflix 2020-09-04 HDMI — Scaling Netflix Certification
  • Great read on HDMI and HDCP.
Netflix 2020-09-02 Edgar: Solving Mysteries Faster with Observability
Netflix 2020-09-01 Key Challenges with Quasi Experiments at Netflix
Roku 2020-08-31 [Mulan on Disney+
THEOplayer 2020-09-01 LL-HLS Series: Implementing LL-HLS with ABR, Subtitles, DRM and SSAI

Encoders, Transcoders, Packagers

Source Date Item
Verizon Media Platform 2020-09-01 Slicer Release 20081700

Ads

Source Date Item
IMA HTML5 2020-09-02 3.407.0
  • Address potential issues with VPAID.
IMA HTML5 2020-09-01 3.406.0
  • No changes.
Prebid.js 2020-09-02 Prebid 4.6.0 Release

Operating Systems

Source Date Item
Tizen 2020-08-30 Tizen 5.5 Public M3
Windows 2020-09-02 Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20206
  • Updates to emoji keyboard and voice-typing. Nothing video related though!

Platforms

Source Date Item
Android 2020-09-02 Prefer Storing Data with Jetpack DataStore
Google Cast 2020-08-31 August 31, 2020

Players

Source Date Item
Bitmovin Web 2020-09-01 Web 8.43.0
  • Added basic support for Chromecast CAF.
Bitmovin Web 2020-09-01 Web 8.42.1
Bitmovin iOS 2020-09-01 iOS 2.51.1
Bitmovin Roku 2020-08-31 Roku 1.32.0
hls.js 2020-08-31 v0.14.11
  • Fix bug related to ID3 handling.
JW Player Android 2020-09-01 3.17.0
THEOplayer 2020-09-03 2020.3.2
  • Add new DRM API.