BY JAN OZER
Streaming video started as a simple video in a window, usually preceded by a long download. Now, it’s evolved into a complicated mass of application-specific services and products in categories that didn’t exist even a few short years ago. This makes finding the right product or service provider a daunting task.
To help bring clarity to the video marketplace, this article presents a classification of available services and products in the most relevant product categories. In each, we’ll briefly describe the category and how it’s different from other categories, then identify some of the major players. Figure 1 shows the categories we’ll cover.
Some caveats: The categories here are the ones most important to the broadest range of businesses. Also, the company listings are not meant to be exhaustive. Service providers that weren’t listed are welcome to leave a comment at the end.