Streaming Video Alliance Reveals 2022 Recipients of its Fifth Annual Membership Grant Program
Alliance’s Membership Grant Program Welcomes Blockcast, Netskrt, and picoNETS
FREMONT, Calif. — January 11, 2022 — The Streaming Video Alliance (the Alliance), a global technical association developing solutions to address critical technical challenges in delivering a high-quality video experience at scale, today announced the recipients of its 2022 Membership Grant Program. Each year the Membership Grant program sponsors select, small companies meeting specific financial requirements with a one-year Principal membership. This initiative enables smaller companies like startups to contribute to and benefit from the Alliance’s mission of deeper industry collaboration across the video streaming ecosystem. It also benefits existing members and the industry at large by accelerating advancements and bringing in new ideas from startups on the cutting edge of streaming video innovation.
“We’re thrilled to welcome our new and returning Grant members and look forward to their participation and contributions this year, starting with the Q1 member meeting,” said Jason Thibeault, Executive Director at the Streaming Video Alliance. “We’re also excited to share that for the second year in a row, the Alliance has met its commitment to award at least half of the membership grants to businesses led by underrepresented groups.”
The Alliance board of directors chose the following three companies from the application pool as the 2022 grant recipients:
- Blockcast is a satellite CDN. The company has developed a multicast proxy which continuously pre-caches personalized content, and decreases network congestion even over the most constrained links such as inflight connectivity, rural and remote networks, oil rigs, etc.
- Netskrt Systems provides an edge content delivery network (eCDN) solution. The Netskrt eCDN brings the expanding universe of direct-to-consumer streaming internet video to previously unserved locations, notably rail and air transportation. For the first time, rail and air passengers can partake in a video experience indistinguishable from what they enjoy at home.
- picoNETS is a deep edge CDN improvising last-mile content delivery. With its ultra-Low Latency CDN, picoNETS delivers a buffer-free experience for 4K, 8K, AR, VR, and other bandwidth-demanding metaverse content. It’s fully optimized for 5G and edge computing.
“We have a game-changing vision for content delivery to challenging and remote locations, and joining the Alliance is a unique opportunity for us to add our perspective to industry conversations and benefit from the diverse set of organizations that are part of this thriving industry consortium.”– Omar Ramadan, Founder and CEO of Blockcast
“We’re honored to join the Alliance and look forward to interacting with some of the top video streaming companies in the world as well as sharing our expertise in edge content delivery networks.” – Steve Miller-Jones, VP Product Strategy of Netskrt
“The Streaming Video Alliance provides a much needed platform for streaming video companies to collaborate on streaming issues and influence standards bodies in an effective way. We are very pleased to receive a 2022 Principal Membership Grant from the Alliance and contribute to their valuable efforts.” – Prakash Advani, Co-Founder and CEO of picoNETS
2021 Grant Recipient Members Datazoom, Didja, Touchstream, and allt will continue into 2022 as Grant members. A special committee chartered by the board selected these 2021 recipients to receive another membership grant based on their contributions.
Upcoming Member Meeting: January 31 – February 3, 2022
The Alliance’s Q1 meeting will be held virtually across four days. For more information: https://www.svta.org/meeting/q1-2022-stuck-in-the-virtual-loop-january-31-february1-2-3/
Members of the Alliance include companies from across the streaming video ecosystem such as network operators, technology providers, service providers, and content owners. Current members are: Adobe, AERQ, Agile Content, Alibaba, allt, Amazon, ATEME, Blockcast, Brightcove, Broadpeak, CBC, Charter Communications, Cisco Systems, Citrix, Comcast, CommScope, Compira Labs, Conviva, Datazoom, Deutsche Telekom, DidjaTV, Disney Streaming, Dolby, Eluvio, Equus Compute Solutions, Ericsson, EXFO, Fastly, Friend MTS, Globo, Harmonic, Hughes Satellite Systems, INKA Entworks, Intel, InterDigital, Intelsat, Interra Systems, Irdeto, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, Lumen Technologies, Mainstreaming, Nagra, NCTA, Netskrt, Neustar, Nice People at Work, NS1, NTT, Optus, Orange, Panasonic Avionics, Penthera, picoNETS, Plex, Qwilt, ServiceNow, Siden, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Sky, SSIMWAVE, ST Engineering iDirect, Stackpath, Streaming Global, Synamedia, Telefonica, Telekom Malaysia, Telestream, Thales, THEO, Touchstream, Unified Streaming, Varnish Software, Vecima Networks, Velocix, Verizon, ViacomCBS, Viasat Inc., and Western Digital Corp.
The Alliance also sees participation from other brands owned by, or associated with, member companies which include Globecast, Hulu, NBCSports, Paramount, Peacock, PlutoTV, Prime Video, Twitch, Verizon Media, Viaccess-Orca, and Virgin Media.
For more information on the Alliance, the Working Groups, or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.svta.org.
About the Streaming Video Alliance
The Streaming Video Alliance is a global technical association addressing critical challenges in streaming video. By educating the industry on the technical nature of the issues, providing a neutral forum for collaboration across the video ecosystem, and publishing documentation that defines technical solutions, the Alliance is helping to improve the streaming video experience at scale. Over 75 companies including network operators, content rights holders, OTT platforms, service providers, and technology vendors – representing some of the biggest names in global streaming – participate in bi-weekly working group activities and quarterly face-to-face meetings. For more information, please visit www.svta.org.