The list highlights the companies providing OTT solutions that are “that are both groundbreaking and rock-solid reliable“.
Dacast is listed alongside other honorees in the August issue of Streaming Media magazine.
What is the Streaming Media Top 50?
The Streaming Media Top 50 lists the most important companies in the online video streaming industry.
Streaming Media, a top industry magazine and online news publication, has published the “Streaming Media 100” list of the top 100 companies in streaming media since 2011. Dacast has been honored to be a part of this list for 5 years.
Since 2018, they have moved to a list of 50, rather than 100. Why? Because of increasing consolidation and maturity in the industry. They want to highlight “the cream of the crop, the companies that are here today and won’t be gone tomorrow.”
In other words, the best of the best.
Why did Dacast make the list?
Dacast has long been a staple on Streaming Media’s list of the most innovative online video companies. However, making the top 50 list is a real challenge. We can put down this success to our vision of democratizing live streaming to businesses of all sizes, to our innovation around new features, and to all that happened this year.
Let’s look at a few of these in more detail now.
New OTT solution
In March 2019, Dacast acquired vzaar, expanding its OTT solutions with an advanced video hosting platform. Dacast users have now access to additional video hosting solutions offering more security, an extended CMS and China video hosting. We are one of the rare OVPs offering real video streaming delivery in China to our users, in just a few clicks. Dacast’s CEO Stephane Roulland says “This acquisition will enable us to offer the best possible streaming experience to our customers”.
Stay tuned for this as our video hosting and live streaming solutions are going to evolve soon 😉
Partnership with THE top CDN
First, Dacast partners with the Akamai CDN for all content delivery. Akamai is the largest and most experienced Content Distribution Network in the world, with more than 240,000 servers located in 130+ countries. This maximizes overall performance and quality for both live stream and VOD.
Innovative and evolving partnerships
To offer the best to its users, Dacast also partners with key players of the broadcasting industry such as :
- THEOplayer : Dacast launched an upgraded video player last year. It is based on THEOplayer, one of the best HTML5 video player in the industry. This ensures compatibility with most of devices, modern design with watermarking and powerful features such as ads insertion and chapter markers.
- Encoding.com : This ensures easy and powerful video transcoding services
- MediaMelon : Dacast selected Media Melon to provide upgraded analytics capabilities to its users. This includes real-time actionable data down to the session level for all your live events and VODs.
- Inplayer : Inplayer is the technology behind Dacast’s powerful paywall. We offer our users easy-to-use video monetization tools and the best user experience for their viewers. Anyone can start streaming and generating revenue in just a few clicks. Dacast remains compatible with other paywall providers such as Cleeng.
We also partner with all the major encoder manufacturers, from Wirecast to vMix and beyond. And we also partner with AmpLive, a premier live stream distributor that helps you get your streams in front of your desired audience, as well as Switchboard Live, a service which empowers broadcasters to automatically live stream simultaneously to multiple social media platforms.
Always here for you
Another key factor in Dacast’s continued popularity as an online video platform is a great customer service team. Dacast offers 24/7 technical support from its three offices around the world. Questions are answered by real employees trained in the technical details of the platform, not by a call center. Plus, the availability of phone support is a big boost!
Amazingly, Dacast manages to deliver all of the above at some of the most competitive prices in the streaming media market. By running a tight ship and keeping costs low, we pass on significant savings to our users and are able to deliver a top-tier product at affordable prices (starting at just $19 per month).
Why our customers love Dacast
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Just read some of the things our customers are writing about us.
Twin Galaxies’ CEO Jace Hall says “It’s hard for me to imagine any other partner that I would want to work with. DaCast isn’t just a service, they’re an active partner”. Boris B. in Australia writes that his team is “really satisfied” with the Dacast live streaming platform for streaming live music shows. Gabriel V. writes that Dacast has the “best support ever.”
Jason says Dacast is “stable, fast, and works very well. We streamed over 40 events over the last year with no glitches or issues.” Another user, Kent, sums it up well: “I’ve check out virtually all the other services… Dacast [is] way ahead of the rest.”
We would like to thank our community for their support! Without your work to promote streaming video and your positive feedback, it wouldn’t be possible for us to be successful. Here’s to your video efforts! And here’s to hoping Dacast continues to make the Streaming Media Top 50 companies list.
We plan to continue to innovate and expand, and hope to be a staple of this list for a long time in the future.
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