Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – January 2019

January Real-Time Communications

Thanks for tuning in to another issue of Real-Talk where we bring you the hottest monthly news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

In January, all eyes were on the healthcare industry with major telehealth startups announcing funding rounds; new video-powered health services launching internationally; and governments around the world look to the US to build out their digital healthcare systems with real-time communications. This month also saw analysts take out their crystal balls and forecast what developments lie ahead for the industry in 2019.

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Vonage Study Reveals Live Video’s Shift from Social to Business Use

We’re proud to announce the latest results of our live video communications report, “Video Chatterbox Nation” – now published here.

We gathered research over the past six years and compared it with the results of our study from this past summer, to get a closer look at the changing behaviors of American audiences towards live video and the role it now plays in their daily life.

Today, 1 in 3 people live video chat at least once a week

Every year people become more comfortable using technology in nearly every area of their life. And live video is no different. Live video communication grows in popularity every year, with many businesses moving faster to accommodate consumer demand. Businesses across different industries are using live video communications to help their consumers do things like schedule physician consultations, bank online, or study in a virtual classroom.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – December 2018

December Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to a new year of Real-Talk where we’ll continue to bring you monthly roundups of the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Looking back on December, the first consumer 5G video call signals a promising future for live video communications; virtual healthcare continues to replace doctor visits for a growing range of non-emergency conditions; No Jitter highlights the top 10 acquisitions from a busy year of M&A activity in enterprise communications; and Skype announces it’s getting AI-powered real-time subtitles and captions for live video calling.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – November 2018

November Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to another month of the hottest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Highlights from this month’s issue of Real-Talk include a new study that reveals the skyrocketing adoption of telehealth; innovators predict the future of remote collaboration will be powered by augmented, virtual reality and telepresence robots; and Facebook turns to teens to boost its live video chat app Bonfire.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – October 2018

October Real-Time Communications

Welcome back to our monthly news wrap where we bring you the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

Looking back on October, Facebook unveiled its AI-powered video chat device for living rooms with reports a video calling product for TVs is on the way; Apple doubled down on AR with the acquisition of a real-time video editing startup; Verizon looked into the future of communication with live holographic video calling; and executives explored how video meetings are powering the remote work revolution.

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Real-Talk: A Monthly Spotlight on Live Video and Real-Time Communications – September 2018

real-time communications industry news wrap September 2018

Welcome back again to our monthly news wrap where we bring you the latest news, views and developments in the world of live video, WebRTC and real-time communications.

In September’s issue of Real-Talk, Microsoft unveils its mixed reality app with video calling to provide field workers with remote assistance; brands are increasingly turning to interactive live video content to engage customers; telehealth providers go global; and banks are urged rethink in person customer experiences with interactive digital communications.

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Integrating WebRTC with PSTN using OpenTok & Nexmo SIP

Integrating WebRTC with PSTN using OpenTok & Nexmo SIP

In this blog we look at how to connect OpenTok Live Video sessions with traditional PSTN phone calls. We will demonstrate how to connect an OpenTok session to PSTN with an audio stream that connects through OpenTok SIP Interconnect to a Nexmo SIP-PSTN Gateway.

OpenTok SIP Interconnect is a general purpose SIP capability that can be used to connect to many different kinds of gateway or other SIP systems. TokBox is now part of Vonage, so in this blog we will use our own Nexmo programmable communications APIs to bridge the call.

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Update to Chrome Screen Sharing

[UPDATED September 6] As you may know, Google recently announced the deprecation of inline installation of Chrome extensions in an effort to improve transparency and security. For end-users, this means that the process for installing screen sharing extensions will change from inline installation to installation from the Chrome Web Store. Below, you’ll find information on the deprecation timeline provided by the Chromium team:

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Chrome 63 kills the macOS WebRTC audio bug

MacOS webrtc audio bug

Our good friend Philipp Hancke wrote a great post recently on a WebRTC audio bug that has been plaguing Chrome on MacOS for the last few years. The issue presented itself as the microphone not working sometimes in Chrome on MacOS until you completely restart the machine. This seemed to happen after a Mac went to sleep and then woke up again.

The good news is that this is fixed with Chrome 63! Philipp put together a great chart showing the error rates in different versions of Chrome which clearly shows the drop off with Chrome 63.

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Connecting WebRTC endpoints and Telephony Systems with OpenTok SIP Interconnect

OpenTok SIP Interconnect Webrtc for telephony systems

As we continue to work towards enabling developers to reap the full potential of WebRTC, we wanted to demonstrate connecting a WebRTC audio stream with a PSTN user, using OpenTok SIP Interconnect and a third party SIP-PSTN Gateway.

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