I say this every year, but I mean it more each time: This year’s Streaming Media Europe really is set to be the best ever, with great speakers and a brand-new venue. You can see the entire programme online–we’re still filling in a few speaker slots, but almost all of the panels and presentations are now slotted. The highlight sof the event are our keynotes; on Day 1 (18 October), we’ve got Ian Mecklenburgh from Virgin Media talking about “Streaming to the Connected Home,” while on Day 2 we feature YouTube Europe Engineering Director Oliver Heckmann offering a “Peek Inside YouTube”
The entire event is loaded with top-notch speakers, though, and as with last year, it’s not just one event. This year, it’s four: The Content Delivery Summit on 17 October follows up on last year’s successful event with another great mix of presentations and speakers, including the BBC’s Richard Cooper, Limelight Networks’ George Fraser, and Level 3 Communications’ Derek Gough. The real highlight, though, is the frank and sometimes surprising conversations that happen during the panel discussions; how often do you get to see Adobe, Microsoft, Wowza, RealNetworks, Flumotion, and Code Shop discuss and debate application trends?
18 October also features the first annual Connected Home event. Programmed by informitv‘s Dr. William Cooper, this event is a one-of-a-kind gathering of online, broadcast, CE, and infrastructure leaders including Google TV, Samsung, LG, BT, TalkTalk, and others, all exploring the challenges and opportunities brought about by over-the-top video and the increasingly connected home environment. “These major industries are headed on a collision course, but to succeed they will need to work together,” says Cooper. “It is unlikely that a single winner will end up owning the consumer, but understanding the roles and relationships of the various players will enable participants to position themselves in the connected value network.”
On 19 October, we’ll feature the second Online Video Strategies event, the only event aimed squarely at the ever-growing number of organisations for whom video is now a central part of their communications strategy, but for whom video is in no way their core business. As such, it’s filled not with blue sky pondering nor awash in “inside the video industry” debates. Rather, it’s designed to give attendees the knowledge and tools they need to start or improve their strategy as soon as they leave the event—even if they’re not video experts when they walk in the door. The day begins with Pocket Video Power‘s Jules Watkins, who has produced reality shows like Pimp My Ride and MTV Cribs and will focus on “How To Make Online Videos that Don’t Suck—Without Breaking the Bank.” We’ll also have speakers from Red Bee Media, Kinura, AutoTrader, and more, all offering up practical knowledge to help attendees improve their video strategies as soon as they get back to their desks.
And, as usual, the day before the main event will be filled with terrific, in-depth workshops on “Delivering High-Quality Media Within the Enterprise on the Adobe Flash Platform,” “Next-Generation Microsoft Media Platform and Media Delivery with Sharepoint and Azure,” “Online Video Advertising–The Technology, the Science, and the Cash,” and “Encoding for Flash, Mobile, and HTML5.”
So register for Streaming Media Europe and its connected events now, before the early bird deadline of September 16!