About Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen

I'm the editor of Streaming Media magazine and StreamingMedia.com, and programme director for Streaming Media Europe. I speak frequently at European events, including IBC, the Nordic Media Summit in Copenhagen, and the Streaming Video Summit in Munich.

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Streaming Forum Speakers Wanted: Sport and Education Verticals

The program for Streaming Forum 2013 is coming together nicely, but we still need your help. We’re looking specifically for sessions and presenters that can address the growing applications for online video in education and the ever-expanding sport market. In particular, we’re looking for how-to sessions and innovative case studies that can help our attendees understand best practices and new approaches to solving the specific challenges faced in those verticals.

We’re also still looking for speakers who can present sessions or help us fill out panel discussions in the following areas:

  • Formats, Protocols, and Standards
  • Encoding and Transcoding
  • Live Event Webcasting
  • Online Video Delivery Infrastructure
  • Corporate Communications
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Social Video & Second Screen

You can make your submissions via our online submission form, or feel free to reach out to me directly at erics@streamingmedia.com. Streaming Forum 2013 will be at the Park Plaza Victoria London on 18-19 June, and we’re looking to have the program completed by the end of the first week of March.

The Streaming Forum event is a “re-boot” of our Streaming Media Europe events; we’ve moved it out of the busy autumn conference season, relocated to a more central location in London, and put more emphasis on high-level networking and learning. Previous events have included speakers from YouTube, Samsung, BBC, Dailymotion, Red Bee Media, Channel 4, Xstream, Vimond, MTV Oy, Virgin Media, and Deutsche Telekom.

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Streaming Media Europe Programme Now Online

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

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How to Measure Online Video Success

Is your online video strategy working? Is your content truly engaging? Are you optimising your advertising placements? These are the kinds of questions that keep video creators and publishers up at night, but they needn’t—at least not if you’ve got the right analytics solutions in place, and know how to use them. This video from Streaming Media Europe 2010—featuring Brainient‘s Emi Gal, Ooyala‘s Jonathan Milne, and goviral‘s Nick Roveta, and moderated by Braintrust Digital’s Tim Siglin—offers insights into how to best answer those questions and more.

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Video Search and Recommendation: Finding Content in a Thousand-Channel Universe

With the arrival of ‘video everywhere’ and increasing online video viewership, what role does search need to play to make it easier for consumers to find what they want to watch? Indexing and chapterising video to make it easily searchable can make the content much more valuable and effective, but that alone won’t increase consumption. With the recent improvements in search technology and advances in video recommendation, video searching is quickly becoming crucial to today’s content economy. Watch this discussion from Streaming Media Europe 2010 and learn how some of today’s search services work and what’s being developed to make them even better.

Moderator: Tim Siglin, Chairman, Braintrust Digital
Thomas Dvorak, Chief Marketing Officer, APRICO Solutions
Justin Hayward, Managing Director, Make It Rain
Stephen Tallamy, Product Owner and Technical Lead, LocateTV (A division of NDS)
Michael Woodley, CTO, Doovle Ltd.

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The European CDN Market: Video

The European CDN market is quite different from the US CDN market, with more of an emphasis on Quality of Service than on pricing. This panel discussion from Streaming Media Europe 2010 breaks down the European market by the numbers and examines cultural, market and technological differences among the various regions within Europe. Finally, panellists discuss the varying services – CDNs, hosting providers and streaming providers – and how they fit into these regional differences.

Moderator: Stef van der Ziel, CEO, Jet-Stream
Roberto Bisconcini, CEO, WeStream
Nicolas Gaviola, Business Development Manager, Flumotion
Eric Matsgård, CEO, Qbrick
Dominic Monkhouse, Managing Director, PEER 1 Hosting
Chris Townsley, Director of European Sales, EMEA, Limelight Networks UK Ltd

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Where is Video Monetisation Headed?

At this year’s Streaming Media Europe in London I moderated a panel that explored the future of monetisation. What struck me as both funny and scary was that publishers are still struggling with the same questions and challenges they have been for nearly a decade; for instance, it’s been accepted wisdom for years that simply repurposing television spots for online use isn’t the most effective way to advertise, but yet everyone is still doing it. Thankfully, our panelists—Chris Gorell Barnes from Adjust Your Set, Adam Gerber from Quantcast, Chris Johnston from Brightcove, and Colleen Kearney from Turner Broadcasting Europe—offered real insights into ways publishers might shake off the chains of convention and find new ways to use video as a way to generate revenue. (Hint: The video itself is rarely going to be the thing that people will pay for.)

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What’s Happening in Scandinavia?

In October, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Nordic Media Summit in Copenhagen, organized by Xstream. Xstream’s Frank Thorup and Brynhild Vinskei put on a terrific event, featuring speakers from the region’s leading newspapers and broadcast/cable networks, including Norway’s Telenor, which with Xstream has put together an on-demand service for internet-enabled TVs that is the slickest, easiest to use interface I’ve seen. I talk a bit about that in the interview here*, along with the differences between the U.S. and European markets, as well as what U.S. companies can learn from their European counterparts. Watch this space for interviews with other speakers from the event as they become available.

*I had originally embedded the video here, but for some reason that wasn’t working, so it’s best to view the interview on the Xstream site.

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Videos from Streaming Media Europe 2010

Videos of the keynotes and all the sessions from Streaming Media Europe 2010 are now online here. (All but one, that is; the presentation from Forrester Research isn’t available per Forrester policy. Also, we do not have videos from the Content Delivery Summit or Online Video Strategies). We’ll be posting one video per week here on the blog, beginning with two this week: the keynotes from YouView’s Anthony Rose and Red Bee Media’s Ben Schofield.

Rose talks about how YouView is creating the right environment for Connected TV to thrive in the UK and beyond.

Schofield discusses how broadcasting is evolving from one screen to many, offering not just greater access on a multitude of devices but also greater personalisation and interactivity for the consumer.

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Project Canvas and Red Bee Media to Keynote Streaming Media Europe

The final programme for Streaming Media Europe—and its satellite events, the Content Delivery Summit and Online Video Strategies—will be posted soon, complete with the entire roster of speakers, but I’m pleased to announce the two keynotes for the conference.

Anthony Rose, CTO Project Canvas

Anthony Rose, CTO, Project Canvas

Anthony Rose, CTO of Project Canvas—the joint venture among Arqiva, BBC, BT, Channel 4, ITV, and Talk Talk to build an internet-connected TV platform—will keynote day one. Project Canvas provides this description of his talk:

Steve Plunkett, Red Bee Media

Steve Plunkett, Red Bee Media

Project Canvas is set to transform the daily viewing experience of UK television audiences and influence IPTV deployments globally when it launches in the early part of 2011. It will unlock a world of content and services, combining live channels with on-demand, bringing web-based services and interactive extras to the living room TV. Anthony Rose explains how Canvas is creating the right environment for Connected TV to thrive in the UK and beyond.

Day two offers Steve Plunkett, Director of Customer Innovation for Red Bee Media, which provides technology and creative solutions to help broadcasters, content rights holders, and brand owners engage with their audiences in traditional and new ways, including web and mobile. Red Bee Media’s client list includes Discovery International, BBC, Virgin Media, Nike, Lonely Planet, Motorola, and Siemens, and they’ve worked with media brands across the globe, including Sky Italia, TV Globo (Brazil), Star News India, and Canal+ (France). Plunkett will be discussing “Video Everywhere and In Everything:”

Check back soon for more details on all of our events—we’ve got speakers from Adobe, Akamai, Amazon, BT, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, the Football Association, GlaxoSmithKline, Limelight, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Zattoo, and many more.

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Advance Programmes for Streaming Media Europe Now Available

The advance programmes for Streaming Media Europe, the Content Delivery Summit, and the Online Video Strategies event are all online. If you submitted a speaking proposal and don’t see your topic reflected, don’t panic. These are preliminary programmes that we’ll be modifying with more specifics as we get closer to the event. In particular, you can expect several sessions focusing on the hottest topics in online video: VP8/WebM, H.264, HTML5, and Flash 10.1 for Mobile.

We’ll be making our final speaker selections in the next few weeks and announcing the final programmes at the end of July.

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