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Education & Training Focus at Streaming Forum 2013

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Streaming Forum 2103, the new cutting-edge event by the team behind Streaming Media Europe, will focus on the streaming media game-changers that will continue to drive our industry to new heights in the coming years, with a special emphasis on key hot spots. Here we take a closer look at the Education & Training track.

Whether in academia or the corporate environment, online video has proven itself to be one of the most effective ways to deliver educational and training content. Bridging geographical boundaries and offering unparalleled opportunities for interactivity, video is now front and centre for teachers and trainers alike. The Education & Training focus at Streaming Forum will present attendees with real-world success stories as well as insightful presentations and panel discussions that will help you and your learners get the most out of lectures, training, and professional development courses delivered via video:

  • Viewer Interaction for Live  Event Webcasting
  • Video and the Future of Education
  • Successful Models for  Webcasts and Webinars for  Education and Training
  • What Higher Education Can  Teach the Enterprise

About Streaming Forum 2013

Bird imageA new, cutting edge Conference for innovators, practitioners and decision makers (18-19 June in London)

      • 30 panel sessions, how-to sessions and presentations in 3 tracks
      • Case studies and success stories from Bayer Benelux, BBC, Channel 4, Google, HBO Europe, London Olympics, Major League Baseball, Manchester City FC, NHS, Royal College of Surgeons, Topshop, UBS and more
      • Sponsor Showcase, Party, Networking, and Streaming Media’s European Readers’ Choice Awards!

Read more about Streaming  Forum here

Register here

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Meet our Streaming Forum Speaker: Ben Kittow


CEO & Founder, The Streaming Company, London, UK

Tell us a little about you, your background and your current role.

I have been running companies with a theme of making the transition from traditional methods into modern digital delivery for quite a few years. My current role means I seek to steer exceedingly clever people with skills covering a wide spectrum such as professional broadcast, networks, telco, satellite, mobile and web. Luckily I do not hinder their progress but seek to assist and encourage them as we come up with every more clever ways of broadcasting to a mind boggling array of end user devices.

What will you be talking about at Streaming Forum? Why have you chosen this subject?

I shall be moderating a session called “Video and the future of Education”.   I ran an international language company for many years during which web and then mobile learning started to kick in.  It fascinated me then and still captivates me now that we have so many well developed platforms and methods of making learning material available and interactive on all sorts of devices

Name some key challenges faced by your clients, and tell us how you are overcoming them?

In a corporate training environment, allowing users to take advantage of their mobile devices,  whilst keeping track of them and at the same time seeking to integrate and monitor performance is as much a security challenge as it is a learning one.

More generically, everyone wants to deliver really effective learning content on small screen devices on the move with ever richer media experiences.  Few would claim to have cracked it, and as with all learning it is always a case of seeing how the delivery method and content can be tweaked to increase achievement levels

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?

From a techie point of view, the encoding/transcoding for all devices in richer and richer formats has some way to run

What do you enjoy the most about your job in this industry?

Working with a wide spectrum of people both technical and non technical and getting great content delivered to the highest quality – even if we are in the middle of field, or half way across the globe. It all takes great teamwork as there are so many interdependent facets to what we do, so it is enormously rewarding when our careful planning and execution pays off.

Ben’s session, Video and the Future of Education takes place on Tuesday 18 June 2013 13.45-14.30. The discussion panel consists of:

Moderator: Ben Kittow, CEO, The Streaming Company — UK
Mike Saville Howarth, eLearning Consultant, Director Mike Howarth Associates — UK
Philip Tubman, Learning Technologist, Lancaster University — UK
Jeffrey Newman, Education Account Executive – EMEA, Kaltura — UK
Bob van den Brand, Adjunct Associate Professor Accounting Innovator in Education & I-STAR-Learning, Tilburg University — The Netherlands

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Live Webcasting for Corporate Events: TalkPoint’s Simon Frusher Shares his Thoughts

Simon Frusher, Director of EMEA Operations for TalkPoint has been producing live webcasts for over 15 years and will be moderating a session on live webcasting for corporate events at the upcoming Streaming Media Europe conference.

What will you be talking about at Streaming Media Europe? Why have you chosen this subject?

I started my career in event staging and have always been involved in face-to-face events. I think there are a range of possibilities of how webcasting can enhance the live event sector, so I’m excited to discuss the power of timely delivery and how it can enhance the impact of an event. Event companies and clients need to see what is now available in the marketplace.

Name some key challenges faced by your clients, and tell us how you are overcoming them?

We have a diverse client base, with some understanding the benefits of webcasting more than others! We approach clients in a consultative manner to make sure that a webcast is suited to their specific needs.

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?

Mobile delivery has definitely been on the rise, and this has been one of our standard offerings for more than two years.

What do you enjoy the most about your job in this industry?

It’s a pleasure to help companies enhance their communication and to enable people to participate in events where travel might have prohibited their involvement.

What is the best reason to attend Streaming Media Europe?

As an attendee, exhibitor and panellist, it’s always good to catch up with old friends, discuss current industry trends and to see the field growing from strength to strength each year. 

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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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Video: Defining ROI for Corporate Streaming

There’s no longer any doubt that corporates must embrace streaming video as a core piece of their communications plan. But just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean that marketers and communications directors no longer need to prove ROI. This video, from a panel called “Why Are We Doing This? Developing an ROI Model for Corporate Streaming Communications” at Streaming Media Europe 2009, breaks down some of the ways companies can measure the success of their streaming media activities and use aspects of social media to expand the reach of their communications.


  • Jake Ward, Director, Broadview
  • Louise Farrow, Head of Marketing Promotions, Corporate Marketing, ACCA
  • Niall O’Malley, Group Account Director, immediate future

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Streaming Media Europe Videos Now Available

Videos from all of the breakout sessions at this year’s Streaming Media Europe are now available here. Unfortunately, we’re not able to present videos of the keynote sessions, but if you take a look at the player, you’ll see that all 18 sessions are now online for viewing; you can also embed links to individual session videos on your own sites if you wish. I’ll be highlighting and discussing individual session videos in future posts.

Also, speaker presentations from the sessions and several of the pre-conference workshops are now available on the Streaming Media Europe programme page. If a particular presentation you’re looking for isn’t there, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to track it down.

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Live From Streaming Media Europe Later Today

Thanks to Stream UK and Global-MIX, we’ll be webcasting the closing session from Streaming Media Europe live from London at 16:15 GMT/4:15 p.m. EDT. The session, “What the Future Holds,” will feature Jake Ward from Broadview moderating and Mark Little from Ovum Research, and Dan Cryan from Screen Digest, two of the leading analysts of online video trends. 

They’ll be looking at what we should expect over the next few years in terms of technological advances, business challenges and opportunities, and audience demographics. Click here for the Windows Media webcast at 16:15 GMT/4:15 p.m. EDT.



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10 Downing Street Boosting Online Video Presence

Last week, the British Prime Minister’s Office launched Number10TV, a new video channel as part of its website. They’re using Brightcove’s Flash player to deliver the clips; right now it’s mostly “feel-good” PR stuff from Gordon Brown’s office, but it sets the stage for the PM’s office to have a direct video line to citizens for more important announcements. 

Brightcove is just one of several internet TV platforms that will be represented at Streaming Media Europe in a session called, fittingly, “Comparing Internet TV Platforms.” In addition to Brightcove VP of International Partherships Raghav Gupta, Ooyala CEO Bismarck Lepe and BestTV Founder and VP of Business Development Oded Felled will debate and discuss what content owners should look for when selecting a platform to help them deliver their content. The session will be at 13:45 on Thursday, 16 October; to register, visit the Streaming Media Europe site, where the full programme will be announced next week.

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