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Video Infrastructure Focus at Streaming Forum 2013

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Streaming Forum 2013, 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 Video Infrastructure track

Behind every great piece of content that a viewer watches, there are myriad infrastructure decisions. The Video Infrastructure track at Streaming Forum offers nine sessions that explore everything from streaming servers to CDN options, all with the same goal in mind: managing and delivering the bits and bytes seamlessly to viewers while paying attention to quality of service and efficiency for the rightsholders and content publishers.

  • Case Study: HBO Europe – A Broadcaster’s Guide to the TV Everywhere Universe
  • Case Study: How The BBC Ensured Live Streaming Resilience For The Olympics
  • Practicalities of Putting Captions on IP-Delivered Video Content
  • The Future of CDNs
  • Enhancing the Second Screen Experience with Multiscreen Streaming
  • Media Server Application Trends
  • Integrating TV Everywhere Services
  • HEVC and OTT: Challenges and Perspectives
  • Multiscreen Services for Live Sport

Read more about the Video Infrastructure Track here

 

Bird imageAbout Streaming Forum 2013

A 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 

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Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards – Finalists announced

RCA logoThe Finalists are announced for this year’s Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards and it’s been a banner year for both established names and up-and-comers with over 12,000 votes.

Below is the list of finalists in the 16 categories — the top three vote-getters in each category, in alphabetical order. The winners will be announced at the Streaming Forum drinks reception in London on 18 June.

 

Analytics/QOS solution

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Five Cool
  • Seachange Intl

Best Live Webcast 2013

  • Groovy Gecko
  • Showcaster
  • Vualto

Best Streaming Innovation 2012

  • Haivision
  • Ustream
  • Wowza

Cloud Video Service

  • Haivision HyperStream Live Cloud Transcoding
  • Ustream
  • Xstream MediaMaker

Delivery Network

  • Broadpeak
  • CDN.net
  • StreamZilla

Media Asset Management

  • Planet Enterprises
  • Simplestream
  • StreamUK

Mobile Video app or solution

  • Kaltura
  • LiveU
  • Realnetworks

Music & Audio Delivery solution

  • Grooveshark
  • Soundcloud
  • Wavestreaming

Online Video Platform

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Haivision
  • Sorenson

Server hardware/software

  • Thomson Video Networks
  • Wowza
  • Xstream

Streaming Services Provider

  • Haivision HyperStream Concierge – Live Event Transcoding & Internet Streaming Services
  • Livestream
  • Vimond Streaming Services

Transcoding solution

  • Haivision
  • Sorenson
  • Thomson Video Networks

TV over IP solution

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Wowza
  • Xstream

Video Advertising platform

  • Accedo Broadband
  • Gorillabox
  • Videoplaza

Video Discovery Service

  • Gravity
  • Redbee Media
  • Think Analytics

Webcast platform

  • Telestream
  • Vimond
  • Workcast
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Meet our Streaming Forum Speaker: Jason Thibeault

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Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks, USA

Jason Thibeault, Senior Director, Marketing Strategy at Limelight Networks will be presenting the keynote session on Wednesday 19 June (9-10am), The Power of Storyshowing. He will also appear on a panel session, The Future of CDNs, half an hour later on the same day. Here he tells us a little bit about himself and what he will be talking about.

 

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

I am currently the Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy at Limelight Networks and responsible for much of the way Limelight is positioned in the market.

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

Although a deep technologist at heart, I am also a storyteller. Schooled as a professional writer my love is storytelling. The great thing about the digital world is that it transforms storytelling. They aren’t just words anymore (or just video). Magical combinations of mediums can come together to create vibrant and interactive experiences. When you bring that to the business world you realize that everyone, even organizations, are trying to tell a story and it’s how we engage with each other. This really is where I spend my time.

In my keynote, The Power of Storyshowing, you’ll learn the 9 killer things you need to tell awesome stories with video. You’ll see examples of business stories that make us cry, make us laugh, and make us want to take action. You’ll leave with one key message burning in your mind: “I have to go tell my story.”

I will also be sitting on a panel talking about The Future of the CDNs. The CDN is really fascinating. As a market and a service it’s changing. It’s evolving because we are all realizing that delivery is just one component of getting that story to our audiences. I am fascinated by this evolution of CDNs from just dumb pipes to intelligent networks that can help organizations tailor content delivery into contextually-relevant experiences for their audience. That’s powerful.

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

Our clients are struggling with digital marketing, with engaging with their audiences, with their digital presence. Many of the systems they use to manage and publish websites, to manage and publish videos, to store objects, to deliver them, are all disconnected. That makes it really hard to tell a consistent story across all devices anywhere in the world so that they can maximize engagement (which is what they want as engagement leads to intimacy leads to conversion). We help them wipe away some of that complexity (let’s be honest, we aren’t a silver bullet for a problem this big) by making it easier to create, manage, and deliver an awesome digital presence through a single, cloud-based platform of integrated tools for their website, video, storage, delivery/performance, and analytics.

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?  

I see streaming media getting more personalized and more interactive. Obviously video is going to dominate content over the next five years. The data trajectory is incredible. But, just as websites transformed to dynamic, contextual experiences, so too will video. It can’t be just dumb. Discovery has to be smarter, it has to be linked to who I am, what I like, where I’ve been. This will require a lot of real-time data from both the player and the evolution of the CDN but the cloud resources are there now (i.e., Hadoop clusters and elastic computing) to acquire and process it. It’s just a matter of time before the content owners and the technologists begin to integrate that into the video experiences they have been building.

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

Working with amazing clients, companies that are trying to reshape the way we tell, interact, and experience stories. Whether it’s stories about their company, or stories from the big screen, or stories about their customers, these organizations are transforming the web with their digital content and I get to be at the center of it all as part of Limelight.

 

Jason’s keynote, The Power of Storyshowing, takes place on Wednesday 19 June, 9.00-10.00.

 

The panel session, The Future of CDNs, is on Wednesday 19 June, 10.30 – 11.30.

The panel consists of:

Moderator: Dom Robinson, Co-Founder, Director. id3as & Contributing Editor, StreamingMedia.com, id3as, UK

Panellists: Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks, USA, Stef van der Ziel, CEO, Jet-Stream, The Netherlands, Miles McWilliams, Head of Global Sales – IP Transit & CDN, Deutsche Telekom, UK, Mike Smith, Solutions Engineer, Edge Comuting & CDN Services, Mirror Image Internet, UK, and James Fletcher, Marketing Director, CDN.net,UK.

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Meet our Streaming Forum Speaker: Michael Lantz

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Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo

Will 2013 be the year of “TV Everywhere?” We think so, and so does Accedo’s Michael Lantz, who will explore the topic at Streaming Forum in London in June. Here, Michael discusses what he plans to speak about as well as current trends in the industry:

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

I am Accedo’s CEO and one of its founders. Over the past 9 years we have championed the concept of the TV app and why the TV is loved and cherished by consumers and how media companies and operators can create compelling next generation consumer offerings. In my current role, I have the pleasure of working with Accedo’s wide range of products, including a number of new solutions launched over the past couple of years. I’m involved both in the product innovation as well as in the sales process, where I’m meeting customers and partners daily to discuss their requirements and roadmaps.

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

I will be speaking about Integrating TV Everywhere Services. This is a truly exciting area right now, and I think 2013 will be the year of TV Everywhere, largely due to the shifting consumer viewing habits. Consumers are expecting access to the content they choose when and where they want it. Pay TV Operators and Media Companies are competing for digital viewership and are looking for new revenue opportunities, as well as improving brand and service loyalty. Most major pay TV operators have or are planning to roll out services on OTT devices, and suddenly consumers will have the choice of multiple providers of premium content via a plethora of TV and mobile devices. Over the coming 5-6 years, this will radically change the TV industry as we know it, increase competition and change the way we consume TV.

However, establishing, delivering, and maintaining a premium TV Everywhere offering can be time consuming, costly and complex in a fragmented world of devices that are constantly changing. There is also a growing trend for personalization of the TV experience, where everybody is looking to own the customer. However, as I will discuss during my session, it is possible to easily integrate these types of services to enable fast and efficient roll out of multiplatform TV application offerings.

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

We see more and more media companies deploying applications on TV to increase usage and reach new consumers. Over the past couple of years, the main challenge has been about launching attractive applications with great functionality. Now, we increasingly see challenges like monetization, distribution and maintainability, which are all addressed by Accedo solutions. For monetization we have an attractive advertising solution AdMediate that helps international media companies use modern advertising solution in their TV apps. For distribution, we have established a network of attractive distribution partners in the major pay TV operators we’re working with. These platforms offer app capabilities, which are very attractive new distribution channels for app providers. Finally, for maintainability, we offer our AppView management platform to increase maintenance synergies and control over applications.

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?  

We increasingly see dual screen offerings, where the navigation and browsing takes places on a tablet or a mobile phone device and the viewing takes place on a TV. This adds a significant complexity in terms of device connection and media security but we see a number of solutions appearing on the market, including the Accedo Connect solution from us. We believe that the user experience for a dual screen watching experience will continue to evolve over the coming years.

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

It is truly inspiring to be at the forefront of a growing industry, which is being dramatically revolutionised with new technologies. Every day, I’m amazed with the innovation I see from companies working in this industry and I can’t wait to see what lies around the corner.

Michael’s talk will take place on Wednesday 19 June 2013 1.30-2.15 pm:  Integrating TV Everywhere Services 
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