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Streaming Forum 2013: Chairman’s Picks

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Eric Schumacher

Eric Schumacher, Programme Director, Streaming Forum
Editor, Streaming Media Magazine

 

The thing I like best about the Streaming Forum is that we’ve tagged each of our 30 sessions with one of eight “Focus Areas,” so attendees can easily identify the panels and presentations that are most relevant to them and their business.

But I have to admit that I’m especially excited about a few sessions in particular:

HBO Europe—A Broadcaster’s Guide to the TV Everywhere Universe

HBO GO has been one of the biggest success stories in the emerging OTT market, but that doesn’t mean that the deployment in Europe was an easy one. This session will offer great lessons for any organisation hoping to launch or expand its OTT offering in the European market.

The Future of the Fashion Show—The Live Streaming Social Networking Experience

2013 is shaping up to be the year that live webcasting really comes into its own, with interactivity and social network integration a crucial part of that success. In this case study, attendees will find out how Topshop, Google, and Streaming Tank put together a multi-platform, interactive live web event to create “the world’s most viewed catwalk.”

How to Choose a Cloud Encoder

Jan Ozer’s how-to sessions on encoding are always some of our best -attended, and this year we’ve got four of them. In this one, he’ll walk attendees through the pros and cons of choosing a cloud encoding service and present case studies of companies that have made the switch.

MPEG-DASH & HEVC: New Standards Enabling Ultra-High Quality Video Services

We’ve got three sessions relating to MPEG-DASH, but this one is especially exciting because it brings together engineers and researchers who’ve helped build and advance the standards, from bitmovin, Qualcomm, CISCO, Fraunhofer/HHI, and Orange.

Watching Sport Online: Better Than TV?

In a discussion featuring companies that have worked with major sport organisations including Manchester City FC and the Women’s Tennis Association, panellists will discuss and debate the important role of data and viewer interaction to create truly immersive fan experiences.

Successful Models for Webcasts and Webinars for Education and Training

There are plenty of technologies that make it easy to create webcasts and webinars—but simply having the right technology is only one piece of the puzzle. What’s interesting about this presentation is that it digs deeper into helping attendees learn what makes for successful online learning events in both academic and corporate environments.

Read our full programme here

Register for the conference here

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Streaming Media Europe Readers’ Choice Awards: Finalists Announced

The Finalists have been announced for this year’s Streaming Media Europe Readers’ Choice Awards.

Almost 4,000 readers submitted their votes for a total of 304 nominees in 15 categories.

Below is the list of finalists — the top three vote-getters in each category, in alphabetical order. The winners will be announced at Streaming Media Europe in London later this month. The Awards ceremony will take place during the drinks reception in Streaming Media’s Expo on Tuesday 16 October and entry is FREE for all pre-registered exhibition visitors. Click here to register and celebrate with the lucky winners!

Analytics/QOS solution
ADTECH
Bridge Technologies
Touchcast

Video Advertising platform
Gorillabox
Smartclip
Videoplaza

Music & Audio Delivery solution
Grooveshark
Soundcloud
Spotify

Best Live Webcast 2012
Interlake Media
Showcaster
Streaming Tank

Video Discovery Service
Redbee
ThinkAnalytics
Veeseo

Best Streaming Innovation 2012
BBC
Vimond
Wowza

Webcast platform
Polycom
Sonic Foundry
StreamUK

Delivery Network
Alcatel-Lucent
Octoshape
Qbrick

TV over IP solution
Haivision
Vimond
Xstream

Streaming Services Provider
Qbrick
i2i Media
Xstream

Mobile Video app or soln
LiveU
Polycom
RealNetworks

Cloud Video Service
BeBanjo
Sorenson
Mixmoov

Online Video Platform
Qbrick
Vizrt
Xstream

Server hardware/software
Haivision
Wowza
Xstream

Transcoding solution
Realnetworks
Sorenson
Wowza

 

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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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Last Chance to Vote for Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting for Streaming Media’s European Readers’ Choice Awards is closing on Friday –  so vote now for your favourite online video and streaming products and service providers, as nominated by you earlier this summer.

We’ve had a fantastic response so far with hotly contested nominations in fifteen categories including Best Live Webcast of 2012, Mobile Video App or Solution, and Webcast Platform

The three finalists in each category will be announced at the end of September, and the winners will be announced and receive their Award at Streaming Media Europe in London at a special drinks reception on 16 October. The reception is open to all, click here to register for the conference or expo.

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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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Announcing the Content Delivery Summit at Streaming Media Europe

One of the key differences between the online video industry in the U.S. and Europe lies in the different approaches to content delivery, which Nigel Regan outlined in depth in The State of the European Content Delivery Market last autumn. Because these differences are so pronounced, we’ve added a new one-day event at Streaming Media Europe called the Content Delivery Summit, a one-day conference will bring together content owners, infrastructure providers, and the financial community to discuss the business and technology of delivering video online.

Watch this space for more information about the event, but if you’ve got an idea for a panel session topic, the call for speakers is now open, and we look forward to seeing your submissions.

In the meantime, here’s video from a Streaming Media Europe 2009 session called “Will The Cloud Rain On The CDNs’ Parade,” which examines the state of the content delivery market in Europe, particularly as it relates to cloud services such as Amazon’s CloudFront.

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Announcing the Inaugural European Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards

smerc_091We’re excited to announce the first annual European Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award, for which nominations will be accepted beginning today. Modeled after the successful U.S. program, the European Readers’ Choice Awards will be the only awards program that honors the top efforts in the online video industry as decided by the people who actually use the products and services and watch the content.

The awards process begins with the collection of nominations in 12 categories:

Transcoding Solution—Hardware, software, or cloud-based solution for encoding and transcoding content

Online Video Platform—SaaS platforms that enable customizable publication, syndication, distribution, and monetisation of video on the web

UGC Platform—User-generated content sites and services

TV over IP Solution—Set-top box, over-the-top, and “catch-up” solutions for delivering television content online

Reporting, Analytics—Services that offer metrics that, among other things, help content publishers better understand who’s watching, when they’re watching, where they’re watching, and for how long

Streaming Services Provider—Provider of end-to-end streaming services, from capture and encoding to delivery and distribution

Video Advert Platform—Technologies and services that allow for targeted ad insertion into online video content

Webcast Platform—Hardware, software, and SaaS solutions for delivering live web events

Delivery Network—Edge or peer-to-peer content delivery providers

Music & Audio Delivery Solution—Music download services, internet radio, and music sharing

Best Live Webcast of 2009—Most impressive and successful live web event

Best Streaming Innovation of 2009—The “catch-all” category, for simply the coolest, most innovative streaming product, service, or event of the year.

Nominations may be submitted here beginning today through 29 June. The staff of Streaming Media will evaluate the nominations for appropriateness to category and then publish a list of nominees in each category on 6 July.

At that point, our readers will be able to vote for one nominee in each category, with the voting open until 21 August. We’ll publish the finalists—the top 3 vote-getters in each category—on 7 September, and then announce the winner in each category at Streaming Media Europe on 15 October, as well as on the website and in the Winter European edition of Streaming Media magazine.

So make your nominations soon, and look out for the list of nominees on 6 July!

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29 May News Roundup: Brightcove, Datmedia, Harmonic, Microsoft, Ooyala

This week’s developments in online video:

Brightcove announced it had been selected by La Vanguardia to publish the newspaper’s online video. La Vanguardia is the largest newspaper in Barcelona, and this marks another big move by Brightcove in their on-going European expansion.

Datmedia is making a major push with its Datpresenter online video platform (which Streaming Media reviewed here), but they’ve also introduced a very neat new enhanced podcasting tool. You can learn more about it by listening to this podcast, which we recorded with Datmedia’s Jay Pritchard at Streaming Media East in New York earlier this month.

Harmonic Inc. announced at the ANGA Cable show in Cologne that its Direct-2-Edge (D2E) solution had been deployed by South Korea’s SK Broadband, for what it called the “largest commercial IPTV launch to date.”

• France Télévisions is partnering with Microsoft, Inlet, and Level 3 to present the French International tennis tournament, held at Roland Garros, live in HD using Microsoft’s IIS7 Smooth Streaming.

• Ooyala officially announced its new “Swift” player; we broke the news last week in another Streaming Media podcast.

Check out Streaming Media Global each day for breaking news and industry announcements.

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There’s Still Time to Submit a Speaking Proposal

We’ve extended the deadline for speaker proposals for this year’s Streaming Media Europe conference, to be held on 15 & 16 October (with pre-conference workshops on 14 October), again at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith. You now have until Friday, 8 May to submit proposals.

While we welcome all potential speakers, we’re especially interested in end users who can speak to the challenges, trends, and opportunities they are dealing with as they deploy online video and music strategies in both consumer-facing and internal communications. Submissions can be made directly here,  but be sure to read our guidelines first.

Once again, we’ll be having two tracks, one focusing on Technology & Content and one on Business & Strategy. We’ll likely have a total of about 20 sessions, as well as four keynotes. Stay tuned for more information about those keynotes, and we look forward to your speaker submissions.

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Streaming Media Europe 2009 Call for Speakers Now Open

Hard to believe, but it’s time to start planning for this year’s Streaming Media Europe conference, to be held on 15 & 16 October (with pre-conference workshops on 14 October), again at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith. A testament to the continued vitality of online video in the face of tough economic times, last year’s show bucked the trade show trend and saw an increase of more than 50% in attendees over the 2007 show: 768 visitors from 23 countries, and more than 70 speakers.

We’re now soliciting speaker proposals for the 2009 show. While we welcome all potential speakers, we’re especially interested in end users who can speak to the challenges, trends, and opportunities they are dealing with as they deploy online video and music strategies in both consumer-facing and internal communications. Submissions can be made directly here,  but be sure to read our guidelines first.

Once again, we’ll be having two tracks, one focusing on Technology & Content and one on Business & Strategy. We’ll likely have a total of about 20 sessions, as well as four keynotes. Stay tuned for more information about those keynotes, and we look forward to your speaker submissions.

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