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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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Record Attendance at Streaming Media East

Just back from a terrific week in New York, meeting with readers and exhibitors. We had more attendees than ever before (well, at least since the heady pre-bubble days), with 3,733 registered for the two-day event. Larry Kless, who’s written for Streaming Media and has his own blog covering the online video industry, did my work for me (thanks, Larry), and collected links to as many of the news stories coming out about the show — check it out here.

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Streaming Media in Higher Education — Call for Chapters

I received an interesting email the other day about a new book to be published by Information Age looking at Streaming Media in Higher Education. Editors Charles Wankel of St. John’s University in New York and J. Sibley Law of the streaming media company Saxon Mills. It looks like a very useful book, and long overdue. Here’s the text of the email:

We are soliciting chapter proposals for this book on all topics related to streaming media in higher education.  Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) evaluation, interactive video, collaboration through video, new pedagogic vistas providing visualization in higher education, integration of streaming media within the gamut of other new media, digital video supported case-based teaching.

The book seeks to address questions such as: What roles do digital videos play in online and traditional students’ meaningful learning process? How does streaming media add to the development of university teaching across disciplines? What are the further implications? Etc.

Chapter submissions due April 16. Proposals should be at least 100 words, ideally more. Send them to both and .
Full chapter drafts we be due September 30, 2009.  We anticipate publication in December 2009. We have an excellent publisher lined-up for this volume.

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Streaming Media Industry Sourcebook Coming in February

We got such a positive response to the inaugural issue of the European Edition of Streaming Media magazine that we’re going quarterly in 2009, beginning with the 2009 Streaming Media Industry Sourcebook, which will publish in February. It’s our biggest issue of the year, and it includes comprehensive year-in-review articles looking at the most notable developments in 2008, as well as a look forward at what’s likely to come in 2009. It also includes case studies and a slew of how-to and buyer’s guide features, including the following:

  • Choosing a Camcorder
  • Selecting the Right Nonlinear Video Editor
  • Picking a Content Delivery Provider
  • The 2009 Video Encoder Shoot-Out
  • How to Add Closed Captions to Online Video
  • How to Generate Automatic Speech Transcripts in Flash Video
  • Making Sense of the H.264 Licensing Labyrinth
  • The Live Mobile Video Landscape

Also featured are a roster of case studies from each of the major verticals: entertainment, education, enterprise, government, and advertising. You can subscribe to the magazine here, and if you’re interested in advertising, contact Sjoerd Vogt at sjoerd.vogt (at)

Here’s a video that gives an even better sense of what the Sourcebook is all about.

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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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