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Streaming Forum 2013: The Keynote Sessions

We are delighted to announce our two keynote sessions for Streaming Forum, the new cutting edge conference for innovators, practitioners and decision makers (18-19 June at Park Plaza Victoria London).

Christopher Fetner small18 June: Forging the Links for a Strong Digital Supply Chain (Chris Fetner, Netflix)

In this keynote panel presentation, Christopher Fetner will share the lessons Netflix has learned after going through two major European launches, providing a unique perspective on digital supply chains in Europe. The panel will discuss how service and content providers are evolving their supply chain processes and infrastructure to support growth in services and the globalisation of media content.


038_thibeault19 June: The Power of Storyshowing (Jason Thibeault, Limelight)

The digital world is transforming storytelling. It’s not 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 realise that everyone, even organisations, are trying to tell a story. And when stories incorporate video, you get a fast track to digital intimacy and making a real connection with your audience .  In this keynote, The Power of Storyshowing, Thibeault will teach you the 9 “killer things” you need to tell amazing stories with video. He will show examples of business stories that make you want to take action.   .


 Bird imageWhat else is happening at Streaming Forum?

•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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Olympics drive record usage of BBC iPlayer

The London Olympics drove record usage of the BBC iPlayer catch-up service, according to the BBC, with 196 million requests during the month of August. Usage on mobile and tablet devices also broke records, contributing almost a fifth of total requests in the month.

The BBC’s data includes all scheduled TV channel output but excludes the 24 web-only sports streams produced for the Olympics.

Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development for BBC Future Media will be giving the opening keynote on Wednesday 17 October at Streaming Media Europe. To attend the keynote for free, register here.


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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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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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Attendance At Streaming Media Europe Tops Previous Shows

Thanks to all who attended this year’s Streaming Media Europe last month in London—all 1,015 of you, a 32% increase over 2008’s numbers. I think it’s safe to say that this once again demonstrates just how vibrant the online video industry remains even in the current economy, and the fact that we had visitors from 41 countries means that this has become a truly global event!

We’ve posted all of the session and keynote videos from the show here, but we’ll be rolling some of it out here on the blog over the next few weeks. We’ll kick things off today with the keynote from Myles McBean, VP of Disney Online EMEA. Tim Siglin’s report on the keynote is here, but don’t take his word for it. Check out the video!

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Disney: One Studio, Many Screens

Like most studios and media & entertainment companies, Disney is embracing the opportunities and rising to the challenges of getting its content to multiple screens and devices—PC, TV, set-top boxes, game consoles, and mobiles. Leading the charge for Disney is Myles MacBean, VP and general manager for Disney Online Europe Middle-East Africa, and he’ll be speaking on the topic next month in his keynote at Streaming Media Europe.

I had a chance to sit down with Myles for a video call using the ooVoo service, which offers free two-way video chat and premium options that allow for chats among up to six people. Myles and I talked about a wide range of topics, including:

  • The impact that Disney’s focus on youth audiences has on its multiple-screen strategy
  • The necessity of taking a holistic approach to the creation and delivery of multiple-screen content, and keeping multiple screens in mind from the beginning of the content creation process

Apologies for the slightly out-of-sync audio.

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    Streaming Media Europe Keynote Sneak Previews

    Counting down the last couple of weeks here to Streaming Media Europe, and two of our keynote speakers took some time to chat with me about the state of the industry. Some great insights here as Dr. William Cooper, founder and chief executive of informitv, and Nicholas Wheeler, Managing Director of ITN On each talk about what to look for in the next 12 months, what barriers stand in the way of continued online video growth, and what has most surprised them in the space in the last year. (Thanks to ooVoo, we were able to record these transatlantic video chats.)

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    Disney, ITN On Keynotes Highlight 2009 Streaming Media Europe Programme

    We’ve just announced the full programme for this year’s Streaming Media Europe, to be held at the Novotel London West in Hammersmith, 14-16 October. You can check out the entire programme here, but here are some highlights:

    • Keynotes from Myles MacBean, VP & General Manager, Disney Online EMEA; Nicholas Wheeler, Managing Director, ITN On; Dr. William Cooper, CEO, informitv; and Guy Phillipson, CEO of the Internet Advertising Bureau UK. Watch this blog in coming weeks for video interviews with our keynotes.

    • Pre-conference workshops on the topics Live Broadcasting for Silverlight and Windows Media Player, Encoding H.264  for Streaming and Progressive Download, Developing a Rich Video Player for the Adobe Flash Platform, and Planning, Building, and Launching a Video Blog.

    • Two full days of conference sessions, which will feature speakers from the BBC, Sony, Microsoft, Cisco, Global-MIX, Deutsche Telekom, Level 3, Teliasonera, Akamai, Telemak, Livestation, RealNetworks, Adobe, Tremor Media,, Red Bee Media, Thomson Reuters and more.

    Early registration discounts apply until 25 September.

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    Streaming Media Europe: Beyond Skateboarding Dogs

    Two terrific keynotes this morning. First, Alec Hendry went into great detail about MTV UK & Ireland’s workflow, both from capture to distribution and among MTV offices in different territories —  much of the content is entered by MTV’s New York offices and then when it’s approved for European distribution, it becomes available to the MTV UK offices, pending any edits that have to be made because of rights considerations (sometimes the music on the U.S. shows isn’t approved for use in the UK). He also talked about how the MTV Overdrive player allows the network to achieve two of its core objectives: “It lets the user control MTV, but lets MTV control the content.” 

    Dailymotion\'s Digby Lewis speaks to Streaming Media Europe attendees Friday morning.

    Digby Lewis from Dailymotion talked about the company’s standing as the #2 video site in the world, just behind YouTube. “We don’t really view them as competitors, because they’re really in their own universe,” he said. Dailymotion’s strategy now is to focus not so much on user-generated content as on professional and semi-professional filmmakers and content producers. “It’s about more than just skateboarding dogs and copulating kangaroos,” he said. “That stuff might interest people for five minutes, but it’s not content that’s going to keep them engaged.” He also shared a statistic worth reflecting upon. “Video now is where the internet was a few years ago. 60% of users feel overwhelmed by all of the content, while 40% feel they’re able to cope.”


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