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Meet our Streaming Forum Speaker: Simon Frusher

Simon Frusher TalkPoint smallSimon Frusher is a specialist in online video events – what this means and how to best ensure messaging is received and understood.  Here he talks about his panel session at Streaming Forum and his thoughts on the general trends in the industry.

 

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

In 2010, I joined TalkPoint to run the EMEA operation in London, but I’ve been in the visual communication industry since 1989 and producing live webcasts for the last 16 years.

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

This year, I’m leading a great panel discussing corporate webcasting trends and how effective the medium is to an organisation’s culture and reputation. Since I’ve been in this business for over 20 years, I look forward to sharing my experiences and insight with the Streaming Media audience.

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

We have a wide-ranging client base across a number of sectors with different needs from locked-down security to taking a video feed from a CEO’s desktop. Our webcasting technology provides the ideal solution to suit our clients’ needs from fully-managed events through to self service options-the end game always being the same-quality and reliability.

What do you see as major trends in streaming media?  

Delivery to mobile devices and the move to self-service webcasting technology is definitely still on the rise, even though that’s been standard for TalkPoint for a few years now. More clients having a diversity of video acquisition end points is another major trend in streaming media.

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

I enjoy providing the webcasting technology that enables our clients to reach audiences that they would have previously been unable to communicate with due to geographic location and the speed of delivering an impactful message.

 

Simon will be moderating the session  (Tuesday 18 June 2013 16.00-17.00). The rest of the panel consists of: 

Matthew Misik, Head of Audio Visual, The Royal College of Surgeons of England — UK
Peter Rugg, AV Consultant, UBS — UK
Nevil Bounds, Sales Director, Feltech — UK
Chris Lloyd, Technical Director, 27partners — UK
Kevin McLoughlin, Audio Visual Manager, One Wimpole Street, The Home of the Royal Society of Medicine and Chandos House – 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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Vote Today In The Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards

smerc_091Voting opens today for the inaugural Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards, the only awards program in the online media industry that lets end users have their say about which products and services are their favourites.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve received a deluge of nominations, and from that list we’ve narrowed it down to a total of more than 125 nominees 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.

Click here to see the nominees in each category and register to vote. Don’t see your favourite listed? Please contact with the company name, product name, and address, as well as a brief explanation of why you feel it deserves a place among the nominees.

You 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.

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iPlayer, Kangaroo JV, and More in 2008 Year-in-Review

Jake Ward has written a dynamite retrospective looking at the key developments across Europe in the last year; you can find it on the StreamingMediaGlobal.com site. In addition to talking about how the fortunes of the iPlayer in the U.K. offer a microcosm of the trends and challenges facing catch-up and IPTV across Europe, he also looks at the mobile landscape, particularly the troubles facing DVB-H.

The article also appears in the 2009 Streaming Media Industry Sourcebook, due out in February. For your free copy and a subscription to Streaming Media magazine, click here.

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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) in4m.com.

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

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Interview with MTV Networks’ Alec Hendry

On Friday, 17 October, we’re lucky to have Alec Hendry, director of digital media operations and development for MTV Networks UK & Ireland, join us as a keynote speaker. We had a chance to sit down and talk with Alec a big about some of MTV’s successes—and challenges—in the realm of online and mobile content.

Q: Please explain your role and focus at MTV Networks.
A: As director of digital media operations and development for MTV Networks  U.K. and Ireland, I sit within the digital media group, and look across all of the different platforms that consumers interact with us on, including online/websites, mobile services, interactive TV and also broadcast TV where we’re working with SMS and interactive TV technologies.

Q: How does streaming media and online (and/or mobile) video fit into MTV Networks’ focus and emphasis?
A: Our aim is to provide as much content as possible across all of the platforms we’re currently working with.  Broadcast television is obviously one of our main outlets, but we’re also across the web and on mobile networks, and all of our research is showing that our core audience (16-24 year olds in U.K./IE) is on all of these different platforms, continuously moving between all of them, and using all of them at the same time.  So we try to ensure that we’re everywhere our consumers are-whether on our own property or others’, such as various social networks including Bebo or MySpace, and that our content is available on those sites to drive people back to TV, back to our own website (MTV.co.uk), and back to our mobile services.

Q: How would you characterise or describe the split across all of your platforms mentioned above- websites, mobile services, interactive TV and broadcast TV?

A: I don’t have direct figures as to the split between each of these, but sometimes we have the same audience across all four of these platforms, and on other occasions (or for other events and content), we have different audiences on different platforms. 

Certainly at the moment we’re seeing that the web is one of our strongest platforms right along with broadcast television, and that the web is one of the primary digital opportunities for us. 

And since we’ve been doing video on mobile handsets for quite a while (at least 3 years now), we’re seeing more and more mobile consumption as handsets improve over time.  We first launched mobile video content in the U.K. with 3UK when it launched its first 3G video content.  At that time we first started offering MTV video on demand downloads and streaming content, and now we’ve expanded to offering live mobile TV channels on most U.K. operators.  We’re seeing that we’re consistently in the top 10 mobile channels, normally coming only second to sports and news, so we’re obviously very pleased about this.

 
Q: What would you describe as the biggest challenge facing MTV Networks in terms of its online /mobile video initiatives?

A: I would answer that by saying I don’t think we have as challenges as we do opportunities. For example, how do we better engage with the audience wherever they are?  Media is a crowded marketplace, but our brand is very strong, our audience knows us well, they trust our content (both on the music and on the entertainment side), so we are able to serve a breadth of content as a trusted editor to bring the best and most relevant content to our audience.  We also pride ourselves on the high quality of content available online, including a wide range of content repurposed from our TV channels, but also made-for-mobile content, extra content produced strictly for online series and the like.

Q: What does MTVN see as the future of monetising (or building sustainable future for) online or mobile video?
A: For us, monetisation has always been a mixture of sources.  We have some ad-funded content, with pre-roll and post-roll advertising, and then we also have branded sponsorships.  We are also able to use online video as a driver to traditional TV broadcasts and advertisers there, so our in-house advertising agency is able to offer complete packages (broadcast television + online/web + mobile) to advertisers as part of their sponsorships, and so our efforts are definitely paying for themselves.

Q: Can you give us an overview of the MTV Overdrive initiative?
A: Our MTV Overdrive product launched in 2006, which was the first time we brought all of our video into an aggregated place that people could come to access.  To enable this, we built internal workflows to manage the digital archive and the custom-built content, e.g. our MTV News team has a daily news package which we were able to make available.  So again, we have end-to-end workflow processes to produce content cross-platform and then we don’t have to worry about the technicality behind the delivery process [to different platforms].  It’s a managed process end-to-end of a huge archive of online content now.

The MTV Overdrive platform was a great starting point for us to show some of our video content, and as that’s evolved we’re seeing the demand for video (especially in the U.K.) as extraordinarily high and we’re very pleased with the results there.  Now we’re in a process where we’re moving some of that video content so that it’s not just in the MTV Overdrive area, but rather phased out so that the video content is wherever it’s relevant, such as MTV News video clips on the MTV News site and so on.

Q: Can you tell us a bit about your experiences with streaming the 2007 MTV Europe Music Awards? 
A: Last year for the first time we were able to stream in high-quality Flash format, and to do this we used one of the very first commercially available hardware products that supported Flash video streaming, the ViewCast Niagara Pro Encoder, provided to us by Garland Partners Limited.  As it happens, we met and engaged with Garland Partners Limited as a result of their exhibitor space at Streaming Media Europe 2007.  They were previewing the ViewCast hardware, and that’s when we established contact and engaged with them for the MTV Europe Music Awards show to take place a few weeks later.

In any event, the ViewCast Niagara Pro Encoder allowed us to take the broadcast feed from our Camden (London) studios receiving the show feed from Munich and then live stream that in high quality Flash format.  At the time, that was really the only commercial product to deliver high quality video/audio over a sustained period of time (such as the 3+ hour long Music Awards show). 

Additionally, our team was able to produce inserts to use during the ad breaks, and we were able to send footage back from Munich (such as Wyclef Jean interviewing stars backstage) to drop into the ad breaks.  

 

 

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Announcing Streaming Media Magazine: UK and Europe Edition

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that along with expanding our online presence via this blog and the Streaming Media Global site, we’re finally going to have a print presence in the UK and Europe beginning in September, with the first printing of the UK and Europe Edition of Streaming Media magazine. (It’s a once-a-year publication for now, but we’ll examine the frequency after we see what response is.)

In addition to in-depth Q&As with each of the keynote speakers for the Streaming Media Europe show, the magazine will include a look at the content delivery space in Europe and the UK as well as hands-on articles about Flash Video, webcasting with Windows Media and Silverlight, and producing content for mobile devices.

This is great news for our UK and Europe readers who, until now, have only had access to the digital version of Streaming Media magazine. And it’s free to qualified readers in the UK and Europe. You can subscribe here, and if you do so before the end of July, you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a new 3G iPhone.

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Streaming Media East Highlights and Recap

Last week’s Streaming Media East show in New York was by far the biggest show since our parent company, Information Today, purchased the Streaming Media property in 2002 — more than 3,500 attendees, 65 exhibitors, and more than two dozen conference sessions. Especially heartening was the number of visitors from outside the U.S., which bodes well for our Europe show coming up in October in London.

Not surprisingly, the hottest topics of discussion were high-definition video, user-generated video, and of course how to monetize any and all content. What stood out the most for me as I walked the floor and talked to attendees was just how many people were attending for the first time, coming in with a vague idea of what they were looking for and being blown away by the breadth and depth of the solutions being offered for delivering video online both to consumers and for enterprise communications. For a great example of just one of those “wow” moments, check out episode 16 of our Streaming Media podcasts, in which Jose Castillo and Tim Siglin speak with Steve Garfield about how he dazzled attendees by webcasting live from his mobile.

Of course, that points to one of the big differences between our U.S. shows and Streaming Media Europe, and one of the big differences between the U.S. market and the markets in the UK and Europe: Mobile traction stateside is nowhere near what it is in the UK and Europe, and so the Streaming Media Europe show will feature more sessions devoted specifically to mobile video, as well as a special Mobile Video Pavilion in the exhibit.

Clearly, though, awareness of and interest in online video solutions has reached critical mass, where we’re no longer simply preaching to the choir. Online video is accessible and affordable enough now that it’s finally appealing to potential users in every possible vertical and businesses of all types and sizes. This year’s Streaming Media Europe will be leaps and bounds beyond the last two years’, both in terms of size and scope.

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