Category Archives: Thursday

Welcome & Kickoff Session: Live Streaming NFL Thursday Night Football

Welcome & Opening Keynote – Thursday 2 November 
09:00 – 10:00

Earlier this year, Amazon won the rights to stream “Thursday Night Football” games on Amazon Prime for this season. In this session, AWS Elemental will provide insights about how the NFL is delivering a new level of live streamed sports experiences for fans. A special guest from Amazon Video will join the discussion for a deeper dive into the video and cloud infrastructure that’s being used to deliver the live streamed sports action.

Presented by: Keith Wymbs, BA Winston

LS101: Technologies for Live Streaming to Multiple Platforms

Live Streaming Summit – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

Streaming to one live streaming service is so 2016. Today, in addition to streaming to your own website or app, you may want to distribute your live stream to multiple other outlets like Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Livestream, Twitter, or Twitch. Fortunately, there are a variety of products and services that enable streaming to multiple output locations, from desktop encoders and appliances to cloud services. This session details the various options and lay out their pros, cons, and pricing models.

Presented by: Jan Ozer

A101: CDN Optimization: Working Towards Broadcast Economics and Quality At Scale

Track A – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

While CDN prices have never been lower, OTT delivery continues to weigh heavily on broadcasters’ budgets. Growing audiences, higher resolutions and more immersive video experiences bring both technical and business challenges at scale. This panel explores how content publishers are working to balance fixed revenue per subscriber models with the varying cost of delivery, while also getting the best quality for their money. The session will look at optimization efforts throughout the delivery workflow, with a special emphasis on CDN, multi-CDN, peer-to-peer, multicast and in-house delivery solutions.

Presented by: Erica Beavers, Flavio Ribeiro, Ryan Korte

D101: HOW TO: Handling First-Mile Networking Challenges

Track D – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

You’re at a venue with poor Internet connectivity and need to get your HD contribution feed to the cloud for live streaming delivery. What are your options? Join our panel for an interactive discussion about how to plan for and get around such hurdles, using bonded cellular devices, inexpensive satellite solutions, and networking technologies such as FEC, QUIC, SRT, Zixi, and others. We’ll compare the pros and cons of each, and answer your questions.

Presented by: Chris Knowlton

B101: Building a Scalable Next Generation TV Service

Track B – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

As operators and media companies navigate through the growing mix of technologies and the changing TV environment, content owners continue to experiment with new TV services and OTT solutions. With the goal of finding new revenue streams, and retaining audiences, service providers are continuously introducing new engaging features that cater to today’s personalized viewing habits. This panel will dive into the technology landscape for scalable Next Generation TV deployments as well as how content owners can tackle scalable content distribution in a cost effective manner.

Presented by: Daniel Webster, Will James, Adam Diep, Felix Gomez

C101: Evolution Of Encoding Options In The Market

Track C – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

There’s a growing number of vendor options when it comes to encoding video, but each one is different in terms of feature sets, distribution functions, audience reach, monetization opportunities, interactivity and many other factors. This session will compare the panelists offerings, discuss the technical features they are bringing to market, and where they see demand for new capabilities from their customers. This panel will help you understand which platforms and approaches are best suited for specific video content and consumer use-cases as well as overall business goals. It will also discuss how the market for encoding services is evolving and what we should we expect to see in the next 6 to 12 months.

Presented by: Dom Robinson, Dan Germain, Mike Talvensaari, Dror Gill, Mahmoud Al-Daccak

DT101: Discovery Track

Discovery Track – Thursday 2 November 
10:30 – 11:15

Can’t We Do Better Than TCP? Streaming High-Quality Live Content With RTMP, HLS or DASH Over Aspera FASPStream

Successfully stream high-quality near-live content over the Internet can quickly become a near impossible task. Bad network conditions, latency and distance are known to dramatically impair video streaming. Various products and services have been introduced, such as forward error correction over UDP, peer-to-peer distribution and CDNs. However, none provide the same universal quality and zero-delay transmission needed for a great experience. Aspera FASPStream is the first open video transport solution capable of live streaming high-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with low buffering and negligible start-up time. This session will outline how to integrate the Aspera fasp.io software suite with standard RTMP, HLS and DASH workflows on browser, desktop, mobile and set-top box platforms.

Presented by: Guillaume Egles

The Socionext Media Cloud Initiative Designed to Accelerate Data Center Server Performance, Deliver Optimal Video Streaming to Users

The Socionext “Media Cloud” is designed to deliver a 10-fold increase in video server speeds and efficiency, resulting in new levels of server performance and optimal user streaming experience. The initiative integrates a “Sea of Transcoders” for real-time transcoding up to 256 Bundles of AVC/ HEVC Adaptive Bit Rate (ABR) streams for 1080p60 input. The dense transcode solution provides maximum server performance for video processing.

Attend this session for your chance to win: GoPro HERO ($500 value)

Presented by: Tom Brumbaugh

B102: How To: Identifying Real-World Options for Live Streaming Playback

Track B – Thursday 2 November 
11:30 – 12:30

Considering Adobe’s recent announcement providing an end of support date for Flash, you need to be ready for a Flash-less world. HTML5 has had plenty of time to play catch up and surpass Flash capabilities—or has it? In this session, learn which transport technologies from HTTP, WebRTC, RTSP, and even RTMP work best, when to use them, and where to put your development dollars for maximum return.Programming in UHD has gone up tenfold, although only a relatively Platforms small amount is still available. More media enterprises are coming online with UHD broadcasts, and standards have arrived to a certain degree, with initial support for content and devices. But we are still far from pervasive UHD-ready facilities and end-to-end workflows. This session cuts through the hype to look at what realistically can be accomplished in UHD today and experiences thus far in deploying UHD. The panelists also cast an eye to the future, with discussion around topics such as live UHD event production and streaming and the potential for high dynamic range (HDR).

Presented by: Robert Reinhardt

C102: Opportunities and Challenges of Video Streaming in the Connected Home

Track C – Thursday 2 November 
11:30 – 12:30

Virtual assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, and Siri are quickly moving from niche to mainstream. Streaming audio and video are the cornerstone of a successful skill deployment. This session explores the integration of virtual assistants into the connected home and their non-traditional business model. Attendees will learn about balancing production requirements and return on investment with the potential rewards of tightly integrating their brand into their users daily routine. Panelists will also share their experiences of managing user expectations while exploring unobtrusive monetization paths.

Presented by: Rob Dillon, Matt Kellogg