May 16-17, 2017 | New York Hilton Midtown


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

KEYNOTE: MLBAM (Check back for more details)

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

COFFEE BREAK—Visit the Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A201 - Achieving Low-Latency Streaming At Scale

Low latency has become a hot topic within the streaming world. No one wants notably high latency, of course, but what does low latency really mean? And in what contexts does low latency truly matter? This session uncovers how low-latency streaming works and why latency is a business-critical consideration using streaming use cases where low latency is undeniably important.

Jamie Sherry, Senior Product Manager - Wowza
Mike Talvensarri, VP Product & UX - Wowza

B201 - Establishing Parity Between Online Video and Broadcast Television

We are starting to see momentum gather for online video: cable subscribers are declining and online video consumption is increasing. But the two experiences, watching TV and watching online video, aren’t the same yet. Broadcast television generally has better quality, more consistent delivery, and improved customer service. Yet the allure of anytime, anywhere access from any device is driving consumer behavior towards OTT services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and more. In this panel, we’ll talk about what it might take to get parity between the traditional television experience and streaming video.

Moderator: Jason Thibeault, Executive Director - Streaming Video Alliance

C201 - Case Study: Decreasing Bandwidth Using HEVC For Live TV On Airplanes

This presentation will detail how Gogo is streaming live TV to planes using HEVC and their approach in reducing bitrates without sacrificing QoS. With real estate space on planes in short supply, Gogo will discuss how technological advances such as HEVC and statistical multiplexing is helping to put live streaming on a plane. This case study will also detail how to achieve the challenge of monetize an OTT platform for consumers that demand more live content, be it their favorite soccer team or a presidential debate.

Prem Bangole, Director, Engineering - Gogo

D201 - Adapting Your Video Player's ABR Logic To Improve QoS

Delivering content that is adapted to a multitude of content, devices and network conditions is a challenge. While adaptive bitrate is often explored from a compression standpoint, the ABR logic within your video player makes important decisions that can make or break QoS. Striking a balance between the achieving the highest resolution without causing stalls is a complex task, and the optimal solution can vary greatly depending on audience, bitrates and stream types. This how-to examines the ins and outs of ABR logic. We review the basics of how web and mobile players handle ABR before diving in to the different ways these algorithms are built. Lastly, we offer practical advice on how to optimize QoS with just a few tweaks of your player.

Erica Beavers, Head of Partnerships - Streamroot
Nikolay Rodionov, Co-Founder and COO - Streamroot

DT201 - Discovery Track

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Unified, End-to-End QC & Monitoring for Streaming Content Workflow
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Delivering OTT video is a complex process involving many challenges such as new standards, varied end-user devices, and changing video production and delivery formats. To deliver high quality OTT content, Broadcasters and Video Service Providers need enterprise class, end-to-end QC and monitoring tools. Using the right tools for live and VOD workflows at ingest and origin server will help assure superior QoS and QoE in the most efficient manner. In this session, we will discuss how this can be achieved.

Anuapama Anantharaman, Director, Product Marketing and Sales - Interra

LS201 - Live Streaming Spotlights

Leaders in live streaming present case studies that take you behind the scenes of some of the industry’s biggest success stories. Details announced soon!

How to Attract and Keep OTT Subscribers by Leveraging Data and Personalization - NeuLion
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

A202 - Metrics Matter: Using QoE To Make Viewers Happier

The worst way to find out that viewers aren't having a good experience is via angry support emails or Twitter. If you have the right data at hand, getting out in front of problems your viewers might be seeing is crucial to keeping viewers happy and watching. This discussion will dig into real world examples and approaches to collecting, utilizing, and making QoE data actionable in order to improve the viewer experience.

Moderator: Matt McClure, Head of Product Engineering - Mux

B202 - Case Study: Best Practices For Broadcasting On Facebook Live

Facebook Live is currently one of the hottest platforms for broadcasting live on the Internet. Hear real-world results from The Humane Society of the United States, who has been live-streaming (via Facebook and YouTube) for years. Hear how they have gone live from various corners of the globe, with varying levels of success — and learn from their failures, and borrow from their successes. Along with the analytics, learn what they have found are the best practices for broadcasting on Facebook including content choice, engagement rates, securing donations and other best practices.

Chad Sisneros, Managing Director, Creative Dept - The Humane Society of the United States

C202 - Monetizing The Local Live Video Opportunity

From innovative apps that can be powered by an iPhone to increasingly high-quality rigs that make local video look like it was shot by a pro, we are on the precipice of an explosion of compelling video that will be streamed live, by people in communities everywhere. In particular, media companies are well-positioned to capitalize on this emerging opportunity, leveraging video that spans sports and community events, to school board, local municipal planning meetings and beyond. The session will explore specific local content monetization opportunities, partner opportunities and strategies to begin pursuing them today. 

D202 - 360/VR Video Streaming in 2017

360 and VR video are one of the major topics in the industry this year. This panel will discuss which platforms content provider are targeting, i.e. Web, Smartphones, or VR head-sets. In particular the panel will discuss which projections, streaming formats, and rendering techniques are used to stream content today. It will also discuss how new codecs like HEVC, VP9 or AV1, or new streaming standards like Omnidirectional Media Application Format (OMAF) of MPEG will enable better quality and new use cases.

Moderator: Stefan Lederer, CEO - Bitmovin GmbH

DT202 - Discovery Track

Viz Story. Create anywhere. Share everywhere
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Viz Story allows media companies to quickly create compelling video stories with full real-time, state of the art 3D graphics and easily distribute them online and to social media.

Craig Laliberte, VP Business Development - Vizrt
Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LS202 - Building Compelling User Experiences

Content will always be king, but user experience is queen. If you don’t give your viewers interactive, easy-to-use players that put them in control and let them become part of the experience and connect on social media, they’ll go elsewhere. Find out how to make sure your user experience complements your content and gives viewers a reason to stick around.

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

LUNCH BREAK—Visit the Exhibits

DT203 - Discovery Track

Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
12:45 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

A203 - How To: Fine-Tuning Your Adaptive Encoding Groups With Objective Quality Metrics

Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics such as PSNR, SSIMplus, and VQM, you can precisely assess the quality delivered by each stream and its relevancy to the adaptive group. This presentation identifies several key objective quality metrics, teaches how to apply them, and provides an objective framework for analyzing which streams are absolutely required in your adaptive group and their optimal configuration.

Jan Ozer, Principal - Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media, USA

B203 - VR: Making It (More) Personal

Virtual reality innovation has been focused on delivering immersive video experiences, and sports will likely become a popular use case for VR. However, the real game changer will be in giving users even more control over the viewing experience. This session will explore the directions for VR technology, and how content owners and service providers can develop interactive, more personalized VR experiences. It will discuss how VR services could take the form of an interactive timeline, whereby users can pick specific events within a game and interact with them at their leisure.

C203 - OTT Monetization: The Case For Hybrid Models & Quality Advertising

With viewers fragmenting across devices and apps, maximizing revenue for OTT services is a big challenge. The emergence of hybrid business models, blending SVOD, TVOD and AVOD, is gaining interest to maximize revenue and give viewers the ability to access content at the price point they prefer. But once you've launched multiple services, how can you ensure growth? This panel will discuss how analytics can inform the right business model, what can be done to reduce subscriber churn, and if taking a hybrid approach, how can you be sure one won't cannibalize the other. And for advertising, specifically, as the ecosystem becomes increasingly intolerant towards fraud and lack of transparency, the panel will discuss how new ad-supported OTT providers should approach their ad operations to be a part of the solution.

DT204 - Discovery Track

1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.
Pieter-Jan Speelmans, CTO - THEOplayer
Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

LS203 - Live Streaming to Social Media

Facebook Live is a year old, YouTube Live has upped its game, and Twitter has partnered with top sports, news, and entertainment outlets to stream on its platform. What sort of ROI can publishers achieve with an effective social streaming strategy? What sorts of production workflows work best? This panel discussion will bring together leading brands, media companies, and influencers to share their social media streaming stories and discuss what they’ve learned and what their plans are for the future.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

COFFEE BREAK—Visit the Exhibits

DT205 - Discovery Track

Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

A204 - TBA

B204 - TBA

DT206 - Discovery Track

Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.
Discovery Track Session Coming Soon
3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LS204 - The Future of Live Streaming

As big as live streaming is now, that’s nothing compared to the growth we can expect in the next 5 years. Today, viewers expect instant-on, HD quality on every device, but as technologies like VR gain traction, they’ll expect more immersive experiences. This forward-looking panel discussion digs in to predict what the future holds for content, technology, and monetization.

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