Nov 17-18, 2015 | Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach

 Live Streaming Summit

Live Streaming Summit is a brand-new conference, produced in conjunction with Streaming Media West, that focuses exclusively on the challenges and opportunities inherent in delivering large-scale live events and live linear channels to multiple screens. The best practices presentations will cover every step of the live video workflow, including ingestion, transcoding, management, protection, distribution, analytics, and post-event evaluation.

Whether you’re streaming one-time entertainment, news, sports, gaming, or worship events, or delivering recurring live content, we’ve got you covered. While other events focus on event video production, the Live Streaming Summit takes it to the next level, covering the technologies and strategies required to take that video and deliver it to viewers watching on computers, tablets, mobile phones, set-top boxes, and smart TVs.

Topics covered will include the following:

  • Best practices for backhaul, transmission, and ingest—satellite, fiber, cellular, and more
  • Encoding and transcoding—on-prem, cloud, and hybrid
  • Management—metadata, content protection, stream stitching, and preparation for syndication and post-event VOD viewing
  • User experience—video players, APIs, clip sharing, and social media integration
  • Monetization—advertising, subscription, and pay-per-view
  • Distribution—content delivery networks, real-time analytics, QoS, and QoE
  • The Future of Live Streaming
  • Case studies from leading content owners

Streaming Media’s Live Streaming Summit is the only U.S. event to address the highest-level issues and opportunities related to live streaming. This is a must-attend show for technical and business decision makers whose jobs depend on delivering successful large-scale live events and live linear channels online. 

Live Streaming Summit Registration Includes

  • Access to all Live Streaming Summit conference sessions (noted below)
  • Access to the Streaming Media West keynotes
  • Light continental breakfast and morning and afternoon breaks
  • Admission to the Streaming Media West Expo including the Tuesday Reception
  • Access to the 2nd annual Streaming Media Beer Garden & Networking Event on Tuesday evening
  • Streaming Media Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards Breakfast on Wednesday
  • Live Streaming Summit may be registered for separately or is included with our Platinum and Combo Pass options

Sponsorship opportunities available. Click here for details. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

LS101 - Panel: Bridging the Invisible Wall Between Your Show and Your Viewer

This session examines different methods for ingest, transmission, and backhaul—satellite, fiber, cellular, and even good old-fashioned Ethernet—all of which should have a place in your live streaming toolbox. From small to large events, what are some of the ways we can utilize new technologies without sacrificing time-tested best practices? How do you balance budgetary concerns against redundancy and make sure your event goes off flawlessly? 

Moderator: Corey Behnke, Producer & Co-Founder - Live X
Mark East, Executive Director, Live Event Operations - iStreamPlanet
Gus Elliott, Senior Director, Video Operations and Technology - Silver Chalice
Peter Hartz, VP Sales, West - The Switch
Alden Fertig, Vice President, Product Marketing - Ustream
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LS102 - Live Streaming Insights

Backstage with TourGigs
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Learn what it is like to don a production badge and take a backstage tour with the CTO of TourGigs. In this session, we will review what it takes to pull off a live multi-camera concert film, backhaul a compressed stream from a crazy location, and deliver it at scale to users on multiple screens. We will also cover different monetization models, rights management, policy enforcement, royalties, and why some shows go perfectly well and others go perfectly wrong.

Casey Charvet, CEO - TourGigs
Who's Winning At Live Streaming? Presented by Roker Labs
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

With the explosive popularity of Meerkat and Periscope, Live Streaming has become the new live television while also adding a multidimensional, collaborative one-to-one layer to social media. Now more than ever before, content creators are moving towards becoming media companies that create and broadcast their own content from the palms of their hands. But is anyone really watching?  In this session, a representative from Al Roker Entertainment's Roker Labs discusses who is winning in the world of live streaming. Having created the first-ever index report quantifying live streaming amplification in July of this year, Roker Labs has since released subsequent reports that show how content creators are "owning" their verticals and using technology and social media to enhance their brand.

Jon Burk, Director of Content Marketing and Digital Strategy - Al Roker Entertainment
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

LS103 - Live Encoding and Transcoding Techniques

Live event transcoding used to be simple: you did it all in-house and you needed capacious outbound bandwidth, all of which cost a fortune. Now there are more live encoding schemas than you can shake a stick at, including live cloud transcoding and packaging from traditional encoding vendors as well as OVPs, CDNs, and other service providers. In this session, Jan Ozer will survey the available encoding/transcoding options and service providers, and present a structured comparison that includes critical factors such as cost, stream redundancy, packaging flexibility, bandwidth requirements, DRM and captioning support, scalability, and player and distribution network integration.

Jan Ozer, Principal - Doceo Publishing
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

LS104 - Managing and Protecting the Live Content Flow

There’s much more to producing and pulling off a successful webcast than setting up acquisition gear and pushing the stream. Today’s live webcasts generate significant amounts of metadata that must be synchronized with live streams, and the content itself must be properly protected for live delivery and packaged for VOD syndication. This panel will look at how to best address these challenges without slowing down the live streaming workflow.

Moderator: Tim Siglin, Co-Founder - Braintrust Digital & Contributing Editor, Streaming Media magazine
Casey Charvet, CEO - TourGigs
Joe Einstein, Architect - Verizon/go90
Deke Hooper, CIO - Right Brain Media and Mirror Image
Derek Gebler, Founder & CEO - Field59
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

LS105 - Panel: Turning Live Streams Into Profits

Today’s complex content monetization landscape confronts live streaming professionals with more technological and and strategic options than ever before. How can you determine which approach—advertising, subscription, transactional, or even branded—will let you maximize the revenue from your live events and channels? In this panel you’ll find monetization experts who will break down the challenges facing live event monetization and offer insights into innovative ways to make sure you’re not leaving money on the table.

Moderator: Philip Nelson, Chief Relationship Officer - NewTek
Greg Ellis, Vice President of Business Development and Sales - DaCast
Tom Jeffs, Director, Digital Program Management - PGA Tour
Luke Carriere, Head of Business Development - U.S. - Cleeng
Kevin Cancilla, Digital Business Monetization for Entertainment, Media, and SaaS Consumer Services - Vindicia

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

LS201 - Panel: Now That You’ve Got the Viewers, How Do You Make Them Stay?

Today’s live streaming viewers are savvy and fickle, and while some tentpole events might be unmissable, you still need to make sure your user experience is compelling enough to keep viewers watching. By putting control in the hands of viewers via interactive, easy-to-use players; giving them the tools to comment and share clips; and most of all, delivering a compelling viewing experience from start to finish, you’ll differentiate your content from the rest of the pack.

Moderator: Robert Reinhardt, CTO - videoRx
Brian Ring, President - Ring Digital
Ryan Currier, Head of Digital Products - Pac-12 Networks
John Luther, SVP of Product Strategy - JW Player
Mike Lucero, VP, Connected TV Strategy - Ratio
Adam Babkes, Creative Director - Baby Steps
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LS202 - Live Streaming Insights

Playing Big: Live Streaming Infrastructure Insights
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Online media and services leaders increasingly are finding that hardware-based infrastructures and other traditional approaches are obstacles when it comes to keeping up with consumer demand and assuring future scaling. During this informal fireside chat, experts from IGN Entertainment, Elemental, and AWS will offer insights and customer deployment anecdotes into the virtualized, software-defined video infrastructures needed to power these experiences.

Nihar Bihani, Principal Product Manager - Amazon Web Services
Dustin Encelwski, Director of Product Management, Virtualization, and Management Solutions - Elemental Technologies
Vishak Nag Ashoka, Ad Technology Manager - IGN Entertainment
Blurred Lines: The Convergence of Broadcast and Digital Inside the NFL
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

From the preseason to the Super Bowl, the NFL is making it easy for fans to watch all the action wherever they want, on the device of their choice. The league has been offering live streaming of games to all major connected OTT and mobile devices. This presentation offers a look at how the NFL has embraced digital as a complement to its successful broadcast game.

Shannon Rutherford, Director of Digital Media Video Operations - NFL
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

LS203 - Panel: Measuring the Success of Live Content Delivery

The final steps in the live streaming workflow—delivery and analytics—are in some ways the most vexing, but they’re crucial measuring the success of your event or channel. Analytics come in all shapes and sizes, from quality of experience (including customer-facing players and authentication tools) to quality of service (including live event CDN redundancy and post-event analytics). We explore all of these areas in this informative session.

Moderator: Tim Siglin, Co-Founder - Braintrust Digital & Contributing Editor, Streaming Media magazine
Dylan Armajani, Video Consultant - Conviva, Inc.
Chris Mangum, Lead Architect for Live Video - Yahoo!
Justin Liu, Lead Engagement Manager, Media & Gaming - Akamai Technologies
Steven Lacoff, Comcast Wholesale
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

LS204 - Panel: The Future of Live Streaming

Viewers today demand instant-on, HD streaming of live events. What will they demand in the future? 4K? 8K? HDR? VR? What role will services such as Periscope and live streaming on Facebook play? Our panel of experts bring their knowledge of the past and present to bear as they make predictions about what viewers will expect in five or ten years, and which content types, technologies, and monetization models the live streaming industry must embrace to meet those expectations.

Moderator: Eric Grab, CTO - NeuLion
Robert Klug, CEO - Streaming Media Hosting
Mike Rotman, CEO and Founder - Streamin Garage
Chris Knowlton, VP & Streaming Industry Evangelist - Wowza Media Systems
Rich Robinson, Senior Vice President, Digital - World Surf League
Jeff Varnell, Vice President of Channel Sales & Supply Chain, - Livestream

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