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Streaming Forum 2013: Recapping the London Highlights

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The inaugural Streaming Forum took place in London last week, and the conference was a hit from start to finish, with big-name keynotes, involved discussions, and hundreds of delighted attendees from all parts of the online video universe.

Streaming Forum is the evolution of the Streaming Media Europe conference, with a new name, location, and energy. Now taking place in the Victoria section of London (at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel) in summer rather than fall, the conference is able to avoid competing events and provide a stronger home for the European online video community.

Below are some highlights from the two-day conference, as reported from our European site. Thanks to all who made the first Streaming Forum such a whirlwind success.

Netflix Day One Keynote: Inside the Digital Supply Chain

Netflix started things off with a panel discussion involving Sony, Warner Bros, Discovery, and more, offering lessons from its recent rollouts into the U.K. and Nordic countries.

Limelight Day Two Keynote: The Importance of "Storyshowing"

Limelight got people talking with a second-day keynote that had nothing to do with CDNs and everything to do with telling a great story with online video.

The 2013 Streaming Media European Reader's Choice Award Winners

Day one capped with the presentation of 16 best-of awards, as determined by Streaming Media Europe's readers.

Captioning for Streaming Video Still a "Wild West"

At Streaming Forum, Telestream's Kevin Louden attempted to bring some clarity to the messy technical and legal issues surrounding captioning and subtitling streaming video

Video for Education Needs a Change in Mindset

There's no better time to be in education video, noted one panel discussion, but new opportunities come with new challenges, such as competing with social media and video captured on and delivered to multiple devices

Inconsistent Measurement Slowing Online Video Investment

The lack of consistent metrics is blamed as a key factor hindering greater ad investment in online video, noted one panel. Plus, is Google really the Death Star?

Addressing DASH and HEVC Benefits and Roadbumps

A Streaming Forum expert panel sees big advantages in the combination of HEVC and MPEG-DASH, although some issues still need to be resolved.

Streaming Schools the Enterprise

In one Streaming Forum panel, Panopto co-founder Eric Burns discussed best practices that can be applied to both educational and corporate video

When Second Screen Becomes Second Nature

Wowza's Chris Knowlton discussed how content producers can cultivate second-screen activity without distracting from the first-screen experience

Is CDN Just a Marketing Term?

A panel discussion with CDN.net, Deutsche Telekom, Jet-Stream, Limelight, and Mirror Image reveals shifts in how CDNs see themselves and their customers.


Thomson Video Networks' Alain Pellen broke down HEVC/H.265 improvements by the numbers.

Are MPEG-DASH and HEVC Overhyped?

Real promise or smoke and mirrors? In a format-focussed panel discussion, MainConcept shows why an efficient video standard is like a car engine.

Geo Targets Media Owners with Leased Fiber

Leased fiber offers a quick, less expensive to the traditional telco model of buying bandwidth as you go, said one Streaming Forum attendee.

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