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11 Reasons to Attend Streaming Media East

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The schedule is now posted for Streaming Media East, taking place at the New York Hilton May 9-11, and conference chair Dan Rayburn has really outdone himself with exciting new additions to the event as well as speakers from organizations appearing at the event for the first time. Here's our list of the top eleven reasons to attend Streaming Media East 2011.

1. Speakers

Streaming Media East will bring together more than 150 experts to tell you all you need to know about online video from all perspectives. We've got online video production experts, viral video creators, big (and little) media companies, news organizations, streaming device companies, online video platforms, enterprise video experts, and much more. The speaker roster includes AOL, MTV, New York Times, Starz, NBA, Wall Street Journal, Boxee, Huffington Post, Roku, Adobe, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, NHL, and A&E.

2. Workshops

In addition to the regular conference program, there are four in-depth workshops planned for Monday, May 9. Learn more about Microsoft's next-gen media platform, how to use Sharepoint to deliver video, delivering enterprise video with Adobe Flash, and encoding for Flash, mobile, and HTML5.

3. Content Delivery Summit

This one-day event, now in its third year, also takes place on Monday, May 9. This event is designed to bring together telecom carriers, service providers, content owners, and industry vendors for a detailed look at CDN platforms and the delivery of video and rich-media content. You can register just for the Content Delivery Summit, or get a Platinum Pass and attend Streaming Media East as well.

4. Sessions

Streaming Media East has nearly 35 sessions across four tracks, covering everything you need to now about online video. There are sessions and demos on encoding, streaming media devices, TV Everywhere, enterprise video, video in education, over-the-top video, online video advertising, live streaming production, video and social media, content delivery networks, HTML5 video, and so much more.

5. Expo

So you need to know some more about streaming and online video technology and solutions. The expo is where that happens. The Streaming Media East Expo brings together the best companies in the business for all of your online video needs. See the leading online video platforms, CDNs, streaming production tools, and more. See companies like Microsoft, SRS Labs, NewTek, Adobe, Kaltura, Limelight, Level 3, Twistage, Real Gravity, Grass Valley, Juniper Networks, Ignite Technologies, and Sorenson Media. Check out our full list of exhibitor and sponsors.

6. Broadband Device Pavilion

New for 2011, the Broadband Device Pavilion will be located in the Streaming Media East Expo, and will feature more than 25 broadband-enabled devices, including stand-alone streaming boxes, gaming consoles, broadband enabled Blu-ray players and a selection of tablets. Gets hands-on with devices from Apple, Roku, Sony, Microsoft, Western Digital, Samsung, Vizio, Nintendo, Boxee, TiVo, Logitech, Netgear, Seagate and many more. This is your chance to see some of the latest hardware and content platforms plus, have the opportunity to win some of these devices.

7. Free Presentation Theater

Open to all attendees, including Expo-only visitors, the Presentation theater provides some great additional learning opportunities. The theater presentations take place on the Expo hall floor, and a detailed schedule will be available a few weeks prior to the event.

8. HTML5 Video Track

We've added a fourth track to our already info-packed program, with nine sessions devoted exclusively to the topic of HTML5. The HTML5 video "conference-within-a-conference" track will run the full two days of the show and will include sessions on encoding video for Apple iOS devices, advertising and HTML5, how-to build an HTML5 player, HTML5 standards, and more.

9. Keynotes

Dan Rayburn, our conference chair, is taking extra time this year to place our keynote presenters, and make sure they are of the highest value and reflect the most current happenings in the industry. Please be sure to check back to our website as we add our outstanding keynote lineup to the program.

10. Networking

At Streaming Media East, part of the experience is the face-to-face interaction and ability to mingle with your peers. You've got plenty of opportunities to do that, including a cocktail reception in the exhibit hall and a co-located NY Video Meetup on Tuesday night. We're expecting more than 2,000 online video professionals and tech press at Streaming Media East, so the social networking potential is endless.

11. Free Roku HD

This year, as a token of appreciation (o.k., a bribe), we are giving a free Roku HD to Gold and Platinum Pass attendees who register by April 8. register for one of those two passes, which include the Monday events, and you'll go home with a new streaming toy.

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