Program

Streaming Media Connect 2022 this February will offer practical advice, inspiring thought leadership, and in-depth training. You’ll hear the innovative approaches that the world’s leading organizations and experts are deploying in live streaming, OTT, content delivery, next-gen TV, and much more. We are excited to offer this series of web events, and look forward to continuing to provide our industry with cutting edge information and education that you can't get anywhere else.

Monday, Feb 14

Online Sessions

 

MON1. Keynote: The Latest Media & Ecosystem Trends and the Google TV Experience

10:00 AM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

Shobana Radhakrishnan talks about the experience building Google TV, bringing a personalized experience on TV for global audiences, expanding that across first-party and third-party device TV ecosystems, as well as mobile devices. She will share some exciting media and ecosystem trends to watch for; the new and interesting ways users are leaning in with TV as a hub in the connected device ecosystem that we'd never even predicted; and how services and device manufacturers can join this fast-paced, constantly evolving ecosystem.

Speaker:

, Senior Director of Engineering, Google TV

 

MON2. Is FAST's Growth Slowing Down? [Canceled]

11:30 AM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

Without a doubt, the biggest OTT story in 2021 was the explosion in availability and awareness of free ad-supported TV (FAST) services, which bring the lean-back, channel-surfing television experience many of us grew up with to the smart TV. But are we reaching a saturation point? Do FAST services really offer the kind of content that most viewers want? What’s the future of FAST?

 

MON3. Codecs 2022: AV1, VVC, EVC, LCEVC, and More

01:00 PM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Remember when your codec decision was simple? Longing for the days when H.264 ruled the world? Confused by a codec landscape that’s getting more crowded, not less? Is that what’s bothering you, bub? Well, we’re here to provide some clarity and help you assess which codecs make the most sense for which markets, which ones you can safely do without, and which you ignore at your peril.

Moderator:

, CEP/Media, Head of M&E North America, Atos


Speakers:

, Video Engineer, Twitch

, Principal, Streaming Learning Center and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

, Company Fellow, NETINT

, Distribution Engineer, Discovery Inc.

 

MON4. Over the Edge: Maximizing Efficiencies and Improving Quality with Edge Delivery

02:30 PM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

They’ve been two of the biggest buzz phrases for half a decade, but edge delivery and edge compute have finally come of age. If you’re not considering edge delivery for your OTT service, you’re missing the boat—and so are your viewers. This panel examines how the edge can improve quality of service and impact your bottom line.

Moderator:

, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as and Contributing Editor, StreamingMedia.com, UK


Speakers:

, Director, Media Services, A+E Television Networks

, Principal Engineer & Architect, Zenlayer

 

MON5. AI/ML Workflow Automation

04:00 PM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

The robots haven’t taken over yet, but more and more aspects of the OTT workflow can use automated processes that leverage AI and machine learning to both reduce costs and increase efficiency. Processes such as encoding, packaging and many others can benefit from AI and ML, and in this panel you'll find out how to use both to improve your workflow and your bottom line.

Moderator:

, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media


Speakers:

, VP of Business Development, Zixi

, Client Solutions Engineer, IBM Watson Advertising & The Weather Company, an IBM Business

, Vice President, Media Systems Architecture, Discovery Communications

 

MON6. Innovation Hour

05:30 PM2022-02-142022-02-14

Monday, February 14: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (PT)

Industry leaders discuss and present the latest cutting-edge solutions and strategies that will help you maximize efficiencies and minimize costs in your streaming video workflow.

Putting the Super in Super Aggregator: It’s All About a Personal Viewer Experience

With the proliferation of streaming services, and the subscription fatigue that goes along with it, video service providers have a huge opportunity to aggregate these content choices and create an optimized experience for viewers. At the same time, it presents a significant revenue opportunity for providers if they can generate multidimensional tags across content services, collect the right data, and leverage AI techniques to keep viewers watching. Listen in to see what the first-mover super aggregators are getting right today.

Speaker:

, Founder and CTO, ThinkAnalytics

AI for the Win – How Technology Is Changing the Face of OTT Entertainment

AI is revolutionizing the world of streaming by providing data-driven choices for content discovery, video indexing, thumbnail recommendations, and more. Join this fireside chat to discover how streaming services can use AI to gain insights into their audience behavior, prevent churn, and attract new subscribers.

Speaker:

, Vice President - Media Practice, Tavant

Tuesday, Feb 15

Online Sessions

 

TUE1. Keynote: HBO Max and the Future of D2C

10:00 AM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

Streaming Media editor Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen sits down with Jason Press, EVP, Direct-to-Consumer Engineering and Program Management at WarnerMedia, to discuss the global growth of HBO Max, its expansion to include an AVOD tier, and what the future holds for the wider D2C market.

Speakers:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media

, Executive Vice President, Global Direct-to-Consumer Engineering, Operations & Program Management, WarnerMedia

 

TUE2. Connected TV Advertising: The Holy Grail?

11:30 AM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

OTT’s hottest new monetization strategy is CTV. It’s got everything: better reach, increased engagement, improved attribution, and unparalleled targeting. We examine how brands and OTT services can work hand-in-hand to provide the best viewing experience for consumers while delivering the most bang for the buck for advertisers.

Moderator:

, CEO, Chris Pfaff Tech Media and Producers Guild of America (PGA), VR AR Association (VRARA)


Speakers:

, Director of Advertising Partnerships, Philo

, US Head of Verticals - Insurance | Fin Serve | Energy, Roku

, CEO, MediaMelon

, CTO and Co-Founder, Innovid

 

TUE3. Who Needs Low Latency?

01:00 PM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Short answer: Not everybody. But if you’re delivering any sort of live video, latency is likely near the top of your list of concerns. Depending on your use case, you might be satisfied with a couple of seconds, or you might need sub-1-second latency to make interactive, “real-time” video experiences work. This panel breaks down the latency challenge into its component pieces, shedding light not only on how low you need to go, but also on the technologies that can get you there.

Moderator:

, Founding Executive Director, Help Me Stream Research Foundation


Speakers:

, Chief Revenue Officer, Millicast (acquired by Dolby)

, Founder & Managing Director, Howard & Associates

, Chief Technology Officer, Caffeine.TV

 

TUE4. ATSC 3.0: NextGen TV for This Generation

02:30 PM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

From Boston to Seattle, ATSC 3.0 stations are transmitting in nearly 40 markets across the United States, with deployments set to launch in nine additional markets in the next few months. Ultimately, coverage will reach 75% of the viewing public. The combination over-the-air/IP service promises the best of both worlds, but how many people are really watching? What are the hurdles to adoption, and what are the plans to overcome them? Most important, what does it mean to you? Our panel addresses all those questions and more.

Moderator:

, President, Digital Tech Consulting


Speakers:

, CEO, Evoca TV

, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager, WKAR Public Media

, Sr. Director, North American Innovation and Development Team, LG

 

TUE5. How to Scale Live Events to 100,000 Viewers and Beyond

04:00 PM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

These days, streaming live events is easy. Delivering live events at scale is hard. Really hard. From the production team on the ground to distribution in the cloud and at the edge, pulling off a successful tentpole live event is a Herculean task, one where failure isn’t an option. We talk to leaders in the live-event streaming field about their strategies and successes, as well as how to avoid common mistakes.

Moderator:

, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance, USA


Speakers:

, Chief Product Officer, Phenix Real Time Solutions

, Solution Architect, TV2

, Director Live Operations, Global Broadcast, Blizzard

, Managing Director Production Services, The Switch

, VP of Affiliate Relations, VUit

 

TUE6. Innovation Hour

05:30 PM2022-02-152022-02-15

Tuesday, February 15: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (PT)

Industry leaders discuss and present the latest cutting-edge solutions and strategies that will help you maximize efficiencies and minimize costs in your streaming video workflow.

Building a Secure Streaming Platform
Building robust and secure video streaming platforms is easier with proven products. IdeaNova customers are provided proven products as well as an additional feature—the ability to stream in autonomous mode. This is applicable to all kinds of content, including the highest quality content from Hollywood studios that must use hardware assisted encryption for handling Widevine, FairPlay, or PlayReady DRM. The new era of remote work dominates with technologies that embrace WebRTC. Live streaming products built by IdeaNova are distinguished using one unique feature that is not available elsewhere: the ability to process video stream input from multiple cameras. This allows simultaneous display of multiple viewing angles (e.g. product detail and room overview) where the viewer, not the producer, gets to choose the best viewing angle.
In this session we will discuss available building components and services and demonstrate real examples for their use.
Speaker:

, CEO, IdeaNova

Wednesday, Feb 16

Online Sessions

 

WED1. Keeping Subscription Relevant in an AVOD/FAST World

10:00 AM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

As the number of SVOD and other subscription services kept growing, we knew that sooner or later, the bill would come due. Consumers have begun to scale back on the number of subscription services they’re willing to pay for and are taking advantage of the ability to bounce from service to service as compelling content comes and goes. And with more and more AVOD and FAST services at their fingertips, they don’t even have to pay to get some of that content. So how can subscription services acquire new customers and keep existing ones?

Moderator:

, Vice President, Interpret


Speakers:

, Director, Media Services, A+E Television Networks

, Director, Ad Sales, Media & Entertainment, Roku

, CEO & Founder, FrndlyTV

, Vice President of Content Acquisiion, Philo

, SVP Product, Media and Telecom, Kaltura

 

WED2. 5G and Beyond: What Does It Mean to You?

11:30 AM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

We’ve all heard the hype, and by now, most of us have 5G phones and access to 5G networks, at least some of the time. And you know what? Most of the time, we as consumers don’t really notice any difference. But when it comes to production and delivery of live video, 5G is having a real impact. And in certain applications—in-stadium experiences, gambling, and gaming—the benefits of 5G are huge. Our panelists separate the hype from the reality and help you see how and why 5G matters to the streaming video industry.

Moderator:

, Vice President, Interpret


Speakers:

, Senior Technical Fellow, Open@5

, VP Video Delivery Solutions, Ateme

, Senior Consultant, Hub Entertainment Research

, Global Head of Business Development, Verizon Business Group

 

WED3. FAST Around the Globe

01:00 PM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Free ad-supported TV (FAST) has taken off in the United States, where audiences are used to sitting through commercials. But what about in other markets, where top-shelf content often comes without ad breaks? It turns out that it’s taking hold everywhere, especially in EMEA, APAC, and Latin America. We bring together experts from around the world to talk about the differences among international markets and FAST’s prospects beyond the U.S.

Moderator:

, Media Solution Specialist, Eyevinn Technology, Sweden


Speakers:

, Vice President, Business Development, Sony Electronics Inc.

, Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Amagi

, SVP, Content Programming and Partnerships, XUMO

, Vice President, Interpret

, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Pluto TV, Paramount

 

WED4. NDI and SRT: What Are They, and Why Should You Care?

02:30 PM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

The Network Device Interface (NDI) and Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocols are revolutionizing how video gets produced and transmitted. And though they are sometimes pitted against each other, it’s really an apples-to-oranges comparison, and producers need to understand the differences to choose which solution is best for which application. We talk about the pros and cons of each, and why it’s not an either/or proposition.

Moderator:

, Managing Director, Gigcasters


Speakers:

, Director Live Operations, Global Broadcast, Blizzard

, Creative Director, Uncle Toad’s

, Owner, Word Up Productions

 

WED5. Live Production in the Cloud

04:00 PM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

In the past 2 years, we’ve seen a sea change in the way live events are produced and streamed. Not only are teams of producers and engineers working remotely, but more and more production workflow functions are themselves becoming decentralized. This panel brings together live-event producers on the cutting edge to offer their insights and tips on how to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer for your productions.

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


Speakers:

, Executive Director/President, LiveSports, LLC

, Head of Media Engineering, LinkedIn

, VP Strategic Accounts - Americas, Blackbird

, Director of Broadcast Engineering, National Hockey League

 

WED6. Innovation Hour

05:30 PM2022-02-162022-02-16

Wednesday, February 16: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (PT)

Industry leaders discuss and present the latest cutting-edge solutions and strategies that will help you maximize efficiencies and minimize costs in your streaming video workflow.

Optimizing Complex Media Processing Workflows in the Cloud
Moving the media processing of Broadcast VOD content to the cloud can help extract maximum value from your assets but demands the employment of multiple steps that can soon feel overwhelming. Transcoding and packaging are just the beginning; the challenges escalate when mission-critical tasks such as subtitling and captioning, digital rights management, dynamic ad insertion, multi-channel audio preparation, watermarking, QC and handling bitrate-intensive formats such as 4K and HDR are added to the mix. Many of the world’s leading M&E companies now rely on Encoding.com to help simplify these highly complex workflows and overcome the potential pitfalls of cloud-based media processing. Jeff Malkin, president at Encoding.com, shares the ways in which his company’s API-based platform can optimize your workflow in this informative Tech Talk.
Speaker:

, President, Encoding.com

Rethinking ad insertion in CTV
Balancing ad delivery and a great user experience from end to end is critical. Penthera will share insights about common issues that AVODs experience that impact yield and monetization and innovative solutions to the problems.
Speaker:

, Senior Vice President, Products and Partnerships, Product, Penthera

Thursday, Feb 17

Online Sessions

 

THU1. Driving AVOD, SVOD, and FAST Monetization with Data [Canceled]

10:00 AM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

No matter your monetization strategy, behind its success lies robust, actionable data. But data collection can also be a minefield, as regulations like CCPA and GDPR have complicated the task. So let’s look at best practices for collecting and analyzing data of all kinds—first-, second-, and third-party—and using it to acquire and retain customers and improve your bottom line.

 

THU2. In Person vs. Virtual vs. Hybrid Events

11:30 AM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

Trade shows and conferences are making a comeback, along with concerts, theater, and sporting events, but it’s clear that they’re not going to be the same as they were before COVID changed everything. And, no matter how many people attend in person, it’s become clear that there will always be people who want to be there but can’t or won’t. So how can event producers create experiences that satisfy audiences both “in the room” and at home? When should you go fully virtual, and when does a hybrid approach make sense?

Moderator:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media


Speakers:

, Founder & Managing Director, Howard & Associates

, VP of Marketing, Parks Associates

, CEO, nanocosmos

 

THU3. From Small Things: How Niche Services Can Find Mainstream Success

01:00 PM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Whether they’re defined by the type of content—science fiction, horror, romance—or the type of audience, niche services are the long tail of the OTT universe. But just because their audiences are limited doesn’t mean their revenue opportunities are. Partnerships with aggregators and “mainstream” services offer pathways to bigger viewership numbers, and innovative marketing approaches can turn small services into big successes. Join us as we talk about how.

Moderator:

, CEO, Chris Pfaff Tech Media and Producers Guild of America (PGA), VR AR Association (VRARA)


Speakers:

, VP, Solutions, Bitmovin

, Research Director, Entertainment, Parks Associates

, Founder & CEO, kweliTV

, Founder, 2GTHR.co

, CEO, aha

, CEO / Co-Founder, Revry

 

THU4. Measuring What Matters in OTT Delivery

02:30 PM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Everyone wants to be sure their streaming is delivered optimally, because incremental costs kill budgets and frustrate executives. From customer data for growing revenue to process-based data for monitoring, we’ll discuss the most important metrics and how to get there with real-time analytics to make sure you’re measuring what matters.

Moderator:

, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media


Speakers:

, Senior Manager of Analytics + Insight, BritBox

, General Manager, Vimeo Experts

, VP, Solutions, Bitmovin

, Director Product Management, Conviva

, VP Business Insights, Atmosphere

 

THU5. Cloud vs. On-Prem vs. Hybrid Workflows

04:00 PM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

It’s all about the cloud today, right? Not so fast. As with so many other choices facing service providers and engineers, the answer to “Should we move to the cloud?” is, “It depends.” This panel looks at the questions you need to ask yourself to decide whether or not it makes sense to move some or all of your workflows to the cloud, keep them on-prem, or take a hybrid approach.

Moderator:

, Founding Executive Director, Help Me Stream Research Foundation


Speakers:

, Director of Platform Management, Signiant

, Solution Architect, TV2

, Senior Vice President, Production Integration & Creative Technology Services (PICTs), WarnerMedia

, Live Operations Manager, CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery

 

THU6. Innovation Hour

05:30 PM2022-02-172022-02-17

Thursday, February 17: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (PT)

Industry leaders discuss and present the latest cutting-edge solutions and strategies that will help you maximize efficiencies and minimize costs in your streaming video workflow.

Step into MasterControl.cloud
Many people are interested in moving some if not all of their production workflows into the cloud. For some, the journey is easy, for others it is nice to have a partner they can count on to assist them.   Jef Kethley, Chief Problem Solver at LiveSports, will share how live event needs helped propel them into the clouds and develop their Platform as a Service called MasterControl.cloud.   We will discuss the many features and benefits that MasterControl.cloud brings to event producers everywhere.  Find out how a distributed workflow leveraging cloud infrastructure can help your organization deliver content in new and unexpected ways.
Speaker:

, Executive Director/President, LiveSports, LLC

Friday, Feb 18

Streaming Media University Workshops

 

The Best Streaming Gear and How to Use It

11:00 AM2022-02-182022-02-18

Friday, February 18: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

The streaming gear market is exploding! But how do you figure out which tools are right for you? This interactive workshop gives attendees an opportunity to see some of the latest and greatest streaming tools, with an emphasis on scalability, flexibility, reliability, and ease of use. We’ll have a hands-on up close look at remote and studio gear for production teams of any size—even if it’s a one-person show. Bring your questions and prepare to be blown away by this free, interactive workshop. Register today—seats are limited! As an added bonus, we'll be giving away FREE GEAR; attend for your chance to win

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


XPS Encoder Series: Live Video Production, Contribution & Streaming

Discover Evertz' XPS Live Video Encoder Series – a real-time live video streaming platform for broadcast-quality video encoding at ultra-low latency for mission-critical applications like Esports, live interviews, and high-profile entertainment events. XPS Live Video Encoder Series supports secure common video transport standards and user-defined low bitrates for minimal network bandwidth consumption over any IP network, including unmanaged Internet connections. Conduct 4K quality remote contribution, remote monitoring and operations, and command and control video workflows for the ultimate solution for IPTV distribution.

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


Speaker:

, Director of Business Development, Evertz

Resilient Live Streaming with Resi

Resi provides multi-platform online and site-to-site video streaming with unprecedented quality and reliability. Through the patented Resilient Streaming Protocol, 100% content transmission is possible even through complete internet disruptions. Learn more about Resi's platforms and why Resi was voted the top Live Streaming Platform in the 2021 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards. Attend for your chance to win a Resi RAY encoder + 6 months of Starter Lite Plan.

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


Speaker:

, Director Of Marketing, Resi Media

Introducing the Teradek Spark 4K: The zero-delay wireless transmission system for 4K video delivery and presentation in A/V workflows

Join Tyler Riddle, Live Streaming Product Manager at Teradek, and Gary Cruz, Founder of Amaze Studios, as they discuss premium A/V transmission using the Spark 4K. Learn how to go from cable-cluttered to wide-range wireless with the video system that transmits high quality 4K HDR video and audio to your desired HDMI destination – up to 500 feet, with zero-delay, for any A/V workflow. Attend for your chance to win your very own Spark 4K Wireless Video Transmitter & Receiver set 

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


Speakers:

, Live Streaming Product Manager, Teradek

, Founder, Amaze Studios

Corporate Communications for the Modern Enterprise

Companies around the world are transforming the way they do business, using the power of video to engage their customers, employees, partners, and shareholders. Whether you own a small business, run an ambitious startup, or manage a multinational corporation, NewTek’s software-driven video solutions can help you take control of your message, make your communications more effective, and boost your bottom line. Build your brand and your business through video. Discover the TriCaster 2 Elite: The most complete video production platform available today and sets a new platinum standard for how much you can achieve with a single system. Attend for your chance to win a NewTek University course: NewTek Certified Operator package valued at $3,000.

Moderator:

, Producer & Co-Founder, LiveX


Speaker:

, NewTek Sales Engineer, NewTek

Don't Miss Our Free Workshop Series