Program

Streaming Media Connect 2024 this August 20-22 offers practical advice, inspiring thought leadership, actionable insights, and lively debate. You'll hear the innovative approaches that the world’s leading organizations and experts are deploying in live streaming, OTT, content delivery, content monetization, 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.

Tuesday, Aug 20

Online Sessions

 

TUE1. Ad Counsel: Delivering Streaming Ads That Convert

10:00 AM2024-08-202024-08-20

Tuesday, August 20: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

Advertising on CTV, OTT, and mobile streaming is a red-hot topic these days, in part because even formerly subscription-centric streaming services and platforms are increasingly adjusting their monetization models to build advertising revenue. It’s also because measuring and maximizing advertising in the ecosystem involves elusive art and science. This session confronts the current challenges (or, some would say, failures) to reliably deliver the right ads to viewers and measurable results to brands and discusses innovative technologies and strategies to make streaming ads perform.

Moderator:

, Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TVREV


Speakers:

, Director, Ad Operations & Technology, Infinitive

, SVP, Business Intelligence, Advertiser Perceptions

, VP Business Operations, Digital and Streaming Media, Estrella MediaCo

, SVP of Research & Marketing, Vevo

 

TUE2. Vendor Keynote: Cloudinary

11:30 AM2024-08-202024-08-20

Tuesday, August 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

 

TUE3. Now It’s Personal: AI and Streaming Personalization

01:00 PM2024-08-202024-08-20

Tuesday, August 20: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Many of the ways AI is poised to alter the streaming ecosystem happen behind the scenes, involving the streamlining of workflows or the automation of repetitive production or delivery tasks. But AI also has the potential to transform viewing experiences, making them more personal and immersive. The panel explores what’s possible and what’s probable and how we can expect to see AI’s real-world impact on streaming experiences take shape in the months and years to come.

Moderator:

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


Speakers:

, Chief Content Officer, TCL

, Founder - Creative Director - Product Evangelist, Vionlabs AB

, Senior Director of Engineering, Google TV

 

TUE4. Breaking FAST: How to Succeed With FAST News

02:30 PM2024-08-202024-08-20

Tuesday, August 20: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

News broadcasting is one of the most exciting and quickly growing areas for FAST development, highlighted by the early 2024 announcement of the BBC/AMC 24-hour live FAST news channel. Other legacy media news broadcasters are betting big on the FAST news space, many of them with a focus on local content, bringing more dynamism to the FAST ecosystem. What are some of the current trends and challenges for FAST news delivery, and how is FAST performing as a news media medium?

Moderator:

, Founder & Managing Director, The Local Act Consultancy


Speakers:

, Founder & CEO, Ashling Digital

, VP & Head of News Standards, Scripps Networks

, GM of Video & Audio, Bloomberg Media

 

TUE5. Hat Trick: Delivering Live-Streaming Experiences That Scale, Perform, and Engage

04:00 PM2024-08-202024-08-20

Tuesday, August 20: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

Live streams at scale offer great payoffs for fans and brands alike for all kinds of events, from sports to concerts and festivals. Effective streams deliver personalized, interactive experiences that traditional broadcasts can’t match. But succeeding with live streaming at scale means facing heightened challenges for maintaining high-quality, consistent uptime and seamless ad experiences—all while keeping pirates at bay. This panel of large-scale event streaming experts delves into the ongoing challenges of delivering great streams at scale in 2024.

Moderator:

, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media


Speakers:

, Global Leader, Solutions Architecture, M&E, Games and Sports, Amazon Web Services

, Director, Ad Operations & Technology, Infinitive

, CEO, B Live

, President, Team Whistle, a DAZN Group Company

Wednesday, Aug 21

Online Sessions

 

WED1. Over the Hedge: Monetizing CTV and FAST Channels as Walled Gardens Proliferate

10:00 AM2024-08-212024-08-21

Wednesday, August 21: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

The emergence of the smart TV OEM has created increasing opportunities for platform distributors and challenges for content providers as distributors grab greater percentages of inventory and revenue splits to generate greater revenue upside to selling the hardware. How do programmers contend with the high costs of programming that require ad support among the next generation of walled gardens in smart TV OEMs that have burst on the scene with generous inventory splits and registered users? How does the universal identifier conundrum contend with the increasing importance of contextual alignment? Who can best govern fair business practices that allow the buy side to have equal access to the various supply channels, and how can all parties mutually prosper?

Moderator:

, EVP, Crackle Connex


Speakers:

, Co-Founder/Lead Analyst, TVREV

, CEO, IAB Tech Lab

, Head of Insights, North America, Samsung Ads

, Head of Roku Ad Exchange, Roku

, Founder & Managing Director, The Local Act Consultancy

 

WED2. Subscription Management and the Great Rebundling

11:30 AM2024-08-212024-08-21

Wednesday, August 21: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

With the constant push and pull of market fragmentation and consolidation, streaming services that rely entirely or in part on sustained subscription revenue need more than great and plentiful content to fight churn and keep subscribers engaged. As consumer budgets tighten, free and ad-supported options multiply and emerge as new norms, so subscription-based streamers need to make it as easy and seamless as possible for consumers to discover and access the content they want. More and more, that means bundling and streamlining offerings. This panel’s mix of content owners and subscription management strategists and experts discuss the art and science of making subscriptions smoother, simpler, and as churn-proof as possible. 

Moderator:

, Principal, Erickson Strategy & Insights


Panelists:

, Principal and Founder, Hub Entertainment Research

, Head of Partner Management, Plex

 

WED3. Fireside Chats With Evan Shapiro

01:00 PM2024-08-212024-08-21

Wednesday, August 21: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

Moderator:

, Owner + Cartographer, ESHAP


 

WED4. Tech Talks

02:30 PM2024-08-212024-08-21

Wednesday, August 21: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

Industry leaders discuss and present the latest cutting-edge solutions and strategies to help you maximize efficiencies and minimize costs in your streaming video workflow. ATTEND FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Moderator:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media, Information Today, Inc.


Tech Talk: AJA Video Systems
Moderator:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media, Information Today, Inc.


Speaker:

, Manager, Product Management, AJA Video Systems

 

WED5. Ex-Factor: Cutting Cloud Streaming OpEx

04:00 PM2024-08-212024-08-21

Wednesday, August 21: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (PT)

The case for migrating streaming architecture and workflows to the cloud is usually made in terms of scalability, flexibility, and substantial cost-savings over the largely fixed-cost nature of on-prem streaming operations. But cloud-based streamers can incur substantial operation costs as well with egress fees and negligent tendencies to keep systems running at the wrong times. With the lion’s share of the industry already embracing cloud-based streaming, the conversation shifts to managing and streamlining cloud OpEx and implementing strategies and technologies for making those operations as cost-efficient as possible. This expert panel explains how.

Moderator:

, CEO, Streaming Video Technology Alliance


Speakers:

, Senior Director, Advanced Production Technologies, CBS Sports, Paramount Global

, Vice President, Strategic Media Solutions, A+E Networks and SMPTE, DPP

, VP, Strategic Account Development, Zixi

, Principal Solutions Architect MEGS, AWS

Thursday, Aug 22

Online Sessions

 

THU1. Research Keynote: Live Streaming Technology Trends

10:00 AM2024-08-222024-08-22

Thursday, August 22: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET) / 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT)

What are the most critical business and technical challenges of live streaming in 2024? What platforms and protocols are in play, from acquisition and ingest to delivery? Is the transition to cloud workflows still a prevailing trend? What are realistic expectations for streaming latency, and where are streamers and audiences prioritizing it the highest? And how is the device landscape shaping up for live content consumption? Data takes center stage again at Streaming Media Connect as we report findings from Streaming Media’s latest live-streaming survey, conducted in June and July of this year, so the findings are fresh, and the analysis is even fresher.

Moderator:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media, Information Today, Inc.


Speakers:

, Co-Founder, Softvelum

, Founder, Help Me Stream Research Foundation

 

THU2. The Real Value of Artificial Intelligence—The Debate Continues!

11:30 AM2024-08-222024-08-22

Thursday, August 22: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (ET) / 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (PT)

Back by popular demand! In the “AI or Not to AI?” debate on “The Real Value of Artificial Intelligence” in today’s streaming ecosystem at Streaming Media NYC, our debate began with the premise that the rapid acceleration of AI technology and its implementation has brought us to an inflection point for the M&E industry, the workflows that drive it, and possibly the future of work itself. Is it truly adopt/adapt or die at this point? What is AI really worth, and where does it matter most to streaming practitioners in 2024? The debate rolls on at Streaming Media Connect, as key industry thought leaders and stakeholders take their stands and make their cases. Tune in to watch, learn, and ultimately pick the winners. Viewers decide, and only one side can take the prize!

Moderator:

, Owner + Cartographer, ESHAP


 

THU3. Case Studies

01:00 PM2024-08-222024-08-22

Thursday, August 22: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (PT)

In the streaming industry just as elsewhere, nothing succeeds like success! Learn about real-world problem-solving with cutting-edge streaming solutions as key industry vendors and their users share in-depth stories of successful implementations and applications. ATTEND FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

Moderator:

, VP & Editor-in-Chief, Streaming Media, Information Today, Inc.


 

THU4. Evaluating High-Volume, Low-Latency Transcoding Options

02:30 PM2024-08-222024-08-22

Thursday, August 22: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) / 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (PT)

High-volume, low-latency transcoding options are essential for conferencing, gaming, gambling, auctioning, and other real-time applications. In this session, we evaluate the cost, throughput, quality, and latency delivered by multiple software and hardware transcoding options for H.264, HEVC, and AV1, including those produced by Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD. 

Moderator:

, Owner, Streaming Learning Center