May 12-13, 2015 | New York Hilton Midtown

Discovery Track

Open to all conference attendees and Discovery Pass holders, Discovery Track sessions are moderated by Streaming Media magazine editor, Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, and presented by conference sponsors. Sessions are educational and the presentations which typically focus on products and customer case-studies provide a good opportunity to learn more about specific technologies or vendors. As an added bonus, many of our Discovery Track sponsors will be raffling off prizes at the end of their session. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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

DT101 - Discovery Track

How To: Maximize Revenue at Every Touch Point with an Efficient Multi-Channel Network Strategy
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Learn how to simplify the process of deploying unified video experiences across all IP-connected devices to produce more content, seek out global audiences, and diversify distribution and revenue streams beyond YouTube. Attendees will learn how to build an effective multiscreen strategy that maximizes revenue and drives audience engagement anytime, everywhere and on any device.

Lou Schwartz, Chief Strategy Officer - Worldnow
Keeping up with The Joneses: Why Experience Is Today’s Big Challenge
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

As OTT grows to become a $15 billion a year business and streaming grows every day, consumers are starting to compare and contrast the services they experience—with results that spell opportunity for some, and disaster for others. This talk explores a recent Conviva Consumer Survey, as well as the conclusions from the 2015 Conviva Viewer Experience Report, to identify the increasing impatience of OTT consumers; the ever-growing expectations they bring to the table; and the tough economic realities of failing to execute an effective iterative publishing process.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Conviva grab bag with Conviva Swag items and an Amazon Gift card

Simon Jones, Vice-President of Marketing - Conviva
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DT102 - Discovery Track

Solving the Challenge of Enterprise Video Distribution
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Most enterprises are struggling to deliver high-quality video over their internal network. This session demonstrates a solution to this that uses the viewer’s devices as distribution nodes to create a very cost-efficient and easy-toiimplement solution with minimum impact on the network. 

Attend this session for your chance to win: iPad mini 3 with Retina Display ($400 value)

Jonathan Discount, VP Product Management - Hive Streaming
Secure Media Streaming and Delivery
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Storing, preparing, and delivering media content securely involves leveraging systems that can scale and ensure top-of-the-line security. Come find out how AWS can help you implement these workflows in the cloud using highly available, scalable, and secure cloud services such as Amazon S3 (storage), Amazon Elastic Transcoder (transcoding), and Amazon CloudFront (delivery). As part of this session, we will demo how you can build a media stack on AWS and use JW Player to deliver protected HTTP Live Streams (HLS) to various devices, including iOS, Android, and Windows desktops.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Amazon Fire TV — Streaming 1080p media player with voice search, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, games, and more ($99 value)

Nihar Bihani, Principal Product Manager - Amazon Web Services
Jeroen Wijering, Co-Founder - JW Player
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

DT103 - Discovery Track

The Streaming Road Warrior: Overcoming the Challenges of Portable Live Production
1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Gone are the days of needing a production truck to broadcast a live show, but there are still many challenges producers face when live streaming on the road. In this session you will learn some of the tricks of the trade in addition to some new portable production solutions to make your job easier.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Full copy of vMix 4K software ($700 value)

Martin Sinclair, CEO - vMix
Building a Petabyte Video Repository with Software-Defined Storage
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

RTL II, a top German TV station, has over 2 petabytes of videos and creates over 200TB of new content a year. To meet growing market share, online video demand, and a planned move to 4K resolution, RTL II needed to dramatically improve their storage infrastructure performance, density, and efficiency. In this session, you will learn how to evaluate software-defined storage versus traditional storage appliances. You will see the design and architecture of distributed storage software (Scality RING) on industry standard servers (HP ProLiant) over three sites, serving multiple applications and workloads in a single protected environment.

Hans-Josef Lauer, Manager, IT Operations - RTL II
Leo Leung, VP, Corporate Marketing - Scality
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

DT104 - Discovery Track

Deploying an Ultra-High-Density Transcoding Media Workflow in the Cloud
2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Learn about the advantages for deploying a virtualized workflow in a private or public cloud powered by Intel architecture to meet needs for growth, quality delivery, and diversified services. Understand how cloud workflows can be used to ingest, transcode, protect, package, stream, and analyze media on-demand or live to multiscreen devices. Benefits for communications providers and large media companies include simplification of equipment design, reduced development costs, and a scalable solution.

Jim Blakely, Visual Cloud Computing General Manager, Data Center Group - Intel Corporation
Eric Weinstein, Director, Digital Media Solutions - iStreamPlanet
Making 4K Multiscreen Video a Reality
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The rollout of advanced broadband technologies will usher in 1Gbps bandwidth to the home, enabling multi-screen 4K/UHD video. The internet traffic growth will challenge traditional content delivery models and require big changes for CDNs, carriers, and content providers. Learn about next-generation edge delivery and what it means to subscriber growth and time spent.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Elite Edition Quadricopter($299 value)

Keao Caindec, CMO - 365 Data Centers
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

DT105 - Discovery Track

Social Syndication Meets TV Everywhere
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

The rise of social networks and their role in augmenting our TV and video experiences is quickly taking shape. When you consider the size of addressable audiences (and massive number of video views) on Facebook and Twitter alone, it s no surprise that major network brands look to them as table stakes destinations. In this session, Anvato will explain the value in social syndication and offer suggestions on how you can distribute content in near real-time to these major sites without causing operational headaches or breaking your budget.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Apple TV ($69 value)

Matt Smith, Executive Director, Business Development & Strategy - Comcast Technology Solutions
Navigating the Transition to TV Everywhere
4:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Bridging the gap from the traditional video ecosystem to a flexible IP-based OTT platform poses significant technical challenges for content owners and distributors alike. Discover how Comcast confronted some of these challenges and pioneered a transition to a TV Everywhere platform while maintaining the highest level of content quality, expanding audience reach and enabling emerging monetization models.

Attend this session for your chance to win: NBC Universal themed gift basket including SNL memorabilia and USA Olympic branded items ($150 value)

Barry Tishgart, Vice President, GM - Comcast Wholesale

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

DT201 - Discovery Track

Learn How to Quickly Build a Live Streaming Workflow
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

We’ll start with a mobile device as our video source, encode the video locally,push it to a cloud-based streaming server, create multiple quality levels to support adaptive bitrate streaming, record the video for later on-demand playback, and deliver the live feed with global any-screen streaming.

Attend this session for your chance to win: A Wowza Elleven Amped Checkpoint-friendly Compu-backpack and a $50 coupon for use with our new service, Wowza Streaming Cloud ($135 value)

Chris Knowlton, Chief Evangelist - Panopto
Monetization Strategies in a Hybrid TVE/OTT World
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

This session is all about maximizing revenue in a rapidly evolving hybrid TVE and OTT worlds. How do companies continue to support the TVE ecosystem while taking advantage new OTT opportunities? What are the best options for optimizing OTT revenue? How will a la carte offerings from cable providers impact long term OTT monetization strategies of content owners? What is the future role of TVE authentication in an evolving OTT world? Are new monetization strategies such as membership clubs, paywalls and device based pricing models working in the video world? We'll tackle these and other key questions facing the streaming video industry today.

Attend this session for your chance to win: A $200 Apple gift card and a Zuora SWAG Pack ($300 value)

Craig Barberich, Head of Media Solutions - Zuora
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DT202 - Discovery Track

The Challenges & Pitfalls of Live Streaming
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Learn how to work around the the potential problems that may arise from streaming live video on location. Topics include security and protection of streaming technology and how infrastructure decisions affect outcomes.

Jon Landman, Vice President of Sales - Teradek
What to Look for in Modern Streaming Hardware
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Video streaming hardware has evolved significantly in recent years. With so much on the market, aimed at such a wide variety of applications, it can be difficult to determine which products and features are best suited to your particular needs. This session helps you make sense of it all by explaining each key feature and providing examples. Expect to leave knowing how and when each streaming hardware feature provides good bang for the buck.

Attend this session for your chance to win: DVI2USB 3.0 — High performance video grabber capable of capturing high quality video and images from any device with a DVI/VGA/HDMI signal. Portability and flexibility is why many AV professionals rely on DVI2USB 3.0 to capture high quality video and audio no matter the signal. ($699 value)

David Kirk, VP Marketing - Epiphan Video
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

DT203 - Discovery Track

Taking the Initiative in Online Video Service with Server-side Ad Stitching
1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Every content provider wants more transparent data and revenue from their advertising. In this session, you’ll learn about stitching ads into online video content on the server side and delivering ad-stitched video streams to any device dynamically to control the ad delivery and ad revenue directly. This session will present a successful case study that demonstrates how server-side ad stitching technology makes it simple.

Jennifer Yoon, GM, Marketing Strategy - Solbox Inc.
Delivering Video to a Fragmented World
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

What video format to deliver? To what device? When? Should I convert my video myself? These are a few of the questions that will be answered in this session as we explore some of the challenges facing video publishers today in delivering their content to a fragmented world.

Attend this session for your chance to win: GoPro Hero4 ($400 value)

Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Content Marketing - Limelight Networks
Bob Loncaric, Video Publishing Manager - QVC Inc
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

DT204 - Discovery Track

Why Perceptual Optimization Significantly Lowers Streaming Bandwidth
3:15 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Is the industry still innovating H.264 encoding techniques? EuclidIQ will demonstrate how to generate more than 20% bandwidth savings without requiring pre-processing and without impacting video quality. The session explains how spatial complexity and temporal contrast measurements mimic the human eye to focus compression on the most watched areas of each video frame.

Richard Wingard, CEO - EuclidIQ
Skreening Opens the Second Screen to the First Screen
3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TV content is and will increasingly continue to be augmented by social interactions, internet content, gaming, streaming, and other video programing. Second screen devices, applications, and services have taken the first steps to provide viewers the personalized content to augment these TV experiences. However, current limitations of the TV have limited the potential of second screen experiences. In this session, Skreens will explain how with Skreens technology, second screen applications and services can radically expand the TV experiences for their customers and potentially open new revenue opportunities.

Marc Todd, Founder & CEO - Skreens

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