Nov 2-3, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach


Discovery Track

Open to ALL conference attendees and Discovery Pass holders, Discovery Track sessions are moderated by Streaming Media magazine editors, and presented by conference sponsors. These sessions offer an opportunity to learn more about cutting-edge technologies and solutions to vexing challenges at every step in the streaming media ecosystem. As an added bonus many Discovery Track sponsors will be raffling off prizes at the end of their session. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

DT101 - Discovery Track

Can’t We Do Better Than TCP? Streaming High-Quality Live Content With RTMP, HLS or DASH Over Aspera FASPStream
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Successfully stream high-quality near-live content over the Internet can quickly become a near impossible task. Bad network conditions, latency and distance are known to dramatically impair video streaming. Various products and services have been introduced, such as forward error correction over UDP, peer-to-peer distribution and CDNs. However, none provide the same universal quality and "zero-delay" transmission needed for a great experience. Aspera FASPStream is the first open video transport solution capable of live streaming high-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with low buffering and negligible start-up time. This session will outline how to integrate the Aspera software suite with standard RTMP, HLS and DASH workflows on browser, desktop, mobile and set-top box platforms.

Guillaume Egles, Aspera, an IBM Company
The Socionext Media Cloud Initiative Designed to Accelerate Data Center Server Performance, Deliver Optimal Video Streaming to Users
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The Socionext “Media Cloud” is designed to deliver a 10-fold increase in video server speeds and efficiency, resulting in new levels of server performance and optimal user streaming experience. The initiative integrates a “Sea of Transcoders” for real-time transcoding up to 256 bundles of AVC/ HEVC adaptive bit rate (ABR) streams for a variety of inputs, up to 4Kp60. The dense transcode solution provides maximum server performance for video processing.

Attend this session for your chance to win: GoPro Hero6 Action Camera ($499 value)

Aditya Srinivasan, Consultant - Socionext America
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DT102 - Discovery Track

Leveraging IBM Cloud Object Storage to Improve Streaming CDN Performance and Cost Efficiency
11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Today's CDN platforms are upgrading and building out to reach an increasingly larger number of consumer mobile devices and smart TVs across North America, Europe, Asia, and beyond. IBM Cloud Object Storage can provide CDNs long tail and origin storage with the advantages of its patented technology: nearly infinite scalability, 10+ nines of reliability and availability, and an incredibly low total cost of ownership vs on-prem and other cloud storage platforms. This presentation will provide all stakeholders in the digital supply chain with compelling information about how flexible, scalable, and high-performing cloud object storage can be for your CDN.

Naz Nageer, Senior Solutions Architect - IBM Cloud Object Storage
Building an Immersive Streaming Solution on AWS
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Immersive media content such as 360-degree video places a unique set of demands on cloud-based infrastructure from a complete end-to-end solution point of view. A key goal for any solution of this nature is to keep costs low while not impacting availability, scale, and compute performance. In this talk we will look at how to solve ingest, processing, storage, and delivery of live and on-demand content for immersive media delivery, and present a reference design for 360-degree streaming using best-practice architectural patterns.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Echo Dot ($50 value)

Shawn Przybilla, Specialist Solutions Architect - AWS
Konstantin Wilms, Principal Solutions Architect, Media & Entertainment - Amazon Web Services
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

DT103 - Discovery Track

Buy This Encoder
1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Think you know everything about encoding? Teradek’s Jon Landman thinks otherwise. Dive deeply into the world of hardware codecs, from compression technologies such as HEVC to transport protocols and delivery. If you’re still unsure about joining the cutting edge of IP video before the broader industry, Jon Landman is here to show you the way.

Jon Landman, Vice President of Sales - Teradek
Next Generation Advertising Workflows and Server-Side Ad Insertion with VAST 4.0
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

VAST 4.0 represents the first opportunity for a fully integrated, standards-based, server-side ad insertion workflow. Join this sessions to learn how it will impact your workflows and enable you to maximize your revenue by circumventing ad blockers, reaching more devices, and improving viewers' experience.

Attend this session for your chance to win: GoPro Hero Session Camera with Handler Hand Grip and SD card ($230 value)

Stefan Lederer, CEO & Co-Founder - Bitmovin, USA

Download Presentation
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

DT104 - Discovery Track

Practical Social Streaming: Tips and Tricks for Brand Success
2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Live streaming for social media audiences is exploding and brands are getting onboard in a big way. LiveU’s Dan Pisarski will present some tips and tricks to get brands started. He’ll cover the ins and outs of Facebook Live and other platforms, creating content beyond “behind-the-scenes,” and share some live success stories.

Daniel Pisarski, VP of Engineering - LiveU
Rudy J. Ellis, CEO - Switchboard Live
Ensure Success on Facebook Live: Gain Reliability and Production Quality with ClearCaster
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn how your broadcasts to Facebook Live can reach the high expectations you have for yourself and your brand with unmatched reliability and quality that’s simple to achieve all while creating live content that can be truly dynamic based on the Live Reactions of your followers.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Insta360 Nano ($199 value)

Tim Dougherty, Director of Sales Engineering - Wowza Media Systems
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

DT105 - Discovery Track

4K Live Streaming Tools and Best Practices
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Not only is 4K streaming here now, it is surprisingly affordable! In this session we will talk about the best tools for the job and the setup needed to ensure an optimal experience for all viewers.

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

Martin Sinclair, CEO - vMix
Low-Latency Live Video Streaming – Meeting the Growing Viewer Demand
4:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

As consumers increasingly go online to watch live sporting events, enjoy live video gaming, and participate in online gambling, delivering the lowest-latency live streaming experiences becomes critical for content distributors. In this session, we’ll discuss the motivations, challenges and solutions for delivering live video streams at sub-second latencies at global scale, without sacrificing the video quality your audiences want and expect. We’ll also cover the common use cases for low-latency live streaming and financial benefits driving innovation.

Attend this session for your chance to win: GoPro Hero5 Black 4K Action camera ($400 value)

Charlie Kraus, CDN Expert - Limelight Networks

Friday, November 3, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

DT201 - Discovery Track

Talk on the Universal Video Player
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Video content today is consumed on a wide variety of devices and the most common approach for reaching all these devices typically involves the creation of a dedicated application containing a dedicated native video player for every platform. While great for their viewers, most of the companies following this approach since discovered that each new device that they support introduces new technical and operational challenges. Although these challenges almost feel inevitable, there is a different approach available in the Universal Video Player, where one video player is used in all applications.

Using a Universal Video Player enables content owners to deliver a high-quality video viewing experience without any of the downsides associated with a native video player approach.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Three bags of Chokotoff Belgian chocolates ($15 value)

Pieter-Jan Speelmans, CTO - THEO Technologies
Cloud Transcoding with Hybrik

Hybrik powers some the largest video operations in the world, including Sony, Vevo, and Technicolor. Hybrik delivers a complete media processing solution including transcoding, quality control, and media analysis. And Hybrik is 90% less expensive than other cloud solutions. Come see why Streaming Media named Hybrik "Best of Show" at NAB!

Attend this session for your chance to win: iPad Mini ($350 value)

David Trescot, CEO - Hybrik
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

DT202 - Discovery Track

Cloud-Based Distribution and Decoration of Broadcast Channels for Better OTT Linear Services
11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

In a world of ubiquitous OTT video consumption, tracking and matching content rights with viewers locations, subscriptions or devices, is a much taller order than for traditional set-top box based broadcast or pay TV. OTT TV also promises better monetization via the untapped potential of dynamic and targeted insertions. For broadcast linear channels in particular, rights resolution and smarter insertions require that channel providers deliver video with clean and reliable metadata to their OTT partners. This new distribution and decoration of linear channels is a key component of the OTT value chain.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Triple function flashlight/stylus pens

Jean Macher, Business Development Director, SaaS Solutions - Harmonic, Inc.
Watermarking and 360° Protection of UHD Content
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

As ultra high-definition content is becoming available in streaming services, getting ready to protect this highly valuable content is more important than ever. Deploying forensic watermarking solutions is a key component of protecting this content. Hear about the different ways watermarking can be deployed into streaming workflows and how taking a 360° approach achieves the targeted security outcome.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Color-changing coffee mugs ($10 value)

Erik Hietbrink, Technical Product Manager - Irdeto
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

DT203 - Discovery Track

Adtech’s Armageddon Was 2016? When Is Yours?

Remarkably....the major advertising holding companies are pulling out of Cannes. Instead, they are retargeting those resources towards data platforms and artificial intelligence. When digital marketing flows disrupt TV media buying, will your clients be ready?

Steven Rahman, Director of Product Marketing - Intertrust
Mobile First: How to Meet Viewers Where They Are

Viewers are already mobile first. That means OTT and TVOD producers need to shift their mindsets to put mobile strategies at the forefront of their planning and development. In this presentation, Phunware’s Daniel Blackburn breaks down this game-changing shift — and how content producers can succeed with a savvy mobile strategy from development to launch and user engagement.

Attend this session for your chance to win: Apple TV 4K (32GB) ($179 value)

Daniel Blackburn, Media & Entertainment Practice Director - Phunware

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