Discovery Track

Open to all Streaming Media West 2019 conference attendees and Discovery Pass holders, Discovery Track sessions are moderated by Streaming Media magazine editors 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. 

Learn more about our new Discovery & Expo Pass conference option here.


Tuesday, Nov 19

Track DT: Discovery Track


DT101. Discovery Track Session: SSIMWAVE, Xilinx

10:30 AM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Stop Bad Video in its Tracks
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Not all content is created equal. Gate and switch content to avoid getting trapped into expending resources needlessly. Reject or send the content to the appropriate encoder to optimize storage & transmission costs while ensuring video quality thresholds. Attend this session for your chance to win: 10 gift cards for streaming services ($25 value each)



The Future of Live Video Encoding
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

In this talk, we will walk through the future landscape of major problems to solve in video encoding – what lies ahead in terms approaches to reduce bandwidth and encoding compute complexity, datacenter power consumption, codec adoption, quality measurements, and tools to increase differentiation across a range of industries.


, Head, Video Strategy & Market Development, AECG, AMD


DT102. Discovery Track Session: Interra Systems, EdgeConneX

11:30 AM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Monitoring Live OTT Services Is Critical for Service Assurance
11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Around the globe, OTT video consumption is rising steadily, with live streaming, in particular, attracting large audiences. This necessitates that operators adopt a holistic methodology to service assurance, for better visibility into what is happening with the live OTT workflow, decrease the chance for churn and maximize monetization. Monitoring solutions are a fundamental requirement today for both VOD and live OTT applications. This presentation will highlight challenges of live streaming and how monitoring can help by providing a centralized service assurance view, validation of where the issue is located, and increased flexibility via a software-based and cloud-deployable approach. Attend this session for your chance to win: Google Nest Hub ($129 Value)


, VP of Product Management, Interra Systems

Content and Eyeballs- The Perfect Match at the Edge
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Latency is one of the most important factors in delivering content to their users. There is a growing trend in the community of partners, customers, providers to meet the eyeball providers away from carrier hotels. The high density environments require a greater amount of power, cooling, redundancy that EdgeConneX has built for our customers since inception. We’ll discuss trends in key markets, and why EdgeConneX is recognized as the leader in this space. Attend this session to win: $200 gift card.


, Global Sales Executive, Emerging Technologies, Edge Infrastructure, EdgeConneX


DT103. Discovery Track Session: UI Centric, Wowza

01:30 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

OTT: Where to Invest your UX and Design Budget
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Designing great digital products -- because digital is always evolving -- is a never-ending proposition. Identifying what users really want is only the beginning. How can you make the UX definition and design process run more smoothly and deliver products which are both compelling, effective and technically efficient? We discuss latest practices for OTT products which will make everyone involved in the product life-cycle through to end-consumers happy with what you’re creating. Attend this session for your chance to win: A 1.5 day UX audit


, Head of User Experience, UI Centric

Low Latency Live Streaming Delivery: What’s Next?
1:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

At the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), Apple announced the specs for a brand-new extension of their HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol: Low-Latency HLS. While reducing latency for live streaming is a valiant goal (and one that we can get behind), this news interrupted an industry-wide effort to do so via chunked transfer encoding. With more viewers ditching traditional satellite and cable services each year, the race for speedier live-stream delivery is in full force. Apple Low-Latency HLS is an emerging standard that could very well lead the pack, but what are the pros and cons? The standard’s real-world appeal and long-term benefits are still playing out. Join our discussion and learn where the industry is heading, the overall adoption, ideal use cases, and what can be expected of low-latency HLS next. Attend this session for your chance to win:$250 Amazon gift card


, Director of Sales Engineering, Wowza Media Systems


DT104. Discovery Track Session: PacketFabric, DLVR

02:45 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Upgrade Your Network, Upgrade Your Stream
2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

As streaming media continues to take over the entertainment world, content creators and providers will require advanced infrastructure to keep up with production schedules and consumer demands. This session will examine how private networks can play a critical role in the life cycle of streaming content, from its creation, distribution and through consumption. We’ll discuss how PacketFabric enable powerful new workflows to quickly go from the camera to the cloud to the screen, by delivering reliable, flexible and high-capacity connectivity from production locations to cloud providers to CDNs, and beyond. Attend this session for your chance to win:Amazon gift card ($200 value)


, President and CEO, PacketFabric

Configuring Robust Multi-CDN in Azure, Powered by DLVR
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reliable, high-quality video viewing experiences are critical to video publishers. This presentation discusses how DLVR's integration on Azure offers a highly scalable, measured, optimized, and simplified multi-CDN service for large and medium-size Azure customers running video workloads. Attend this session for your chance to win: 3 Hydro Flasks ($35 value each)


, Co-founder and CEO, DLVR

, Lead Product Manager, Azure Cloud CDN and Azure Front Door, Microsoft


DT105. Discovery Track Session: Recurly

04:30 PM2019-11-192019-11-19

Tuesday, November 19: 4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Subscriber Retention Benchmarks for OTT Businesses
4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

With more subscription streaming offerings coming onto the market every year, subscriber engagement and retention is top of mind for OTT providers. In this presentation, Recurly will share the latest subscription OTT benchmarks on churn and subscriber retention as well as the strategies smart OTT providers are using to fight churn and accelerate growth. Attend this session for your chance to win: "Subscribe" T-Shirts ($10 value) and "Subscriber" tote bags ($9 value)


, SVP of Product, Recurly


Wednesday, Nov 20

Track DT: Discovery Track


DT201. Discovery Track Session: AWS, Applicaster

10:30 AM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Reliability of Live Streaming in the Cloud
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Delivering reliable and resilient live streaming is a must for video providers, who depend on live video workflows being highly available and scalable with audience size so viewers never miss a moment of content. A truly resilient live video stream delivers a smooth and consistent experience for viewers, without gaps, stalls, or silences. In this session, learn how to use the AWS Cloud and AWS Media Services, like AWS Elemental MediaLive, AWS Elemental MediaConnect, AWS Elemental MediaStore, and AWS Elemental MediaPackage, to build highly available and reliable live video workflows in a cost-effective and scalable way, complete with monitoring, alerts, and security.Attend this session for your chance to win: Amazon Echo Show ($230 value)


, Sr. Product Marketing Mgr, AWS

Cross-Device Media Apps: Build or Buy? Why Not Both!
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

In this session Idan Maron from Applicaster will highlight how leading media companies like Zee5, ProSiebenSat.1, DirecTV and others are maximizing their pre-existing workflows and resources, combined with best-of-breed third party tech, to build user-loved apps with Applicaster's app lifecycle management platform Zapp. Attend this session for your chance to win: Sony Wireless Noise Canceling Extra Bass Headphones ($250 value)


, VP Business Development, Applicaster


DT202. Discovery Track Session: Bitmovin, Signiant

11:30 AM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Data-Driven Video: Using Analytics to Determine When and Where to Optimize Your Video Pipeline
11:30 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

Streaming video is easy, right? However, delivering a seamless, enjoyable, and consistent video experience to users can be difficult - especially across a range of markets and platforms. Address the biggest and most common challenges in the video streaming market by measuring your viewers' Quality of Experience and video pipeline performance and using that data to derive actionable insights and make smart choices about how to optimize video encoding and playback. Attend this session for your chance to win: Notebooks for all attendees ($8 value each)


, Solutions Director of Americas, Bitmovin

Cloud Ingest Portals: Strategies for Acquiring Content from Providers Around the Globe
11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

While there are plenty of tools for getting data into public and private clouds, professional media requirements are unique: File sizes are enormous and only getting bigger, video file specifications vary widely so file validation against exact specifications is critical, and metadata is core to unlocking business value so custom metadata entry is key. This session will discuss strategies to make it fast, easy, and secure to ingest content from around the globe. Attend this session for your chance to win: Roku Ultra ($99 value)


, CMO, Signiant


DT203. Discovery Track Session: THEO Technologies, MediaKind

01:30 PM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Low Latency Reality Check
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

As an industry, we have latency on the mind. It’s a hot topic, and we hear big promises surrounding Low Latency being made throughout the industry. So, how can you move from promise to production? We will share our wealth of industry experience, being at the forefront of low latency development, and experience working together with different partners in the ecosystem. Attend this session for your chance to win: Notebooks for all attendees ($10 value each)


, Senior Solution Architect, THEO Technologies

, Director of Operations & Business Development North America, THEO Technologies

Delivering Innovative Consumer Experiences to End-Users Through DTC and OTT Aggregated Services
1:55 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Today’s consumers watch hours of content, from different networks across a range of different devices. With so much content available at the push of a button and the opportunity to tailor it to individual user preferences, the industry is pushing to deliver high quality, highly personalized offerings directly to consumer screens. Although traditional broadcasters and other established content owners have access to some of the most valuable premium content, new entrants have used OTT to reach a wider audience. They are using cloud technology to scale and quickly introduce new functionality, allowing delivery over all networks to all devices and to introduce improved consumer viewing experiences (e.g. UHD and HDR content).However, the increasingly fractured user experience caused by separate applications leads to the question: what is the best way to deliver content to the consumer? This presentation explores how DTC and OTT aggregated services are enabling operators to deliver innovative consumer experiences directly to the end user, as well as outlining the opportunities and challenges for services a result of this competition. Attend this session for your chance to win: An international travel adapter ($15 value)


, MediaKind


DT204. Discovery Track Session: Ovation

03:00 PM2019-11-202019-11-20

Wednesday, November 20: 3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Ovation, Journy, and “Chasing the Sun”: Leveraging a Linear Cable Network in a FAST (Free Ad-supported Streaming TV) World
3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Launched in fall 2017, Journy is the leading ad-supported travel-entertainment network at the intersection of travel, art, and culture. Powered by Ovation, America’s only arts network, and designed for the conscientious traveler, Journy's programming centers world travel, cultural tourism, and global citizenry. The team at Journy presents a case-study on how the niche streaming service has leveraged its distribution, partnerships, and programming to grow their audience. The discussion includes the importance of co-productions, and a close look at their popular series “Chasing the Sun;” they are joined by EP/Creator and Host, Stephen Friedman. Attend this session for your chance to win:  Apple TV ($179 value)


, SVP of Business Development & Digital, Ovation

, Senior Director, Content Partnerships, Digital, Ovation and Journy

, Manager, Acquisitions and Development, Ovation

, EP, Creator, Founder and Executive Producer, Host of “Chasing the Sun"

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