Technical and How-to Track

The Technical & How-To Track is for CTOs, technology managers, studio professionals, and developers who want one thing: solutions. The video ecosystem is a fragmented mix of platforms and devices: Learn from the pros how you can eliminate the bottlenecks and deliver results. Expert presenters will offer sessions on the entire video workflow, from formats to delivery to player and UI development to AI and machine learning. This is the place to go to learn real skills and improvements you can put in place as soon as you’re back in the office. And even if you’re not currently a video developer and want to learn more about how the technology works, this track is for you.


Tuesday, Nov 19

Track T: Technical & How-to Track


T101. HOW-TO: Fine-Tuning Your Encoding With Objective Quality Metrics

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

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

Choosing the number of streams in an adaptive group and configuring them is usually a subjective, touchy-feely exercise, with no way to really gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the streams. However, by measuring stream quality via metrics such as VMAF, SSIMPlus, and others, you can precisely assess the quality delivered by each stream and its relevancy to the adaptive group. This presentation identifies several key objective quality metrics, teaching how to apply them using commercial and open source tools and how to use them to fine-tune your adaptive bitrate ladders and encoding settings.


, Founder, Streaming Learning Center


T102. Everything You Need to Know About Cloud Graphics and Digital Overlays

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

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

If content is king, then graphics are one of the most important technologies in streaming media. While sharp producers have been using graphical overlays forever, the Chromium Embedded Format and the rapidly growing esports market have thrust cloud graphics—which don’t require expensive on-prem servers—into the view of major broadcasters and OTT streamers globally. This workshop will feature a live technical demo, viewer research, and an overview of the vendors in the cloud graphics space.


, Principal Analyst, Ring Digital llc


T103. Microservices in Action

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

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

The discussion around microservices has moved from theory and planning to looking at optimization for deployment for streaming within a microservices/services-oriented architecture. A year ago many were thinking about deployment in this new highly available, scalable and agile way; today, it has emerged as common practice, or at the least as a common strategy. This session examines some examples of microservices in action in a discussion with leading content publishers and goes deep into some realworld microservices architectures, exploring introspection, orchestration, containerization, and wider virtualization strategies.


, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as and Contributing Editor,, UK


, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco

, Director of Engineering of Video Platform, Twitch

, Director of Performance Engineering Platform, StackPath

, COO & Co-Founder, EZDRM


T104. Open Source Streaming

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

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

In this session, we review every stage of the live- and on-demand streaming workflow and explore how open source options can be used in real-world implementations. We’ll examine tools such as FFmpeg, VLC, and NGINX, as well as open source codecs, and discuss our panelists favorites for solving specific challenges, the pros and cons of each, and compare them to some commercial offerings. While this session is of use for technicians and developers, the emphasis is on higher-level strategic questions about where and when open source tools can replace commercial offerings and thus reduce costs.


, CEO, Streaming Video Technology Alliance


, Founder & Head of Product, Mux and Creator of Video.js

, Principal Strategist, Dillon Media Ventures

, Vice President, Software Engineering, Platform, Fandango, Vudu, and Rotten Tomatoes

, VP, Research, Brightcove


T105. ATSC 3.0: What You Need to Know

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

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

The promise of ATSC 3.0 is the ability to multicast not only audio and video, but data as well. If ATSC 3.0 can achieve this, plus allow for targeted personalized advertising, the broadcast world will have combined the digital promise of targeting with the scale of broadcast, essentially changing the broadcast vs. streaming playing field. How will this work with legacy CDNs and new 5G pipes? What does broadcast-as-a service mean? How do converged OTT-OTA apps work in the future? How does this help deliver the right content to the right audience?


, Consultant, Reality Software and Contributing Editor, Streaming Media

, Vice President of Technology Strategy, ONE Media, Sinclair Broadcast Group

, Principal Technical Product Manager, Verance


Wednesday, Nov 20

Track T: Technical & How-to Track


T201. HOW-TO: Playout in the Cloud

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

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

This presentation will fundamentally shift the way attendees think of playout in the cloud. Rather than building a schedule and expensively re-encoding assets in real time for broadcast, learn how to decouple the monolith of playout software into discrete components on top of AWS services. The approach discussed will open new possibilities of channel customization, personalization, and end-user quality, while also dramatically reducing running costs.


, Solution Architect, Amazon Web Services


T202. Multicast: Has Its Time Finally Arrived?

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

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

IP multicast is 31 years old this year. This session takes a rapid tour through multicast’s history; looks at some deployments and their successes and failures; and examines the emergence of IPTV, operator CDN, and application-layer P2P models. It then looks at why multicast adoption has been difficult, along with some of the technical and commercial challenges it has faced. Finally, it looks to the future and the re-emergence of interest with the hot new technologies in the space, including multicast-ABR, LTE-B, and BIER.


, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as and Contributing Editor,, UK


T203. Tackling the Latency Problem

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

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

HOW-TO: Latency, Real-Time Streaming, & WebRTC
1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Is latency impacting your customers’ experiences and your business? The good news is sub-second latency is within reach. In this session, you learn about WebRTC, what it takes to support it and the available APIs from MediaStream to RTCDataChannel and more, as well as the protocols that make it real time such as UDP, DTLS, SCTP and everything in-between. This session also addresses workflow best practices and implementation options.


, Lead Engineer, Limelight Networks

High Efficiency Streaming Protocol (HESP)
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Ultra-low latency for live is the most important challenge that ABR streaming faces. THEO Technologies' HESP is a new streaming protocol, an alternative to HLS and DASH and streams over HTTP, that enables streaming services to be delivered with sub second latency, with a significantly reduced streaming bandwidth, at scale. Join the conversation to get the latest straight out of the THEO Innovation Lab.


, Senior Solution Architect, THEO Technologies

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


T204. 5G & the Future of Streaming

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

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

5G marks a new era of cellular network connectivity. In this presentation, Jon Landman, VP of sales at Teradek, describes how 5G will make a difference for live streaming. Learn how you can use 5G to optimize your connectivity for more reliable broadcasts. Explore what exactly is 5G and how it differs from our current 4G LTE networks. Discover how you can combine 5G connectivity and HEVC compression to deliver higher-quality video while using less bandwidth.


, Vice President of Sales, Teradek

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