Discovery Track

Open to all Streaming Media East 2018 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 Pass conference option here.


Tuesday, May 8

Track DT: Discovery Track


DT101. Discovery Track Session

Tuesday, May 8: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Interactive Live Streaming: Ultra-Low Latency on Any Device
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

We are living a new era in live streaming, where ultra-low latency live playback on any device plays the most important role for audience engagement. Oliver Lietz, nanocosmos CEO, will explain how nanoStream Cloud with the integrated nanoStream H5Live Player will rock your interactive live streams on all HTML5 browsers. Go live around the world in 1 second!Attend this session for your chance to win: One month of Nanocosmos's medium nanoStream Cloud package ($499 value)


, CEO, nanocosmos

Stream Management, Endpoint Discovery, and Configuration
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The ability to register, discover, and configure endpoint devices are all important aspects in the ongoing management of streams in live IP-based video transport solutions and complex post workflows. This becomes especially important for remote contribution scenarios where WAN and Cloud configurations are involved. However, to date, existing standards have paid little attention to the on-boarding and long-term management aspects of video over IP. Aspera will outline and demonstrate an architecture for stream management, device discovery and centralized device configuration using several standards based technologies. The goal is to enable a device to be shipped between locations and automatically “call home” to obtain its configuration from a central location such as a broadcast center—thus reducing or eliminating the need for manual intervention and skilled personnel onsite."


, Strategic Initiatives Engineer - Streaming Video, Aspera, an IBM Company


DT102. Discovery Track Session

Tuesday, May 8: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Managing Transition to HEVC/VP9/AV1 with Multi-Codec Streaming
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Video streaming is in transition towards the next generation of video codecs, offering to double the quality while lowering the required bandwidth. As the successor crown to the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 is still up for grabs, major content providers and device manufacturers are throwing their weights behind competing formats - HEVC/VP9/AV1 - leading to market fragmentation, specifically within web environments. To deal with this challenge, OTT services need to support multiple codecs in an efficient way. In this presentation, we will discuss how to evaluate the benefits and the tradeoffs of embracing these next generation compression technologies in your media workflow.Attend this session for your chance to win: Fitbit Versa Watch ($200 value)


, Principal Sales Engineer, Bitmovin

DRM & Content Protection: How to Prevent Your Video From Being Stolen
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

For content owners, it is crucially important to have full control of their content in order to be efficiently monetized. One common loss of revenue is caused by piracy but there are different protection mechanisms that can protect your content. In this presentation we will explore practices and advancements which can simplify content protection.Attend this session and receive a: Notebook


, CTO, THEO Technologies


DT103. Discovery Track Session

Tuesday, May 8: 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Real-World Field Production
1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

LiveU’s Director of Channel Sales, George Klippel and Professional Services Engineer, Sebastian Alvarez-Ring demonstrate LiveU Solo, the company’s plug-and-play solution for streaming live to social media. See how easy it is to produce high-quality live content from anywhere using the Solo encoder with Solo Studio - Cloud Graphics, providing the ability to add lower thirds and logos to your social media streams. Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of how they can accomplish better mobile live streams without a large crew or investment.


, Director of Channel Sales, LiveU

, Professional Services Engineer, LiveU

Bringing Broadcast Quality to Facebook Live With the Wowza ClearCaster
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Broadcasters around the world are streaming on Facebook Live, and more are using the Wowza ClearCaster to ensure stream success. Learn how the ClearCaster delivers unmatched reliability and broadcast quality, and how content creators, broadcasters, talent and producers are creating dynamic live content based on the audience’s Live Reactions. Attend this session for your chance to win: Insta360 ONE action camera ($299 value)


, Streaming Industry Evangelist, Wowza Media Systems


DT104. Discovery Track Session

Tuesday, May 8: 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Per-Title Optimization 2.0
2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Learn what it takes to create target viewer quality based bitrate ladders for Live content and Video on Demand assets. Send the bits only when they are needed. Control viewer experience and efficiently stream a LIVE or VOD title with a ladder tailor-made to its specific characteristics and complexity.Attend this session for your chance to win: Streaming video gift card package ($200 value)


, Professor / Chief Science Officer, University of Waterloo / SSIMWAVE Inc

Steal This Encoder
3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Think you know everything about IP video? Jon Landman, VP of Sales for Teradek, thinks otherwise. Join us for an in-depth discussion of the latest technologies in the IP video world and how Teradek products solve some of the key challenges broadcasters face. Specific topics will include HEVC, SRT, cloud platforms, and cellular bonding.


, Vice President of Sales, Teradek


DT105. Discovery Track Session

Tuesday, May 8: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Video Personalization Pipeline
4:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.

Today’s viewers are impatient. No longer do they sit on the couch and watch whatever is tossed at them. The provider who can anticipate viewer desires, and position the right content at the right time, has a far greater chance of keeping their viewers engaged - and monetizing that extended engagement. Join Kurt Michel to learn more about this increasingly important topic, including what “personalized video” is, and how video providers can position themselves to offer it.Attend this session for your chance to win:Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) ($50 value)


, VP Marketing, SeaChange

It's Not Just Over the Top... It's the New TV
4:25 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

OTT shouldn't just be an alternative to broadcast and cable—it needs to be an improvement. In addition to matching broadcast and cable video quality, it needs to offer viewers what broadcast and cable can't, things like interactivity, personalized advertising, engaging user interfaces, and access anytime, anywhere. In this session, we will discuss how to modernize video distribution with Anvato and Google Cloud Machine Learning. Attend this session and receive a: Google Home ($129)


, North America Sales Lead, Anvato, Google Cloud Media


Wednesday, May 9

Track DT: Discovery Track


DT201. Discovery Track Session

Wednesday, May 9: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Video Acceleration in the Cloud: Setting a New Paradigm (Part 1 of 2)
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

The amount of processing needed to run video workloads is growing rapidly. This stems from higher resolutions, higher frames rates, migration to higher bit-depths, and newer more complex codecs like VP9, HEVC and AV1. Considering all of these factors, the industry is facing 10-50x higher demand on its infrastructure compute needs for video workloads. This is happening while the volume of live video streams that require processing is growing exponentially. This session will explore the value proposition of adaptable video acceleration. Attend this session for your chance to win: $100 Amazon gift card


, Sr. Marketing Manager, Xilinx

Video Acceleration in the Cloud: Setting a New Paradigm (Part 2 of 2)
10:55 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

It has been established that the need for acceleration for video workloads is becoming crucial from an operational point-of-view. In this presentation we will show how Xilinx All Programmable FPGAs are the perfect solution to accelerate these workloads. FPGAs offer full flexibility and configurability, while maintaining substantial performance density and performance per watt increases over non-accelerated solutions. In this session we will provide examples of how an FPGA can be programmed through regular C/C++ languages and how video encode acceleration is established. We will show benchmark comparisons of alternative implementations and examples of how Xilinx’s accelerated video transcoding ecosystem plugs seamlessly and transparently into common video frameworks like FFmpeg. Attend this session for your chance to win: $100 Amazon gift card


, Chief Architect Video IP Solutions, Xilinx, Inc.


DT202. Discovery Track Session

Wednesday, May 9: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Workflow Automation Through Cloud-based Content Management Systems
11:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

How to automate media publishing and simplify workflows for your production and media departments. Get more done in less time and publish to more platforms, websites and apps through a CMS. Monitor and track viewerships across all platforms in a single place. Manage all your live-events, linear streams, on-demand archives, graphics, closed captions, subtitles, audio files and metadata for all your websites, apps and social platforms in one place.Attend this session for your chance to win: A Roku Express ($30 value) and a $5,000 OTT/connected TV ad campaign


, CEO,

Live Streaming Meet NeverLate. How to Boost Engagement and Add Sizzle to Your Next Live Streaming Event
12:10 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Live streaming video is expensive and never a simple task, until now. Using simple workflows and advanced features, produce live events with perfectly synced slides in real-time, update slides on the fly, and deliver it to thousands of viewers. And if viewers arrive late, they can start from the beginning without missing a beat using a DVR option called NeverLate. Attend this session to see how you can simplify your production process, wow your viewers, and track engagement beginning to end.Attend this session for your chance to win: One free live streaming event with Knovio Live ($5000 value)


, Founder and CEO, Knovio (by KnowledgeVison)


DT203. Discovery Track Session

Wednesday, May 9: 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Live Streaming: What Could Go Wrong? A Case for Proactive Monitoring
1:45 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

A great user experience and good quality are key to retaining customers and growing market share for live streaming services. Yet there can be a mis-perception that cloud streaming is simple, and because it’s software there shouldn’t be issues. This session will explore the types of issues that can occur in live streaming workflows, and how proactive monitoring can help operators attain the highest quality to compete and reduce churn for the streaming service customer and protects your investment.Attend this session for your chance to win: Amazon All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet ($150 value)


, Video Product Manager, Tektronix

Red Alert to Green Light: the Value of Early Warning Monitoring Systems
2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

As video delivery moves to hybrid appliance, cloud and virtualized infrastructures, monitoring has to follow. It also becomes essential rather than optional. Real-time passive and active monitoring provides an effective early warning system and prevents unnecessary customer churn and brand damage. It also provides the foundation for future self-healing networks.Attend this session for your chance to win: Telestream Switch Pro software ($500 value)


, VP of Strategy, iQ Solutions, Telestream


DT204. Simplifying OTT Video Delivery With SCTE-224

Wednesday, May 9: 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In the new world of ubiquitous video consumption, viewers can watch TV content on many devices via various OTT outlets. Content rights, however, are not universal. Broadcasters have to provide sophisticated content access rules to their distribution partners. SCTE-224 or ESNI (Event Scheduling and Notification Interface) defines a web interface to distribute sophisticated schedules and content policies. Used in tandem with SCTE-35, ESNI can drive programmatic decisions, at scale, in the distributors' OTT platforms. This presentation will give an overview of the main ESNI concepts and describe several implementation scenarios, some of which are in production today, that combine on-premises smart appliances and public cloud media processing. During this session, broadcasters will gain a greater understanding of how their traditional scheduling and playout operations connects to a SCTE-224 workflow, as well as strategies for managing and monetizing a growing number of OTT delivery platforms.Attend this session for your chance to win: DJI Spark Portable Mini Drone Quadcopter Starters Bundle (Alpine White) ($400 retail value)


, Business Development Director, SaaS Solutions, Harmonic, Inc.

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