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The online video business is changing, and this year’s Streaming Forum programme reflects the latest developments – the ones that are clearly here to stay, rather than just passing fads. You’ll see an increased focus on live, over-the-top and multiscreen delivery strategies and technologies, in addition to deep dives into encoding and transcoding, formats and protocols, and delivery infrastructure issues.

Tuesday 24 June 2014 Wednesday 25 June 2014

Tuesday 24 June 2014

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Track B

Track C

09.00 - 10.00

Multiscreen BT Sport Delivery: One Year On

Jérôme Tassel, TV Architecture and Security Director, BT
Jérôme has more than 15 years' experience in the industry, having patented technology while in R&D in that space and architectured and delivered BT's multicast and CDN. More recently, he helped launch STB services with Youview and BT Sport. BT Sport launched nearly a year ago on a multitude of IPTV platforms and has been a roaring success, changing the face of the UK TV industry. In parallel, Youview launched and BT's TV services evolved along with the UK's first efforts at electronic sell-through. Jérôme will reflect on this busy year, share some insights into the technology behind these services, and set the scene for what challenges lay ahead in our industry.

10.30 - 11.30

The Second Screen: More Important than the First?

This session offers insights into second screen behaviours and trends, as well as content and technologies, based on primary research by Tim Siglin and Streaming Media.

11.45 - 12.30

Interactive, Multi-Feed Live Streaming

A growing number of innovative brands, event organisers and sports are embracing an interactive, multi-feed live stream experience that puts the viewer, not the producer, in command of what they watch and how they watch it. This presentation reviews recent interactive, multi-feed live streamed events and discusses the workflow options, viewer feedback, business case pros/cons and unexpected ‘gotchas’.

Presenters Scott Robinson, Director, 3xScreen Media Ltd
Katrin Mayr, Interactive Marketing Manager Vans Europe, Middle East and Africa, Vans
10.30 - 11.30

Choosing a Cloud Encoder

The session describes what cloud encoding is and how it works for both live and on- demand applications; details the types of applications that work well with cloud encoding; and identifies factors to consider when choosing an on-demand and live- cloud encoding service, including qualitative and performance results from recent reviews.

Presenter Jan Ozer, Owner, Streaming Learning Center
11.45 - 12.30

Case Study: Content Prep for Multiscreen Delivery

With the introduction of adaptive streaming formats, an increasing number of IPTV set- top boxes, and the proliferation of handheld devices, content owners and distributors face increasing challenges for multiscreen content preparation and delivery. A key part of content preparation is the encoding for each device. This session addresses the key components of file-based transcoding and converting content for multiscreen delivery for the largest commercial network in the UK.

Presenters George Boath, VP of International Sales, Enterprise Products, Telestream
Clive Santamaria, Chief Architect, ITV
10.30 - 11.30

The Building Blocks for OTT Success

This session outlines the current state of play in entertainment consumption across multiple devices and platforms using a series of mini case studies to review the countries that are driving digital entertainment in Europe, describing the role of service evolution, and the changing face of pay TV and its role in OTT.

Presenter David Sidebottom, Senior Market Analyst: Content, Futuresource Consulting
11.45 - 12.30

How Latency Can Kill the Video Experience

Latency. Are your videos really to blame? Is it your media server or the internet that’s slowing things down, or is it something that didn’t seem important: the rest of your digital experience? This session explores the myriad forms of latency that can impact on video performance, using real-world examples to help you look past the obvious.

Presenter Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Content Marketing, Limelight Networks

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch in the Sponsor Showcase – kindly sponsored by StreamUK
13.45 - 14.30

Case Study: Enabling Freeview to Deliver OTT Services

More and more broadcasters are looking to migrate their digital terrestrial television content workflow to support OTT delivery, creating new challenges in using technology in combination with production and programming schedules to make investment worthwhile. This case study takes a look at one successful deployment.

Presenters Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as
Adrian Roe, Co-Founder and Director, id3as
Osman Sen-Chadun, Head of Technology and Operations, Arqiva
14.45 - 15.30

The Complexity of the Multi-Platform VOD Workflow

A high-level overview of managing the complexities of the multiscreen video-on- demand workflow, this session addresses rights management, scheduling, operational workflow, metadata and reporting based on experiences with international broadcasters such as HBO Nordics, Orange Cinema Services, BT, Channel Five, and Telefonica.

Presenter Bastian Manintveld, Head of M&A and Business Development, Arkena
13.45 - 14.30

How to Leverage a 'Corporate Tube' for Maximum ROI

Video is an essential learning and collaboration tool, making your workforce more informed and productive. Yet few organisations have a central place for employees to create content, record video from their computers, share meetings, or view media. Learn how leading businesses are leveraging video for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Presenters Igor Murphy, Digital Media & Events Director, InterCall EMEA
Rob Price, Head of Digital, Atos UK&I
Russell Zack, General Manager, EMEA, Kaltura
Hareesh Vazhaparampil, Vice President Products, MIXMOOV
14.45 - 15.30

Deploying a Video Management System

This presentation will help attendees identify their unique requirements for an effective video management solution. We'll also look at what particular techniques are necessary to deliver high-impact, brand-enforcing messages with video and imagery in a multi-channel way. We'll look at the options facing buyers looking for new technology for video review, approval, and delivery on mobile devices. Get advice on how to get to a vendor short list, submitting brief and useful RFPs, what questions need to be asked, and other tips to ensure you choose the right solution.

Presenter Theresa Regli, Director, Vox Veritas Digital Ltd, UK
13.45 - 14.30

Ultra HD Quality of Experience with MPEG- DASH

A comprehensive overview of MPEG-DASH including where we are headed in getting to Ultra HD distribution, for which UHD content is one cornerstone. We provide a definition for Quality of Experience for UHD MPEG-DASH- based services, and evaluate the QoE for UHD MPEG-DASH-based services.

Presenters Thomas Stockhammer, Director Technical Standards, Qualcomm Incorporated
Christian Timmerer, CIO & Head of Research and Standardisation, bitmovin, Austria
14.45 - 15.30

MPEG-DASH for Distribution of Broadcast Content

Expanding on the previous MPEG-DASH session a panel of experts discuss how content owners will be turning to MPEG- DASH for OTT delivery, including production and distribution formats, workflow, and network and device issues.

Presenters Christian Timmerer, CIO & Head of Research and Standardisation, bitmovin, Austria
Thomas Stockhammer, Director Technical Standards, Qualcomm Incorporated
Nicolas Weil, Senior Solutions Architect, Akamai Technologies
Kevin Murray, System Architect, Cisco Systems
Chris Poole, Lead Research Engineer, BBC

15:30 – 16:00 Tea in the Sponsor Showcase
16.00 - 17.00

Case Study: Live Streaming Into Social Media: The Online Conversation

This session explores the streaming technologies that have been effective on social networks such as Twitter, Google and others in turning live streams into global phenomenons, from creating the largest catwalk ever viewed at London Fashion Week, to getting Blur to number one on iTunes in less than 22 minutes.

Presenter Chris Dabbs, Independent Exec Producer
16.00 - 17.00

Corporate Audience Participation Technologies

Industry-leading experts discuss the best ways to combine unified communications technologies for wider audience participation in internal and external corporate video communications, highlighting the implications of WebRTC.

Moderator Simon Frusher, Director of EMEA Operations, TalkPoint
Presenters Paul MacKenzie, Business Development Manager, Vega Technology
Paul Merry, Enterprise Communications & Collaboration Architect, Dell
Bob Young, VC and Media Specialist, IFRS Foundation
16.00 - 17.00

Is HD the Real End of the Line for Quality?

UltraHD, H.265, 3D, 8K ... what’s the point? Are these new resolutions and formats simply technology for technology’s sake? If you can already watch great content on all your devices in great quality, is there an appetite for more? Panellists argue for and against going higher than high definition.

Presenters Luke Gaydon, Vice President of Media, EMEA,, Brightcove
Phil Haggar, Founder and Director, Jukwa
Maria Ingold, CEO, Mireality, UK
Genevieve Smith, Digital Marketing and Content Manager, BAFTA

17:00 – 18:00 Drinks reception and the Streaming Media European Readers’ Choice Awards

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Track A

Track B

Track C

09.00 - 10.00

Norway's Multiscreen Winter Olympics

Kristian Bruarøy, Head, TV 2 SUMO
Norway is the cradle of modern skiing and a country where almost everything grinds to a halt for a few weeks every four years as the country pauses to watch the Winter Olympics. 2014 marked the first time a commercial broadcaster-TV 2-had the license to deliver the games in Norway, including over-the-top (OTT) via its groundbreaking TV 2 Sumo service. The challenges were numerous- for the first time, there would be advertising during the games, and the demand for OTT access had exploded since the Vancouver games in 2012. The results were amazing for the Nordics' most successful OTT service, which expanded its subscriber base by 2.5 times. Kristian Bruarøy discusses TV 2 and TV 2 Sumo's strategies, the technical challenges around scaling to a much larger audience, and the outcome-the most widely available Olympic Games to the Norwegian audience had ever seen.

10.30 - 11.30

Growing Pains: BBC Video Factory – Online Media Comes of Age

With the development of its iconic BBC iPlayer service, and its impressive digital coverage of the 2014 Olympics, the Corporation's online output is coming of age. In September 2013, VideoFactory was born, and this session describes how it is designed to deliver the robustness typical of traditional broadcasting while embracing cloud computing.

Presenter Henry Webster, Executive Product Manager - Media Services, BBC Future Media
11.45 - 12.30

Choosing a Live Encoder

This session discusses factors to consider when choosing a live streaming encoder, from free or inexpensive software options to high-volume, big iron systems, including quality, performance, portability, features, and format support. The session also examines how new cloud- based features such as live transrating are changing the requirements for on-location encoding.

Presenter Jan Ozer, Owner, Streaming Learning Center
10.30 - 11.30

How to Build a Scalable Live Event Business

Live broadcasts can help content owners to differentiate themselves and increase their available inventory. However, live monetisation of events across platforms has been too challenging to achieve. This how-to presentation provides publishers and media owners with practical ideas for building a future-proofed, highly scalable cross-device live monetisation toolbox.

Presenters Stephen Byrne, Commercial Director UK & NL, Videoplaza
Mikael Mathison, Commercial Product Manager, Videoplaza
11.45 - 12.30

Privacy vs Profit: Who Cares About Big Data?

Operators such as Netflix have put data at the core of their business strategies, while others have studiously ignored it. What can operators and content publishers learn by tracking their consumers, what is the potential consumer backlash, and can people ignore data privacy issues? This panel debates the issues from all the angles.

Moderator Tom Weiss, CEO, Genius Digital
Presenters Jamie Mackinlay, Commercial Director, PayWizard
Andy Nobbs, CMO, Civolution
James Routley, CEO, The Filter
10.30 - 11.30

Media Servers: Who Needs Them?

As DASH and other HTTP-based options proliferate, do you really need a media server? Our panellists explore this in several key areas: a move beyond playlists towards stitching ads into primary content, integration of encoders and server software together, ownership of the whole workflow from acquisition to delivery, and more.

Presenters Jaron Viëtor, Founder & CTO, DDVTech
Arjen Wagenaar, CTO, Unified Streaming
Xavier Pouyat, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
David J Smith, Director Global Partner Platform, Real Networks Ltd
Chris Knowlton, Chief Evangelist, Panopto
11.45 - 12.30

Content, Networks, Consumers & Your Business in the Year 2020

This presentation will explore the content delivery demands that will challenge the industry over the next 5 years and the game-changing strategies that can make this journey a very profitable one. All will be on the table, from network evolution to the shifting dynamics of the media value chain to service transformation and all-new business models. Key findings from Ericsson's Mobility Report and Consumer Lab studies will be shared and key change-leading customer cases will be highlighted.

Presenter Lisa Skelton, Head of Marketing, Video and Data Traffic Optimisation, Ericsson
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch in the Sponsor Showcase – kindly sponsored by StreamUK
13.30 - 14.15

How to Encode for Multiple Screen Delivery

This session details the playback capabilities and technology compatibilities of desktop, mobile, and TV screens, and explores the technical issues and feasibility of producing one set of streams for all platforms, including how technologies like transmuxing and live transcoding simplify the overall distribution workflow.

Presenter Jan Ozer, Owner, Streaming Learning Center
14.30 - 15.30

Building a Scalable Live Encoding Workflow

A look at how content owners evaluate the ROI of cloud-based solutions for ingest and global distribution of multiple formats, based on experiences with the Football League, Liverpool FC, The Guardian, and more. Key issues include the cost of ownership for onsite vs. offsite encoding solutions; minimising the problems of ingesting content from remote locations; metrics for predicting important devices; and realistic service level agreements.

Presenter Duncan Burbidge, CEO, StreamAMG, UK
13.30 - 14.15

Sport in Live Streaming and Catch-Up TV

Sport viewers demand immediacy, not only in live feeds of events but also in catchup viewing of entire events or highlights. This session addresses how broadcasters can achieve cross-platform distribution of sport content as soon as possible after the event has finished - or even while it’s still happening - using both manual and automated approaches.

Presenter Dan Finch, Commercial Director, Simplestream, UK
14.30 - 15.30

Case Study: Sport as Laboratory for Online Broadcast

Sport viewers want to engage with content. Honing in on what they want to interact with and seizing the moments they want to share adds a lot of value to online TV. Using interactive, in-production examples from UEFA Champions League, World Cup Ice Hockey, Tour de France, and the 2014 Winter Olympics, this session shows how to create compelling experiences across multiple screens.

Presenters Helge Høibraaten, CEO, Vimond Media Solutions
Kine Lunde, Director, Customer Operations, Vimond Media Solutions
13.30 - 14.15

Next-Generation Content Delivery Architectures

We tap some of the most visionary tech thought leaders in content delivery, asking them: what's next in the space? The speakers have different perspectives - a leading broadcaster, a pureplay CDN, a technology vendor, and a software vendor - each with a different set of expectations for meeting future network demands.


Moderator Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as
Presenters Richard Cooper, Controller Digital Distribution & Operations, BBC
Steve Miller-Jones, Vice President of Edge Strategy & Solution Architecture, Limelight Networks
Andrew Parker, CTO, Video Software Solutions, Cisco Systems
Chris Swan, CTO, CohesiveFT
14.30 - 15.30

The Changing Landscape of Live Video Acquisition


Our Diamond Sponsor,, the multitool reference for those trying to get a video signal back to base on an ad-hoc basis, is delighted to host a special session as their 'launch event', which will also be broadcast live online. The panellists will include key technical experts working at the forefront of global broadcast news gathering workflows. It will focus on the disruption caused by the evolution of IP based technology and will discuss VSAT, SNG, ENG, and cellmux based video acquisition, and will take a look at how the technology is affecting the production and output of some of the world's most recognised broadcasters.


Presenters Marc Lapierre, Global Technical Lead, Thomson Reuters
Moderator Dom Robinson, Director and Creative Firestarter, id3as
Colin Muir, Newsgathering Technology Lead, BBC Scotland
Guy Pelham, Consultant, Former Live Editor, BBC News, GUY PELHAM MEDIA
Richard Westwood, Head of Links, BSkyB
15:30 – 15:45 Tea in the Sponsor Showcase
15.45 - 16.30

Producing and Distributing HEVC

This session explores the current status of HEVC, identifying options for encoding live and on-demand HEVC and discussing player options in the streaming and OTT markets. Topics include the comparative quality and usability of HEVC encoders, how HEVC quality compares to H.264 and VP9 (if encoders are available) and known trials and deployments of HEVC.

Presenter Jan Ozer, Owner, Streaming Learning Center
15.45 - 16.30

Real-Time Clip Sharing

This session draws on high-profile case studies from Champions League, Heineken Cup Rugby and others to explore new revenue and fan engagement opportunities presented to broadcasters and rights holders by real-time video across Twitter, Facebook, web and mobile. Speed and simplicity are critical - the commercial model is driven by brand association with premium content, and the growing importance of social video campaigns like Twitter Amplify.

Presenter Matt (Charlie) Charles, Head of Media, Grabyo
15.45 - 16.30

Streaming Live to Mobiles and Tablets

Debating the challenges presented by the unique demands of streaming live to tablets and mobile phones, including differing screen sizes, streaming to 3G/4G vs. over wifi, buffering, latency, HLS, MPEG-DASH, and other formats. This session addresses these issues and more, using case studies from customers including William Hill and LexisNexis.

Presenter Ben Kittow, CEO, The Streaming Company, UK
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