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Streaming Forum Preview: Talking MPEG-DASH for Broadcast Content and Ultra HD
Two sessions at this year's Streaming Forum will focus exclusively and extensively on how MPEG-DASH will affect the future of video delivery
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We've covered MPEG-DASH extensively here on Streaming Media, and this year's Streaming Forum will continue that coverage by taking two deep dives into the technology and its applications, both led by Christian Timmerer, who is CTO and head of research for bitmovin and a very active participant in the evolution of the standard via the DASH Industry Forum.

One session will be a panel discussion called "MPEG-DASH for Distribution of Broadcast Content," on which Timmerer will be joined by a number of panelists: Thomas Stockhammer, consultant, technical standards for Qualcomm; Nicolas Weil, senior solutions architect for Akamai Technologies; Kevin Murray, system architect for Cisco Systems, and Chris Poole, lead research engineer for the BBC. That session will be at 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, 24 June.

Just befire that, at 1:45 p.m., Timmerer and Stockhammer will present a session called "Ultra HD Quality of Experience with MPEG-DASH."

"We will present what quality means (how it can be defined) as well as how it can be measured (with which metrics, including what's provided for in the MPEG-DASH standard) and quantified so that it can be used for online/offline analysis," Timmerer says.

The quality question is one that hasn't been discussed extensively yet, but Timmerer says it's time to start talking about it.

"Everybody knows about MPEG-DASH and adaptive streaming over HTTP in general," he says. "Most people are concerned about interoperability and compatibility, for which MPEG-DASH und DASH-IF provide the appropriate solutions. However, the term 'quality' is not yet that common in online video in 2014 and thus I think it's good idea to start discussing this in a broader community.

If you're ready to dig deeper into MPEG-DASH and what it means for broadcast content and content quality, join us at the 2014 Streaming Forum, which will be held 24-25 June at the Park Plaza Victoria in London.