Streaming Forum Programme Now Online

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The programme for this year's inaugural Streaming Forum is now online, and it features more than 70 speakers and more than 30 sessions covering the gamut of hot-button topics in the world of online video. The conference, which will also feature table-top exhibits by our sponsors and ample networking opportunities, will be held 18-19 June at the Park Plaza Victoria London, centrally located just a short walk from London's Victoria Station.

The event will kick off with a unique panel discussion keynote called "Forging the Links for a Strong Digital Supply Chain," led by Christopher Fetner, director of content partner operations/digital supply chain for Netflix. Fetner will discuss the challenges Netflix has met as it has expanded into new territories including the UK and Scandinavia, as well as offer insights into how content owners can better prepare their assets for use on global subscription VOD (SVOD) platforms. He'll be joined by Netflix's content partner operations engineer Nick Levin and creative services manager Nick Nelson, as well as representatives from Netflix's partner ecosystem, including Discovery Communications, All3Media, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nordisk Film, and Discentia Studios. We'll be announcing the Wednesday keynote shortly.

The rest of the program will feature 30 presentations, panel discussions, how-to sessions, and case studies, all divided into one of our eight Focus Areas:

  • Encoding and Transcoding
  • Formats, Protocols, and Standards (especially HEVC and MPEG DASH)
  • Live Event Webcasting 
  • Online Video Delivery Infrastructure
  • Corporate Communications
  • Education & Training
  • Sport
  • Media & Entertainment

Sample session titles include "How to Encode for Multiple Screens," "HBO Europe—A Broadcaster's Guide to the TV Everywhere Universe," "How the BBC Ensured Live Streaming Resilience for the Olympics," "Creative Best Practices for Online Video Advertising," "Video and the Future of Education," "Using Video to Strengthen Brand Identity and Corporate Culture," "The Future of CDNs," and "DASH and HEVC: New Standards Enabling Ultra-High Quality Video Services." 

You can view the entire program by date and time, or you can see how the offerings break down by focus area. While some sessions are specific to a single focus area, most offer content that will be appealing to multiple focus areas, so there'll never be a shortage of relevant topics to learn about or new colleagues to meet. We've also sought to minimize time conflicts among sessions that are likely to appeal to the same attendees, so if you're in charge of corporate video, for instance, you'll be able to attend all the corporate video sessions while still being able to attend other sessions of interest.

We'll have more details in the Summer issue of Streaming Media magazine's European edition, as well as here on Streaming Media Europe.

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Streaming Media Europe 2013 Speaking Submissions Due 28 February

This year's event, called Streaming Forum 2013, will be held in London in June, so get your speaking proposals in soon. We're especially interested in case studies from the corporate, education, sport, and entertainment verticals.