Principal Member Western Digital Hosts Q1 Meeting at its Milpitas Campus
FREMONT, Calif. — March 8, 2018 — The Streaming Video Alliance (the Alliance), an industry forum comprised of leading companies from the online video ecosystem, convenes today in Silicon Valley at Western Digital’s Milpitas, California, campus. Highlights from the agenda include a keynote from Chris Bergey, GM Embedded Systems Group at Western Digital; a presentation from the Alliance’s Executive Director Jason Thibeault about online video trends and industry happenings for 2018 and beyond, including the global impact of 5G, blockchain, machine learning, AI, automation and more; a talk on Unified End-to-End Quality-of-Experience Monitoring, Optimization and Management Framework by Professor Zhou Wang, University Research Chair from the University of Waterloo, Canada; and the introduction of new Open Caching specifications.
“We’re happy to welcome NTT East and Beamr to the ranks of the Alliance. 2018 is off to a strong start, and we look forward to diving into today’s meeting,” Thibeault said. “As the Alliance enters its fourth year, I’m inspired by the contributions of our members and the impact we’ve made to date. That being said, there’s still a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m confident that our Q1 discussions will help lay a successful groundwork for our 2018 initiatives.”
“The next wave of streaming video technology is upon us, and the high bit-rate requirements of features like VR, AR, 360 live video, HDR and expanded color space require that the industry scale the performance, bandwidth and intelligence of the streaming infrastructure,” said Scott Vouri, VP Strategy and Business Development, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “Our membership in the Alliance and collaboration in the Working Groups help us solve these challenges for our customers.”
Today’s meeting will also introduce new Open Caching Specifications, including the Open Caching Content Management Functional Specification and Open Caching Logging Integration Functional Specification. This brings to five the total number of Open Caching Specifications published. In addition, both the Advertising WG and the VR Study Group have documents in Straw Ballot for member review.
Throughout the year, the Alliance will be participating in industry events around the globe. During NAB in April, the Alliance and Light Reading are cosponsoring a breakfast seminar, “The Reality of VR Video.” The seminar, which takes place on April 8, 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, will examine the potential of VR video and the hurdles to bringing top-quality VR video to consumers.
Members of the Alliance include companies and individuals from across the streaming video ecosystem such as network operators, technology providers, service providers, and content owners. Current members are: Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Anevia, Arris, ATEME, Bamtech Media, Beamr, Blue Frame, CBC, Cedexis, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Concurrent, ContentArmor, Conviva, Digital Element, Dolby, Edgeware, Encompass TV, Ericsson, Espial Group, FOX Networks, Friend MTS, Harmonic, Hughes Satellite Systems, IBM, IneoQuest, Intel, Interra Systems, Irdeto, Ketan Bhardwaj, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, MediaMelon, Mobolize, NBCUniversal, NCTA, NeuLion, Nexguard, Nice People at Work, Nokia, NTT East, OWNZONES, Phenix, Qwilt, Rob Dillon, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Sky, SSIMWAVE, Tektronix, Telecom Italia, THX, Touchstream, Unified Streaming, Verimatrix, Verizon, Viacom, ViaSat Inc., Viavi Solutions, Western Digital Corp., and Wowza Media Systems.
For more information on the Alliance, the Working Groups, or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org.
About the Streaming Video Alliance
Founded in 2014, the Streaming Video Alliance’s charter is to encourage deeper collaboration across the entire online video ecosystem, which will include the development of standards and best practices for an open architecture that will operate across the entire online video value chain. The Alliance is currently focused on identifying issues and solutions related to open architecture, quality of experience, and interoperability. For more information, please visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org.