Member Spotlight (May 2019)

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including the ESPN+ premium sports streaming service and Disney+, the upcoming Disney subscription video service. Disney Streaming also operates the flagship NHL app and out-of-market package, NHL.TV, and provides technology services for third-party clients.

Why did Disney Streaming Services join the Alliance?

Disney Streaming Services (via Bamtech) was a founding member of the Alliance. We were initially attracted to Alliance’s vision to bring together prominent media and tech companies to collaborate on open standards that would benefit the entire video ecosystem – filling a much-needed void in the industry – and drive a higher quality streaming experience for consumers worldwide.

What do you believe is the biggest technical challenge facing the streaming video industry the Alliance can help address?

While the Alliance has made a significant impact over the years, there are still too many differing opinions on how things should be done (example: HEVC vs. AV1) and this creates a lot of redundancy that’s not helpful in delivering a high-quality video experience to consumers. There continues to be an opportunity for the Streaming Video Alliance to build consensus on core products that will allow for higher quality, faster delivery, lower costs, and improved reliability.

How does an organization like the Streaming Video Alliance bring value to the industry?

The best way the Alliance can continue to bring value is creating consensus on areas where there isn’t a clear path, and being very crisp in the definitions and methodologies we believe are the best practices to push the industry forward

Joe Inzerillo, EVP and CTO at Disney Streaming Services

Member Spotlight (May 2019)
Joe currently serves as the board president of the Streaming Video Alliance

Joe Inzerillo oversees all aspects of technology for Disney Streaming Services, a leading distributor of direct-to-consumer video and a premiere provider of video streaming solutions globally. Disney Streaming Services was formed through the acquisition of BAMTECH Media in September 2017. BAMTECH was developed from MLB Advanced Media’s overall digital business in August 2016.

Prior to joining BAMTECH Media, he was chief technology officer for MLB, including its flagship media companies, MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network. He was responsible for developing the technology powering the successful launch of expanded instant replay, the first live sporting events to stream on iPhone and iPad, the Tech Emmy Award winning MLB.TV, the installation of iBeacon technology, building a reliable mobile connectivity through new wifi and DAS infrastructure, and Statcast, a revolutionary player tracking system to measure every play on the field, among other innovations.

Inzerillo started his sports career in 1987 with the Chicago White Sox and is the former CTO of the United Center (home of the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks). Celebrating his 30th season in professional baseball, Inzerillo was also a recipient of the Sports Business Journal‘s 40 under 40 award in 2009.