In 2019, the Streaming Video Alliance celebrated it’s five-year anniversary. Over the past five years, the Alliance has established itself as a leading resource for best practices, guidelines, and specifications for streaming video. From our inception, to our face-to-face meetings, to all of our publications, the timeline below captures some of our accomplishments leading up to 2019. We hope that you’ll join us in our celebration . . . and as we look forward to the next five years and beyond.
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Start of the Alliance
The Streaming Video Alliance was founded on November 14, 2014 by the following companies: Alcatel-Lucent, Charter Communications, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Epix, Fox Networks Group, Korea Telecom, Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Qwilt, Telecom Italia, Telstra, Ustream, Wowza Media Systems, and Yahoo.
First Board Meeting
The Streaming Video Alliance board first convened on May 12, 2015 in New York, NY.
First Member Meeting
The first member meeting convened at the Hilton, Midtown in New York, NY in conjunction with Streaming Media East. The keynote was delivered by Joe Inzerillo, then CTO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM).
Second Member Meeting
The Alliance held it’s second member meeting on September 1, 2015 in Denver, CO. This meeting was hosted by Charter Communications.
One Year Anniversary
The Alliance celebrated it’s one-year anniversary on November 19, 2015 at the third member meeting hosted by FOX at their FOX Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Fourth Member Meeting
The Alliance’s fourth member meeting was held in Sunnyvale, CA on February 18, 2016 hosted by Yahoo!
Open Cache System Functional Requirements
This document is a problem statement and functional requirements of an open caching solution deployed by service providers to be used by content providers and content delivery networks.
Published QoE Metrics Definitions
The QoE Working Group produced documents on QoE-related Events and Metrics. These documents were used as input into CTA R04 WG20 Streaming Media QoE Working Group.
Fifth Member Meeting
The Alliance held it’s fifth member meeting back in New York, NY on May 12, 2016 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square.
Jason Thibeault Appointed Executive Director
Jason Thibeault, formerly of Limelight Networks, was appointed the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance.
First International Meeting
The Alliance’s sixth meeting was also it’s first European meeting, held in London, England on September 7, 2016. This meeting was hosted by Sky.
Collaboration with CTA
The Alliance forms a collaborative relationship with the Consumer Technology Association to share findings and publications as well as work jointly on future projects.
Virtual Reality Study Group
The Alliance forms its first study group, VR/360-Degree Video, to study the market for these emerging streaming technologies.
Open Caching Request Routing Technical Specification
This document is a high-level functional specification of open caching request routing and the required interfaces to enable request routing to be performed from an upstream CDN to an Open Cache system.
Seventh Member Meeting
The Alliance’s seventh member meeting was held on November 11, 2016 in Denver, CO, hosted by Level 3 Communications.
Mobile Video Consumer Research Report
This consumer research study, based on 1000 respondents, was fielded in late 2016 and explored attitudes and behaviors around watching video on mobile phones.
Open Caching First POC
The Open Caching working group began its first working trials of the Open Caching Network. Participants included Charter, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Qwilt, Verizon, Viacom, Viasat, and Yahoo.
Eighth Member Meeting
The Alliance held its eighth member meeting on February 9, 2017 in Santa, Clara CA. This meeting was hosted by Ericsson at their new facility.
Ninth Member Meeting
The Alliance’s ninth member meeting was held on May 25th, 2017 in Basking Ridge, NJ. This meeting was hosted by Verizon.
Open Caching Logging Requirements Specification
This document defines the Open Caching System (OCS) technical specifications for logging data to help track data acquisition and the delivery of it to the end user.
Open Cache Request Routing Specification
This publication represents the functional specification of open-caching service provisioning interfaces enabling a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and an SP to exchange information to enable the delegation of CDN content requests to the SP Open Caching system.
Membership Grant Program
The Alliance announces the launch of the Membership Grant Program, awarding Principal Memberships to selected small companies and startups meeting specific financial criteria.
Tenth Member Meeting
The tenth member meeting, also the second international meeting, was held in Amsterdam, Netherlands and hosted by Liberty Global.
Eleventh Member Meeting
The Alliance held is eleventh member meeting in Murray Hill, NJ on November 30, 2017. This meeting was hosted by Nokia at the legendary Bell Labs facility.
Open Caching Logging Integration Specification
This document describes the process of provisioning a Logging Integration between a CDN and an ISP in an Open Caching solution and defines extensions to the “Footprint and Capabilities” interface and to the “Service Metadata” interface, to allow provisioning a Logging Integration.
Open Caching Content Management Operations
This document describes the functional specification of the Open Caching Content Management interface and the functionality requirements from the SP Open Caching system as well as discussing the interface between the SP Open Caching Controller and the CDN.
Twelfth Member Meeting
The twelfth meeting of the Alliance was held on March 8, 2017 in Milpitas, CA. This meeting was hosted by Western Digital Corporation.
Thirteenth Member Meeting
The Alliance hosted its thirteenth member meeting on May 30, 2018 in New York, NY. This meeting was hosted by Viacom.
Forensic Watermarking Implementation Considerations
The piracy of online video content is a significant issue for content owners and distributors. This document explains the technology of watermarking and how it can be employed, in various methods, to secure video against theft.
Whitepaper Published About Open Caching Network
This whitepaper provides an overview of Open Caching, how the current specifications relate to deploying an OCN architecture, and the benefits provided to different providers in the ecosystem.
Improved QoS for Ad Delivery in OTT
The best practices presented in this paper, developed by a number of contributing companies in the Streaming Video Alliance’s Advertising Working Group, address a myriad of considerations for any OTT service provider that is considering the inclusion of advertising in their offering to ensure the best possible viewing experience.
VR Market Study
In this in-depth analysis of the current state of VR, the VR/360-Degree Study Group analyzed the current crop of technologies and the state of the VR industry as it relates to streaming video.
First Two-Day Member Meeting
The Alliance’s fourteenth member meeting was also its third international meeting and the first two-day event. It was held on October 10 and 11, 2018 in Budapest, Hungary at the IBM Cloud facilities (formerly Ustream). All meetings going forward are two day events.
Fifteenth Member Meeting
The fifteenth meeting of the Alliance, the second two-day format, was held in Burbank, CA and was hosted by Disney Streaming Services at the famous Disney Backlot Studios.
Sixteenth Member Meeting
The Alliance’s sixteenth member meeting was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and hosted by Comcast/NBCUniversal at their brand new Comcast Technology Center.
The Alliance kicked off it’s five-year anniversary celebration at it’s sixteenth meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.