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Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 10:00am (PST)

On the surface, streaming seems rather simple: encode some content, package it for segmented delivery, put it on a server, and then request it from a player. But actually delivering a stable, resilient, consistent streaming experience is far from that simple. Building an OTT platform requires the combination of dozens of different interoperable technologies, spread out over private networks and public cloud providers, all scalable and secure. In this webinar, we will explore the technology stack that makes up a typical OTT service and some best practices to help assure a great viewer experience. This webinar will be moderated by Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance.

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Topics Covered

  1. How can we categorize the technologies within the streaming video stack? What are the major and minor groups?
  2. How is the stack evolving? What are some of the big trends driving the changes?
  3. Where in the stack do the technologies need to improve the most?
  4. How will “the edge” impact the technology stack in the coming years? Will a lot of the components migrate to serverless functions or something similar?
  5. Without standards to govern the technology components, how can OTT operators ensure interoperability?
  6. As the stack evolves into more software-based services, what are the challenges to enabling a programmatic workflow?
  7. What role does data play within the technology stack? How are operators using the data to make more intelligent and effective workflows?
  8. Are there any areas of innovation within the player environment that can improve the user experience?
  9. Will new programming frameworks, like reactive and EDA, change the way components within the stack are built?

Panelists

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Brenton Ough (Co-Founder/CEO at Touchstream)

Technology focused entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience including general business management, product innovation and development, business operations and strategy. Brenton specializes in availability & performance monitoring for OTT live and VOD streams

Damien Lucas (Chief Technology Officer at Ateme)

Damien Lucas is the Chief Product Officer of ATEME and an expert in video-streaming technologies for fixed and mobile networks. Previously he was co-founder and CTO of Anevia, the provider of OTT and IPTV software solutions that was recently acquired by ATEME. He was also one of the creators of VLC Media Player and has been the driving force behind many technological world firsts in the streaming industry. As Chief Product Officer of ATEME, Damien is responsible for extending the business through new product developments. Damien is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris (France), as well as a regular speaker and panelist at events and tradeshows such as NAB Show, Content Delivery World, and OTT Summit.

Hojatollah Yeganeh (Research Team Lead at SSIMWAVE)

Dr. Hojatollah Yeganeh joined SSIMWAVE in 2014 and has contributed numerous features to the SSIMPLUS metric. He was part of the design and the implementation of various algorithms including banding detection, HDR video quality assessment, learning based source quality assessment, SSIMPLUS optimizer, temporal alignment, reduced reference temporal alignment, and animation detection. He is part of the SSIMWAVE research team that was awarded a 2020 Technology and Engineering Emmy for leadership in video encoding optimization. He holds a Ph.D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Brenton Ough (Co-Founder/CEO at Touchstream)

Technology focused entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience including general business management, product innovation and development, business operations and strategy. Brenton specializes in availability & performance monitoring for OTT live and VOD streams

Damien Lucas (Chief Technology Officer at Ateme)

Damien Lucas is the Chief Product Officer of ATEME and an expert in video-streaming technologies for fixed and mobile networks. Previously he was co-founder and CTO of Anevia, the provider of OTT and IPTV software solutions that was recently acquired by ATEME. He was also one of the creators of VLC Media Player and has been the driving force behind many technological world firsts in the streaming industry. As Chief Product Officer of ATEME, Damien is responsible for extending the business through new product developments. Damien is a graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris (France), as well as a regular speaker and panelist at events and tradeshows such as NAB Show, Content Delivery World, and OTT Summit.

Hojatollah Yeganeh (Research Team Lead at SSIMWAVE)

Dr. Hojatollah Yeganeh joined SSIMWAVE in 2014 and has contributed numerous features to the SSIMPLUS metric. He was part of the design and the implementation of various algorithms including banding detection, HDR video quality assessment, learning based source quality assessment, SSIMPLUS optimizer, temporal alignment, reduced reference temporal alignment, and animation detection. He is part of the SSIMWAVE research team that was awarded a 2020 Technology and Engineering Emmy for leadership in video encoding optimization. He holds a Ph.D in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Thierry Fautier (VP, Video Strategy at Harmonic)

As Vice President of Video Strategy at Harmonic, Thierry Fautier is in charge of defining and driving
the execution of the long-term strategy of Harmonic’s video business. In addition, Thierry is the current
President of the Ultra HD Forum, the global organization responsible for promoting market adoption of
UHD by defining industry best practices for the phased introduction of the wide set of technologies that
will facilitate the next-generation viewing experience. An experienced speaker, he has presented at
leading industry conferences throughout the world.

Moderated by Jason Thibeault

Executive Director

Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance, a global association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience and increasing adoption. Prior to this role, Jason spent eight years at Limelight Networks, a leading CDN, where he held several roles including product manager and marketing strategist. Jason is an inventor on multiple technical patents in the streaming industry and a proven entrepreneur. He is also a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine.

About the Streaming Video Alliance

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