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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:00am (PST)

As streaming grew in 2020, as consumers watched so much original content, so many reruns of 80s sitcoms, so many movies, there was still one thing lacking – live sports – because the pandemic brought leagues around the world to a halt. From football to soccer to basketball, the safety of players was of more concern than the lost revenue. And as leagues returned, they all shared one thing in common…no fans. The only way to consume live sports was through streaming which created heightened expectations. Lower latency. Better quality. Even new experiences. In this webinar, we’ll talk about how live sports streaming evolved from the pandemic and what we might expect in the future.   This webinar will be moderated by Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance.

Webinar Recording

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Topics Covered

Topics covered during this webinar included:
  1. The pandemic put a halt on live sports. What were streaming operators doing during the lull? Did VOD traffic, for past sporting events, increase?
  2. Live sports are, of course, back-on. Has anything changed in the streaming experience or is it just “business as usual?” What’s new? What’s different? What’s the same?
  3. What is the data showing about sports streaming now? What does it tell us about not only the current state of things, but the future as well?
  4. What are some of the technologies streaming sports operators are exploring or implementing to provide a better viewer experience? How are they improving scale, resiliency, latency, quality, and consistency?
  5. How did the pandemic impact stream security? When everything came back online, did the pirates have new ways to steal content?
  6. Before the pandemic, there was a lot of talk about AR/XR streaming sports experiences. Has that changed?
  7. Are there any new challenges live streaming sports operators have to deal with right now, both as a result of the pandemic and these new experiences?
  8. What does the future streaming sports experience look like? What technologies might be employed to make it happen?
  9. If you could give a streaming sports operator one piece of advice post-pandemic, what would it be?

Panelists

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Andrew Pope (Senior Solutions Architect at Friend MTS)

Andrew is a systems architect and developer with over 17 years of industry expertise in the Digital Television (TV, STB, PVR, Gateway, IP Client) and broadcasting domains. With a successful track record of strategic leadership, solutions architecture, implementation with particular experience in requirements elicitation, design, and delivery of complex broadcast and media distribution platforms.

Brandon Farley (SVP & Chief Revenue Officer at Streaming Global at Streaming Global)

Prior to joining Streaming Global, Brandon was the Chief Revenue Officer of FanBeat, a leading live-action sports gaming company that partners with teams, leagues, media companies, blue-chip brands and gaming operators.

Brandon has spent his career leading and working for companies that provide technology to disrupt and improve traditional processes. He has held executive management positions in such companies as Adobe (formerly Macromedia), SmartRoom, and EzGov. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication from Stanford University. While at Stanford he was a four-year letterman on the soccer team and a one-year member of the golf team.

Carlos Bacquet (Manager, Sales Engineers at SSIMWAVE)

A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Computer Science and MCSc programs, Carlos Bacquet joined SSIMWAVE in 2018 bringing over 10 years of experience in the video and networking industries. As a Manager of Solutions Architects, he leads a team that supports hundreds of SSIMPLUS trials and deployments with top SVODs, Broadcasters and MVPDs for both LIVE and VOD workflows.

Nick Fielibert (CTO, Video Network at Synamedia)

Nick Fielibert is chief technology officer for Synamedia’s Video Network business. Drawing on his deep understanding of the cable, broadcast and telecommunications industries, Nick is responsible for the strategic direction and solutions architectures for the entire video network portfolio. Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the video industry and previously held senior positions at Cisco, Scientific-Atlanta and Barconet.

 

Nick holds a master of science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Will Penson (Vice President, GTM Strategy & Operations at Conviva)

Will Penson is VP, GTM Strategy & Operations at Conviva, the leading provider of solutions for streaming video intelligence and optimization. An 8 year veteran at Conviva, building global pre-sales & customer success orgs, Will has worked with many of the largest publishers in the world including Disney, Sky, Liberty Global, DAZN, Sling and Zee, helping them understand the relationship between content proposition, quality of experience, audience engagement & monetization and the impact on business success. Today he is responsible for strategy and operations for the Sales & Solutions teams. Prior to joining Conviva, Will held Sales, Pre-Sales, Technical Account Management and Product Management positions at video systems integrator, KIT digital (now Piksel) and online video platform, Kyte. Will holds an Meng degree in mechanical engineering with business management from Kings College, London.

Andrew Pope (Senior Solutions Architect at Friend MTS)

Andrew is a systems architect and developer with over 17 years of industry expertise in the Digital Television (TV, STB, PVR, Gateway, IP Client) and broadcasting domains. With a successful track record of strategic leadership, solutions architecture, implementation with particular experience in requirements elicitation, design, and delivery of complex broadcast and media distribution platforms.

Brandon Farley (SVP & Chief Revenue Officer at Streaming Global at Streaming Global)

Prior to joining Streaming Global, Brandon was the Chief Revenue Officer of FanBeat, a leading live-action sports gaming company that partners with teams, leagues, media companies, blue-chip brands and gaming operators.

Brandon has spent his career leading and working for companies that provide technology to disrupt and improve traditional processes. He has held executive management positions in such companies as Adobe (formerly Macromedia), SmartRoom, and EzGov. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication from Stanford University. While at Stanford he was a four-year letterman on the soccer team and a one-year member of the golf team.

Carlos Bacquet (Manager, Sales Engineers at SSIMWAVE)

A graduate of Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Computer Science and MCSc programs, Carlos Bacquet joined SSIMWAVE in 2018 bringing over 10 years of experience in the video and networking industries. As a Manager of Solutions Architects, he leads a team that supports hundreds of SSIMPLUS trials and deployments with top SVODs, Broadcasters and MVPDs for both LIVE and VOD workflows.

Nick Fielibert (CTO, Video Network at Synamedia)

Nick Fielibert is chief technology officer for Synamedia’s Video Network business. Drawing on his deep understanding of the cable, broadcast and telecommunications industries, Nick is responsible for the strategic direction and solutions architectures for the entire video network portfolio. Nick has over 30 years’ experience in the video industry and previously held senior positions at Cisco, Scientific-Atlanta and Barconet.

 

Nick holds a master of science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Will Penson (Vice President, GTM Strategy & Operations at Conviva)

Will Penson is VP, GTM Strategy & Operations at Conviva, the leading provider of solutions for streaming video intelligence and optimization. An 8 year veteran at Conviva, building global pre-sales & customer success orgs, Will has worked with many of the largest publishers in the world including Disney, Sky, Liberty Global, DAZN, Sling and Zee, helping them understand the relationship between content proposition, quality of experience, audience engagement & monetization and the impact on business success. Today he is responsible for strategy and operations for the Sales & Solutions teams. Prior to joining Conviva, Will held Sales, Pre-Sales, Technical Account Management and Product Management positions at video systems integrator, KIT digital (now Piksel) and online video platform, Kyte. Will holds an Meng degree in mechanical engineering with business management from Kings College, London.

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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