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Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 10:00am (PST)

Live sports streaming is online video’s current big battle ground. Everyone from rights holders to rights licensors, from broadcasters to sports leagues, are jumping on the bandwagon to push live sporting events OTT. But it’s not as easy as it might appear. Hyper-concerned with latency (the time difference between streaming and traditional broadcast), scalability, and reliability, live sports distributors, whether incumbent providers like NBC or new entrants like DAZN, are struggling to ensure their streaming experience meets viewer expectations. But beyond just delivery, live streaming sports also provides a myriad of new opportunities such as interactivity, multi-camera switching, and social integration that can change the viewing experience. In this webinar, we will discuss some of the technical challenges to streaming live sporting events as well as the best practices to ensure a high-quality product. The panel will also explore some of the technologies that might shape the future of sports streaming.

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Topics Covered

This webinar covered the following topics:
  1. What are some of the major technical challenges with live sports streaming that still need to be addressed?
  2. Is latency really as big of an issue as everyone makes it out to be in live sports streaming? Is it a priority for most live streaming sports providers? If it is, how can it be mitigated?
  3. Setting chunk size is a big decision in live sports streaming. What are some of the best practices for different use cases?
  4. What is the security landscape right now for streaming live sports? What techniques are providers employing successfully to limit piracy?
  5. Does live sports streaming have a scaling problem? How can streaming providers ensure consistent, reliable, high-quality service when audiences suddenly become massive?
  6. What are some upcoming technologies, such as Blockchain, which might help further secure live sports streams?
  7. AR, VR, and XR provide amazing opportunities for live sports streaming interactivity. Are providers adopting it? What is the impact of providing this kind of streaming experience on operators?
  8. How much live sports is being streamed to mobile? Does device fragmentation complicate the streaming workflow?
  9. What is the top priority challenge for live streaming providers to solve over the next 12 months and why?

Panelists

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Alain Pellen (Sr. Manager, OTT Solutions at Harmonic)

Alain Pellen is the solution manager for the VOS360 Live Streaming Platform, Harmonic’s cloud-based offering for live streaming. Alain brings extensive experience and deep knowledge of video processing technologies to his role at Harmonic. Previously, Alain held R&D, systems design, and pre-sales positions with companies, including Thomson Video Networks.

Glenn Goldstein (Consulting Product Strategist at Lumen)

Glenn is an accomplished engineering and product executive in the digital media industry, working in major media organizations and technology-focused startups. His current work with Lumen Technologies is driving technical product strategy and customer success for a portfolio of content delivery, video streaming, and edge-compute offerings. Prior to joining Lumen, Glenn was a leader in Viacom’s global technology organization, innovating in the fields of video streaming, content management, media operations, augmented reality, and machine learning. He’s been passionate about video and imaging technologies throughout his career, working on pioneering implementations of digital newsroom photography, digital cameras, and HD video streaming with marquee organizations such as Kodak, Associated Press, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Nikolai Keychenko (Sr. Director, Product Management at Verimatrix)

Nikolai has years of experience in designing and developing security products for telecom and media industries. He has been acknowledged for influencing growth of complex multi-national ventures and has been recognized for solving customer problems and challenges, for persuasive communication, and for strong abilities to close deals.

Alain Pellen (Sr. Manager, OTT Solutions at Harmonic)

Alain Pellen is the solution manager for the VOS360 Live Streaming Platform, Harmonic’s cloud-based offering for live streaming. Alain brings extensive experience and deep knowledge of video processing technologies to his role at Harmonic. Previously, Alain held R&D, systems design, and pre-sales positions with companies, including Thomson Video Networks.

Glenn Goldstein (Consulting Product Strategist at Lumen)

Glenn is an accomplished engineering and product executive in the digital media industry, working in major media organizations and technology-focused startups. His current work with Lumen Technologies is driving technical product strategy and customer success for a portfolio of content delivery, video streaming, and edge-compute offerings. Prior to joining Lumen, Glenn was a leader in Viacom’s global technology organization, innovating in the fields of video streaming, content management, media operations, augmented reality, and machine learning. He’s been passionate about video and imaging technologies throughout his career, working on pioneering implementations of digital newsroom photography, digital cameras, and HD video streaming with marquee organizations such as Kodak, Associated Press, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Nikolai Keychenko (Sr. Director, Product Management at Verimatrix)

Nikolai has years of experience in designing and developing security products for telecom and media industries. He has been acknowledged for influencing growth of complex multi-national ventures and has been recognized for solving customer problems and challenges, for persuasive communication, and for strong abilities to close deals.

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

The Streaming Video Alliance is a global technical association addressing critical challenges in streaming video. By educating the industry on the technical nature of the issues, providing a neutral forum for collaboration across the video ecosystem, and publishing documentation that defines technical solutions, the Alliance is helping to improve the streaming video experience at scale. Over 75 companies including network operators, content rights holders, OTT platforms, service providers, and technology vendors – representing some of the biggest names in global streaming – participate in bi-weekly working group activities and quarterly face-to-face meetings. You can find out more about membership here.

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