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Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 10:00am (PST)

There are many streaming use cases in which latency plays a critical role. Sports. Gaming. Gambling. And each of those use cases presents different technical challenges because they have different demands on how quickly bits are returned to a viewer’s request. In this webinar we’ll pull from the recently published Alliance document, Best Practices For Reducing Live Stream Latency, to explore the different kinds of latency and some of the best practices for tackling the various technical challenges to achieving a better live streaming experience. This webinar will be moderated by Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance.

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Topics Covered

Some of the questions covered in this webinar include:
  1. What are the different levels of latency and to what use cases do they apply? Are there specific protocols best designed for each of these use cases?
  2. Are there tradeoffs between latency and video quality? What’s the relationship between bitrate changes and latency?
  3. How does latency within the workflow affect the overall viewer experience? Are there areas within the workflow where latency can be reduced to improve the time to deliver the video?
  4. When talking about segment size and player buffer, what is the optimum length to balance between video availability (if there is a network disconnection) and get as close to real-time as possible?
  5. What are the most important metrics for measuring latency? Is it just RTT? Or is it a combination of metrics?
  6. How can the encoder be better tuned to improve latency? How can the need for multiple renditions (bitrates) and packages (formats) be balanced against the speed of getting the content into cache?
  7. Can alternative delivery technologies or delivery approaches, like Peer-to-Peer/Peer-Assisted, help with improving the latency?
  8. Can emerging protocols, like HESP, improve overall latency without complicating the operator’s workflow and/or processes?
  9. Live streaming today has limitations that need to be addressed. What can be done about delivering quality 4K at scale?
  10. Is the industry ready now to deploy at scale these Low latency services ? Are there any missing pieces in the workflow (DAI, DRM, …)?

Panelists

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Michelle Munson (Founder/CEO at Eluvio)

Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, based in Berkeley, CA, a software company aimed at transforming the management, distribution, and economics of premium video for content owners. Michelle previously founded Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used in the digital media supply chain for high-speed, low-cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape-based delivery technologies. She is a recipient of the David Sarnoff Medal from the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE); the Charles Swartz Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA); IABM’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year; and named one of the top 25 “People to Watch by TV Technology. She currently serves as an SMPTE Fellow and on the board of Avid Corporation. Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content networking, machine learning, block chain and cloud infrastructure. Michelle was the 2019 Kansas State University Commencement Speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences and the 2006 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Engineering. She holds dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Kansas State University, where she was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate diploma in Computer Science.

Mickaël Raulet (Chief Technology Officer at Ateme)

Dr. Mickaël Raulet is CTO at ATEME, where he drives research and innovation with various collaborative R&D projects. He represents ATEME in several standardization bodies: ATSC, DVB, 3GPP, ISO/IEC, ITU, MPEG, DASH-IF, CMAF-IF, SVA and UHDForum. He is the author of numerous patents and more than 100 conference and journal scientific papers. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. from INSA in electronic and signal processing, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric ITE (Rennes, France).

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.

Patrick Gendron (Director, Innovation at Harmonic)

Patrick Gendron is Director, Innovation at Harmonic for Digital Television applications. He joined
Harmonic with the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks. Patrick recently moved from managing the
Harmonic R&D Innovation team to the Marketing Innovation & Evangelism team and is Harmonic’s
representative at DASH IF, DVB TM, and Streaming Video Alliance. Previously, Patrick held senior
program and engineering management positions in the digital television headend domain, with
international R&D management activities.

Pieter-Jan Speelmans (CTO at THEO)

No bio available.

Michelle Munson (Founder/CEO at Eluvio)

Michelle Munson is the co-founder and CEO of Eluvio, based in Berkeley, CA, a software company aimed at transforming the management, distribution, and economics of premium video for content owners. Michelle previously founded Aspera in 2004 and led the company as CEO until May 2017, including through acquisition by IBM in 2014. She created the Aspera FASP™ transport technology, an Emmy-award winning technology used in the digital media supply chain for high-speed, low-cost secure digital content transport, replacing satellite and traditional tape-based delivery technologies. She is a recipient of the David Sarnoff Medal from the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE); the Charles Swartz Award from the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA); IABM’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year; and named one of the top 25 “People to Watch by TV Technology. She currently serves as an SMPTE Fellow and on the board of Avid Corporation. Michelle holds several patents and is a frequent speaker in the areas of content networking, machine learning, block chain and cloud infrastructure. Michelle was the 2019 Kansas State University Commencement Speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences and the 2006 Alumnus of the Year for the College of Engineering. She holds dual B.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from Kansas State University, where she was a Goldwater Scholar for achievement in Science and Mathematics. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University where she received a postgraduate diploma in Computer Science.

Mickaël Raulet (Chief Technology Officer at Ateme)

Dr. Mickaël Raulet is CTO at ATEME, where he drives research and innovation with various collaborative R&D projects. He represents ATEME in several standardization bodies: ATSC, DVB, 3GPP, ISO/IEC, ITU, MPEG, DASH-IF, CMAF-IF, SVA and UHDForum. He is the author of numerous patents and more than 100 conference and journal scientific papers. In 2006 he received his Ph.D. from INSA in electronic and signal processing, in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric ITE (Rennes, France).

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.

Patrick Gendron (Director, Innovation at Harmonic)

Patrick Gendron is Director, Innovation at Harmonic for Digital Television applications. He joined
Harmonic with the acquisition of Thomson Video Networks. Patrick recently moved from managing the
Harmonic R&D Innovation team to the Marketing Innovation & Evangelism team and is Harmonic’s
representative at DASH IF, DVB TM, and Streaming Video Alliance. Previously, Patrick held senior
program and engineering management positions in the digital television headend domain, with
international R&D management activities.

Pieter-Jan Speelmans (CTO at THEO)

No bio available.

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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