Riding the Wave of Over The Top Video Streaming

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Speaking at TV Connect on 9th May

I’m very grateful to have been asked to speak on a panel at the TV Connect conference in London, Olympia on the 9th May, where I will be discussing “The Great Codec War”. The conference programme is available here  and here’s a sample of topics below. Hope to see some of you there 🙂

  • HEVC vs AV1: understanding the battleground
  • Are there alternative? What can effectively be done today?
  • Can codecs ensure the future of your service through differentiating services
  • In a fragmented video delivery world, is it really one size fits all?



Introduction to Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) Tutorial

To follow up my previous series of five articles on the important elements of a live streaming service,  I created an internal training course for Sky staff covering; transcoding, packaging, encrypt, origin/CDNs and video quality.

I wanted to explore new ways of bringing training to life and created an annotated online presentation of Content Delivery Networks using the excellent site. I hope you find it informative.


Streaming Forum 2018 Conference Keynote

Often in technology, in order to move forward, we need to look at where we have been.

Yesterday, I was invited to present the keynote at the Streaming Forum conference in London and described how we are moving from an appliance-based architecture to a containerised based architecture.

For example with our old platform, it would take up to 4 weeks to configure, test and launch new live channels compared to minutes with our new platform.

Another important aspect of this change is to break away from being attached to equipment and offered the Pets versus Cattle analogy with the emergence of Streaming DevOps being the merging of two skill sets to optimise the video workflow.

One area, that I did not have time to discuss was the cultural changes that needed to happen to make Streaming DevOps a reality. We’ve worked really hard to integrate Streaming engineers and DevOps engineering together so that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This means that engineers now have time for research and development to enhance our services. This is critical to success as we need to be able to see the whole forest and not just the trees.

Streaming Media Global published a review of the keynote, which can be found here.

The slides are available below;

I’d like to thank Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen for inviting me to speak and Dom Robinson of Streaming Media for an interesting panel discussion.

Future of Broadcasting 2017: Sky and Conviva Case Study

One key observation is that “You cannot manage, what you cannot measure” and having insight into the video player behaviour is essential to optimise the viewing experience.

I was invited to present a joint case study by Sky and Conviva at the Future of Broadcasting conference in London. Where we describe how we saved up to 4,500 streaming sessions by automatically detecting and moving them to another CDN with our CDN selector capability.

For example, if a customer is unable to sustain a consistent 5Mbps throughput on their home broadband connection, the player will automatically step down to a lower bitrate and sometimes also to a lower screen resolution.

We take our customers streaming quality of experience very seriously and have four key streaming performance indicators that we constantly monitor.

  • Buffering Ratio of under 0.4% per hour.
  • Average Bitrate.
  • Video Start Failure.
  • Exit Before Video Start.


The slides are available below;

I’d like to thank Ed and Lindsey at Conviva for their assistance.

Next Generation TV Forum – Does network control make a difference for delivering a great TV over IP experience?

I was invited to speak on two panels at the Next Generation TV Forum conference in London on the 14th June with the second one on the topic of “Does network control make a difference for delivering a great TV over IP experience?”. This was a very technical panel and one of the interesting points that came up was the idea of extending network control to within the home. The reasoning for this is that in typical UK households with our colder winters, WiFi range especially at the 2.4Ghz band can be limited by the building. With the Sky Q box and mesh networking, your Q box becomes a wireless hotspot, thus extending the WiFi range and improving the customer experience for in home entertainment.

• What do consumers consider is a ‘good’ TV/video experience?
• Do you need to own a network to keep control over content delivery
• How to scale for large but volatile TV audience


• Nigel Walley, Managing Director, Decipher
My fellow panelists were;

• Anthony Berkeley, Business Development VP, Nokia
• Ben Schwarz, Founder & Owner, CTOiC
• Matt Stagg, Head of Mobile Video & Content, EE

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