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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?

Jeff

 

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 prezi.com site. I hope you find it informative.

Jeff

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

Moderator: 

• 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

Next Generation TV Forum – Cloud Technology Processing and Delivery

I was invited to speak on two panels at the Next Generation TV Forum conference in London on the 14th June with the first one on the topic of “Next generation cloud technology in processing and delivery”. I really enjoyed the panel and one interesting point was the alignment of software engineering technologies such as the agile methodology with traditional engineering best practices. We also discuss whether CDNs are cloud based services (they are) and how using a combination of different approaches, you can reduce the time to build new channels from months to hours.

• The benefits of large-scale video processing in the cloud
• Virtualization vs. Cloud: Which one is right for “your” organization?
• Where can the cloud have the greatest impact on your workflow?

Moderator:

• Ian Trow, Senior Director Emerging Technology & Strategy, Harmonic

My fellow panelists were;

• Ed Silvester, Head of Video R&D, Perform Group
• Dom Robinson, Co-Founder and Director, Id3as

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