How To: Encoding Live and On-Demand Video Using HEVC

At the Streaming Media East show next week, May 10-11 in NYC, Jan Ozer will have a how-to session on “Encoding Live and On-Demand Video Using HEVC“. Jan’s session will explore the current status of HEVC, including an update on the proposed royalty terms and status of High Dynamic Range Specifications, and the status of competitive technologies such as PERSEUS, VP9, and the codec from the Alliance for Open Media. The presentation then examines who’s using HEVC in 2016 and for which type of applications. The session concludes by presenting the key similarities and differences between H.264 and H.265, and techniques for optimizing the quality of HEVC encoding, particularly for those using the x265 codec.

Register online using the discount code of 200DR16 and get a #smeast Discovery Pass for free, or a Conference pass for $895. You can check out the entire program agenda here.

DASH Today: Consortia Adoptions and Industry Deployments

At the Streaming Media East show, taking place May 10-11 in NYC, we’ve got a session entitled”DASH Today: Consortia Adoptions and Industry Deployments“. This panel will discuss the latest developments in DASH, both in standardization as well as consortia adoption, particularly new developments in MPEG, DASH-IF, ATSC 3.0, and the CTA GIVE projects. The panelists talk about these new developments, recent DASH commercial deployments, challenges and lesson learns from previous ones, and how the streaming industry is evolving around DASH deployments. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Moderator: Iraj Sodagar, Multimedia Architect, Microsoft
  • Alex Giladi, Principal Architect, Comcast
  • Deepak Das, VP, Marketing, VisualOn
  • Wilson Robin, VP, Business Development, NAGRA
  • David Price, VP of Business Development, Ericsson

Register online using the discount code of 200DR16 and get a #smeast Discovery Pass for free, or a Conference pass for $895. You can check out the entire program agenda here.

Learn About The Great Unbundling and the Mass Re-bundling at #smeast

With most major television outlets developing some form of subscription or advertiser supported OTT video application—and countless upstarts developing new programming for the new format—the great unbundling of cable channels has begun. Is it true that the a la carte model is unsustainable?

At the Streaming Media East show, taking place May 10-11 in NYC, learn what the advantages are of an unbundled marketplace for content owners and consumers. Hear what the opportunities are for upstarts in an infinite channel marketplace and how content and marketing will evolve in this new paradigm. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Moderator: Rich Greenfield, Media Futurist, Media & Tech Analyst, BTIG
  • Amit Ziv, VP, Business Development, Operations and Strategy, Epix
  • David Gandler, CEO, Co-Founder, Fubo.tv
  • Jamie Wilkinson, Founder, CEO, VHX
  • Reggie Shah, Director, Network Research, Univision

Register online using the discount code of 200DR16 and get a #smeast Discovery Pass for free, or a Conference pass for $895. You can check out the entire program agenda here.

Codec Battle Revisited: HEVC vs. AVC In 2016

HEVC’s imminent upsweep has hit a strong stumble as royalty uncertainties worry broadcasters and new gains in AVC efficiency satisfy current needs for OTT and broadcasting applications alike. The shift towards virtualized and software-based real-time encoders and just-in-time transcoders also favors AVC for now. That said, new processors and consumer devices are making big bets on HEVC and there are indeed areas where HEVC can add significant value without significant risk.

At the Streaming Media East show, taking place May 10-11 in NYC, Avni Rambhia, Industry Principal, Digital Media at Frost & Sullivan will present revised forecasts for HEVC uptake, along with recommendations on choice of codecs and architectures for popular applications, in the context of ongoing trends such as 4K, virtual reality and virtualization.

Register online using the discount code of 200DR16 and get a #smeast Discovery Pass for free, or a Conference pass for $895. You can check out the entire program agenda here.

Get Hands-On With More Than 50 Different Streaming Devices and OTT Video Platforms, All In One Room

IMG_1867With all the smart TVs, game consoles, tablets and streaming media devices in the market, the OTT world is crowded with options. Trying to figure out which box offers the best choice of content platforms, quality and cost can be confusing. That’s why we’re bringing back the special “Streaming Devices Pavilion” [sponsored by Plex] at the Streaming Media East show (#smeast), May 10-11, letting attendees get hands-on with more 50 over-the-top (OTT) video devices and platforms, all in one room.

Want to see how Airplay works on devices? We have you covered. Interested to compare Netflix’s HD video quality on the Roku 4 vs. Amazon Fire TV? You can do that. Want to see the latest 4K TVs and HDR streaming? Come test it out. Think of the Streaming Devices Pavilion as your own personal living room and put these devices to use!

The Streaming Devices Pavilion provides attendees with the opportunity to view the largest collection of over-the-top video devices and platforms that you can walk right up, experience them hands-on, and do it all for FREE. If you’ve ever wanted to compare OTT services and devices, side by side, in a real-world setting, this is the place to do it. The pavilion will be staffed by a team of device gurus who will be on hand to answer questions and we’ll also be giving away lots of free gear.

Devices and platforms available for testing will include the following:

  • Content Platforms: Apple, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, HBO Go, HBO Now, Epix, Vudu, YouTube, Google TV, Google Play, WatchESPN, MLB.TV, Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, NHL GameCenter, NBA League Pass, Plex, CBS All Access, Showtime, Crunchyroll, Fox Sports Go, M-GO, MLS Live, Sling TV, Twitch, WWE  and others.
  • Streaming Boxes/Tablets: Apple TV, Roku 3/4/Stick, Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Google Nexus Player, Google Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Goolge Nexus Tablet, Apple iPad, Amazon Fire Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tablet, TiVo Bolt, NVIDIA Shield, Slingbox.
  • Smart TVs: A variety of TVs from Vizio, Sony, Samsung, LG, Sharp, TCL, Roku.

You can register to attend the device pavilion simply by going online and registering for a FREE discovery pass using code 200DR16. That’s it. It’s quick, easy, costs you nothing and you may even go home with some new gear!

And if you are a member of the media, register to attend the event and I will be happy to personally walk you through the devices and platforms, point out the strengths of each box and give you all the details to need to know to compare these devices and platforms in the market.

A big thanks to Plex for sponsoring the pavilion.