We propose to build a portal-based, pay-as-you-use media ‘engine’ into our video switches at BT Tower. Live content feeds coming through the switches could be captured in 24-hour segments, stored for 10 days and have metadata automatically generated. Content could be easily found using keywords, no action would be missed if events run on longer, and rights holders have sufficient time to fetch clips retrospectively.
Our panel of experts look at efficient content delivery and preparation for direct-to-consumer platforms as well as the architecture and design of OTT experiences. We explore the complete technology toolset needed to go direct – what’s available now and what’s on the horizon?
Presentation from Stan Moote (CTO, IABM)
Making everything “just work together” is all most media organizations want. From onboarding of content to making it flow through your processes, all the way to making it seamlessly appear on the many distribution and viewing platforms out there today, we all want solutions that work just like they were made for us, but without the baggage associated with custom-tailored solutions. Microservices seem to offer that potential, but to date, it’s been just that – potential. PBS is in the midst of re-imagining its entire Media Supply Chain, including moving as much as possible to “the cloud”, and as a part of this process, we have been exposed to all the promise that’s out there. We have also learned what’s real and what’s really just hype at this point. Is it possible to create customized solutions based on COTS and standardized bits and pieces? We remain optimistic and have done a lot of the heavy lifting to help other media organizations through this challenge.
- Thierry Fautier, Vice President of Video Strategy, Harmonic
- Aziz Taga, Product Manager for LTE/5G Broadcast & Transmitter Systems, Rohde & Schwarz
- Aviv Ronai, VP Marketing & Product, Novelsat
- Andy Rayner, Chief Technologist, Nevion
- Ian O’Connell, Director, Musion
- Todd Schneider, CTO, Dejero
Chris Wood, CTO, Spicy Mango Ltd
Broadcasters and service providers are investing millions in building and upgrading OTT platforms to ensure they can compete successfully in an increasingly congested marketplace.
Whether it’s a greenfield deployment or upgrading from their initial OTT offerings to more mature services, broadcasters and service providers face similar challenges. They must build a platform that can scale for the future and answer the requirements of demanding viewers and regulators.
This presentation explores some of the critical success factors for building a successful OTT service, including:
- The Control Plane – why this is the core of the platform
- Path to Play – a detailed look at all the steps before a frame of video is sent
- Choosing the right architecture – to cloud or not to cloud
- Using analytics to monitor and improve the quality of experience
Robert Sarosi (CEO & Founder – OnLoops/Duelbox)
John Canning, Executive Producer New Media & Experimental, Digital Domain
A talk and tech demo of a real-time, 3D, digital rendering of his likeness that’s accurate down to the scale of pores and wrinkles. Powered by an inertial motion capture suit, deep neural networks and enormous amounts of data, that renders the real human emotions (and even how his blood flows and eyelashes move) in striking detail.
Kohji Mitani (Deputy Director of Science & Technology Research Laboratories, NHK)
The 5G TODAY project officially launched its unique field trial for 5G Broadcasting. The project partners Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (Bayerischer Rundfunk, BR), the Broadcast Technology Institute IRT, Kathrein, Rohde & Schwarz as well as Telefonica Germany are jointly testing broadcasting options for future 5G technology. The new large-area 5G field trial in the Bavarian alpine region is covered by two high-performance transmitters located in Ismaning and on the top of the Wendelstein mountain. Both operate with 100 kilowatts effective output power (technically: ERP). With the help of the high transmission towers and the high power of the transmitters (High-Power-High-Tower-Concept, HPHT), the large-area broadcasting of TV programs can be tested based on the new broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). The FeMBMS broadcast mode allows far-reaching and inexpensive distribution of popular content across large coverage areas with a radius of up to 60 kilometres.