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This track covers efforts to develop multi-screen video offerings, find new business models to incorporate over-the-top video, and incorporate new technologies and services into the video mix.
|Wednesday, October 24|
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Pavilion 9The cloud has played an increasingly pivotal role in the evolution and scaling of the multi-screen video experience and services. Operators have offered network-based DVR services for several years no…
Moderator - Ronald Westfall, Research Director, Service Provider Infrastructure, Current Analysis
Panelist - Andrey Kisel, Chief Technologist, Velocix
Andrey Kisel is Chief technologist in the Alcatel-Lucent Velocix Architecture Team. Dr Kisel is currently involved in the research of end to end architectures and video enhancements for Content Delivery Networks. He also works on high quality video delivery over managed and unmanaged (Open Internet) networks, as well as unified architectures that converge IPTV, Internet video and communication services. Dr Kisel is a Board member of the OIPF and has previously been Rapporteur of a number of ETSI IPTV specifications. Previously within Alcatel-Lucent, Dr Kisel was Chief Technologist of the Multimedia Integration Practice, Lead Technologist of the Wireline CTO group and Principal Architect for the Alcatel (thirdspace) video delivery solution OVS. Andrey Kisel was previously awarded a research scholarship from the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications from the Ukrainian State Academy of Telecommunications, Odessa, Ukraine. Dr Kisel has been granted 5 patents to date.
Panelist - Oren Binder, Marketing Manager, Videoscape
Oren Binder brings over ten years of IP video technology experience to his role as Manager of marketing for Cisco’s Videoscape. In this role, Mr. Binder is works closely with the company’s principal wireline and cable service providers on IP initiatives. Prior to joining Cisco, he was a product manager for Microsoft Mediaroom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Binder led an IPTV deployment project at service provider Bezeq.
Panelist - Steven Sklar, Vice President, Video Strategy & Devlopment, CenturyLink
Steve Sklar has worked in the video and communications industry since 1988, and currently oversees CenturyLink’s Video Strategy & Development team. Sklar leads the group responsible for product development, content partner management, engineering and architecture and deployment of video services.
Previously Sklar managed Qwest's partnerships with DIRECTV and Verizon Wireless, and also oversaw Qwest's broadband content and multi-channel video initiatives.
Sklar was previously director of product strategy for high-speed Internet and digital voice products at Cablevision Systems Corporation, the nation's fifth-largest cable multiple-system operator. He has also served as senior vice president of business development at Insight Communications where he was instrumental in the launch of high-speed Internet and video-on-demand services. Additionally, he has held various roles at Starz Entertainment and Home Box Office, Inc. including vice president of business development and director of international operations.
Sklar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Sklar lives in the metropolitan Denver area with his wife Betsy and their three children.
1:40 PM – 2:40 PM
Location: Pavilion 9Service providers have discovered that OTT video represents an opportunity to add new features to their existing services to create blended packages. This session will be based on real-world experienc…
Moderator - Jeff Baumgartner, Editor, Light Reading Cable, Light Reading
A 20-year cable vet, Jeff has never once been embarrassed that he owes his career and much of his happy post-college life to an industry that so many people love to hate. Jeff joined Light Reading in 2007 to take over the day-to-day editorial needs of Cable Digital News (now Light Reading Cable).
Panelist - Mike Carney, National Sales Director, IPTV, Dascom Systems
Mike Carney is Dascom Systems Group’s National IPTV Sales Director. Dascom is the leading IPTV systems integrator for rural telcos with over 135 customers. Mike is an expert in IPTV solutions. Mike was most recently the National Sales Director at NRTC. Prior to that, Carney assisted early adopter telephone companies in their IPTV deployments at Minerva and Skystream. He has also held several management positions at Ericsson and RCA. He holds a degree from Indiana State University.
Panelist - Kevin Lingley, Chief Technologist, Amino Communications
Kevin joined Amino in October 2008 and has worked to promote the development of OTT solutions across Amino's business with particular responsibility for the Amino Freedom product range. In 2011 he joined the Amino executive team as Chief Technologist and has more than 15 years’ experience in media and technology. His early career was with Acorn Computers working on IPTV platforms design, before moving to NTL where he managed their multi-platform interactive games channel. He then worked in the US on WAP and J2ME games for mobile phones before joining Sony where he was engaged in both business development and mobile application development services. He then moved to SysMedia, spending his time developing interactive channels with global broadcasters, MSOs and governments. He was then appointed to the executive team of Fluorescent Media, an independent television production company, where as Head of Technology he was responsible for the PHOENIX Technology Platform which powered many multiple massively interactive TV shows.
Panelist - Joseph Weber, VP, Technology Strategy, Tivo, Inv.
Joseph Weber is Vice President of Technology Strategy at TiVo, Inc. coordinating the strategic development of technologies to meet TiVo’s corporate goals. His focus is on creating cutting edge solutions for Cable, Satellite and Telco service providers.Before joining TiVo, Dr Weber was Director, Strategic Technology at Cable Television Laboratories (CableLabs) where he analyzed technology trends strategic to the cable industry. He also was a member of the OpenCable team, developing specifications for OCAP, CableCARD and other elements of the OpenCable suite of specifications. He has taught several classes on image processing, machine vision and compression. He is the author of “IPTV Crash Course” from McGraw-Hill, a primer on the technology and business models behind Internet Protocol television services.Dr. Weber received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Physics also from Berkeley, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.
Panelist - Scott Roe, Video Solutions Manager, Nex-Tech
Scott Roe is the Video Solutions Manager of Nex-Tech, Inc., headquartered in Hays, Kansas. Nex-Tech is a subsidiary of Rural Telephone Service Company, Inc., an independent telephone company headquartered in Lenora, Kansas. Scott has more than 15 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry. In his position at Nex-Tech, Scott oversees the Video Solutions business unit. He is a native of Kansas and a graduate of Fort Hays State University.
Panelist - Weijun Lee, VP - TV and Cloud Computing, ZTE USA Inc.
|Thursday, October 25|
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Pavilion 9Retransmission rights remain a difficult and expensive aspect of providing video services. The regulations governing video services are under pressure from market and technology changes, and could be …
Moderator - Madeleine Forrer, VP Video Services, NRTC
Madeleine Forrer, NRTC’s vice president of Video Services, develops the strategic business direction for the Video Services business, including its Internet protocol television (IPTV) opportunity and advanced video services. Forrer joined NRTC with more than 20 years of cutting edge technology and entertainment experience, including work with United Video, Inc. (TV Guide), The Family Channel, and most recently Cident Entertainment. In her role as senior vice president and general manager with the TV Guide Channel, Forrer led product vision, strategy, and positioning and managed the marketing, programming, promotions and broadcast operations. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work in interactive television, VOD, artificial intelligence for which she and the team secured a patent.
Panelist - Bruce Beard, Cinnamon Mueller
As managing member of the Cinnamon Mueller law firm’s St. Louis and Kansas City offices, Bruce focuses his practice on representing cable, telecommunications, broadband, and wireless companies on a wide range of regulatory, operational, and transactional matters. Before joining Cinnamon Mueller, Bruce was General Counsel for Millennium Digital Media, a cable and internet service provider. He also served as an attorney for telephone and wireless operations at SBC Communications from 1988-2000. Bruce graduated summa cum laude from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1984 and received his B.A. with honor from Eastern Illinois University in 1981.
Panelist - Steve Pastorkovich, Business Development Director, OPASTCO
Steve Pastorkovich is the Business Development Director and Senior Policy Analyst at the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO). As Business Development Director, he works with other groups to explore technologies and applications that can enhance revenues and reduce costs for rural telecommunications carriers, and serves as the secondary staff liaison to OPASTCO’s Technical committee. In his role as Senior Policy Analyst, Steve leads OPASTCO’s advocacy efforts on broadband and video issues, and assists with a variety of other topics at both the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill.
|Friday, October 26|
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Pavilion 9Offering multiplatform viewing seems like a no-brainer – but how exactly do you do it, without making major upfront capital investments? This session will focus on practical, incremental steps t…
Moderator - Jim O'Neill, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Jim O’Neill studies the developing trends in over-the-top delivery of video content by operators, home gateways, operator services, and TV services worldwide for Parks Associates. Jim previously was the editor of industry newsletters FierceIPTV, FierceOnlineVideo, andFierceEnterpriseCommunications, where, in addition to regularly reporting and writing about those topics, he also moderated industry panels and webinars on developments in OTT and online video trends and the U.S. IPTV industry. Jim also has owned a weekly alternative newspaper and has more than 30 years of editing and writing experience with daily newspapers across the U.S. He studied Eastern European and Soviet Area Studies at Rutgers University and earned a BS in Biology from Grand Valley State University. He currently is pursuing an MBA.
Panelist - John Clancy, President & CEO, Azuki Systems
John Clancy is president and CEO of Azuki Systems. Azuki’s mobile media platform enables cable companies, networks, media companies, studios and other content owners to deliver video over any network at Internet scale. Before leading Azuki Systems, Clancy was CEO in Residence at Schooner Capital, where he advised portfolio companies on growth strategies, while identifying new technology investment opportunities. Prior to Schooner, Clancy was president of Iron Mountain Digital, a worldwide leader in cloud-based SaaS services for data protection, archiving and eDiscovery.
Panelist - Jeremy Morrison, Vice President of Sales Engineering, Avail-TVN
JEREMY MORRISON is Vice President of Sales Engineering at Avail-TVN. In this role, he oversees the team responsible for, among other things, technical sales support for all sales efforts; the specification of equipment build-of-materials for each installation; and the technical approval process for each affiliate with Avail-TVN’s programming partners.
Prior to joining Avail-TVN, Mr. Morrison led Globecomm Systems, as Director of Business Development, in their sales and marketing efforts in the U.S. enterprise market. His roles included business development, marketing strategy, proposal management, vendor negotiations, and account management for the company’s premiere enterprise accounts.
3:10 PM – 3:40 PM
Location: Pavilion 9What's the best path, economically, for operators contemplating a CDN strategy? Build it, or rent capacity from a growing roster of third-party partner CDNs? This session will discuss how to think…
Speaker - Ben Bekele, Senior Manager, Cisco
Ben Bekele, Sr. Marketing Manager, Business & Technology architecture at Cisco systems, is responsible for driving thought leadership, positioning, development of monetization business models and TCO analysis for Cisco’s end-to-end architecture for video, cloud and mobility. In the past, he was the video solution marketing manager responsible for driving thought leadership and market positioning of next generation IP network enabling a unified video experience. He was also responsible for thought leadership of end-to-end cable solution---incorporating CMTS, QAM, HFC access, IP/optical transport, and DOCSIS CPE products.
Ben joined Cisco after spending a number of years at Cox Communications, in an architecture role investigating new technologies and their relevance to Cox. During this time, he was a sought-after speaker at numerous industry conferences, including CableLabs, SCTE, and TMF events. He also represented Cox at Cablelabs where he was part of the focus team that developed DOCSIS 2.0 & DOCSIS 3.0 specifications. He also championed numerous Cablelabs specifications including L2VPN and IPDR standards.
Operationally, Ben focused on numerous critical Cox initiatives including:
Prior to Cox, Ben designed power transmission systems, developed control systems and automation systems for fiber optics cable, satellite network management systems and worked in the development of DOCSIS Test systems.
Ben holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in EE from Georgia Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic University. He is an active member of IEEE and SCTE.
Ben lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and three boys.
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Location: Pavilion 9In today's content delivery ecosystem, content owners and broadcasters are looking for a way to deliver video to set top boxes and devices across the globe without breaking the bank. To meet this …
Speaker - John Maniccia, Sales Engineer, Octoshape
John joined Octoshape in August of 2012. Prior to this, John ran Consumer Electronics R&D in the Emerging Technologies Group for Turner Broadcasting Inc. John spent 12 years at Turner Broadcasting focused on media infrastructure R&D, and high scale media delivery for Consumer Platforms. He aided in bringing Octoshape to Turner Broadcasting and other emerging technologies like HLS (HTTP Live Streaming). This culminated in several benchmarks for Turner including the first live streaming events on iOS and also the coverage of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration with 1.34 MM simultaneous users. He is based in San Francisco.
3:50 PM – 4:50 PM
Location: Pavilion 11Local content represents a way to differentiate your video service, whether you are doing IPTV or a straight OTT play. This session explores the many different ways of cultivating a wide range of loca…
Moderator - Carol Wilson, Chief Editor-Events, Light Reading
Carol has covered the telecom industry for more than 24 years, including 14 years at Telephony, eight of those as Editor-in-Chief. She also was a founding editor of Inter@ctive Week and founding Editor-in-Chief of The Net Economy, both for Ziff-Davis Media, and founded a news and information Website, Broadband Edge. In addition to covering telecom, Wilson has written about higher education, business, politics, the arts and sports for newsletter and newspaper companies. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has been recognized by the Computer Press Association, the American Society of Business Press Editors, the Jesse H. Neal Awards of the American Business Media and the North Carolina Women's Press Association.
Panelist - Mark Myslinski, Director, Systems Engineering, TelVue Corporation
Mark Myslinski has 15 years experience in the cable television and telco IPTV industries, and previously 13 years experience in telecommunications. Mark has worked for several Tier 1 cable and telephone operators and started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories. At General Instrument, now Motorola Broadband, Mark was one of the original Product Management team that introduced the first widely commercialized digital cable system to the industry. Mark authored previously a popular newsletter called the “OpenVideo Review.” Mark’s responsibilities have included development and production of video systems including digital cable television, interactive television, telco IPTV, video messaging, video telephony, local origination and Internet-based and adaptive bitrate. Mark is currently Director of Systems Engineering at TelVue Corporation where he is spearheading many new types of local origination and community media linear and on-demand video services using the newest generation of digital broadcast server technology.
Panelist - Lawrence Brickman, Managing Partner, Cloverleaf Digital LLC
Lawrence Brickman is an interactive television veteran with over 30 years experience in communications and media, currently as Founder and Managing Partner of CloverLeaf Digital, a leading independent provider of television apps and interactive services in the United States. CloverLeaf’s services include AppDaily – a complete television app solution featuring an app store, quick-access dashboard and over 40 news, information and social networking apps
Prior to founding CloverLeaf Digital in 2003, Lawrence held senior interactive TV management positions with Insight Communications and Cablevision Systems Corporation. He was previously co-founder and president of i2i Incorporated – a marketing communications firm.
Panelist - Richard Wardell, Network Manager, TCT
Richard Wardell was born in northwest Wyoming, the youngest of several children. His father, a brick mason, taught Richard the value of honest hard work.
Richard earned a BS in Industrial Technology Education from Chadron State in Nebraska, taught five years in public schools, and engineered several data networks and developed web presences for the schools.
Richard knows all aspects of outside plant facility and various network types. He’s a major force with TCT, responsible for deploying a full communications package of voice, video and data using various distribution and transport methods.
Richard and his wife Ruth have eight children.