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Speaking at Google Cloud Next ’19 on April 10th

I’m honoured and very excited to have been asked to speak at the Google Next 2019 conference in San Francisco on April 10th. Where I’ll be jointly presenting a breakout session with Google and Harmonic on “Building a Next-Generation Streaming Platform with Sky” for live Sky Sports events.

The conference programme is available here and here’s the session of topics below.

  • Learn how Sky, Europe’s largest pay-TV broadcaster, pioneered a next-generation scalable, on-demand platform for processing and serving live television. Previously, processing and serving live TV required large up-front capital outlays, with a need to provision for peak demand. With Sky’s Software Defined Streaming platform, built in conjunction with Harmonic and delivered on the Google Cloud Platform, Sky is able to spin up all the infrastructure and services required for channels on demand, before a live sporting event, and spin them down when not required. In this session, we will walk through the end-to-end architecture, from the top of the application stack down to the GCP infrastructure that supports this use case. We will also discuss the cultural and operational challenges to overcome, in order to enable a move from the traditional on-premises world of broadcast engineering to the agile world of cloud.

Jeff

Google Cloud Next ’19

Speaking at Streaming Forum on 26th February

I’m very grateful to have been asked to speak on two panels at the Streaming Forum conference in London, ExCel on the 26th February, where we’ll be discussing “OTT: Better than broadcast?” And “OTT moves towards microservices”.

The conference programme is available here and here’s a sample of topics below. Hope to see some of you there ?

  • Discussing the differences between Satellite and OTT services and the opportunities OTT brings.
  • Update on what we have learned with the transition from appliances to a micro services architecture.

Jeff

Future Tidal Wave of Mobile Video

Analysing Mobile Internet Video Trends 2015-2020

In this article I will examine the growing trends of Internet Mobile video and how consumer behaviour is rapidly adopting to a world of ‘always on content’ and discuss the impact on the underlying infrastructure. This is very important because we often assume that the Internet has infinite capacity and we can get frustrated by buffering, which wouldn’t happen with our satellite and terrestrial TV services.

This pattern also follows other observed trends in social media, namely twitter, facebook and instagram, which provide consumers and producers with a highly valuable return path on the content, that they’re engaged with. It’s also a double edged sword in what they can provide is both positive and negative feedback, this can affect the brand in unexpected ways.

The source of this analysis comes from Cisco’s excellent Visual Networking Index, updated annually, which tracks the growing usage patterns across mobile and non-mobile devices. The most recent mobile data is from February 2016 and makes a compelling argument for anyone involved in providing video services, to review your infrastructure hardware and software stacks, to meet this oncoming problem head on. As customers expectations have changed over the past few years, you’ll need be prepared to cope with a 50-100% traffic growth every year, for the next 4-5 years.

Population Growth

According to the US Census Bureau the world population will reach 8 Billion by 2025 and by 2020 there will be up to 5.5 billion mobile users across the globe. If we take a closer look at the individual regions, we can observe that the fastest growing location will be in Asia Pacific.

 

Cisco VNI 2015-20 Regional Growth

The data shows where the global opportunity lies, with up to 2.8 devices per capita in developed countries and over 1 elsewhere, which is provable in our modern connected world where your phone is the one device that you are never without.

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