This webinar includes AWS Principal Solutions Architect Thomas Edwards and SSIMWAVE CEO and co-founder Dr. Abdul Rehman as they discuss some of the big issues that live sports streaming faces today and practical tips on overcoming them. Moderated by Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Technology Alliance (SVTA).

Thomas_Edwards_headshotThomas Edwards
Principal Solutions Architect
Amazon Web Services

Thomas Edwards is a Principal Media & Entertainment Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, where he works to help customers achieve success in building applications and services on the cloud. He previously worked on advanced technology projects for broadcasters PBS, Fox & Disney. He is a board member of the Video Services Forum and the Streaming Video Technology Alliance, a SMPTE Fellow, was awarded the SMPTE Workflow Systems Medal, and received an Innovator statue for contribution to VSF's Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award for "Standardization of SMPTE ST 2110.

ABDUL_croppedAbdul Rehman
CEO & Co-founder

Dr. Abdul Rehman is SSIMWAVE’s CEO and Co-founder, who successfully led the company toward acquisition by IMAX. Dr. Rehman is the key researcher and inventor of SSIMPLUS®, the two times Emmy Award-winning perceptual quality algorithm. It puts the Human Visual System (HVS) in software and can virtualize the viewing experience of humans by device, viewing conditions, and content type at every stage of the streaming pipeline. Top streaming services and studios use the company’s products to measure, optimize and automate the video quality they deliver and preserve the creative intent.

Jason Thibeault 2Jason Thibeault
Executive Director
Streaming Video Technology Alliance (SVTA)

Jason Thibeault is the Executive Director of the Streaming Video Technology Alliance (SVTA), a global technical association of companies collaborating to solve critical challenges in delivering a better streaming video experience at scale. He is a recognized expert voice in the streaming industry and is a contributing editor to Streaming Media Magazine. He is also an inventor of multiple technical patents in streaming and cloud technologies.

With streaming providers joining the chase for audiences, advertisers and rights deals, the sports media landscape is as exciting off the field as are the games themselves. To win in this competitive environment, streaming providers need to ensure that video quality meets or exceeds the high expectations of viewers, many of whom are watching on ever-larger screens. 

This webinar will cover:

  • the current state of sports video quality, 
  • the difficulties of ensuring quality delivery of high-action sports video, and 
  • how cloud-based automation of video quality assurance can increase viewer engagement. 

Using the SSIMPLUS algorithm, the panelists show how not all live sports streams are alike, allowing viewers to abandon underperforming content for higher-quality streams. Finally, the webinar addresses best practices in live sports streaming, with an eye toward video quality automation.

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