Sunday, June 14, 2009

Streaming Media East: Live Broadcasts and HD Video - Can Web Video Ever Scale to TV-Sized Audiences?

In this video from Streaming Media East, Dan Rayburn moderates a panel discussion on live broadcasting in HD which as he notes has come a long way in the past 13 years when he first got into the streaming media business co-founding a live webcasting company. The panel discusses the scalability of HD content and the comparison of Internet video to broadcast TV, which is a great segue from Paul Sagan, CEO of Akamai who believes that online video is at a "tipping point" where it can finally compete with traditional broadcast TV. Is it a fair comparison? Will online video replace the broadcast TV or will they complement each other? 

Live Broadcasts and HD Video: Can Web Video Ever Scale to TV-Sized Audiences?
(B203)   1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Last year we saw a big uptick in the number of high-profile, large-scale live events on the web. Most weren’t offered in HD, and the debate still remains whether the internet is even capable of supporting live events with the kind of traffic seen from TV broadcasts. We’ll explore this discussion from all angles—technology, infrastructure, and quality—to get a feel for what the barriers are and when we can expect to see more large-scale live events delivered in HD.

Dan Rayburn, Executive Vice President,
Mark Taylor, VP, CMG Product and Strategy, Level 3
John Edwards, CEO, Move Networks
Joe Inzerillo, SVP,
Tony Fernandez, VP, Technology,