FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 7, 2016) - The Streaming Video Alliance (the Alliance), an industry forum comprised of leading companies from across the online video ecosystem, today announced a momentous event for the organization: the first international Quarterly Member Meeting which will take place in London. Membership has historically included companies from around the globe, and expanding the Quarterly Member Meetings outside of the U.S. is the next step in the evolution of the Alliance.
The Streaming Video Alliance convenes today at Sky headquarters in London. The event will feature a keynote by Stephen van Rooyen, CEO UK & ROI of Sky.
"We're thrilled to be hosting our first meeting in Europe," said Jason Thibeault, Executive Director, Streaming Video Alliance. "Expanding our quarterly meetings beyond the U.S. is a historic moment for the Alliance and true testament to our commitment in serving the wider global online video industry. We look forward to further international expansion as the Alliance grows and the continued pursuit of our vision for the future of streaming -- remaining focused on fostering industry collaboration that will help define the open architecture for streaming."
The Alliance is proud to announce the appointment of four new officers, all currently serving on the board. Officers will help guide the organization as it continues to work toward the development of new industry guidelines. New officers include:
- President: Joe Inzerillo, EVP and CTO, MLBAM
- Vice President: Richard Brownrigg, VP of Online Products and Technology Design, Liberty Global
- Secretary: Brian Stevenson, Head of Video Product, Nokia
- Treasurer: Yves Boudreau, Technology Strategy TV and Media -- Office of the CTO, Ericsson
Inzerillo said, "This is an exciting -- yet challenging -- time in the streaming industry, particularly in the OTT business, and the Alliance has brought the digital video market a great sense of leadership. With much work ahead of us, it's vital that we continue to help formulate and propel the implementation of the organization's strategic plans and help the Alliance further drive industry collaboration and standards. It's an honor to be stepping into this new role."
A large portion of the day's agenda will be dedicated to the Working Groups, where members will break out into seven sessions to move forward on a broad range of important streaming topics. The Working Groups are at the heart of the Alliance, where a focus on important streaming video issues enables a diverse group of experts to reach agreement on industry best practices. Several working groups will be looking to ratify documents at this quarterly meeting.
"At Sky, we're committed to delivering innovative new technologies that give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose," said Colin McQuade, Managing Director, Group TV & Digital Platforms at Sky, and Member of the Streaming Video Alliance Board. "We're uniquely aligned with the Alliance's vision for the future of online video and we are honored to be a founding member and host to this quarter's member meeting at Sky headquarters. The Alliance continues to bring together the brightest minds within the industry, working to benefit and strengthen the entire streaming video ecosystem. Not only are we proud of what the Alliance has accomplished to date, we are thrilled to be a part of such a unique and exciting initiative."
Members of the Alliance include: ARRIS, Cedexis, Charter Communications, Ciena, Cisco, Comcast, Concurrent, Conviva, Encompass TV, Ericsson, FOX Networks, Hughes Satellite Systems, IneoQuest, Intel, Irdeto, Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, MediaMelon, MLBAM, Mobolize, Nagra, NBCUniversal, NeuLion, Nice People at Work, Nokia, Nominum, OWNZONES, Qwilt, Sky, System73, Telecom Italia, Telstra, Ustream, ViaPlay, ViaSat Inc., Verimatrix, Verizon, Vubiquity, Wowza Media Systems and Yahoo.
Check out the Alliance's new website for more information on Working Groups, to learn about upcoming events, read the blog or inquire about becoming a member: www.streamingvideoalliance.org.
About the Streaming Video Alliance
Founded in 2014, the Streaming Video Alliance's charter is to encourage deeper collaboration across the entire online video ecosystem, which will include the development of standards and best practices for an open architecture that will operate across the entire online video value chain. The Alliance is currently focused on identifying issues and solutions related to open architecture, quality of experience and interoperability. For more information, please visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org.