Sky Technology Summit, September 2016

Speakers included:

Stephen van Rooyen - Sky

Stephen was appointed Chief Executive, UK and Repubic of Ireland in March 2016. Prior to this Stephen was Chief Marketing, Sales and Digital Officer for two years, following three years as Managing Director, Sales and Marketing.

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Michelle Munson - Aspera, An IBM Company

Michelle is co-inventor of Aspera's FASP™ transport technology and is responsible for overseeing the company's direction in collaboration with co-founder Serban Simu.

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Matt Elek - VICE Media

Having helped set up Vice in the UK in 2002, Matt oversees all of Vice’s business across Europe, Middle East and Africa with over 1,000 full time regional staff, multiple media streams and hundreds of millions in turnover.

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Emma Lloyd - Sky

As Sky’s Director of Corporate Development and Partnerships, Emma identifies and nurtures key strategic relationships with Sky’s technology partners, ranging from start-ups through to major international technology brands.

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Ash Crick - iflix

Ash is the CTO at iflix, the SVOD service launched in South-East Asia in 2015. Sky has invested in a strategic partnership with iflix, which is currently available to consumers in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. It is being rolled out to Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, and other key markets throughout the year.

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Colin McQuade - Sky

Colin McQuade was appointed MD for Group TV and Digital Platforms earlier this year to lead the UK Broadcast Services and UK OTT operation and engineering teams.

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Highlights

Morning keynote: Leading Change

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & ROI at Sky

  • How is Sky continuing to lead innovation in TV and video, across multiple platforms and on multiple devices?
  • Where does streaming and on-demand fit within Sky’s strategy and product portfolio?
  • Where does streaming fit in the wider and rapidly evolving TV ecosystem?
  • Why is collaboration and shared learning so important across the industry?
  • How is Sky contributing to the development of a next-generation TV and video experience?

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Masterclass: Delivering OTT at broadcast quality and broadcast scale 

Gidon Katz, Managing Director, NOW TV; Patrick Miceli, Director of Engineering at Sky

  • How is Sky delivering against the customer expectation?
  • How does quality and stability drive customer retention?
  • How is Sky delivering OTT at broadcast quality and broadcast scale?
  • What are Sky’s unique challenges? How are they being tackled?

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Afternoon keynote: Delighting audiences

Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky

  • From one platform and one device to multiple platforms and devices: how has Sky’s content strategy evolved? How is Sky investing in original productions and exclusive programming?
  • What is the impact of on-demand on viewing habits? How do audiences for key shows stack up?
  • How is Sky responding to changing audience behaviour?
  • What is the impact of OTT and on-demand on commissioning, production and storytelling

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Panel: Innovating new experiences

Chair: Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at Sky
Colin McQuade, MD, Group TV and Digital Platforms at Sky; Patrick Walker, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, Facebook; Ash Crick, CTO, iflix; Matt Elek, CEO EMEA, VICE Media; Michelle Munson, CEO and Co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company

  • How will Sky continue to deliver growing levels of OTT while still achieving such high volumes of linear broadcast traffic? Who are Sky's greatest challengers and how is Sky set up to stay ahead of the game against the growing number of new entrants into the marketplace?
  • Social networks embrace live video: how is Facebook working with celebrities and content owners to develop Facebook Live? How might Facebook monetise its rapidly growing live video platform?
  • How is iflix bringing the SVOD experience to Southeast Asia? What challenges needed to be overcome? Why is offline viewing so important to its subscribers?
  • How did VICE Media build a content empire targeting millennials? Why is it launching VICELAND, a linear channel for TV and OTT platforms, in 44 countries? How successful is its native advertising?
  • How is Aspera helping media companies stream at scale? Aspera is active in several industry sectors: what are the particular challenges that media has faced? How does it compare when it comes to innovation?


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