Sky Technology Summit, September 2016

The event

Streaming at Scale  was Sky’s inaugural Tech Summit, a one-day event that took place on September 7, 2016, at Sky HQ. The event included an exhibition of recent Sky innovations, and tours of Sky Studios. It attracted leading technology providers, infrastructure specialists and content partners. 

Sky also played host to the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA) whose members held their first quarterly meeting outside the US. The Tech Summit began with a keynote from Stephen van Rooyen, Sky’s UK and Ireland CEO. Stephen explained how Sky is continuing to lead in TV innovation, where streaming fits within Sky’s strategy, and where streaming fits within Sky’s vision for the future of TV.

Attendees heard from a broad range of speakers drawn from Sky and across the technology industry – companies represented included Akamai, Elemental, Cisco, Roku, Facebook, iflix, VICE Media, Decipher and CCS Insight

A key theme was delivering broadcast quality video at broadcast scale, enabling immersive new experiences. This was explored in a masterclass led by Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW TV, and Patrick Miceli, Director of Engineering at Sky. Another theme was the impact of streaming on content production and content consumption, explored by Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky. Alun Webber, Sky’s Chief Product Officer, explained how Sky was delivering personalised recommendations, while Jamie West, Deputy Managing Director of Sky Media, spoke on personalised advertising opportunities. Wendy Scott, Director of Mobile Products at Sky, explained Sky’s approach to designing a great customer experience.

Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Investments at Sky, chaired a panel exploring the evolving ecosystem in streaming media. Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at Sky, chaired a panel looking at different approaches to innovation. In his closing remarks Didier Lebrat, Group Chief Technology Officer, said Sky offered “a unique working environment, where fantastic content and innovative technology combine to give our customers a market-leading experience”.

The event was the initiative of Colin McQuade, Managing Director, Group TV and Digital Platforms at Sky. “I’m thrilled that we hosted this Tech Summit at Sky.  The fact that we opened our doors for the first time, so that others could learn from our experiences and hear about all about our amazing achievements in streaming, simply reaffirmed our leadership in the market,” said Colin.  

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Welcome to Streaming at Scale 2016

Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News ; Colin McQuade, MD Group TV & Digital Platforms at Sky; Joe Inzerillo Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer - MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM)  

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Morning keynote: Leading change

Stephen van Rooyen CEO, UK & ROI - Sky  

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What customers expect

Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News; Wendy Scott, Director of Mobile Products at Sky; Nigel Walley, CEO at Decipher; Paolo Pescator, Director at Multiplay & Media, CCS Insight  

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Masterclass: Delivering OTT at broadcast quality and broadcast scale

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

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Personalised discovery

Alun Webber, Chief Product Officer at Sky  

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The evolving ecosystem

Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Investment at Sky; Bill Wheaton, GM Media Division & EVP, Akami; Sam Blackman, CEO, Elemental, and Amazon Web Services company; Rajeev Raman, Senior Director, SP Video Product Management, Design and Strategy, Cisco  

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Afternoon keynote: Delighting audiences

Gary Davey, MD, Content at Sky  

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Enhancing the offer to advertisers

Jamie West, Deputy MD at Sky Media; Andrew Ferrone, VP Pay TV, Roku  

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Innovating new experiences

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at Sky; Colin McQuade, Managing Director, 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  

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Closing remarks

Didier Lebrat, Chief Technology Officer, Sky  

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OTT Service Centre demonstration, in partnership with Conviva

 

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Leading change

Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Republic of Ireland, at Sky  

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Delighting audiences

Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky  

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Personalised discovery

Alun Webber, Chief Product Officer at Sky  

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Innovating new experiences

Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at Sky  

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Partnering with tech start-ups

Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Investments at Sky  

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Sky Kids app design and development

Wendy Scott, Director of Mobile Products at Sky  

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Sky's unique position at scale

Patrick Miceli, Director of Engineering at Sky  

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Delivering OTT at broadcast quality and broadcast scale

Gidon Katz, Managing Director at NOW TV  

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New challenges / New opportunities

Deputy MD - Sky  

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Elemental and Sky: Partners in video innovation

Sam Blackman, CEO, Elemental, an Amazon Web Services company  

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Challenges and opportunities in a disruptive world

Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay & Media, CCS Insight  

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Cisco SP Video

Rajeev Raman, Senior Director, SP Video Product Management, Design and Strategy, Cisco  

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Akamai - Faster Forward

Bill Wheaton, SVP & GM Media Division  

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Explaining the OTT Service Centre at Sky

 

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Sky Kids App demonstration

 

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Sky Kids App demonstration

 

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Sky Kids App demonstration

 

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Networking break discussions in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Networking break discussions in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Jeremy Darroch, Group CEO at Sky; Chris Stylianou, Chief Operating Officer, UK & Ireland at Sky

 

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Streaming to the North West Corner, Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News; Colin McQuade, Managing Director, Group TV & Digital Platforms at Sky

 

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Welcome: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News; Colin McQuade, Managing Director, Group TV & Digital Platforms at Sky; Joe Inzerillo, EVA & CTO, MLB Advanced Media and President, SVA

 

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Morning Keynote: Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Ireland at Sky

 

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Morning Keynote: Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Ireland at Sky

 

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Morning Keynote discussion: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News and Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Ireland at Sky

 

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Streaming to the North West Corner, Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News, and Stephen van Rooyen, CEO, UK & Ireland at Sky

 

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What customers expect: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News; Nigel Walley, CEO, Decipher; Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay & Media, CCS Insight; Wendy Scott, Director of Mobile Products at Sky

 

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What customers expect: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News; Nigel Walley, CEO, Decipher; Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay & Media, CCS Insight; Wendy Scott, Director of Mobile Products at Sky

 

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What customers expect: Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay & Media, CCS Insight

 

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Masterclass: Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW TV

 

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Masterclass: Paul Sweeney, Sales & Marketing Director, NOW TV and Gidon Katz, Managing Director of NOW TV

 

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Masterclass: Rhys Jones, Head of Product, NOW TV and Patrick Miceli, Director of Engineering at Sky

 

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Personalised discovery: Alun Webber, Chief Product Officer at Sky

 

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The evolving ecosystem: Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Investments at Sky

 

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The evolving ecosystem: Emma Lloyd, Director of Corporate Development, Partnerships and Investments at Sky

 

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The evolving ecosystem: Rajeev Raman, Senior Director, SP Video Product Management, Design and Strategy, Cisco; Bill Wheaton, GM Media Division & EVP, Akamai; Sam Blackman, CEO, Elemental, an Amazon Web Services company

 

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Afternoon Keynote: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News, and Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky

 

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Afternoon Keynote: Anna Jones, Presenter at Sky News, and Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content at Sky

 

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Enhancing the offer to advertisers: Jamie West, Deputy MD, at Sky Media

 

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Enhancing the offer to advertisers: Andrew Ferrone, VP Pay TV, Roku

 

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Innovating new experiences: Chris Johns, Chief Engineer at Sky

 

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Innovating new experiences: Patrick Walker, Director of Media Partnerships EMEA, Facebook; Ash Crick, CTO, iflix; Michelle Munson, CEO and Co-founder, Aspera, an IBM company; Matt Elek, CEO EMEA, VICE Media; Colin McQuade, Managing Director, Group TV and Digital Platforms at Sky

 

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Closing remarks: Didier Lebrat, Group Chief Technology Officer at Sky

 

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Streaming Video Alliance delegates

 

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Sky VR demonstration

 

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Sky VR demonstration

 

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Sky VR demonstration

 

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Sky Technology demonstrations in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Sky Technology demonstrations in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Ann Chiang, Head of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships

 

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NOW TV demonstration in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Sky Kids App demonstration

 

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Gerry Duffy, SVP Technology, Sky Deutschland

 

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Sky Q demonstration in the Exhibition Centre at Sky Central

 

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Drinks reception for Streaming at Scale guests

 

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