Agenda – Virtual BroadcastPro Tech Summit | 14 – 15 June 2021, Online


Exploring CDNs, cloud
broadcasting, IP, and steps to
sustaining successful streaming

14 – 15 June 2021, Online
June 14
12:25 PM
June 15
1:25 PM

June 14

Day 1

12:25 PM
12:25 PM – 12:30 PM (UAE TIME)

Introduction & Welcome

Vijaya Cherian, Editor, BroadcastPro Middle East

12:30 PM – 12:45 PM (UAE TIME)

Keynote Presentation
The relaunch of the new OSN Streaming app – a case study

Presented by Peter Riz, CTO of OSN; and Zahra Zayat, Senior VP – OTT Digital and Telco

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM (UAE TIME)

Solving the challenges of connection management in an IP world

A Pebble Presentation
Speakers: Alison Pavitt, Director of Sales and Marketing and Miroslav Jeras, CTO, Pebble

Gone are the days of plugging in some SDI cables and seeing the picture from your camera on the monitor. IP flows between a sender and a receiver need to be first initiated and then maintained and monitored at all times. Meanwhile, endpoints need to be configured and provisioned with IP addresses, multicast addresses, and port numbers. And other considerations need to be addressed too, such as security. In an SDI-based system, security effectively started and stopped with locking the door to the apparatus room. With an IP-based system, security is paramount as the attack surface to hacking becomes much larger. That means that authentication and identity checking, as well as action authorization, need to be enforced. In other words, while there are many noted benefits to the wholesale move to IP, it also comes along with the unwelcome spectre of increased complexity. So, how do we navigate from one state to the other?

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (UAE TIME)

Cloud and its Many Facets for an Efficient Broadcast Setup

  • How has Covid-19 accelerated the move to cloud and in what areas?
  • How can we best leverage the cloud for operational efficiency, greater elasticity and still ensure it remains budget-friendly?
  • Challenges to cloud adoption in the MENA region and wherein lies the solution?
  • Addressing cloud security in the region
  • How do businesses move to the cloud and also address the total cost of ownership?

Moderator Nicolas Hans – Partner, Middle East – Broadcast Solutions

Confirmed panellists

  • Chris Fellows, Senior Manager, Solutions Engineering, Zixi
  • Faraz Arshad – VP of Technology & Infrastructure, StarzPlay
  • Manish Kapoor – VP of IT and Broadcast MENA, Zee Entertainment ME
  • Jared Timmins – Senior Vice President of Solutions at TVU Networks

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  • June 15

    Day 2

    1:25 PM
    1:25 PM – 1:30 PM (UAE TIME)

    Introduction & Welcome

    Vijaya Cherian, Editor, BroadcastPro Middle East

    1:30 PM – 1:45 PM (UAE TIME)

    Cloud Playout & Streaming – from SaaS to a customized cloud infrastructure

    Speaker: Hans Baumgaertner, Senior Solutions Architect Cloud, qibb made by Techtriq

    The market for playout solutions is increasingly shifting to the cloud. The reasons are obvious: speed, scalability and cost efficiency for launching pop-up channels and for distributing content across social media, broadcast systems, OTT or IPTV are clear advantages of doing cloud playout and streaming. Hans Baumgaertner explains how this can be achieved with out-of-the-box SaaS solutions on the one hand, and how an individual cloud playout architecture can be built with a vendor- and infrastructure-agnostic cloud application management and orchestration platform on the other.

    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (UAE TIME)

    OTT – The Technical Journey to Enhance the User experience

    • Data and Tech – An Important Union
    • Personalisation – Content Search, Recommendation, Discoverability – Where are we at and where should we be heading?
    • How can various technologies help us reach this goal?
    • Payment gateways, CDNs and how to deliver a broadcast-quality experience to viewers
    • The telco partnership – How can it be leveraged to give subscribers a better experience?

    Moderator Suhail Ahmed, CEO, One Diversified FZ LLC.

    Confirmed Panellists

    • Bachir Boumediene, Director Streaming & IPTV – Telecom Partnerships MENA, OSN
    • Barry Mehdizadeh, CTO, Mawarid Media & Communications Group
    • Salloum El Dahdaah, CEO, White Peaks Solutions

    3:15 PM – 4:15 PM (UAE TIME)

    Covid- 19 – Accelerating the move to IP, remote production, and cloud solutions for MENA broadcasters

    • With remote being the new normal for broadcast, production and post, how are companies adapting?
    • Is remote production really being adopted or just remote access to on-premises production and broadcasting networks?
    • The move to cloud services– What can be moved, and wherein lies the challenge of migration?
    • Architecture and control: the keys to aligning local and long-distance media
    • A look at the benefits of cloud or hybrid cloud over on-premises solutions?
    • Designing an IP-based production and broadcasting network – what does it entail?
    • The challenges and costs of converting SDI infrastructures to IP

    Moderator Hasan Sayed Hasan, Managing Director, Master Media

    Confirmed Panellists

    • Raad Haddadin – Head of Engineering & IT – Roya TV
    • Jean Claude Rahme – Head of OB Engineers, ‎Abu Dhabi Media Company – LIVE HD production and facilities
    • Deepraj Sandhar, Regional Manager – Middle East, Ross Video
    • Peter Van Dam, Founder, Audio Video consulting LLC