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To Stream or Not to Stream – THAT is the Question: Delivering High Quality Mobile and OTT Video Experiences for Consumers

June 23, 2016

Mobile Video
Consumers are rapidly increasing their consumption of long form video content on Mobile and OTT platforms, which is driving a broad spectrum of companies to enter this still-nascent market.  As consumers’ sophistication and quality-of-experience expectations increase, factors such as encode/delivery formats, client player technologies, network congestion and ad tech make it challenging to continuously deliver a high quality, profitable video consumer experience on digital platforms.  Large media companies, broadcasters and sports content owners are driving innovations in implementation and technology to make these complexities opaque to the masses while delivering a quality experience they demand. B2C and B2B companies building video delivery infrastructure solutions and/or consumer facing companies delivering video to consumers can leverage these innovative techniques and strategies to deliver successful products at scale.

A distinguished and diverse panel of experts, who have ‘been in the trenches’ will discuss the challenges and solutions around crafting and delivering a high quality video experience to consumers.  The discussion will cover range of topics including current user trends in mobile and OTT, clever and intelligent choices for server architecture and implementations, content acquisition workflows, delivery optimization over mobile networks to devices and playback on those devices, dynamic ad insertion/replacement, content encryption/DRM, and what it takes to deliver all this at massive scale.


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David J. Mowrey
VP Product Management, Clearleap, an IBM Company

With over 15 years of 3-screen product development experience, Dave is responsible for managing and driving product growth at Clearleap. Most recently, he was Director of Media Solutions for Yahoo! where he led a large portfolio of mobile, online, and interactive TV applications and managed some of the companies’ largest mobile and telecom partnerships.

Operating in both product and business development roles, he delivered a broad range of products across hardware, software and internet technologies. He brings significant expertise in TV Everywhere services, strategic product alliances, and 3-screen product development and has two patents pending related to television companion experiences. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

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Steve Adler

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Steve Adler
CTO, My TV Studio

Steve Adler is a serial entrepreneur with over thirty years of high technology/media/software development industry experience. Currently the CTO of an unnamed, stealth mode startup in Hollywood which is preparing to launch a transformational consumer service in the TVOD space. Previously, as Director of Mobile Technology for the NFL, Steve was responsible for developing the NFL Mobile app, building cloud-based, scalable data and media services related to the app and architecting digital video delivery for the entire NFL Digital Media Group. As VP Business Development for OpenPeak, Steve was responsible for implementing and operating all aspects of OpenPeak’s global application and developer ecosystem.  Previously, Steve was a Founder and VP of Business Development at Chumby Industries, Inc., where he was responsible for Chumby global business and market development as well as driving and managing Chumby’s IP strategy.  Before Chumby, Steve held a variety of executive leadership, technology and business development roles ranging from co-founder and CTO of, one of the first social media photo sites, to CEO of Torrey Pines Group, a strategic technology and business services firm.  Steve is the co-author of 13 patents in the connected device and mobile apps space and serves as an Industry Leader for Pacific Crest Mosiac.

Steve received his B.A. cum laude in Biology and an M.S. in Computer Science from University California, San Diego.

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Jamie Howard

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Jamie Howard
fmr. EVP of Product, Kymeta and fmr. CEO & President, Imagine Communications

Jamie Howard is a digital media executive and entrepreneur with an impressive track record of success leading the business strategy and execution of innovative companies with game-changing technologies, products and platforms. Several of his companies and the products and services they’ve brought to market have transformed the way content is distributed globally and the way people all over the world consume digital media, at home, at work or on-the-go.

Mr. Howard was most recently EVP of Product for Kymeta an innovative satellite communications technology company backed by Bill Gates. At Kymeta Mr. Howard led the company’s engineering, software development and product management teams developing a breakthrough satellite antenna technology which enables broadband connectivity to mobile platforms such as the connected car. Mr. Howard was also recently the digital video technology consultant and advisor to the National Football League where he was responsible for developing the video streaming architecture and for defining the digital video delivery platform requirements and performance specifications and selecting video streaming platform providers for the NFL Mobile app.

Prior to the NFL, Mr. Howard was President/ CEO and Board Member of Imagine Communications, where he led the company’s growth from start-up to a market leading position in HDTV video encoding and transcoding. Under his leadership the company’s transcoding platform gained nationwide adoption processing several hundred channels of HD content for major brands such as ESPN, HBO, CNN and Starz/Encore.



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Devang Thakkar
Managing Partner, DCM Consulting

Devang Thakkar is an entrepreneurial executive with over 15 years of global experience in building and launching software and technology solutions. He has led startups and launched several technology businesses in various industries including Cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) Solutions, Electronic Imaging and Content Management (ECM), Media and Entertainment (Digital Cinema/HD Video), Theatre Advertising, Business Processes Software, and Imaging and Storage Solutions.

Devang has had several product leadership roles in Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY and Hollywood, CA), Anacomp and IBM. His expertise is in ‘bringing innovative products to life’ by leading organizations from ‘ideation’ to market launch including: developing strategy, market segmentation, customer requirements, product planning, business planning, go-to-market planning, leading cross functional teams, managing outsourcing (offshore and onshore), strategic partnerships and alliances, P&L management, strategic sales and business development.

Devang is currently a Managing Partner at DCM Consulting, and offers Product Marketing/Management, Business Development and M&A services, and is also working on his startup. He is a Fellow at International Software Product Management Association (ISPMA), serves as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) for Connect Springboard in San Diego, and is on the advisory board of few startups. He is also a co-chair for EvoNexus Special Interest Group (SIG) and on executive committee of TiE South Coast chapter.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

5:30PM Registration & Reception
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends

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6059 Cornerstone Court W
San Diego, CA 92121





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June 23, 2016
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