SVG Sports OTT Forum: UHD HDR Super Bowl, WWE Network, In-Depth Tech Talks Highlight Day of Learning

Third-annual event drew more than 130 attendees to The Paley Center in New York City

More than 130 digital-sports-media and -technology executives gathered for the third-annual SVG Sports OTT Forum at The Paley Center for Media in New York City to take in exclusive case studies and hash out critical technological and business questions facing the sports-video industry.

The event spotlighted conversations and data surrounding consumer behaviors, OTT business strategies, and, of course, the critical pieces of the OTT technology stack.

At the third-annual SVG Sports OTT Forum, WWE’s Tracey Arrowood-Shaw (left) and Jarrod Smith offered an in-depth look at the relaunch of D2C service WWE Network.

“All of this would never have happened if we didn’t have a forums like this to have these conversations,” said Dan Marshall, SVP, worldwide sales and services, AWS Elemental, the event’s title sponsor. “We are infinitely grateful for what SVG has done in putting this forum together and giving us a chance to speak to the user community. The relationships that have been built between the vendor and the user community have been very beneficial, and we don’t take that lightly. Thanks, SVG, for that. I know it’s going to be an outstanding day.”

This year’s forum opened with an insightful overview of the state of the industry’s players while delving into the latest data in consumer/subscriber-viewership behaviors with William Mao, VP, Media Rights Consulting Division, Octagon.

The program also featured three illuminating case studies dissecting major projects that took the OTT sports space by storm over the past year. First, WWE SVP, Global Strategy and Innovation, Tracey Arrowood-Shaw and SVP, Digital Products, Jared Smith explored the relaunch of the popular, trailblazing WWE Network. Fox Sports offered a virtual presentation from its Los Angeles studio to shed light on how Super Bowl LIV was streamed in UHD HDR. The presentation was given by Fox Corp. VP, Video Platforms, Steven Thorpe and Executive Director, Live Video Platform, Ben Ziskind. And Sinclair Broadcast Group Distinguished Engineer Jason Justman took attendees under the hood of Tennis Channel Plus, the network’s multi-court live-streaming service.

The Sports OTT Forum was made possible through the support of the SVG Digital Advisory Committee; Title Sponsor AWS; Diamond Sponsors Limelight Networks, Sony, and Zixi; and Event Sponsors Comcast Technology Solutions, Signiant, The Switch, and Verizon Media.

Stay tuned to www.sportsvideo.org for more coverage from the Sports OTT Forum!