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Our Strongest Lineup Yet: Digital Entertainment at Akamai Edge 2014

We are so excited about Akamai Edge this year that we simply can't wait to share some details.

The 2014 Digital Entertainment lineup at Akamai Edge boasts world-class speakers ready to share their knowledge and expertise starting Wednesday October 8. The program will cover live events, monetization, devices and much more.
Here is a preview of the confirmed lineup for the Media & Entertainment track:

Keynote: Delivering the World Cup - FIFA called it "the biggest multimedia sporting event in history." Hear Alexander Leschinsky, co-founder, managing director at G&L, talk about the services used for video delivery, live encoding architecture, device distribution, traffic patterns and peak usage challenges.

Panel Discussion: The Return on Quality in Video - Delivering content at the highest possible quality comes with a cost - so what's the return? This panel will feature leading media companies sharing their strategies to ensure the video they deliver looks its best across devices and networks, how they measure quality and its impact, and how to optimize the viewing experience to the benefit of their bottom line.

Keynote: Keeping the Internet from breaking - BBC's Neil Drennan takes a look at the explosive growth of video on the internet and what it means for ISPs, CDNs and content providers. While reviewing the current evolution in technology to support video growth he asks the question: Are the planned changes enough and what else can we do as technologists/content providers to improve user experience?

Panel Discussion: Taking Advantage of New Opportunities in Video Monetization - Join a select group of experts who will examine current monetization methods such as subscriptions and advertising, identify the challenges that these models present, and explore new and innovative strategies that may emerge as consumption of online content continues its exponential growth.

Keynote: Designing a Next-Gen Live Streaming Platform - Mike Sepso, co-founder and president of Major League Gaming (MLG), will discuss the creation of MLG.tv, the next-gen live streaming platform reaching a hyper-engaged audience of millions in 170 countries. Join him to learn how MLG has been able to scale MLG.tv throughput/consumption by 1,700% over the first six months and make them the industry leader in their space.

In addition to those you can join the Digital Entertainment track to hear a discussion around devices, a session on the evolution of video workflows, and an in-depth look at MPEG-DASH, plus a couple of technical sessions and even a Media-focused luncheon. Look for descriptions in the mobile app.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami!