Speaker Profile: David Hassoun

Chief Technologist, Cloud Media Solutions


David was the founder, visionary and leader of RealEyes for 18 years before being acquired by Dolby. Now at Dolby he is the Chief Technologist for the Dolby Cloud Media Solutions organization and helps connect business, product and technology teams to drive Dolby towards success in the media streaming space. He has a track record of providing creative solutions to some of the industry’s most challenging problems, understanding business requirements and limitations, and funneling all of that into actionable solutions that can be distributed and executed by his teams and our clients. David’s career started over 20 years ago and he also taught as an adjunct professor for grad and undergrad students for 10 years at the University of Denver. He is no stranger to large scale, high pressure streaming events: he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the industry to deliver thousands of live streaming events, including five Olympics, and three Super Bowls.


The Next Frontier of Streaming Performance (Operations)

5:10 PM to 5:30 PM

The next generation of immersive and interactive experiences will present an entirely new set of challenges to streaming services and underlying infrastructure providers. These challenges include the need for continually better uninterrupted streaming performance with unfaltering network reliability. Essentially, we need the reliability of terrestrial broadcast, paired with the innovations of future devices, at the highest of quality levels delivered worldwide. It will also require the ability to have insights and monitoring throughout the delivery chain and across networks. This includes a depth of insights beyond the observation data available from traditional QoE measurements. Rather, the insights needed to develop the innovation needed to achieve this goal require extensive, in-depth research, the nature of which Dolby has been driving in audio and imaging for the past fifty years. This presentation will dive into the depth the research we have done at Dolby into the current state of streaming media and CDN delivery, describing the challenges faced by even the best CDNs that we as an industry must overcome to meet this reliability standard. The future of streaming at the highest performance levels demands a highly adaptive and anticipatory solution. We will also share some insights into our research and standards work with advanced methods of streaming that would allow the industry to take better advantage of the underlying network and cloud infrastructure to make the demands of the future a reality.