Chief Architect of Media Engineering Division
Will Law is Chief Architect within the Media Engineering division at Akamai and a leading media delivery technologist. Involved with streaming media on the Internet for the last 17 years, he has a strong focus on client-side development and wrote many of the early connection frameworks that still drive much of the traffic flowing over Akamai today. Currently focusing on MPEG DASH and HTTP streaming, technology evaluation, 4K distribution, VR delivery, CMAF, WebRTC, cloud transcoding and multi-bitrate switching. Law is Vice-President of the DASH Industry Forum, Vice-Chairman of the CTA WAVE Project , holds Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA and has worked previously for Adobe, Internap and a series of five engineering and media-related startups.
This session explores technologies and trends impacting global OTT content delivery, seen from the perspective of the world’s largest CDN. We will examine a number of current topics, including worldwide bandwidth trends, the use and benefits of new protocols such as QUIC, how acronyms like CMAF, MSE and EME will change our lives, the reality of Virtual Reality, the changing roles of CDNs and a view of what media distribution in near future may look like.
This track session explores OTT live stream latency. We examine typical latencies in the USA and Europe and the explore the constituents of latency in modern delivery systems. We then look at the importance of player start-up logic in determining overall latency, followed by the use of CMAF low latency chunking to deliver latencies lower than the segmented duration. We’ll end with benefits of alternate technologies such as WebRTC.