For me, live-to-VOD is the real-time embodiment of the “glass to glass process”: getting content from the camera where the footage is being filmed to the end-user’s viewing device. But the elegance and simplicity of that proposition masks an underlying world of complexity. During this session of OTT Question Time we delved deep into live-to-VOD and got to grips with how it works, the challenges involved and the technologies and solutions that help power it. 

Together with Marcus Box, CTO and co-founder at M2A Media, Ashley Horne, Head of Architecture at Simplestream and Andy Bielinski, Principal Consultant at Ostmodern, we:

  • Walked through a live-to-VOD 101
  • Explored its evolution over the past 15 years
  • Considered standard and advanced live-to-VOD architectures
  • Talked about the OTT pay models for watching live content
  • And got to know the people and machines that bring VOD to our screens



Kauser Kanji has been working in online video for 19 years, formerly at Virgin Media, ITN and NBC Universal, and founded VOD Professional in 2011. He has since completed major OTT projects for, amongst others, A+E Networks, the BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, DR (Denmark), Liberty Global, Netflix, Sony Pictures, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and UKTV. He now writes industry analyses, hosts an online debate show, OTT Question Time, as well as its in-person sister event, OTT Question Time Live

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