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Geo-blocking Security for Live and On-Demand Video

Geo-blocking Security for Live and On-Demand Video

Need to add geographic restrictions to your video content? Geo-blocking offers a way to control who is able to access your assets on a per country basis. This can be done through specific channels, allowing content owners to mix different geographic restrictions among their assets.

Recently added as an option inside the IBM Cloud Video platform, geo-blocking works across desktops and mobile devices. This includes if a viewer is trying to watch from an app, which might be branded as IBM Cloud Video or Ustream.

Broadcaster Picture-in-Picture Video Streaming Feature

Broadcaster Picture-in-Picture Video Streaming Feature

Looking to add picture-in-picture video playback to your live broadcasting? Picture-in-picture can be a simple way to liven up presentations, adding live camera footage to decks or demos.

IBM Cloud Video Broadcaster (Ustream Broadcaster) has added support for picture-in-picture playback through its desktop encoder. The encoder is currently available for Mac, with a Windows version coming soon. This article mentions this new feature and touts use cases for the technology as well.

Ustream is IBM Cloud Video

Ustream is IBM Cloud Video

As of April 1st, 2017, Ustream’s transition to becoming part of IBM is complete. Ustream was acquired by IBM back in January of 2016, and quickly became one of the pillars of the then newly created IBM Cloud Video business unit. This unit brought together innovations from IBM’s R&D labs, including IBM Watson capabilities, and combined them with cloud-based video technology.

This article explains the future of Ustream as IBM Cloud Video, and outlines the minimized impact to current broadcasters and content owners using the service for either external or internal use cases.

How to Make a New Video From an Existing VOD

How to Make a New Video From an Existing VOD

Want to know how to make a new video from content already uploaded to an account? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream are debuting a new feature that makes it easy to create new, edited videos from existing assets. This can be used to create highlight clips or segment content into smaller, logical snippets.

This feature works with both Streaming Manager (aka Ustream Pro Broadcasting) and Streaming Manager for Enterprise (aka Ustream Align).

Preparing for failure is key to success in live video, say customers at IBM Enterprise Video Idea Exchange

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IBM Cloud Video customers shared best practices at a customer event in San Francisco,with more events to be staged in Singapore, Chicago, New York, and Dallas

Live video is so exciting because no one knows what will happen—and just about everything will happen, over time. Expect things to break.

This was the consensus among the customers and practitioners who attended the first IBM Cloud Video Enterprise Video Idea Exchange, on February 9 in San Francisco.

The idea for the event came from a customer on the video team at a top hospitality company. The team stages frequent internal and external broadcasts, and they wanted to talk with other IBM Cloud Video customers to identify best practices for fail-proofing live-streamed events.  The top tip, not surprisingly, was to have redundancies for every component, from internet service provider to encoder.

White Label Video Solutions for Enterprises

White Label Video Solutions for Enterprises

Need to create a custom page for your streaming content to live on? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream now have customizable channel pages for Streaming Manager and Pro Broadcasting.This enables easy branding or no branding, offering white label video solutions for enterprises. This allows control over navigation and branding on automatically generated pages. These features are toggleable as well, allowing companies to quickly make changes.

What can enterprise video do for your numbers?


Live-streamed video, enabled by a cloud-based video platform, is having a big impact on the business world. That’s the conclusion of a new enterprise video guide.

One example of video’s impact, the guide notes, was at an 8,000-person financial company  with dozens of sites around the world. The company faced a sudden marketplace change, and its CEO asked employees to watch a live all-hands meeting over secured, streaming video. The executive described the company’s new strategy in the meeting, and employees got their questions answered through the video platform’s Q&A module in real time. The company pivoted in an hour, leading its field.

Another example of impact is when a global car maker used live streaming video to draw 3,400 unique viewers to a new model introduction at an auto show. The company was able to reach beyond the 300 press members in the room.

A year later, at the same auto show, the car maker streamed another model introduction and this time it included LiveAd, a service of IBM Cloud Video.  LiveAd displays streaming video in standard ad units on strategic sites. Users roll-over the ad to make the video bigger, without having to leave the site. A click makes the stream play full screen.

Enterprise Video: Chat Integration Module

Enterprise Video: Chat Integration Module

Looking for an enterprise video chat integration for internal communications? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream are launching a new chat feature for use with both Streaming Manager for Enterprise and Ustream Align.

This new feature, which limits access to authorized viewers through either SSO (Single Sign-On) or email authorization, allows for viewers to engage in realtime and participate with one another while watching internal video content. This feature works with both live and on-demand content and is compatible across desktops and mobile devices, including over the IBM Cloud Video for Enterprise App.

Mazda video case study: Driving 100x more viewers to a product launch using IBM Cloud Video

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A new Mazda video case study shows how live video can achieve spectacular results.

A big hook for Mazda is the appeal of its designs. The Mazda Miata, for instance, has become  the best-selling two-seater open sports car of all time. The Mazda design philosophy is called “Soul of Motion”, and it seeks to capture “the power and elegance of a wild animal in the instant when it pounces on its prey.”

When a new Mazda design is unveiled, many fans would love to see it live, so Mazda decided to supplement media coverage by streaming its new product introductions live using IBM Cloud Video.  At the LA Auto Show in 2015, 3,400 unique viewers watched from all over the world when the company unveiled the MX-5 RF.

One year later, Mazda introduced the CX-5 crossover, also at the LA Auto Show.  This time, it added IBM Cloud Video’s LiveAd service, which streams video footage inside standard ad units that can be placed on sites all over the web.  The ads enable viewers to see live footage without leaving the site they’re on. They can mouse over the ad unit to expand it, and click to watch full screen. In the days before the event, LiveAd units show footage teasing what was to come. During the event, the ads showed stage action live. Afterwards, the ads played recap footage.

The results were amazing. With LiveAd, Mazda attracted 390,000 people instead of 3,400–that’s 100 times more viewers than the same event the year before. “Using LiveAd and IBM Cloud Video, we’re able to reach beyond the 300 press people at the event to reach 390,000 people interested in what we’re doing,” said Mike Garant, manager, digital marketing at Mazda. An infographic and two-minute video tell more about how the company achieved these results.

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Manage Temporary Passwords for Video Encoder Access

Manage Temporary Passwords for Video Encoder Access

Looking for a way to manage temporary passwords that could be used for live video encoder access? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream have rolled out a new feature that allows account managers to create passwords that can be used by encoding software, encoding hardware and mobile apps for the purpose of broadcasting. These passwords, set permanently or on a temporary basis, are managed directly from the platform by account managers and access can be revoked at any time.

Please note, while this feature presents an alternative way to access these encoders from a Ustream account, it is mandatory for IBM Cloud Video accounts to access these encoders in this new way. This is because login details associated with an IBM Cloud Video account can not be used to directly login to an encoder. Consequently, these device passwords are required to login to compatible encoders and apps.

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