Video has become a must-have feature for apps of all shapes and sizes. That’s why when IBM created its latest tool for app developers, they knew that video had to be a part of it. And when it came to choosing a video platform, they looked no further than Ustream.
Earlier this year, IBM introduced Bluemix, a new cloud offering that enables organizations and developers to quickly and easily create, deploy, and manage applications on the cloud. By using Bluemix, developers can shorten their development times, allow for flexible capacity, and address any gaps in internal tech resources.
Ustream is the first and only video platform available within IBM’s new offering. Developers using Bluemix can easily integrate video into their applications or simply use it for communicating the benefits of their business. Other benefits include:
Command-line and script-based control of video streaming to simplify development of video-intensive cloud apps
Greater freedom in customizing and controlling the way video is used and presented
Easy-to-find, easy-to-manage content and API keys via the user-friendly Ustream dashboard experience
Great news! Ustream is currently the first and only video platform that is available within Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform for developers. Developers leveraging the Bluemix platform can easily integrate video into their applications, or simply use it for communicating the benefits of their business. Thanks to the depth of Ustream’s APIs, the Ustream platform can be directly controlled from Bluemix with little hassle.
Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture, leveraging Cloud Foundry to enable cloud application developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their applications. IBM has partnered with some of the leading SaaS applications to make this possible.
Cloud applications built on Bluemix will
Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning
Allow for flexible capacity
Help to address any lack of internal tech resources
Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Accelerate exploration of new workloads – social, mobile, big data
To learn more about Ustream’s offering in Bluemix, check out our entry in IBM’s Bluemix blog.
Ustream released the new iOS app on August 27th with plenty of new updates and features. Let’s see what’s really under the hood.
The new iOS app has a modern design with reinterpreted surfaces and features, making content discovery seamless and engaging more viewers on both the larger format iPad screen and on iPhone.
The app also allows users to upload videos they have recorded on the built-in iPhone camera app and easily create, edit and delete videos, channels and events inside the application. Live streaming capability has also been enhanced, allowing high-quality 16:9 format broadcasting directly from the phone. Users now have the freedom to upload their own pictures and connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts with the application. By expanding the use-cases to encompass capturing short clips intended for on-demand consumption, the Ustream platform is now even more suitable for applications like knowledge sharing and informal training.
Introducing the new Paused Pro Subscription feature
Ok, so you got to the point where you are unsure whether you want to continue with your Pro Broadcasting plan. We understand. We can give you some space. But why start over from scratch when you realize that you do need some Ustream in your life?
On Wednesday, April 16 the Ustream development team released the Pause Subscription Feature for Pro broadcasting package users.
Ustream’s Live Playlists feature was launched last Spring by our Broadcaster Experience team, so that broadcasters could reuse previously recorded videos and schedule them to run as “live” content at specific times, or as continuous loops. The innovative feature is available in all Pro Broadcasting packages and allows you to provide instant content all the time, by filling you channel with linear programming. Reach audiences around the clock long after their transmission has ended!
Live-streaming is becoming the dominant method for delivering online video, but how can you harness the power of live video and turn the passive content consumption experience into something more active? The answer is easy: combining your video player with the social chat function — not only on the Ustream channel page, but also on your own website as well. Live video streams are a win-win way for your brand or campaign to go viral through social channels, and now you can drive all the attention directly to your site.
Last week, the Seattle Seahawks raised the 12th man flag atop the Space Needle; creating a powerful visual for an entire city to rally behind their winning team. Thanks to their Ustream broadcast, this special moment was not only shared by onlookers and the city of Seattle, but Seahawks fans around the world. By harnessing the power of live, the Seahawks have initiated a hub for fans to connect and engage with their favorite team.
We can’t guarantee a Super Bowl ring, but these helpful tips inspired by the Seahawks and other NFL teams will definitely help you win big in your broadcasts (insert end-zone dance here).
Thanks to live technology, viewers around the globe have a virtual seat at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. Providing a professional broadcast environment, premium content can now be pushed to any screen across various smart devices. The CES experience can now be showcased in a cost effective way; eliminating expensive satellite trucks with seamless integration of high encoding, switching equipment and all-in-one production systems. Let’s take a look at these professional live streams by tech powerhouses Sony,TechCrunch and Samsung are taking the wow factor to a whole new level in real time.
Starting this Friday at 9:00am PST, Ustream will power a live stream of the EVO World Finals from Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring some of the most talented members of the fighting game community. This is the largest and longest-running gaming event of its kind. Over the course of the weekend, players will compete in 6 tournaments and 50,000 matches. In the end, there will only be one winner.
The World Finals will feature:
Special appearance by Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono
The world’s largest live Street Fighter IV competition
Tekken 6 playable on console
The best players from around the US and the world, including Japan’s legendary champion DaigoUmehara
The newest build of Tatsunoko Vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars
First publicly playable Marvel Vs Capcom 2 for X360 and PSN