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Early Preview: New Ustream Viewing Experience

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The new Viewing Experience offers your viewers a super clean, responsive user interface that provides the best viewing angle on all screen sizes and devices. Not only our web site has been upgraded to work perfectly on all desktop and mobile screen sizes, but we’ve also upgraded our native iOS and Android mobile apps to offer the same viewing experience to all of your viewers across all platforms.

The new Viewing Experience offers lots of room for all of your content: a large video gallery, a rich About section, links to your external websites, event calendar and links to other channels if you have multiple channels on Ustream.

As a broadcaster, we would love to hear what you think! You can take the new Viewing Experience for a test drive now by logging into your dashboard and accessing your channel settings. The preview will be available for you as long as your channel is not hidden or password protected and has no locks on the content.

Please feel free to drop us a line and let us know your thoughts by using the feedback option within the preview both on the web and via our mobile apps.

Do You Know Who is Watching Your Videos?

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We created Ustream Align because we heard from customers who were looking for an easy-to-use and secure way to have live meetings and share videos with their employees. It’s now used everyday by thousands of users for all-hands meetings, sales trainings, focus groups and employee training. One of the key requirements for these use cases is the ability to track who watched what content.

We’ve now added Viewer Tracking so you can see exactly who watched and for how long. Select a live event or recorded video and see the list of who watched. Or, select an individual and see their entire viewing history. Now it’s easy to track attendance for a meeting or ensure compliance for watching a mandatory training video.

If you are already a Ustream Align Business or Ustream Align Enterprise customer, you’ll find Tracking in your dashboard.

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Not a Ustream Align customer yet? You can also test drive Ustream Align Free.

New Features: Embed Configurator and Combined Embed

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Recently you may have noticed we’ve added a couple of new features: Embed Configurator and Combined Embed.

Why the new capabilities? We’ve been listening to our customers, who needed a more convenient way to embed videos on their websites as well as a more streamlined user experience.

  • Previously, the video player and the Videos tab had to be embedded next to each other on the Web page.
  • If visitors clicked on the video, it automatically took them to the Ustream page instead of allowing them to watch the video on-site.

If you’re an enterprise customer, now you’ll find on your dashboard a new Combined Embed.

First, you’ll be able to determine the type of embed you want to use:

  • Player: A standalone player with the live content of your channel
  • Social: Chat, social stream and widgets
  • Combined: A custom combination of the Player, Social and Video Gallery embeds

screen_shot_2014-12-18_at_15.32.37Once you select an option, you’ll be taken to the new Embed Configurator. There you’ll see a full-page interface featuring:

  • A full-size preview
  • A sidebar with configuration options
  • An automatically generated embed code that can be copied to your clipboard

screen_shot_2014-12-18_at_15.38.05Based on user feedback, our developer team has implemented the following improvements:

  • A large video gallery, with search options
  • A new https option for the Player, the Chat/Social Stream and the Combined Embed
  • Http/https protocol included in the embed code; this is useful for customers on systems such as WordPress, in which protocol-relative URLs cannot be used in embed codes

Please tell us what you think of the new features — we want to hear from you!

IBM Selects Ustream to Power Video on New Platform

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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

To learn more, check out the IBM Cloud channel or download our whitepaper to learn more about Ustream’s solutions.

Ustream, the only video platform in IBM’s Bluemix Platform

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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

  1. Reduce time for application/infrastructure provisioning
  2. Allow for flexible capacity
  3. Help to address any lack of internal tech resources
  4. Reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  5. 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.

Key Features Of The New Ustream iOS App

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Live Playlists Lets You “Go Live” Longer

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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!

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Meet two new incredible Enterprise features: Combined Embed and Custom Sharing

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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.

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Biz 101 – Tackle Broadcasting Like a Pro

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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).

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CES 2014 Live: How Top Brands in Tech are Ustreaming to a Global Audience

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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.

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