Category Archives: Ustream

Manage Temporary Passwords for Video Encoder Access

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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, which can be as permanent or temporary needed, 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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The Future of Streaming Video with IBM Cloud Video & Ustream

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The Future of Streaming Video with IBM Cloud Video & Ustream

Ustream is part of IBM Cloud Video. After being acquired by IBM in January of 2016, Ustream became one of the pillars that formed the newly created IBM Cloud Video business unit.

The unit brings together innovations from IBM’s R&D labs, including IBM Watson capabilities, and combines them with the cloud-based video platform technology of both Clearleap and Ustream. This offers a variety of solutions for media and entertainment along with uses for enterprises including video marketing and internal video communication.

This article explains the future of streaming video with IBM Cloud Video and Ustream, detailing the relationship between the streaming service and the IBM Cloud Video business unit.

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Dealcrunch Discusses Video Streaming Technology with Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable

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A lot has happen since Ustream joined IBM Cloud Video, and video technology has become the hottest resource in 2016 for both consumers as well as major enterprises. The amount of time spent watching video on digital devices has sky rocketed in the last year, and shows no signs of slowing down. DealCrunch talked with Ustream CEO, Brad Hunstable to learn more about how companies are using live video to engage with consumers, and a preview of how Ustream is integrating with IBM Watson to produce cognitive video insights.


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CDN & Video: What is a Content Delivery Network?

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Video streaming and delivery is a resource intensive process. This is attributed to the various networks a video stream must pass through as well as the quality of the video, as higher bitrates and resolutions require more information related to that stream to be sent to the end viewer. As a result of this requirement, it’s not recommended to broadcast video using your own server. For companies, this can result in bottlenecks from the servers hosting or unnecessary costs to scale a server infrastructure.

One solution to avoid both, though, is through utilizing a CDN (content delivery network). This piece talks about the basics of delivering content over the Internet before why it’s important to have a CDN when streaming video content.

If you are already familiar with CDNs and would rather learn more about how Ustream offers a more robust solution for video streaming, read our live video scalability white paper.

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eCDN Benefits, Deployment & System Configuration

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eCDN Benefits, Deployment & System Configuration

Ustream has improved its eCDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) technology through simplifying the initial deployment and configuration process. This includes a new, friendly UI and also easy ways to export this configuration for VMware® ESXi or Microsoft® Hyper-V™. This article explains the new process and also gives an overview of what an enterprise content delivery network is, eCDN benefits and use cases for the technology.

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Slack Chat Integration for Internal Video Channels

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Slack Chat Integration for Internal Video Channels

Looking for Slack Chat integration for your internal video channels? Ustream has added Slack integration to Align Secure Video Streaming channels, available to all Align users. This feature allows content owners to consolidate team communication, placing important information in a central, searchable location for cross functional application.

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Ustream Wins Streaming Media’s Best Live Streaming and Enterprise Video Platform and More

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That’s a wrap, folks! Thank you all for joining Ustream at Streaming Media West 2016. It was a whirlwind of a trip, and we are thrilled to announce that we came home as a Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards winner in 4 categories, some of which are our first year receiving! Thank you to all of our customers for voting. We couldn’t have done it without you:

  • Live Streaming Video Platform
    • Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards Winner: Ustream4th consecutive year: After taking home this award for 4 years running, Ustream is the undisputed champion of live video. Our open platform and affordable solutions are designed to support all of your video needs, from novice to professional.
  • Enterprise Video Platform
    • Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards Winner: Align2nd year in a rowModern enterprises are turning to live online video as a flexible tool to expand their reach and engagement. So it’s not surprising that organizations agree Ustream Align is custom made for internal communications by keeping your video secure, minimizing the impact on your network, and reducing the need for IT support, making it the perfect internal communication solution for your business.
  • Media & Entertainment Video Platform
    • Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards Winner: Pro BroadcastFirst time award winner: From transcoding to transfer, broadcasters, cable networks and service providers need to be able to get their content where they want it to be. Fast. That’s why Ustream was recognized by Media and Entertainment companies as the must-have tool to help them master their metadata and tame the multi-format challenge with an automated solution.
  • End-to-End Workflow Solution
    • Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards Winner: Pro BroadcastFirst time award winner: Whether it be for entertainment or enterprise, Ustream Pro Broadcast is the premiere full soup-to-nuts video workflow solution. From our professional services and consulting to our reliable network and flexible publishing options, Pro Broadcast let’s you broadcast, record, publish, manage, and measure, all from a single integrated platform.

In addition to stuffing our suitcase full of Readers Choice Awards trophies, we also had the privilege of joining our friends over at Intuit on stage for a LIVE case study panel about best practices for live streaming internal communications. During the discussion, David Martin, Sr. Manager & Solutions Architect at Intuit show us why they turn to the power, scalability and simplicity of Ustream’s cloud-based online video streaming platform for their internal and external communication needs.

And last but not least, thank you for joining us for an evening of beer, wine and snacks and wrapping up your first day at Streaming Media West at the Streaming Media West Happy Hour and Networking Party, hosted by Ustream. It was a pleasure to see you all, and we hope to see you next year!

Join Ustream at Streaming Media West 2016

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Join Ustream, an IBM Company, at Streaming Media West and celebrate our 7th consecutive year of being named a Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards finalist. As a finalist, our IBM Cloud Video platform secured enough votes to be placed in the top three of each category it was nominated in.

Ustream was named a finalist in the following categories:

  • Live Streaming Platform
  • End-to-End Workflow Solution
  • Enterprise Video Platform
  • Small/Medium Business Video Platform
  • Media & Entertainment Video Platform

A full list of finalists can be found here.

Ustream Beer Garden at Streaming Media West:

Raise a drink with Ustream and our fellow finalists at the Streaming Media Beer Garden & Networking Event, November 1st at the Lighthouse Courtyard in the Hyatt Regency from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Ustream experts will be there to show you why businesses are all turning to the power, scalability and simplicity of Ustream’s cloud-based online video streaming platform for their internal and external communication needs.

Ustream + Intuit Case Study Panel:

Live From Intuit, It’s a Global Meeting: Best Practices for Live Streaming Internal Communications

Wednesday, November 2nd 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Join Ustream and Intuit as we examine the best practices for using live streamed video within a major corporation. Panelists will share key learnings from live-streaming global conferences, routine business meetings, and investor calls as well as explore the wide array of use cases for live-streaming within the enterprise, and opportunities for innovative applications of streaming technology.

Book a meeting to speak with a Cloud Video Expert:

IBM Cloud Video will be on the scene to give attendees demonstrations of our newest innovations. Book a meeting and schedule a time to say hello and discover how video has become a global communication medium for entertainment, information and applications.

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HTML5 Video Player vs. Flash: Support & Features

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In a broad sense, delivering video content over HTML5 is what many broadcasters strive for. A quick search engine query can back that up there is an assumption that HTML5 equates to being able to reach mobiles. This is at the base of the conversation, and most often stemming from Flash being incompatible over most mobile devices, but the answer is notably more complex.

This article talks about a recent shift at Ustream that adds HTML5 video player support on almost any device, not just mobiles. It then covers why this is the right choice through looking at the current landscape of HTML5 video and Flash on browsers.

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Join IBM Cloud Video at SMPTE 2016

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, or SMPTE to us industry folks, is the organization that has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, and is the host of the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition being held in Hollywood, CA October 25th – 28th. SMPTE 2016 is a three day event packed full of technical sessions and special events such as the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival annual Awards Ceremony, an exhibition hall with all the key players in video technology and a pre-conference Symposium that gives you the opportunity to build relationships with top video professionals in the industry.

Mark your calendar and make sure you catch the IBM Cloud Video team at the second annual SMPTE Oktoberfest reception on Wednesday, October 26th in the Centennial Hall, from 5:00p-7:00p. Complete with imported beer and German-themed nibbles, the Oktoberfest will surely be a time to remember! (Dirndls and Lederhosen are optional.)

  • SMPTE 2016 Oktoberfest
    • Wednesday October 26th 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Centennial Hall at the Hollywood and Highland Center
    • Open to registered attendees, speakers, and vendors
    • Sponsored by IBM Cloud Video

While you are there, stop by and visit the IBM Cloud Video team in person by visiting us nearby at booth #12 and learn how video has become a global communication medium for entertainment, information and applications. Meeting times are limited and won’t last long! Act now and reserve a time to speak with one of our video experts, we look forward to seeing you there!

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