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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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Meet Ustream for Happy Hour at Streaming Media West

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It’s almost time to break out the flip flops, grab your shades and make the trip to sunny California for Streaming Media West! We are excited to see all of our old friends and make some new ones, on November 1st – 2nd in Huntington Beach, CA.

Make sure not to miss the Streaming Media Beer Garden & Networking Event on Tuesday November 1st 6:00p – 7:30p located on the lawn of the Lighthouse Courtyard at the Hyatt Regency, brought to you by Ustream, an IBM Company. Join us for an evening of beer, wine and snacks and wrap up your first day at Streaming Media West by networking with broadcasters, content creators/providers, equipment manufacturers, and your peers in the video industry. 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.

  • Streaming Media Beer Garden & Networking Event
  • Tuesday November 1st 6:00p – 7:30p
  • Lighthouse Courtyard at the Hyatt Regency
  • Open to registered attendees, speakers, and vendors

We hope to see you there!

Five Building Blocks for Enterprise Streaming Success

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Whether you use video for employee training, town hall meetings or HR updates, technology is transforming how executives get the word out to their remote workforce. In a recent Ustream & Wainhouse Research survey of corporate executives, more than four out of five respondents (81%) describe online video as an effective tool for communicating work-related information.

If you are in the midst of evaluating your streaming technology options, this report can help identify the key features to look for and the capabilities of enterprise streaming platforms that should be considered during the process. For organizations serious about laying a solid foundation for using online video, these issues should be viewed as the building blocks for enterprise streaming success.

Download the research to learn:

  • What IT executives view as the most critical features a video platform must have.
  • Why 48% say that secure content distribution is very important while evaluating their video provider options.
  • How to leverage viewership analytics to make the case for video in the workplace.
  • What factors to consider when producing high quality corporate videos.
  • Using VOD content archives as a key business benefit.

With the ability to create more engaging corporate communications, it’s no wonder that video is being used for a broader array of business applications than ever before. Executives contemplating an investment in video streaming technologies should be aware of the building blocks of enterprise streaming to address the issues most relevant to their specific organizational needs. Download our exclusive research to learn more.

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Data Privacy and Governance Update

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Ustream, an IBM Company, is an end-to-end solution that organizations can leverage as part of their video strategy. This can be for both external and internal facing assets, which might include marketing activities or corporate communication. Content can range from live broadcasts to on demand video assets. The platform is a global solution, supporting multi-national corporations while also being able to effectively scale to cater video content on a huge, worldwide scale. Because of this level of inherit flexibility, Ustream needs to take into account data privacy laws not just in the United States, but also every country where we store personal data or from which we access personal data.

Video Data PrivacyIBM has prepared an EU Model Clauses agreement for Ustream customers to facilitate the transfer of personal data outside of the EU in accordance with the EU data privacy laws. EU Model Clauses are relevant to all customers sending personal information relating to EU citizens to Ustream.

To request an EU Model Clauses agreement or for any other information or assistance around the transfer of personal data, customers can contact our dedicated EU Model Clauses team via email.

The EU Directive 95/46/EC sets out rules concerning processing of customer’s personal data. As the data controller, customers appoint IBM as a data processor to process (e.g., store, transmit, archive) any personal data which may be included in the customer’s content. In turn, customers are responsible for obtaining all necessary consents to include the content (including any personal data) in IBM Ustream DBaaS solutions.

A list of countries where content may be held or from where content may be accessed for the purpose of delivering and supporting a Cloud Service is available at: www.ibm.com/cloud/datacenters.

Secure Video App for Enterprise Streaming & Comms

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Secure Video App for Enterprise Streaming & Comms

Ustream is launching its new Ustream Align secure video app. This mobile app offers a new, more convenient way for viewers to consume internal facing video assets. It greatly speeds up the time it takes for a viewer to access secure video content, letting them quickly dive in and start watching important training assets, executive communication or fulfill compliance training requirements.

Free to download and use, although requiring accessing content from an active Ustream Align account, the app is available from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. It makes viewing internal video content easy and is suited across a variety devices and connections. This includes support for adaptive bitrate delivery, automatically optimizing the quality based on the viewer’s connection speed.

The application is debuting under the name IBM Cloud Video for Enterprise app, and being fully usable as part of an enterprise’s Ustream Align account. Read on to learn more about the new mobile app and the advantages it brings for enterprise content owners.

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Enterprise Video Portal: Customizable Experience

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Enterprise Video Portal

Looking to offer a customized video experience for your employees? Ustream Align offers an internal facing enterprise video portal. This portal is secured, allowing companies to limit access to intended viewers. This audience can be a mix of employees, contractors and other stakeholders.

Ustream has recently improved portal features, adding more ways to customize the end user experience. This includes ways to brand the portal with cover images and also a feature video tool that allows enterprises to highlight selected material.

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