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Five Building Blocks for Enterprise Streaming Success

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

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

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.


Enterprise Video Portal: Customizable Experience

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.


Video Broadcasting Software: The New Producer 7

Video Broadcasting Software Producer 7

Ustream is happy to announce the launch of Ustream Producer 7, the latest version of our robust video broadcasting software. The program is a full featured encoder that offers virtually everything you need for a professional live production while offering an ease of use interface. Functionality includes multi-camera switching, the ability to manage layers (overlaying text or graphics), social feeds, chroma key capabilities, screen share options, and the ability to broadcast in high definition.

The latest version of the encoder offers both new functionality and the feature set of past iterations, but with improved stability. Part of this includes reduced CPU usage from the program, reducing the need to upgrade equipment and offering enhanced performance on existing setups. New functions introduced to the encoder include ISO recording and alternative workflow solutions. Read on for highlights on these features and release notes to track all the changes compared to the prior iteration of the encoder.


Roland “The Future. Redefined” Global Music Festival – Powered by IBM Cloud Video

Roland - The Future Redefined
 

IBM today announced at IBC 2016 that Roland Corporation has selected IBM Cloud Video’s Ustream platform to live stream the musical instrument company’s historic, 24 hour international music festival and product launch. Beginning on September 9 at 4:00pm UTC, the showcase event will span major cities like Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, and Paris, and feature live musical performances and more than 30 product launches, leveraging IBM Cloud Video’s Ustream platform.

As a long-time client of IBM, Roland will expand its use of Ustream’s Pro Broadcasting service to broadcast from eight international cities throughout the 24-hour period. Having used Pro Broadcasting to create a regular cadence of live streamed product reviews and artist interviews, “The Future. Redefined.” brings an unprecedented level of scale to the viewing experience by tapping into a multi-CDN infrastructure with Ustream’s SD-CDN technology that has been used to serve live content globally to more than one million concurrent viewers on a single stream. Hosted on the cloud, IBM Cloud Video services are able to provide massive scalability with no additional investment in infrastructure or resources. Roland also leverages the Ustream Align streaming video platform for internal communications including sales enablement initiatives and company and personnel news.

“In the last several years, we have seen an explosion in how video is being used across enterprises, both as a means of internal communication, as well as a way to engage with existing and future customers via the cloud,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO of Ustream, an IBM Company. “‘The Future. Redefined.’ is a ground breaking event, and one that solidifies Roland is taking an innovative approach to connecting with consumers by creating a compelling customer experience that will drive the business forward.”

“‘The Future. Redefined.’ elevates our commitment to connecting with our community in a unique and engaging way,” said Christian Delfino, Vice President, Product Management, Roland Corporation U.S. “To make this event a reality, we needed a platform with proven scale and reliability to create an experience that will resonate with the artists we serve. In the course of our work with Ustream, it was clear that IBM was the ideal collaborator in developing this innovative event.”

During “The Future. Redefined.” Roland will unveil new synthesizers, digital pianos, electronic drums, DJ equipment, BOSS guitar related products, and a new genre of musical instrument never offered before by Roland. The Los Angeles grand finale event will be broadcast starting at 7:00pm PDT from a private VIP event held at Six01 Studio in Los Angeles, featuring artist performances by Echosmith, Saint Motel, Judith Hill, DJ Pierrre, and more. To take part in “The Future. Redefined.” you can visit  tfr.roland.com and use #909day.

 


IBM Cloud Video LIVE at IBC 2016

IBC 2016

IBC 2016 is finally here and Ustream is over the moon with excitement. The “International Broadcasting Convention” – or “IBC” as we call it in the biz – is an annual trade show for broadcasters, content creators/providers, equipment manufacturers, and other participants in the broadcasting industry, hosted at the beautiful RAI in Amsterdam. Not only is this the first year that Ustream has had the pleasure of attending IBC, but we also get the added bonus of being joined by our entire IBM Cloud Video group. This is the perfect opportunity for us to show you how the IBM Cloud Video platform merges robust multiscreen video logistics management with live streaming capabilities to power live and on-demand video across devices, at scale.

Book a meeting in advance to reserve a time to speak with one of our IBM Cloud Video experts and stop by to visit Ustream and the IBM Cloud Video team in Hall 14, Booth A-10. You also do not want to miss out on our panel discussions on Friday 9/9 and Sunday 9/11 hosted in the Content Everywhere Hub Theatre. See below for the IBM Cloud Video schedule of events:

  • OTT for Sports & Live Events // Friday Sept 9th @ 3:30pm
  • IBM Cloud Video Streaming Best Practices // Sunday Sept. 11th @ 10:30am
  • IBM Cloud Video: Intro to the Future // Sunday Sept. 11th @ 12:00pm
  • Streaming Video: Challenges, Opportunities & What’s to Come // Sunday Sept. 11th @ 5:00pm

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Help Ustream win big at the 2016 Streaming Media Magazine Readers Choice Awards

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Ustream has always been a fan favorite at Streaming Media West, and this year is particularly exciting since we have the privilege of being nominated for one of the highest honors in the online video industry – the 2016 Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards! It is the only awards program in which the winners are decided by video fans like you. We cleared off a new spot on the trophy shelf, but we need your help to take home the crown. Don’t miss your chance to help Ustream keep our winning streak alive and retain the title of being the best video platform in the industry for the sixth year in a row. To cast your vote, visit the 2016 Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards between now and September 26th. This time around, Ustream is up for a total of FIVE categories and we are looking to sweep the competition:

  • Live Streaming Video Platform
    • After taking home this award for 3 years running, it’s a no brainer that Ustream is the best in the business for live video streaming. Simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for professionals, Ustream is the destination for anyone looking to live stream video on the web.
  • Enterprise Video Platform
    • Ustream Align made its debut early last year and took home the award for the best Enterprise Video Platform. Align is optimized for internal communications, 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
    • Broadcasters, cable networks and service providers need to be able to publish their online video quickly, to any device, at broadcast quality. Ustream’s flexible publishing and syndication options helps them manage the distribution of their content.
  • Small/Medium Business Video Platform
    • When a business needs a video platform with functionality beyond YouTube, but isn’t looking for a full enterprise or OTT solution, Ustream is the platform they turn to.
  • End-to-End Workflow Solution
    • Whether it be for entertainment or enterprise, when content owners are looking for a soup-to-nuts video workflow solution that includes professional services and consulting, Ustream is the best choice.

You don’t want to miss Streaming Media West this November as online video experts, producers, media and broadcast executives, content creators, and your streaming media peers come together to learn about all things online video. Streaming Media Magazine is the premier publication for online video experts, producers, broadcast executives and content creators to stay in the loop on the freshest news and latest trends. That’s why being chosen as the best in the business by video fans like you is one of the industry’s highest honors.

Cast your vote from now through September 26th. Streaming Media will announce the top three candidates in each category on October 31 and present the awards at Streaming Media West on November 19th. What are you waiting for? Now is your chance to vote!

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Mazda MX-5 Cup Returns to VIR

Mazda MX-5 Cup

Drivers, start your engines! The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup is returning to the Virginia International Raceway for the first time since 2012, and you are not going to want to miss the action. It is also your chance to watch the all-new fourth generation Mazda MX-5 Miata, recently announced right here on Ustream.

On March 22, Mazda unveiled its MX-5 Miata RF at an offsite event on the eve of the New York International Auto Show to a room full of automotive press and analysts, and with the help of Ustream, they expanded their reach to over 30,000 live online viewers.

The inaugural Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational brings together drivers from Europe, Asia and North America to race against each other in a series of non-points, invitation-only races. It is a part of a Mazda-exclusive weekend that features both the Mazda Road to Indy and the Mazda Road to 24. This is the final third of the $200,000 chase for the 2016 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship. See below for weekend scheduled highlights:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

9:20 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.                 Qualifying – Battery Tender MX-5 Cup

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                 Race #1 (45 minutes) Battery Tender MX-5 Cup

Sunday, August 28, 2016

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.                 Race #2 (45 minutes) Battery Tender MX-5 Cup

Check out the all of the action and recaps of previous races here.


Live Q&A with Moderation for Streaming Video

Live Q&A for Video Playback

Live Q&A for streaming video is a highly engaging, interactive and effective way to educate an internal workforce or promote your brand to external audiences. With Ustream, this feature is accessible as a module and can easily be synced with video content through a combined embed code or accessed directly from a channel page.

Ustream continues to expand on this feature, introducing both a private mode and external functionality. These combine with an already existing, internal based solution and rich, ease of use moderation tools that allow content owners to cater the module to their specific application. This article goes over possible use cases for the feature before talking functionality and finally tips to be more successful in executing content with a Q&A component.


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