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.
Not a Ustream Align customer yet? Schedule your free demo today!
Space lovers, mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27.
On that night, skywatchers in most areas of the world will enjoy a special treat: the first “supermoon” eclipse since 1982 — and the last we’ll see until 2033.
NASA will bring you live coverage of the event through its Ustream channel beginning at 8 pm EDT.
What makes this eclipse “super” is that it’s occurring at the stage in the moon’s orbit where it’s closest to Earth, called the perigee. If you’ve ever looked into the night sky and noticed the moon appearing much larger and brighter than usual, you were probably seeing the moon at perigee, also called a “supermoon.”
In a lunar eclipse, the sun, the moon, and the Earth align so that the moon passes into the earth’s shadow. While these eclipses aren’t particularly uncommon, it’s quite rare for a total lunar eclipse to coincide with a supermoon — only five have occurred since 1900.
The eclipse will be visible in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Western Asia, the Eastern Pacific Ocean region and here on the Ustream channel. The moon will begin dimming slightly at 8:11 pm; the total eclipse will start at 10:11 pm and will peak at around 10:47 pm (all times EDT).
Today, Ustream launched a new sleeker, more intuitive player with controls and graphics rendered in HTML5. The new player’s responsive layout automatically adjusts the player size to optimize viewing experience and access to player controls based on the viewer’s device.
In addition to the change from Flash to HTML5 here’s a look at what is new in the player interface:
The bottom control bar has been simplified by arranging all the controls into a single bar.
The video title has been moved from the bottom bar to the top left of the screen.
The viewer count (number watching now and total views) has been moved from below the embedded player to under the title.
“LIVE” badges have been moved to the top right and are now only displayed for live broadcasts or live playlists. Recorded videos no longer have badges.
The Ustream logo, located in upper right corner of the player, is now clickable and leads to the Ustream channel page for that video.
Player controls are hidden from view while no interaction is taking place to avoid distracting from the video.
Social sharing options have moved out of the player window and onto the channel page.
The new player will be used on Ustream channel pages and newly generated embed codes will automatically use the latest version of the player. Visit the Ustream Support Center for more details on the new player.
Voting is now open for the 2015 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards. For five years running, Ustream has been selected as Streaming Media Magazine Readers’ Choice Award winner.
This year we are excited to announce that Ustream has been nominated in five categories:
Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service
Enterprise Video Platform
Live Video Platform
Video Advertising Solution
Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud)
You can cast your vote here between now and October 1 – it only takes a second. Streaming Media will announce the finalists — the top three vote-getters in each category — on October 15, and winners will be announced at Streaming Media West in Huntington Beach, California on November 18.
Thank you in advance — we appreciate your support! And, don’t forget to click on the heart at the bottom of this blog post to encourage others to vote!
Ustream Align lets you deliver your message to your teams around the world securely and in real time — no travel required.
Now you can make it even easier for employees to find and access your live streaming and recorded content. With our new Ustream Align Portal, viewers have access to a single, secure video “hub” where they can find and access your content quickly and easily.
The Ustream Align Portal lets you aggregate live streaming and video-on-demand (VOD) content from your Ustream channels in a single, easy-to-view format. This reduces the time and effort needed to find and view videos that may be spread across multiple channels.
This new feature also allows you to
Designate which Ustream Align channels will be available via the Portal and assign individual security settings to each
Provide Single Sign-On access for SAML-based identity management solutions such as Okta or OneLogin, or corporate directory services such as Active Directory
Brand your Portal with your logo or other custom graphics
The Portal is available to all Ustream Align customers with Enterprise plans.
Beginning at 9 pm CDT on Wednesday, August 12, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama will host a live broadcast where NASA experts will discuss the science behind the Perseids as well as the latest research on meteors and comets.
Meteor experts Dr. Bill Cooke, Danielle Moser and Rhiannon Blaauw, all of NASA’s Micrometeoroid Office, will provide on-air commentary and answer audience questions. Joining the broadcast via telephone will be experts from Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas; the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; the American Meteor Society and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.
Followers can tweet questions for the experts before and during the broadcast to @NASA_Marshall using the hashtag #askNASA.
When global music giant Roland celebrates the anniversary of its iconic TR-808 drum machine on Saturday, August 8 (8/08, get it?), fans around the world will be able to join in via the brand’s Ustream channel.
A client and partner of Ustream, Roland frequently utilizes the Ustream platform for both internal communications such as sales trainings as well as public demos by A-list musicians of Roland’s latest equipment. “808 Day” is the first TR-808 anniversary celebration to be streamed on the Roland Ustream channel.
The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer was among the industry’s first affordable and widely available programmable drum machines. Artists and producers across genres used the instrument — commonly called “the 808” — which is often credited with changing the face of contemporary music and has even been referenced in the lyrics of several songs.
The anniversary celebration will take place at the Six01 Studio Sound Lab in Burbank, California, and will feature live musical performances from David J (Bauhaus, Love and Rockets), Bon Harris (Nitzer Ebb), Brian Liesegang (Nine Inch Nails, Filter), and Kerry Brown (Catherine). The live stream will begin at 8 p.m. PST, and the festivities can be tracked on social media with the hashtag #808day.
Catch the live event Saturday on the Roland 808 channel on Ustream and learn more about the Ustream Align for secure streaming here and Ustream Pro Broadcasting for scalable, reliable streaming here.
Live video is one of the most compelling trends in corporate marketing and communications today, and for our next webinar, we’re bringing together some top practitioners to share their best strategies for broadcasts that engage, excite and drive results.
I’m saddened this week, along with so many of my colleagues, by the loss of a popular and pioneering member of the Ustream community. Bob Anderson, founder of the Raptor Resource Project and creator of the Decorah eagle cam, passed away yesterday after an illness. I met Bob almost eight years ago as he explored how to bring global attention to his cause. He shared his vision on how he wanted to use our video streaming platform to help generate awareness for bird conservation. Over the years, I developed a close personal relationship with him and had tremendous respect for the man and his work. His passion for raptors and bird conservation was contagious.
Bob pushed the technological edge to educate and inspire millions around the globe. His partnership with Ustream began in 2008, 10 years after Bob’s first birdcam “Mae’s Internest birdcam” was launched to capture images of ospreys, kestrels, owls and eagles for the world. Ultimately, Bob’s Decorah Eagle Cam became the most popular live stream of all time with over 324 million views. He brought this American icon closer to us than ever before. From live scenes of a mother using her brood patch to warm her eggs while buried deep in the snow to “pipping” to watching these young hatchlings grow and mature — these were annual journeys which millions followed and experienced together in real time.
Bob visited the Ustream offices numerous times and we hosted him at an annual company meeting in the past. He will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, Amy Ries and the Raptor Resource Project family, and the Eagle cam community.
Bob, you will be missed by millions. Thank you for bringing us all “On The Wings of Eagles.”
Bob Anderson with Ustream founders at Ustream company meeting.
You’ve created outstanding content for your live event and put together all the elements of a top-notch video stream. Now, the only question is, who’s going to see it?
Streaming video captures all the excitement and real-time interaction that only a live event can deliver … but only if you have an audience. Email, social media, and organic search traffic can help get more eyeballs on your live content — but are they enough?
In our next webinar, Ustream Director of Demand Generation David Hewlett will give you the scoop on new, innovative approaches to driving audiences to your live video events. Join David on Thursday, July 30 to learn
Why traditional means of promoting your live event are still effective … but they’re not enough on their own
How to grow your audience while your event is taking place
How Sony gained more than 8 million impressions for a single live streaming event
How to increase brand exposure, drive profitability, and engage viewers for your next event