New Ustream Align Plans

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Based on Ustream’s robust, reliable, and scalable video platform, Ustream Align enables you to deliver engaging video to communicate more effectively with your staff while ensuring that your internal content remains safe and secure.

To help you experience the value of video streaming for your internal communications,  we’ve added three new Ustream Align plans available directly from our website. These plans provide you with a quick and cost-effective way to leverage Ustream Align for your internal communications within teams and departments.

 

Ustream Align for Business Plans

The Ustream Align 25 plan is priced at $299 per month and includes 25 concurrent viewer seats and provides 250 GB of storage for your videos. BUY NOW

The Ustream Align 50 plan is priced at $499 per month and includes 50 concurrent viewer seats and provides 500 GB of storage for your videos. BUY NOW

Both the Ustream Align 25 and 50 plans offer 1 channel, 1 administrator account, email authentication, secure embedding and our basic support package.

 

Ustream Align for Free

If your communications needs are limited to 5 teammates or fewer, you can sign up for our Ustream Align for Free plan and use its features for as long as you wish without any cost to you. TRY IT NOW!

The Ustream Align for Free plan includes 5 concurrent viewer seats with 1 channel and 1 administrator account.

To get more information, purchase the Ustream Align 25 or Ustream Align 50 plans, or sign up for a Ustream Align for Free plan, click here.

 

Ustream Align for Enterprise

Many of our customers leverage Ustream Align to engage and inform employees and staff across their entire organization. Our Enterprise plans support any number of concurrent viewer seats, multiple channels and administrators, additional storage capacity and enhanced enterprise capabilities such as:

  • Best-in-class, enterprise-level security with Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • In-depth analytics of individual viewer behavior
  • Enhanced viewer engagement with integrated text Q&A
  • Reduced network loads with eCDN
  • Preferred support with a dedicated Customer Success Manager

To speak with Ustream sales about a Ustream Align Enterprise plan, please call
+1 (800) 778-3090 or email us at sales@ustream.tv.

Ustream CEO on MLBAM IPO: “It’s a tremendous data point”

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As news spread of MLB Advanced Media, the technology division of Major League Baseball, considering an initial public offering (IPO), CNBC turned to Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable for his take on the issue.

In a joint interview with Ed Lee of Re/code, Hunstable remarked, “They’ve certainly done a fantastic job with streaming content. It’s a tremendous data point for all the video space, that a company [like MLBAM] can build a business model that’s actually able to go public.”

See the full interview here (Hunstable comes in just after 0:30).

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New Ustream Align Features and New SDKs

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Based on Ustream’s robust and scalable video platform, Ustream Align is designed to provide organizations with the ability to improve employee engagement and strategic alignment with secure video streaming. We’ve added 2 new features to enhance the value and effectiveness of your internal communications using Ustream Align:

Single Sign-On (SSO):  Simplify access and protect the privacy of your video content with Ustream Align SAML-based SSO.

What is SSO for Ustream Align?

Ustream Align SSO helps you ensure that the information you share in your live and video-on-demand (VOD) broadcasts to your internal audiences remains secure. By incorporating SAML 2.0 (Security Assertion Markup Language) support into Ustream Align, we’ve made it possible for you to integrate with major corporate directory systems leveraging SAML-based identity providers such as OneLogin, Ping Identity, and Okta.  Our SAML-based SSO solution also works with Active Directory and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol)

Ustream Align SSO support also simplifies access for your users, helping them save time, reduce errors, and increase productivity.

When is SSO support for Ustream Align available? RIGHT NOW!

SSO support for registered Ustream Align customers with Enterprise plans is available now. Please note that you must be a Ustream Align Enterprise customer to access SSO support. To learn more about Ustream Align support for Single-Sign On or to get assistance in setting up SSO support, please visit our Ustream Align SAML Documentation Pages or contact our Customer Success team.

 

New Integrated Question & Answer (Q&A) function: Add more interactivity and engagement to your live video session on Ustream Align with integrated text Q&A.

What is the new Q&A feature for Ustream Align?

The new Q&A function enables viewers of a live streaming video broadcast on your Ustream Align channels to ask text questions of the presenter or moderators. Presenters and moderators can then answer these questions during the session via text response within the Q&A panel or respond verbally.  Both presenters and viewers can see the questions in the dedicated Q&A module displayed to the right of the Video Stream window. Anyone on the session can filter the questions displayed in the Q&A module using 4 criteria:

  • Display all questions asked by anyone during the session
  • Display questions that only they have asked
  • Display all unanswered questions
  • Display all answered questions.

In addition, moderators can delete questions from the Q&A panel. There is no limit to the number of questions that viewers can enter.

When will the Ustream Align Q&A feature be available? RIGHT NOW!

The new Q&A feature is available now to all existing and future Ustream Align Enterprise customers as well as Ustream Align Trial users. Please note that you must be a Ustream Align Enterprise or Trial customer to access the new Q&A feature.

 

FOR APPLICATION PUBLISHERS

New Android and Roku Software Development Kits (SDKs)

We’ve added support for Android and Roku TV Player devices to our Mobile SDK, giving you the ability to play Ustream live and recorded videos in your native applications for iOS, Android and Roku. These SDKs give you full control over the white-label Player, including a customizable user interface, callbacks on status changes, and much more.

Visit the iOS, Android, or Roku SDK documentation pages to learn more and stay tuned for more announcements as we continue to enhance our products to serve you better.

Live Video Is Key to Efficiency for B2B SMBs

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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) employ nearly 50 percent of American workers, according to a recent article by the B2B News Network (B2BNN). When it comes to keeping these employees happy and engaged, salary is only part of the picture. Smart SMB employers are beginning to recognize a direct link between employee communications and job satisfaction.

In addition to internal intranets, e-newsletters and mobile apps, streaming video can play a key role in engaging the SMB workforce. “Video is powerful and engaging and doesn’t take a lot of resources or expertise to get started,” Ustream Director of Product Marketing Bob Lee shared with B2BNN. “In fact, a managers or CEOs can use the video camera built into theirs laptops to stream and record messages that can be sent to employees’ smartphones and stored on a secure channel.”

Read the full article here

Recently, Ustream addressed executives’ growing need to motivate their teams in the webinar 3 Things CEOs Worry About: How Communications Can Help. Research reveals that CEOs are spending more time and attention on organizational culture and communications, and we explored some of the ways they are using technology to engage their employees. You can view the webinar on demand here.

Ustream CEO to Bloomberg: Streaming Video Opportunities are in Enterprise

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In an interview on Bloomberg Business’ “Market Makers,” Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable shared some thoughts on Verizon’s $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL and the deal’s implications for the streaming video industry. (Watch the video here.)

“AOL is in a more stable position than it may have been previously,” Hunstable said. “They’ve been deliberately going into mobile, they’ve been deliberately going into video, and for companies like us, who partner with AOL, it’s a good thing.”

When asked about where the opportunities lie in the streaming video industry, Hunstable added, “For us, it’s really the enterprise space. We’re really focused on the business market, the B2B market. That’s where our growth is — companies like Salesforce, Cisco, Facebook, these are our customers. We’re helping businesses use video to connect in more engaging ways.”

Watch the full interview

Ustream CEO talks transparency, mobile and more on HuffPost Live

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Recently HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani sat down with Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable to discuss his take on issues such as the growing buzz around mobile streaming apps and the rise of citizen journalism. (Watch the video here; the interview begins just after the 21-minute mark.)

On the latest mobile streaming apps

Hunstable sees the popularity of new mobile streaming apps as a testament to the growing significance of video and the power it places in the hands of mobile users. “It’s another data point for how hot video is,” he remarked. “If you think about it right now, everyone’s carrying around a satellite truck in their pocket.”

On the responsibilities of citizen journalists

“One of the things that video brings — particularly live video — is some element of transparency,” Hunstable told Modarressy, “but it needs balance. It needs context.”

Recalling Ustream’s role in bringing global attention to uprisings in Russia and the Ukraine in recent years, he noted that “getting that unfiltered, that real-time access to what is happening is not a bad thing.” At the same time, “you need to get all the other facts that are associated with [the issue].”

On Ustream’s biggest moment so far

When Modarressy asked Hunstable what was, in his opinion, the most powerful use of Ustream to date, the self-proclaimed “space junkie” cited the Mars rover landing. “To be able to watch that moment and experience it — there were millions and millions of people watching it,” he said. “To experience this collective consciousness of people watching us visiting another planet was absolutely exciting and powerful.”

Watch the full interview here.

AdWeek: Live Streaming Video Is Nothing New

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In the last few months we’ve seen ample buzz about streaming video … but is all the hype warranted? Not really, according to a recent AdWeek article.

Writer Kimberlee Morrison noted that Ustream has been providing streaming video since 2007 and has now evolved past the consumer phase to focus on the needs of enterprises. Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable commented that the recent buzz over new apps simply highlights the growing popularity of online video. “In a lot of ways,” he told Morrison, “the Internet is becoming video.”

Hunstable also commented that, while newer apps offer integration with social platforms, they lack the analytics that companies need to attain real business goals. “Ustream,” on the other hand, “is building capabilities for brands to be media companies in their own right.”

Read the full article here.

Bloomberg: Ustream a “Pioneer” in Live Video

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In the recent article “Meerkat, Periscope, Been There, Done That,” Bloomberg Business contributor Olga Kharif reminded readers that new apps Meerkat and Periscope are not the first tools to enable live video streaming from smartphones — far from it.

While the new apps have attracted considerable buzz, both in the media and among consumers, Ustream ranks among the “pioneers” of streaming video, dating back to 2007. And while newcomers focus on consumers, CEO Brad Hunstable points out that Ustream has evolved to a new level, offering a secure, high-performance tool to help enterprises reach customers and employees.

Read the article here

JVC Partners With Ustream for One-Click Video Streaming

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At last week’s NAB Conference in Las Vegas, JVC Professional Video announced a partnership with Ustream that will offer organizations a streamlined experience when broadcasting live video.

Two new JVC cameras support the industry-standard Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP), which allows up to four Ustream channels to be stored for easy access via the camera menu. Users can either stream video live or record it for immediate on-demand viewing with the touch of a single button. A planned firmware upgrade will add the capability to three additional JVC models.

“Ustream’s partnership with JVC enables a one-click solution for organizations to create high-quality live and on-demand videos to engage with internal employees, stakeholders, and even global audiences,” said Ustream CEO Brad HUnstable. “From employee town halls to sharing live events, the applications are virtually limitless.”

Read more about JVC’s partnership with Ustream.

Ustream Demand: Driving Conversions From Live and On-Demand Video

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Yesterday, Ustream announced the launch of our most powerful marketing tool yet: Ustream Demand, the only video marketing platform to enable lead capture from both live and on-demand video. Combined with our existing LiveAd tool, Ustream Demand enables marketers to generate higher-quality leads at a lower cost per acquisition than non-video solutions.

“We’re offering the first marketing platform for combined live and on-demand video content,” said CEO Brad Hunstable. “Ustream Demand enables marketers to easily incorporate all of their video assets into their integration campaigns, leveraging the most powerful video tool available for lead conversion and lowering customer acquisition costs. Combined with Ustream LiveAd, marketers can extend the reach and impact of their video to thousands or millions.”

Before Ustream Demand, marketers had to use a convoluted set of tools to create, manage and distribute live video content, a second set of tools to create and distribute on-demand video — and yet another array of solutions to measure the lead-generation performance of both. Ustream Demand combines creation, management, distribution, lead capture and analytics capabilities to offer a streamlined solution that delivers real results.

“To succeed, marketers today need viewer information and consumption behavior data to build customer profiles and nurture campaigns,” said Mukul Krishna, senior global director, Digital Media, Frost & Sullivan. “In such a scenario, Ustream Demand is designed as a complement to leading marketing automation and CRM platforms. This means that deployment can be quick and economical, with minimal disruption of processes already in place. Ustream’s video marketing platform is focused on streamlining the capture of user information and video consumption behavior and empowering marketers using digital marketing platforms to fully leverage the power of video as an integral part of their marketing campaigns.”

Click here to learn more about Ustream Demand