IBM acquires Ustream to expand cloud video offering

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IBM News Room: IBM Acquires Ustream to Propel Cloud-Based Video Services Across Industries

  • “Video has become a first-class data type in business that requires accelerated performance and powerful analytics that allows clients to extract meaningful insights,” said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, IBM Cloud. “Aligning our expansive video and cloud innovations into an integrated unit will create opportunities for clients to take advantage of this medium in the most strategic way possible.”

Techcrunch: IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit

  • “IBM confirmed that it has acquired video conferencing service UStream this morning. With several cloud video acquisitions in tow, the company also announced it was forming a new cloud video services unit.”

Engadget: IBM buys Ustream to power its new video services division

  • “The internet broadcast outfit will join IBM’s new Cloud Video Services division for live and on-demand video with “consistent delivery across global industries.” Ustream targeted business customers to flex its streaming muscle, including live CES coverage for a few big name companies at this year.”

VentureBeat: IBM confirms acquisition of live-streaming company Ustream

  • “IBM announced today that it’s acquired Ustream, a video streaming service, to bolster its existing portfolio of video services. With this deal, IBM is creating a new business unit called Cloud Video Services.”

USA Today: IBM acquires Ustream, launches cloud video unit

  • “IBM’s latest acquisition, live video provider Ustream, is also part of a new Big Blue enterprise: the cloud video services unit. The San Francisco-based Ustream and other recent IBM acquisitions including cloud-video company Clearleap will make up the new cloud video unit.”

Wallstreet Journal: IBM Bets on Video Streaming With $130 Million Ustream Buy

  • “In a bid to expand its portfolio of cloud-based computing services, International Business Machines Corp. has acquired Ustream Inc., a seller of video streaming services, in a deal valued at $130 million.”

PR Newswire: IBM Acquires Ustream to Propel Cloud-Based Video Services Across Industries

  • “IBM today announced it has acquired Ustream, Inc., a provider of cloud-based live video streaming services. The move will extend the IBM Cloud platform to help enterprise clients unlock the value of video, a rapidly-evolving digital media and data asset.  Financial terms were not disclosed. Ustream provides cloud-based video streaming to enterprises and broadcasters for everything from corporate keynotes to live music concerts.”

Forbes: IBM Confirms Ustream Acquisition As Part Of Cloud Video Unit Targeting “$105 Billion Opportunity

  • “IBM announced Thursday it has acquired Ustream, a nine-year-old provider of live video streaming. As part of the acquisition, IBM also announced a new Cloud Video Services unit to include the company.”

ZDnet: Why IBM is buying Ustream: Cloud, marketing, analytics

  • “IBM confirmed that it has acquired live streaming company Ustream in what amounts to a bet that video will become a valuable marketing and data asset for enterprises. Ustream has been mentioned as everything from a competitor to Amazon’s Twitch to a potential collaboration tool to a newfangled broadcast technology provider. But Ustream’s services also have a business-to-business hook with customers such as NASA, Samsung, Nike and The Discovery.”

ReCode: With Deal for Ustream, IBM Creates Cloud Video Unit

  • “Computing giant IBM said today it has reached a deal to acquire Ustream, a live video streaming service founded in 2007. The acquisition is the lynchpin of a plan by Big Blue to create a new business unit, IBM Cloud Video Services, that will combine Ustream with other recent acquisitions including Clearleap, which it bought last month.”

Business Insider: IBM is going after a $105 billion market in its cloud war with Amazon

  • “On Thursday, IBM made its purchase of live video streaming site UStream official. The acquisition was first  reported earlier this week. IBM claims that UStream gets 80 million users per month, and has paying corporate users including NASA, Samsung, and Facebook.”

Variety: IBM Acquires Ustream for Up to $150 Million, Powering Into Live-Streaming Video

  • “IBM has acquired Ustream, a provider of live and on-demand video-streaming services, expanding Big Blue’s reach in delivering and managing video for media companies and enterprises. With the deal, IBM has formed the Cloud Video Services unit, which combines assets from Ustream and the recent acquisition of video-on-demand management firm Clearleap. The unit also will create solutions integrating technologies from other IBM investments, including Aspera and Cleversafe.”

Enterprise Times: IBM launches cloud video unit

  • “The acquisition will be merged with three other IBM acquisitions, Clearleap, Cleversafe and Aspera as part of the IBM Cloud Video Services unit. The goal is to grab a big chunk of a market that IBM reckons will be worth $105 billion by 2019. It’s an ambitious goal but the companies involved should give IBM a real shot at this.”

Street Insider: IBM Acquires Cloud-Based, Live Video Stream Provider, Ustream

  • “Ustream joins the newly-formed IBM Cloud Video Services unit that combines assets from IBM’s R&D labs and strategic acquisitions. IBM will deliver a powerful portfolio of video services that spans open API development, digital and visual analytics, simplified management and consistent delivery across global industries.”