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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.

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.



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 Launches New Live Video Platform for Secure Internal Communications

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Ustream Align with enterprise-grade security gives businesses confidence for engaging, powerful, employee communications

Today we officially launched Ustream Align, the easiest and most scalable video platform with enterprise-grade security.  Designed specifically for internal communications, Ustream Align allows organizations to engage employees around the globe. Viewers can watch securely on any device, inside a company office or in the field. Ustream Align is built on Ustream’s world-class, award-winning online video platform recognized for reliability and scalability by millions of users.

According to a recent Dale Carnegie research study, companies with engaged employees outperform the competition by as much as 202 percent, yet currently only 29 percent are engaged.

Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO stated, “We conducted a study last month and found that nearly 72 percent of employees don’t fully understand their company’s strategy.  Video, especially live, is a powerful way to engage and communicate with a broad audience in a way that helps create a greater understanding and alignment with corporate goals. However, in the ‘bring your own device’ world of work, security is a top concern. Ustream Align provides an easy, secure and highly scalable platform to reach key corporate stakeholders on any device at any time.”

Ustream Align is the ideal, one-to-many live video platform to securely stream all-hands, board and shareholder meetings; customer, employee and accreditation trainings; executive presentations; product previews and events to internal audiences ranging from small groups to large global teams.

“More than 50 percent of our customers were already adapting our existing platform for internal communications,” said David Gibbons, vice president of marketing, Ustream. “With corporate security continuing to increase in importance—and the recent attack on Sony is a prime example—our customers were requesting enhanced security functionality to protect their internal communications.”

Visit Ustream Align to get more details on the new platform’s enterprise grade security, scalability and ease-of-use.