Product Updates

Learn about streaming product updates on IBM Cloud Video solutions that power live and on-demand streaming video delivery.

Video Chapter Markers: Setup & URL Sharing

Video Chapter Markers: Setup & URL Sharing

Looking for a way to segment long form video content? Adding video chapter markers presents a great way to create longer video assets while offering a navigation method to support jumping to topics of relevance for viewers.

IBM Cloud Video has recently improved video chapters, including enhanced shareability for end viewers through URL chapter points and integration with cloud trimming.


Geo-blocking Security for Live and On-Demand Video

Geo-blocking Security for Live and On-Demand Video

Need to add geographic restrictions to your video content? Geo-blocking offers a way to control who is able to access your assets on a per country basis. This can be done through specific channels, allowing content owners to mix different geographic restrictions among their assets.

Recently added as an option inside the IBM Cloud Video platform, geo-blocking works across desktops and mobile devices. This includes if a viewer is trying to watch from an app, which might be branded as IBM Cloud Video or Ustream. It joins a suite of security features, some of them around keeping content internal as highlighted in our Enterprise Video Security Components & Services white paper, to help enterprises keep their video content restricted to intended audiences.


Broadcaster Picture-in-Picture Video Streaming Feature

Broadcaster Picture-in-Picture Video Streaming Feature

Looking to add picture-in-picture video playback to your live broadcasting? Picture-in-picture can be a simple way to liven up presentations, adding live camera footage to decks or demos.

IBM Cloud Video Broadcaster (Ustream Broadcaster) has added support for picture-in-picture playback through its desktop encoder. The encoder is currently available for Mac, with a Windows version coming soon. This article mentions this new feature and touts use cases for the technology as well.



White Label Video Solutions for Enterprises

White Label Video Solutions for Enterprises

Need to create a custom page for your streaming content to live on? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream now have customizable channel pages for Streaming Manager and Ustream Pro BroadcastingThis enables easy branding or no branding, offering white label video solutions for enterprises. This allows control over navigation and branding on automatically generated pages. These features are toggleable as well, allowing companies to quickly make changes.


Enterprise Video: Chat Integration Module

Enterprise Video: Chat Integration Module

Looking for an enterprise video chat integration for internal communications? IBM Cloud Video and Ustream are launching a new chat feature for use with both Streaming Manager for Enterprise and Ustream Align.

This new feature, which limits access to authorized viewers through either SSO (Single Sign-On) or email authorization, allows for viewers to engage in realtime and participate with one another while watching internal video content. This feature works with both live and on-demand content and is compatible across desktops and mobile devices, including over the IBM Cloud Video for Enterprise App.


Manage Temporary Passwords for Video Encoder Access

Manage Temporary Passwords for Video Encoder Access

Looking for a way to manage temporary passwords that could be used for live video encoder access? IBM Cloud Video have rolled out a feature that allows account managers to create passwords that can be used by encoding software, encoding hardware and mobile apps for the purpose of broadcasting. These passwords, set permanently or on a temporary basis, are managed directly from the platform by account managers and access can be revoked at any time.

Please note, while this feature presents an alternative way to access these encoders from a Ustream account, it is mandatory for IBM Cloud Video accounts, including Streaming Manager and Streaming Manager for Enterprise, to access these encoders in this new way. This is because login details associated with an IBM Cloud Video account can not be used to directly login to an encoder. Consequently, these device passwords are required to login to compatible encoders and apps.

If you want to learn more about security features to look for in an enterprise solution, be sure to read our Enterprise Video Security Components & Services white paper.


ECDN benefits, deployment & system configuration

ECDN benefits, deployment & system configuration

IBM Cloud Video has improved its ECDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) technology through simplifying the initial deployment and configuration process. This includes a new, friendly UI and also easy ways to export this configuration for VMware® ESXi or Microsoft® Hyper-V™. This article explains the new process and also gives an overview of what an enterprise content delivery network is, ECDN benefits and use cases for the technology.


Slack Chat Integration for Internal Video Channels

Slack Chat Integration for Internal Video Channels

Looking for Slack Chat integration for your internal video channels? Ustream has added Slack integration to Align Secure Video Streaming channels, available to all Align users. This feature allows content owners to consolidate team communication, placing important information in a central, searchable location for cross functional application.


HTML5 Video Player vs. Flash: Support & Features

HTML5 Video Player

In a broad sense, delivering video content over HTML5 is what many broadcasters strive for. A quick search engine query can back that up, as there is an assumption that HTML5 equates to being able to reach mobiles. This is at the base of the conversation, and most often stemming from Flash being incompatible over most mobile devices, but the answer is notably more complex.

This article talks about a recent shift at IBM Cloud Video that adds HTML5 video player support on virtually any device, not just mobiles, with support for adaptive streaming. It then covers why this is the right choice through looking at the current landscape of HTML5 video and Flash on browsers.


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