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

Customize Channel Page: New Viewing Experience

Customize Channel Page: New Viewing Experience

Today, April 14th, marks the complete launch of the new Ustream viewing experience and the discontinuation of the old experience. This impacts all existing Ustream channel pages that were created before February 18th, 2016, and were not already migrated to the new design.

The new viewer experience brings with it a multitude of new improvements for the desktop and mobile experience around these pages. This includes a cleaner look and also additional features for broadcasters to customize channel page content.


Slack Video Integration for Live Notifications

Slack Video Integration for Live Notfications

Using Slack for its collaborative capabilities? Looking for ways to bolster that effort through autonomous notifications of your streaming projects? Ustream is introducing a new Slack video integration that surrounding Ustream video channels. The integration allows broadcasters to link to a Slack channel to push automatic notifications, and works with both Ustream Align for internal communication and Pro Broadcasting. It creates an easy way for team members and followers to get informed about the latest live stream or video on demand content.


The New Viewing Experience is Here

We’re happy to announce that the new Viewing Experience that we’ve announced in December is now publicly available for all broadcasters!

The new channel design comes with lots of benefits:

  • Responsive layout looking great on all screen sizes
  • Large player and more room for the chat
  • Large video gallery
  • Interactive Chat & Social Stream
  • Description now available for VODs
  • Less ads on the page and a lot more room for your content.

Customization options include:

  • Cover image
  • About section with rich text formatting, including images and links
  • Links to external websites (Facebook, Twitter, Paypal etc)
  • Links to your other channels on Ustream

To see the new look in action, check out these channels that are already on the new design:

A great thing about the new design is that all customization will carry over to mobile. The iOS and Android app updates will be released in a few weeks.

From now on all new channels get the new design by default. If you have an existing channel you can choose to migrate to the new design manually until April 2nd, 2016 when the old channel design will be discontinued.

Visit your Dashboard to see what’s new and don’t forget to leave us feedback!


Ustream Align: Your Channel Page has a New Design

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We all know that the power of Ustream Align can help you streamline your internal communications while maintaining control of your sensitive data. So its no wonder that companies like Lyft, Slack & Pinterest turn to Ustream’s technology to make sure their entire company, both in house and remotely, stay connected and have access to the resources they need to be successful. It’s the obvious choice!

That’s why we revamped the Ustream Align channel page to make the experience for your viewers the best it can be, including responsive layout for high resolutions screens, easy switching between live and recorded videos and more information about the content they are watching.

Visit your Ustream Align channel page to check out the new look and let us know what you think. Stay tuned, more exciting features for your Ustream Align channels are coming soon!

 


Early Preview: New Ustream Viewing Experience

The New Viewing Experience

The new Viewing Experience offers your viewers a super clean, responsive user interface that provides the best viewing angle on all screen sizes and devices. Not only our web site has been upgraded to work perfectly on all desktop and mobile screen sizes, but we’ve also upgraded our native iOS and Android mobile apps to offer the same viewing experience to all of your viewers across all platforms.

The new Viewing Experience offers lots of room for all of your content: a large video gallery, a rich About section, links to your external websites, event calendar and links to other channels if you have multiple channels on Ustream.

As a broadcaster, we would love to hear what you think! You can take the new Viewing Experience for a test drive now by logging into your dashboard and accessing your channel settings. The preview will be available for you as long as your channel is not hidden or password protected and has no locks on the content.

Please feel free to drop us a line and let us know your thoughts by using the feedback option within the preview both on the web and via our mobile apps.


Ustream for iOS Update: What’s New in Version 3.1.2

iOS users received a surprise in the app store this morning, check out the new features + fixes in the new and improved Ustream Version 3.1.2

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  • New Features:
    • The long awaited feature to edit your profile within the app is finally here! Tap your profile picture or the Edit button on the Account settings screen to start.
    • You don’t have to remember your usernames anymore! Simply use your email address to log in. (Pssst… your old usernames still work of course.)
    • Chat now shows nicknames! Remember the part where you can edit your profile? You can set your nickname there too.
  • Fixed:
    • Broadcast sounds can be heard again on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
    • Several stability improvements and bug fixes under the hood.
    • Adds backward support for iOS 7.1.

Notice anything that we might have missed? Let us know your feedback!


Ustream Announces SDK for Apple tvOS

The walled industry that is TV is about to be disrupted in a serious way.

On September 9, 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the dawn of a new era in television when he launched the latest version of Apple TV, stating that: “the future of television is apps.” With the new version of Apple TV, you’ll be able to customize your Apple TV homescreen with the apps that you use most, adding new ones from an Apple TV app store will offer thousands of apps. Reviews from around the world, including Bloomberg Business, are already calling Apple TV a “game-changer,” saying it will change the way people discover and consume entertainment.

Available now:  the Ustream Software Development Kit (SDK) for tvOS

With the new Ustream SDK for Apple tvOS, Ustream customers can develop apps for Apple TV that can play live and on-demand video content inside the beautiful Apple TV interface. Now, any content can be available on the TV inside people’s living rooms.

Business Blueprint focuses on Apple TV

Business Blueprint is Australia’s leading business education company. In early August of 2015, they launched “The World’s First 24 Hour Small Business Channel”, using Ustream’s player to expand beyond Australia and reach a global audience with their educational programs. Dale Beaumont, CEO of Business Blueprint, describes their results: “Currently we have been broadcasting 24 hours a day for 6 weeks. We’ve learned a lot about how to run a 24/7 channel and we are pleased with the results. We now have clicked over 18,000 subscribers.”

Available via their web app, businessblueprint.com, Business Blueprint’s content can be accessed on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Beaumont and his team recognized the enormous opportunity presented by Apple TV and began working with Ustream to make their service available on the new platform.  “Ustream was the obvious choice for us. We knew that they would be the first to respond to the new opportunities offered by the Apple TV.” said Beaumont. “Our development team has worked really hard to reformat our web app so that it works on tvOS. Thanks to the support of Ustream, we are now ready to begin our submission to the new App store.”

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“We are extremely pleased with the result. It looks beautiful and most importantly it works! Our hope is that thousands of new people will get to see and experience our Business Blueprint channel and we can continue help more entrepreneurs around the world.”

Want to learn more about the Ustream SDK for Apple tvOS? Contact Ustream or call +1 (800) 778-3090


Do You Know Who is Watching Your Videos?

Do You Know Who is Watching Your Videos?

Do you know who is watching your videos?

We created Streaming Manager for Enterprise (formerly 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. To address that, we have introduced viewer tracking. This works on a per user basis. To see a demo, watch our Video Best Practices for Your Internal Communication Strategy webinar which concludes with showcasing the platform and this feature.


Ustream Rolls Out New Video Player with HTML5 Interface

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.

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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.


Simplify Viewer Access to Your Videos with Ustream Align Portal

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.

Click here to learn more about Ustream Align

Ustream is already using Ustream Align Portal to organize our internal videos.

Ustream is already using Ustream Align Portal to organize our internal videos.


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