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Live Streaming Trends & Benchmarks for 2018

Live Streaming Trends & Benchmarks for 2018

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Video is projected to make up as much as 82% of all Internet traffic by 2020, a growing share of which will be live video content. From high profile live events to internal communications such as sales team trainings and employee town halls, 2017 has made it clear that more and more brands and retailers are taking advantage of the benefits of live streaming.  See the Top Live Video Benchmark Report Takeaways.


Avoid Network Bottlenecks With Your Next Internal Video Stream

Avoid Network Bottlenecks With Your Next Internal Video Stream

Looking for ways to build collaboration and engagement among your employees? Live streaming company events like all-hands meetings can be a great tool to bring your team together. But internal streams are only effective if employees can actually watch the video. Too often, a network bottlenecks occur when employees use the same ISP to view a live stream. Because video is bandwidth-intensive and puts a strain on your internal network, streaming video can cause the Internet to crash, slow other applications running on-site — or both.

This article discuses strategies to avoid delivery issues to large, locally confined audiences. It approaches this from the need to keep content secure, for internal audiences only, but to successfully deliver that content as well, sometimes across a variety of different viewing devices. For those looking for a use case example of scaling internal video delivery, check out this How to Scale Your Corporate Video Communications webinar that details how IBM’s CIO office manages their own internal video needs.


3 Live Streaming Benefits for Medical Education

Live Streaming Benefits for Medical Education

With the rapid pace of technological innovation affecting virtually every industry, there are few professionals who need to stay more informed than those within the medical community. New information and procedures have the potential to save lives and end suffering, so it’s easy to see the need for practical and accessible knowledge transfer. Luckily, virtual audiences today can witness a procedure or get trained miles from the nearest medical facility, thanks to innovation within live streaming technology.

Below, we’ve outlined three live streaming benefits for medical education. This includes how live streaming technology has increased accessibility, affordability, and will continue to inform the future of the industry. Furthermore, this can all be done while securing video assets to intended parties.


Inside theCUBE: SiliconANGLE Video Case Study

“The ESPN of technology.” That’s how Jeff Frick, general manager and host of theCUBE, describes his interview show. Founded in 2010 by tech media company SiliconANGLE, theCUBE streams news and interviews from events in Silicon Valley and beyond, and these days it has become must-see programming for tech fans everywhere.

“We go to the big tech events, drop in a live studio and interview the ‘tech athletes,'” says Frick. In 2017, theCUBE will conduct approximately 1,500 interviews from over 100 events. At major annual conferences like AWS re:Invent and VMworld, Frick and his production team will interview as many as 70 tech leaders.

The vast majority of theCUBE’s on-location interviews are streamed live and are also available on demand, along with other in-studio interviews. Some fans of theCUBE tune in via computers or mobile devices for an entire day’s coverage while they’re at work, jumping back to the site when noteworthy tech figures and keynote speakers appear. Event attendees, meanwhile, watch theCUBE interviews when they return from the conference to get additional insight from various executives and customers, Frick says.


Tips for Engaging Employees with Live Video

Tips for Engaging Employees with Live Video

U.S. employers spent more than $70 billion on workforce training in 2016, and video was a top technology investment. But no matter how much budget a company allocates to video training, employees won’t learn and retain information needed to do their jobs if the content isn’t engaging. And there’s another side effect: The business won’t see the benefits of effective staff training — increased productivity, higher sales and improved compliance for training assets, among others.

To develop online video content for training and communication that will educate and entertain employees, take a page from retail brands finding creative ways to use live video events to engage customers. In a recent webcast, Fritz Brumder, CEO and founder of interactive video platform Brandlive, joined me to discuss how companies successfully use streaming video. Here are a few tips for engaging employees with live video:

SEE ALSO: 5 Ways to Use Live Streaming Video to Boost Brand Marketing


A Huge Thank You to Our Users from IBM Cloud Video

A Huge Thank You to Our Users from IBM Cloud Video

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to take the time to thank each of our customers.  Thank you for using our video platform.  Thank you for streaming with us and for pushing creative boundaries to come up with great content and innovative use cases for streaming.  And, thank you for your support as we’ve transitioned into the IBM family of offerings.    

And, an enormous thank you goes out to the 68 of you who took the time this year to write a review about your use of our technology on Trust Radius (3rd party review website). The products we offer started as a way to help people connect with other people in a dynamic way, in real time, and it’s very satisfying to read your stories and understand how our technology is helping you to do great things that engage your customers and employees.


Could Blockchain DRM Stop Digital Film Theft?

Could Blockchain DRM Stop Digital Film Theft

If you’ve heard the term “blockchain” tossed around, chances are it’s been in the context of Bitcoin. Blockchain — a digital ledger that publicly records transactions — is the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, but it could also be a silver bullet for the entertainment industry by being used for blockchain DRM (digital rights management).


5 Ways to Use Live Streaming Video to Boost Brand Marketing

5 Ways to Use Live Streaming Video to Boost Brand Marketing

For brands and retail marketers, live online video can be a powerful hook to grab—and keep—customers’ attention to boost brand marketing efforts. According to industry experts, a prerecorded online video will hold consumers’ attention for about two minutes, but live streaming video can keep audiences engaged for 20 minutes or even longer. The trick is to make those live streams must-see experiences or viewers won’t tune in, let alone stick around to make a purchase.

So what can marketers do to ensure live video events will draw and delight target audiences and, ultimately, help drive revenue? In a recent webcast, Fritz Brumder, CEO and founder of Brandlive, a live interactive video platform for brands and retailers, and Stacy Nawrocki, director of product marketing for IBM Cloud Video, offered some savvy advice for marketers large and small.


Footters Use Case Video: Taking Minor League Soccer to Streaming Stardom

Viewers worldwide are cancelling their cable TV packages and turning to online broadcasts at a steady rate. In the U.S. alone, nearly 25 million households lacked cable by the end of 2015. More than 1 million American households are expected to cut the cord this year, and they will be joined by millions more households across the globe.

But it’s not just weekday sitcoms, made-for-TV movies and daily news that are migrating online. Sports fans are clamoring to stream their favorite teams—and that’s where Footters, which launched this month, sees an opportunity.

Based in Spain, Footters is an online streaming company providing a platform for federated soccer clubs—the semi-professional and even professional players who are part of clubs worldwide that aren’t popular enough to merit the blanket television coverage given to the English Premier League or La Liga, Spain’s top professional soccer association. These minor league clubs might not be powerful enough to ink their own television deals, but they have a large, largely underserved audience. With an estimated 24 million clubs comprising 270 million players around the world, Footters’ potential reach is enormous.


Avoid These 13 Live Streaming Video Mistakes

Avoid These 13 Live Streaming Video Mistakes

The live stream video begins, and the carefully prepared speaker begins addressing an audience of thousands of viewers. The presentation is going smoothly until, just a few minutes into the opening keynote, the video freezes. Some viewers sound the alert in the chat window, others try checking their own connection. But many viewers have left: On average, one in five viewers will immediately stop watching a stream with poor video quality and never return.

Most of the time, common live streaming video mistakes—poor sound quality and a broken (or unattended) chat function, among others—are easily avoided with careful advance work. Organizations new to streaming video should heed this advice from Jeff Irwin, customer success manager for IBM Cloud Video. In the process of helping customers implement and manage streaming video, Irwin has identified common mistakes that stand in the way of streaming events and their viewers. So follow these 13 tips to avoid any unlucky mishaps on your next broadcast.

Note that this list assumes that you are using a platform that is scalable, able to reach large audiences without crashing, and is mobile friendly, having adaptive bitrate delivery. If not, these would be priorities as well.

  1. Failing to account for variables
  2. Ignoring audio quality
  3. Not checking your audio
  4. Forgetting to confirm adequate bandwidth
  5. Discounting the importance of your location
  6. Having no lighting plan
  7. Failing to promote the event
  8. Being late
  9. Not running pre-show content
  10. Making a weak first impression
  11. Not engaging your audience
  12. Skipping the chat moderators
  13. No follow up, CTA or post event strategy


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