Product Updates

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

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.


Secure Video App for Enterprise Streaming & Comms

Secure Video App for Enterprise Streaming & Comms

IBM Cloud Video is launching its new Streaming Manager for Enterprise secure video app. This mobile app offers a new, more convenient way for viewers to consume internal facing video assets. It greatly speeds up the time it takes for a viewer to access secure video content, letting them quickly dive in and start watching important training assets, executive communication or fulfill compliance training requirements.

Free to download and use, although requiring accessing content from an active Streaming Manager for Enterprise account, the app is available from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store. It makes viewing internal video content easy and is suited across a variety devices and connections. This includes support for adaptive bitrate delivery, automatically optimizing the quality based on the viewer’s connection speed.

Read on to learn more about the new mobile app and the advantages it brings for enterprise content owners.


Enterprise Video Portal with a Customizable Experience

Enterprise Video Portal

Looking to offer a customized video experience for your employees? Streaming Manager for Enterprise offers an internal facing enterprise video portal. This portal is secured, allowing companies to limit access to intended viewers. This audience can be a mix of employees, contractors and other stakeholders.

Learn what IBM Cloud Video has recently improved and what portal features are available to customize for your end user experience. This includes ways to brand the portal with cover images and also a feature video tool that allows enterprises to highlight selected material.


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