Product Updates

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

Ustream for Android tablets

Hey, it’s Gergo from the Ustream Product team! Today, I am thrilled to announce the major update for our Ustream app on Android, which now brings the full power of the Ustream experience to Android tablets and mobile phones.

Ustream for Android

The new Ustream app, supported on Android 2.1 and newer, boasts a whole set of tablet optimizations in addition to several important mobile updates. Let me guide you through the top highlights.

Explore and Go Live on tablets

  • Discover live, upcoming, and recent events, or explore by category.
  • Go live and interact with your audience by issuing a poll or chatting.
  • Access shows from your Ustream Crowds and events that you’re attending.
  • Watch featured shows of recommended Ustreamers.
  • Navigate through brand new screens with spiffy dark design theme.

New tablet screens

Enjoy improvements on your phone

  • Move the app to SD card to free up storage space.
  • Watch even more shows and videos on mobile with new, enhanced format handling.
  • Use the app on even more supported devices, now including Nexus S.

Mobile features

Get it now!

  • QRread the QR code with your device or click it in your browser
  • you can also search for ‘Ustream’ in the Market app on your device

We’d love to hear from you! We are inspired by our users’ valuable feedback. Go ahead, drop us a note at feedback@ustream.tv. Also, we’re working on other exciting features to give you the best personalized Ustream experience, anytime, anywhere. Stay tuned for more updates!

Gergo Radnoczi
Android Product Owner
Ustream, Inc.

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Gergo is responsible for the Android products at Ustream. He works in tight cooperation with the Android developer team, the designers, product architects, sales and marketing. He defines strategies, approves designs and specifications, prioritizes development tasks, reviews implemented features and schedules their release. You can follow @GergoRad on Twitter.


This Week in Product: Videos Widget

Hi there — Peter from Product here…again (*sigh*). Honestly, if I had my druthers — and I rarely do — I’d release a bunch of features and I’d never tell the lot of you. But Joanna, Tony, and the rest of the Marketing Team here at Ustream insist that I keep our faithful users up-to-date, so I begrudgingly offer you the latest product update: The Videos Widget.

Some of you may have noticed that your favorite channels now have a new component to the right of the video. It’s no longer just the Chat and the Social Stream, but a Rolodex of the broadcaster’s latest recorded videos. This is our new Videos Widget, and it’s live today for all our broadcasters. Here’s how it works:

By default, the widget appears on the channel page in the same area as the social stream and chat. If you’re a broadcaster and you don’t like it, too bad. Just kidding, you can turn it off in your Dashboard > Manage My Channel > Chat and Videos Widget > Recorded Videos Tab.

The videos widget is the default widget to show first, unless the channel is live. If the channel is live, either the social stream or chat will appear by default (whichever the broadcaster has opted for).

Clicking the title of a video opens that video in a new browser tab/window. This allows you to stay on the channel page while surfing all the great recorded content.

If the broadcaster has more than 9 videos, a “View All” link appears at the bottom. Clicking “View All” will bring you to a new page with all of the broadcaster’s videos.

We only display the broadcaster’s own videos. So if you’re a broadcaster and your videos widget looks kind of empty, don’t complain to us; keep streaming!

The videos widget is embeddable. Just use the same embed code, accessed by clicking “Embed” on the channel page, and the videos widget will tag along for the ride.

Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll regretfully be back to share more updates with you soon 😉 Keep streamin’!


Popular WildEarth Broadcasts to Deliver Live Multi-View Exclusively on Ustream

via PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ustream, the leader in live online video, and wildlife broadcaster, WildEarth, announced the launch of a new interactive video channel that will engage viewers with a compelling array of professionally produced live wildlife streams. Using technology that adds immersion to nature from virtually anywhere, a new Multi-View Experience will provide unprecedented views of the spontaneous and exotic wilderness only rarely witnessed in-person. The various streams capture a diverse selection of animals including elephants, lions, giraffes, and more through global locations such as Africa and the United States. Available exclusively on Ustream, WildEarth will go live with seven new channels of around-the-clock wildlife broadcasts starting on July 1, 2011.

Ustream is introducing its Multi-View screen functionality on the WildEarth hub at Ustream.TV/PetesPond, giving viewers full control to customize their own experience alongside an active social stream and chat room. Available whenever connected to Ustream – on mobile devices, internet connected TVs, Google TV and Boxee – all 7 of the WildEarth channels will feature this immersive Multi-View capability from the Pete’s Pond Channel.

Live from Africa

In the heart of Botswana, viewers will encounter exotic wildlife at Pete’s Pond, where a camera overlooking this watering hole provides a rare glimpse into life on the African savannah, 24 hours a day.

Live from the Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa, the Djuma Water Hole features an unobtrusive camera that is virtually controlled by an international team of volunteer wildlife enthusiasts called “zoomies”. For the virtual traveler, Ustream.TV/wildearthsafari is a twice-daily, expert-presenter led, live safari that travels the bush and open plains of the Djuma Game Reserve.

“As we’ve seen with the now-famous Ustream Decorah Eagles,” says Ruby Tugade, Manager of Content & Distribution at Ustream, “interactive broadcasting is incredibly powerful in building, educating, and inspiring a community of millions. Now, with the addition of simultaneous live cameras via Ustream’s Multi-View technology, communities may share a panoramic view of the world together.”

The American Wilderness

Operation Migration will entertain viewers at Ustream.TV/migratingcranes, where endangered whooping crane chicks will be taught to accept and follow a specially modified ultra-light aircraft that will teach them a migratory route from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Wisconsin to Florida.

Additionally, WildEarth and PixController have teamed up to broadcast live Multi-Views, using PixController cameras positioned near an automatic feeder that operates 24/7 all year round, where an array of wildlife is attracted.

“We’re hoping our WildEarth broadcasts become more than just a center of attention for wildlife buffs,” says Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth. “By not only bringing people to these Multi-View Ustream camera options, we are offering them a much broader and more visceral experience, and we’re putting a degree of virtual tourism on-line with an interactive learning environment that will ultimately help conserve these amazing animals and their environments.”

The WildEarth hub of channels available with the Multi-View Experience can be found at Ustream via these links:

www.ustream.tv/petespond

www.ustream.tv/djumacam

www.ustream.tv/wildearthsafari

www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes

www.ustream.tv/pixpredator

www.ustream.tv/pixwildlife

www.ustream.tv/pixwoods


This Week in Product: Identity Selector

Peter from the product team here with a big question for you: Do you lead a double life?

On Facebook, you’re a mild-mannered bank employee. You go to work at 8:30; you are home by 5. You have 2.06 children. You will probably live 78.37 years.

But on Twitter, you’re a legend. You’ve got a Ustream channel and your weekly show hits 10,000 viewers. You’re larger than life, and you’ve got an attitude to match.

A problem arises when you want to interact in the Social Stream: you can’t reveal your identity on Facebook — your real identity — but you’ve used it to login.

Here at Ustream, we’ve got you covered. Someone like you needs an Identity Selector. Besides a ridiculous name that we may have stolen from Minority Report, here’s what it looks like:

To use the identity selector, just click your icon next to the text input field. Out slides a control panel with your various “identities” to display. If you’ve connected them to Ustream, they’ll show up. And of course, your Ustream account is one of those identities.

To select an identity, just click the radio button next to the identity you wish to use. It will automatically save.

What does it do? When you select an identity, it loads your picture from the social network you selected. It does not change what social networks you post to. To do this, simply check or un-check those boxes below the text input area when you’ve closed the identity selector.

You can also manage banned users. While on your own channels’ social stream, you will see the users you have banned and can un-ban them quickly. (Tip: ban or ignore users’ messages by mousing over them in the social stream. You can only do this on your own channel.)

Enjoy this new feature, and be sure to check out our Premium Memberships product if you want to stand out and watch Ustream commercial free!


This Week in Product: A New User Dashboard

Hello there! I’m Alden from Ustream’s Product Team. We have revamped your Ustream dashboard to make it even easier for you to manage your Ustream channel, and I want to highlight a couple of features you may not be using yet:

Default Channel

  • If you have more than one channel, you can now choose a “default” channel.  Simply choose your desired channel the first time and now you can access all your important settings directly from the dashboard landing page.


Schedule Events


Recorded Videos


Off Air Settings

  • Did you know you can set one of your recorded videos to play automatically when your fans visit your Ustream page?  You can also set up a slideshow with messaging about your upcoming events.  You can set this up using the “Off Air Settings” menu.  Click here for step by step instructions to set this up.



Happy Ustreaming!

If you have any feedback on our new dashboard, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at feedback@ustream.tv!


This Week in Product: Total Views in Player

Oh, why, hello there Ustreamer. You caught me while I was in the middle of hatching plans for the next glorious version of Ustream Skynet, which goes live in 2031. I would do another post when it’s ready, but by then it will be too late for all of us.

Anyhow, it’s time for “This Week in Product” — the first time, actually. As we’ve started to push more new features your way over the last few weeks, we thought it would be worthwhile to tell you about them (brilliant, I know). You may have seen Matt’s post about our Facebook App or Felix’s about the new channel page. If you haven’t, check them out.

Well, my name is Peter and I’m the head of product management at Ustream, and I want to tell you about a change that is going live as you read this (or maybe not — maybe it’s already out; I can’t predict when you’ll read this. Ustream Skynet will have that feature, though.): Total Views in Player.

You’ll start to notice some new text in the video player on all of our channels, as well as our embedded players that reached 65 million people worldwide in April, who watched for over 90 million viewer hours (more about that in another post).

Previously, our video player showed only the concurrent viewers. These are the number of people watching a broadcast at that exact moment. Concurrent viewers can go up and down as people tune in and out. A show can have zero concurrent viewers or it can have hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers, like the Decorah Eagles did a few days ago.

Now, our video player shows two numbers: the first (108 in the screenshot of Spacevidcast to the right) is labeled current. These are the old “concurrent viewers” and the logic has not changed.

The second (2276 in the screenshot) is labeled total views. This is the total number of views the show has since it started the current broadcast. If the show goes off-air and comes back later, this number will reset to zero. This number can only go up: as people come and go, concurrent viewers will go up and down, but total views will only grow.

We hope this change helps improve your experience on Ustream, both on our site and across the web. Enjoy!


Introducing the New Ustream Facebook Application

Update: Please note that the New Ustream Facebook Application feature described in this article has since been depreciated. It is no longer supported. It has been replaced by Inline Video Playback for Facebook and Twitter. The Inline Playback feature works over both social networks, and is as easy as posting the channel URL to a Facebook wall post or Tweet to implement. There is no application to install or other steps involved. It just requires a channel page that does not have advanced security features on it, like support for Single Sign-On. Read the Inline Video Playback article for more details.

 

When you broadcast live on Ustream we make sure that your event is viewable everywhere – on your Ustream channel page, on our mobile applications, and on embeds in blogs and websites throughout the internet.

Today we are excited to announce that you can showcase your Ustream events on your Facebook Page – giving you yet another place for your fans to view your content. It is viral, it is customizable, and it is absolutely free for everyone through the new Ustream Facebook Application.

New Ustream Facebook Application


New Features: New + Improved Channel Pages, Check-In & Chat

Hi fellow Ustreamers,

Today we released a new + improved Channel page. You’ll notice a sleeker and friendlier design across the board. Improvements touch on all aspects of the page from the Social Stream to the Recommended Live Show pane. I’m sure you’ll dig the changes – whether you’re a broadcaster or a viewer!

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Here are the top highlights of the new Channel Page:

Check-in & Chat with Ease

  • Improved log-in makes it easier to begin chatting
  • Share your chats more easily with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and AIM
  • Log into Ustream, chat and choose when to syndicate your messages to the Social Stream
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New Title Bars!

We’ve brought the same dynamic title bar found on featured streams on the category page to everyone’s channel page. Here are some of the key features:

  • Channel Picture, with live ribbon to inform viewers when live
  • Custom Event Titles displayed for scheduled events
  • Join Crowd, Tweet, and Facebook ‘Like’ buttons are now above the video player

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iFrames for Premium Members

A total of three new iFrames allow premium broadcasters greater flexibility in both the design and the functionality of their channel page.  Potential uses include:

  • Custom large channel banner at the top of the Channel Page
  • In-channel Stores for monetization
  • Links to Broadcasters other webpages

What’s Next

We’re working hard on similar improvements for our recorded video and user pages.  Look for these changes in the upcoming weeks.  Please send feedback and suggestions to feedback@ustream.tv.


Ustream Adds Live Video Applications for Television and Mobile Platforms to Complete Three-Screen Strategy with Panasonic, Verizon and Boxee

We are announcing exciting news today from Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to kick off 2011! For the first time, our live content and interactive experience will be available across all “three screens” — television, mobile and PC — through new relationships with Verizon Wireless, Panasonic and Boxee. [clear here]

The live Ustream content you enjoy – red carpets, movie premieres, celebrity chats, concerts, breaking news events and more – will be available later this spring across devices in the digital living room and on next-generation mobile networks. Ustream Lounge, our 10-foot television experience, is optimized for Google TV and Boxee, and works in most modern browsers to provide a refined experience optimized for larger screens. Here is a glimpse of what’s to come: [clear here]

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• The Ustream Android application for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network combines low-latency, high-quality broadcasting and viewing over Verizon’s 4G LTE Network into a single application. It also allows users to watch and RSVP to live events, join crowds, and share with social networks. It’s slated to launch later this winter. [clear here]


• The Panasonic VIERA Connect Ustream application, a first for live online video, provides instant streaming access of live and recorded content on Panasonic 2011 VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs. [clear here]

Ustream Lounge on Boxee gives you access to the most popular live and recorded content in a simple interface tailored for the big screen. This will be available on Jan. 9th. [clear here]

Click here to test drive the Ustream Lounge experience.


Today, Ustream launches Watershed

Watershed is a self-serve platform for organizations both large and small who need private-label live, interactive video. Flexible for everyone, Watershed offers plug-and-play widgets to robust API integration solutions as well as Pay-As-You-Go pricing: No monthly fees, No contracts, and No wasted bandwidth. Ever.

Here’s what my partners have to share in this Watershed moment:

Brad Hunstable, founder and President, says, “Watershed gives customers flexible pricing that traditional content delivery networks (CDNs) are not able to provide due to their legacy capital costs. Thus Watershed is a perfect solution for IT managers who need that flexibility.”

Dr. Gyula Feher, founder and CTO, says, “Watershed was designed and developed to be the most flexible platform for live, interactive video. With that in mind, the solution offers everything from plug-and-play widgets to robust API integration solutions. And our Pay-As-You-Go pricing means no monthly fees, no contracts, and no wasted bandwidth for our customers. As a value proposition to the market, Watershed truly marks an industry watershed moment.”

In summary, we’re bringing the most flexible platform with the most flexible pricing to market. It’s truly a Watershed Moment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful users and employees. Today, we’ve brought a compelling live streaming solution for businesses. Without you, none of this is possible. Thank you.


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