On September 17th, 2018, IBM Cloud Video (formerly Ustream) will be sunsetting free streaming.
As part of this change, your free account will no longer be able to broadcast or have viewers watch your content.
To keep your videos and access to our video streaming platform, please upgrade to a paid plan before August 1. This will also provide you with lots of premium features.
If you decide not to upgrade, please make sure to download all of your videos and data, because you will not be able to log in and use our product starting August 1st. Normally content remains on free accounts to be watched and downloaded for 30 days, but after August 1st you will not be able to log in and download these stored videos nor will they be watchable by viewers.
See plans and features
Note: The plans and pricing page will be updated on August 1st to match the upgraded plans described in this blog post.
In addition, the Watch and Discovery experience, found at ustream.tv/explore/all, will be retired as part of this transition. That will happen in September, after free streaming has been shut down. This will not impact individual channel pages, which will still exist.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. IBM Cloud Video will be improving the professional plans to include a greater array of features, increased video storage and expanding the number of channels per account. You can read about these features should you choose to upgrade or sign up for a plan in the near future.
[note: free streaming has been extended to September 17th, 2018, from its original sunset date of August 1st]
In today’s workforce, businesses need to remain agile to support increasingly global teams. In order to stay on the pulse of shifting workplace trends, these large companies are turning to new media and technologies. At IBM, we’re ushering in the future of effective and efficient workplace collaboration with our advanced video and AI technology.
That’s why today IBM Cloud Video unveiled new AI-powered Automated Watson Caption Support and Speech-to-Text capabilities to its enterprise video offering. From town halls to training and development seminars, we’re applying Watson’s machine learning capabilities to expedite the distribution of enhanced video content to teams worldwide. These flexible, scalable video streaming capabilities connect enterprises worldwide through live and on-demand streaming video technology — increasing accessibility, streamlining compliance adherence, expediting workflows, and enhancing overall corporate communications.
Rodan + Fields, the number one skincare brand in the U.S. (according to Euromonitor) and one of the fastest-growing disruptors in beauty, is among the first of our clients to experience these enhancements to their global enterprise communications. The company has a range of popular, dermatologist-inspired, clinic-quality products and in 2016, they achieved a major milestone by surpassing $1 billion in revenue. By pioneering a high-tech, high-touch business model that combines the best of retail, ecommerce, and social platforms, Rodan + Fields has more than a million customers and an expansive network of over 200,000 Independent Consultants. Rodan + Fields uses IBM Cloud Video’s enterprise streaming solutions to connect with their Consultants, and with our latest features, companies like Rodan + Fields can deliver the best video experience to their employees and Consultants regardless of location.
Winners for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 have now been announced. Representing the online video industry’s shining stars as selected by users, categories ranged from cloud based solutions, like the Live Streaming Platform category, to physical offerings, like Encoding Hardware (Live). This year, IBM Cloud Video took home three awards at the ceremony in the following categories:
– Live Streaming Platform
– End-to-End Workflow Solution
– OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD
For more information on the awards, including our history at them, please read on.
The Watson Media team is thrilled to have received the award for Best OTT TV Technology of the Year at the Content Innovation Awards 2017! It was an honor to attend the event hosted by Digital TV Europe and Television Business International, where over 200 industry experts gathered at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes for a night of thoughtful recognition and inspiration. We are humbled to be among other innovative content producers, broadcasters, platform operators and technology companies, and believe the award is a testament to the value of our services.
As of April 1st, 2017, Ustream’s transition to becoming part of IBM is complete. Ustream was acquired by IBM back in January of 2016, and quickly became one of the pillars of the then newly created IBM Cloud Video business unit. This unit brought together innovations from IBM’s R&D labs, including IBM Watson capabilities, and combined them with cloud-based video technology.
This article explains the future of Ustream as IBM Cloud Video, and outlines the minimized impact to current broadcasters and content owners using the service for either external or internal use cases. If you are a longtime Ustreamer, and curious how the platform has changed and everything you can do with IBM Cloud Video now, be sure to watch this Getting Starting with IBM Cloud Video Demo.
Ustream is part of IBM Cloud Video. After being acquired by IBM in January of 2016, Ustream became one of the pillars that formed the newly created IBM Cloud Video business unit.
The unit brings together innovations from IBM’s R&D labs, including IBM Watson capabilities, and combines them with the cloud-based video platform technology of both Clearleap and Ustream. This offers a variety of solutions for media and entertainment along with uses for enterprises including video marketing and internal video communication.
This article explains the future of streaming video with IBM Cloud Video and Ustream, detailing the relationship between the streaming service and the IBM Cloud Video business unit.
A lot has happen since Ustream joined IBM Cloud Video, and video technology has become the hottest resource in 2016 for both consumers as well as major enterprises. The amount of time spent watching video on digital devices has sky rocketed in the last year, and shows no signs of slowing down. DealCrunch talked with Ustream CEO, Brad Hunstable to learn more about how companies are using live video to engage with consumers, and a preview of how Ustream is integrating with IBM Watson to produce AI (artificial intelligence) video insights.
Click here to read the full interview
That’s a wrap, folks! Thank you all for joining Ustream at Streaming Media West 2016. It was a whirlwind of a trip, and we are thrilled to announce that we came home as a Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards winner in 4 categories, some of which are our first year receiving! Thank you to all of our customers for voting. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Ustream, an IBM Company, is an end-to-end solution that organizations can leverage as part of their video strategy. This can be for both external and internal facing assets, which might include marketing activities or corporate communication. Content can range from live broadcasts to on demand video assets. The platform is a global solution, supporting multi-national corporations while also being able to effectively scale to cater video content on a huge, worldwide scale. Because of this level of inherit flexibility, Ustream needs to take into account data privacy laws not just in the United States, but also every country where we store personal data or from which we access personal data.
IBM has prepared an EU Model Clauses agreement for Ustream customers to facilitate the transfer of personal data outside of the EU in accordance with the EU data privacy laws. EU Model Clauses are relevant to all customers sending personal information relating to EU citizens to Ustream.
To request an EU Model Clauses agreement or for any other information or assistance around the transfer of personal data, customers can contact our dedicated EU Model Clauses team via email.
The EU Directive 95/46/EC sets out rules concerning processing of customer’s personal data. As the data controller, customers appoint IBM as a data processor to process (e.g., store, transmit, archive) any personal data which may be included in the customer’s content. In turn, customers are responsible for obtaining all necessary consents to include the content (including any personal data) in IBM Ustream DBaaS solutions.
A list of countries where content may be held or from where content may be accessed for the purpose of delivering and supporting a Cloud Service is available at: www.ibm.com/cloud/datacenters.
Ustream has always been a fan favorite at Streaming Media West, and this year is particularly exciting since we have the privilege of being nominated for one of the highest honors in the online video industry – the 2016 Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards! It is the only awards program in which the winners are decided by video fans like you. We cleared off a new spot on the trophy shelf, but we need your help to take home the crown. Don’t miss your chance to help Ustream keep our winning streak alive and retain the title of being the best video platform in the industry for the sixth year in a row. To cast your vote, visit the 2016 Streaming Media Readers Choice Awards between now and September 26th. This time around, Ustream is up for a total of FIVE categories and we are looking to sweep the competition:
- Live Streaming Video Platform
- After taking home this award for 3 years running, it’s a no brainer that Ustream is the best in the business for live video streaming. Simple enough for beginners, yet powerful enough for professionals, Ustream is the destination for anyone looking to live stream video on the web.
- Enterprise Video Platform
- Ustream Align made its debut early last year and took home the award for the best Enterprise Video Platform. Align is optimized for internal communications, keeping your video secure, minimizing the impact on your network, and reducing the need for IT support making it the perfect internal communication solution for your business.
- Media & Entertainment Video Platform
- Broadcasters, cable networks and service providers need to be able to publish their online video quickly, to any device, at broadcast quality. Ustream’s flexible publishing and syndication options helps them manage the distribution of their content.
- Small/Medium Business Video Platform
- When a business needs a video platform with functionality beyond YouTube, but isn’t looking for a full enterprise or OTT solution, Ustream is the platform they turn to.
- End-to-End Workflow Solution
- Whether it be for entertainment or enterprise, when content owners are looking for a soup-to-nuts video workflow solution that includes professional services and consulting, Ustream is the best choice.
You don’t want to miss Streaming Media West this November as online video experts, producers, media and broadcast executives, content creators, and your streaming media peers come together to learn about all things online video. Streaming Media Magazine is the premier publication for online video experts, producers, broadcast executives and content creators to stay in the loop on the freshest news and latest trends. That’s why being chosen as the best in the business by video fans like you is one of the industry’s highest honors.
Cast your vote from now through September 26th. Streaming Media will announce the top three candidates in each category on October 31 and present the awards at Streaming Media West on November 19th. What are you waiting for? Now is your chance to vote!