This has been a big year for IBM Watson Media. Since launching a year ago, we’ve worked with the Grammy’s, FOX Sports and The World Cup, The Masters, and introduced a new product: Watson Captioning. A highly trainable, AI-powered offering, Watson Captioning provides broadcasters and publishers alike with a new tool to take closed captions to the next level. Today, we’re excited to kick off a new collaboration with Sinclair Broadcast Group that will roll out Watson Captioning to all of their local stations across the United States, making live programming more accessible to local viewers, including the Deaf community, senior citizens, and anyone experiencing hearing loss.
Television requirements for closed captioning were established in 1996, but more than two decades later, live captioning remains both challenging and labor-intensive for production teams to deliver in real time. As a result, breaking news, weather, and live sports segments often have delayed or incorrect captions, leading to a confusing and occasionally frustrating viewing experience. With our Watson Captioning technology, Sinclair will be able to improve caption accuracy, automate time-intensive manual processes, and reduce production costs, all while providing captions in real time at scale.
Events have exploded beyond the stage with live streaming. From company announcements, to press conferences and award ceremonies, most events today have two audiences: the one in the room, and the one behind their screens.
For organizers, the expanded reach is a dream come true, as are the insights from live stream analytics. But live streaming also requires a new attention to detail: even the Super Bowl and Apple keynotes have fallen victim to seemingly minor mistakes, amplified by the real-time nature of streaming.
To make sure live streams go off without a hitch, organizers should follow this high quality live streaming checklist to ensure a secure connection, reliable equipment and to define a protocol in the event something needs troubleshooting. If you are looking more for assistance on which gear to get, though, check out our Video Studio Recommendations white paper.
Looking to monetize your video assets or live streams? Interested in pay-per-view (PPV)? Pay-per-view video and paywalls solutions offer content owners a method to create a revenue stream from live broadcasts or on-demand video libraries. This enables organizations to sell their content to viewers, having them pay to access content.
This article describes this process, talks about adding a paywall to your content, strategies and use cases for pay-per-view.
Want additional strategies on video monetization and also methods to reduce churn, increasing predictable revenue from your content? Also be sure to register for our How to Monetize Videos & Reduce Subscriber Churn webinar.
Curious on the artificial intelligence capabilities of the IBM Watson Media solutions for managing video content, but looking for a way to develop them into existing workflows?
APIs are available to integrate IBM Watson Video Enrichment and IBM Watson Captioning into other applications, such as existing dashboards and interfaces. This includes both generating metadata using the artificial intelligence and managing training the AI to be better attuned to a use case. In addition, the APIs are launching with new, additional features, some currently unavailable elsewhere.
If you are interested in putting these APIs to use, contact us to learn more.
Need a guide for creating lower thirds for live video?
This article walks through, briefly, what are lowers thirds before discussing what makes a good lower third and use cases. It finishes off with instructions on adding a lower third to a live stream with instructions for several popular encoders.
Looking for some additional advice as part of your live streaming strategy? Download these 5 Pro Tips for Live Video Production.
Looking for live broadcast closed captioning solutions?
IBM Watson Captioning offers a service for broadcast television to caption their live content. This uses a combination of artificial intelligence in the cloud and hardware on location. For the on-premise component, the Watson Live Captioning RS-160 is hardware created specifically for this use case by the Weather Company to complement the Captioning service. For accuracy, the AI can be trained in advance, expanding both vocabulary and relevant, hyper-localized context through providing corpus.
This delivers a solution that can not only be highly accurate, but one that is both scalable and built for high availability.
To learn more about automatic closed captioning, register for our Auto Closed Captions and AI Training webinar.
The future of human resources, from hiring to training and on-boarding, is getting a digital overhaul. The credit goes to HR streaming video use cases, improving scale and time efficiency. And for young jobseekers, that’s great news.
More than 50% of employees are applying online using a mobile device, says Andre Lavoie, CEO of ClearCompany, a Boston-based talent management firm. And according to a new survey by HR software firm Yello, 85% of respondents appreciate the use of text messages in the hiring process, and 76% feel positively about video interviews.
“There is no question that this generation’s use of mobile, video and text is pervasive now and will only continue to increase in popularity,” says Dan Bartfield, co-founder and president of Yello.
One trend is clear: The digital tools today’s job seekers are using in their everyday lives are rewriting the rules for HR. In turn, human resources departments are using video to transform their processes. In fact, 79% of organizations plan to use video for HR and corporate communications, equipping themselves to better break down geographic barriers and serve a large, worldwide workforce.
A streaming media and video terms glossary that contains definitions of acronyms, technologies and techniques. The definitions are related to live streaming, broadcasting, video hosting and compression.
These video terms are relevant for both new techniques and legacy methods, which still have ramifications today when handling older media. There is a larger emphasis for online video applications, although a few terms which have roots in older methodology and processes. The glossary will be continuously updated as the industry evolves. If you are looking more for some tips on executing these terms, check out these 5 Pro Tips for Video Production.
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Want to know how to embed video into a website? Looking for a rundown of some of the many options available for video embedding?
This article covers how to embed a video, both live and on-demand content. It also discusses many of the features through combined and playlist embeds. This includes emphasis on the updated solutions from IBM Watson Media, which have been recently expanded with the ability to embed video chapter navigation and playlists into websites through combined embeds. To see the process of creating these improved, combined embed code, also be sure to register for our Getting Started with Enterprise Video Management webinar.
Want to learn more about how to live stream presentation slides?
This article discusses how to add a presentation slides to a live stream, use cases and tips for creating engaging broadcasts that include a slide deck. It mentions both methods for broadcasting through an encoder to discussing a new feature for IBM’s video streaming and enterprise video streaming offerings that can allow content owners to upload and include slides inside the platform.
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