Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Winners for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 have been announced. As selected by users, the awards represent the exemplary services and products in the industry, from platforms to hardware offerings. This year, IBM took home four awards at the ceremony in the following categories:

– Closed Captioning Solution
– End-to-End Workflow Solution
– Enterprise Video Platform
– Media & Entertainment Video Platform

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Awards

This year, IBM was honored with four awards, topping the three IBM won last year thanks to the addition of winning Closed Captioning Solution for the first time. Below are some details on each award and also our solutions that were voted by users as the best solution in those categories.

Closed Captioning Solution

This marks the first year IBM has been nominated in this category and was selected for the recently launched IBM Watson Captioning service. This solution produces AI generated captions through utilizing speech-to-text. It includes robust functionality around training the artificial intelligence as well, to improve accuracy of generated captions.

End-to-End Workflow Solution

IBM offers an end-to-end solution for both the external video streaming offering enterprise video streaming offering from IBM Watson Media. This includes everything from an encoder, video player, embed codes, hosted web pages and more, with flexibility to use other components such as your own RTMP based encoder for live streaming.

Enterprise Video Platform

IBM has won this award several times in the past. The solution nominated is the IBM enterprise video streaming solution, which secures content using a variety of methods, such as SSO (Single Sign-On) with support for SAML based solutions, while also being able to track users on an individual level for compliance reasons or to gauge effectiveness of content.

Media & Entertainment Video Platform

IBM has two solutions in this category, one is its Video Distribution and Workflow which alleviates the complexity of ingesting, compiling and preparing both metadata and video assets for delivery to virtually any screen. This includes various features from cloud transcoding to digital electronic sell-through (EST) delivery and licensing window management.

 

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Ceremony Details

Winners were announced on November 14th at the Streaming Media West trade show. Happening that morning, the finalists were repeated for each category before the winner was announced. The trade show was held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. The awards were accepted by Scott Grizzle, Senior Solutions Engineer at IBM Watson Media, and Ethan Dreilinger, Solutions Engineer at IBM Watson Media, who were speakers at the trade show and are pictured above.

 

IBM at the Readers’ Choice Awards

IBM has a history with the Readers’ Choice Awards that stretches all the way back to 2009, where Ustream, later acquired by IBM, was first nominated. It has won in a range of categories, stretching from Enterprise Video Platform to Mobile Video Platform.

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018: History

Below are all the prior awards that IBM has been awarded, either as the winner or, in the case of two instances which are noted, as a runner-up.

2017

  • Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Services
    (IBM Streaming Manager – Runner-up)
  • End-to-End Workflow Solution
    (IBM Streaming Manager)
  • Live Streaming Platform
    (IBM Streaming Manager)
  • Media & Entertainment Video Platform
    (IBM Media & Entertainment- Runner-up)
  • OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD
    (IBM Media & Entertainment)
  • Small/Medium Business Video Platform
    (Ustream Pro Broadcast – Runner-up)

 

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018 Logo2016

  • End-to-End Workflow Solution
    (Ustream Pro Broadcasting)
  • Enterprise Video Platform
    (Ustream Align)
  • Live Streaming Platform
    (Ustream)
  • Media & Entertainment Video Platform
    (Ustream Pro Broadcasting)
  • Small/Medium Business Video Platform
    (Ustream Pro Broadcast – Runner-up)

 

2015

  • Enterprise Video Platform
    (Ustream Align)
  • Live Video Platform
    (Ustream)
  • Video Advertising Solution
    (Ustream LiveAd)

 

2014

  • Live Video Platform
    (Ustream)
  • Video Advertising Solution
    (Ustream LiveAd)

 

2013

  • Live Video Platform
    (Ustream)

 

2012

  • Best Streaming Innovation
    (Ustream Broadcast for Friends)

 

2011

  • Mobile Video Platform
    (Ustream)

 

2010

  • Live Streaming Platform
    (Ustream)

 

2009

  • Live Video Streaming Platform
    (Ustream – Runner-up)

 

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018

History of the Readers’ Choice Awards

The Readers’ Choice Awards are conducted by Streaming Media, who run both a magazine and web presence. They are a resource for video industry professionals, with an emphasis on digital media. The awards themselves have been around for over a decade, first taking place in 2007.

The awards attract thousands of voters each year. In fact, the 2017 event attracted 37,000 votes, up 3,000 votes from the prior year.

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