Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018: Vote IBM

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018

The Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 have now opened for voting. An annual tradition since 2007, the awards represent the online video industry’s shining stars as selected by users. Categories range from cloud based solutions, like the Live Streaming Platform category, to physical offerings, like Encoding Hardware (Live). This year, IBM has been nominated in the following categories for the following solutions:

  • Closed Captioning Solution: IBM Watson Captioning
  • Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service: IBM Streaming Manager
  • End-to-End Workflow Solution: IBM Streaming Manager
  • Enterprise Video Platform: IBM Streaming Manager for Enterprise
  • Live Streaming Platform: IBM Streaming Manager
  • Media & Entertainment Video Platform: IBM Streaming Manager for OTT Video Management
  • OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD: IBM Streaming Manager for OTT Video Management

VOTE FOR IBM

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For more information on the awards, including our history at them, please read on.

Voting details

August 23rd marks the opening of the 2018 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards. People can cast their votes for those nominated until September 21st. Once voting is closed, a confirmation email will be sent to confirm each vote. As a result, please make sure an active and valid email address is used when voting.

The winners will be announced November 14th at the Streaming Media West trade show, held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, California. Traditionally three finalists are announced, and among those three a winner is revealed.

 

Nominated categories

This year, IBM has been nominated in a total of 7 categories. These categories include:

Closed Captioning Solution

This marks the first year IBM has been nominated for 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.

Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service

IBM’s enterprise solutions offer built-in cloud transcoding for live and on-demand content. This includes making streams capability over a variety of devices, but also services adaptive bitrate streaming to allow a multitude of different connection speeds to watch the content.

End-to-End Workflow Solution

IBM offers an end-to-end solution for both Streaming Manager and Streaming Manager for Enterprise. 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 one this award several times in the past. The solution nominated is our Streaming Manager for Enterprise platform, 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.

Live Streaming Platform

A veteran for winning this award, the Live Streaming Platform category honors the live streaming capabilities of various solutions. IBM offers a couple of services that are a live streaming solution, including the nominated Streaming Manager. This platform includes various other components nominated, such as real-time cloud encoding, real-time analytics and real-time QoS (Quality of Service) elements built to provide scale.

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.

OTT Platform for MSO and MVPD

OTT Video Management from IBM offers intelligent content distribution capabilities for direct and third-party OTT streaming services. This also includes granular access controls to monetize content through subscription and other user based models. In addition, content owners can manage their multiscreen content strategy from a single framework and utilize UX tools to drive a compelling user experience.

 

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 was first nominated. It has won in a range of categories, stretching from Enterprise Video Platform to Mobile Video Platform.

One of the longest achievements, since 2013 in fact, is that IBM has always won the Live Video Platform award, although called the Live Streaming Platform award in 2016.

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)

 

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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