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- It allows us to stream without special equipment. We mainly use our phones.
- The quality of the videos is amazing and I love the fact that videos auto-save and you can download and edit them for later.
- The program allows you to create playlists so that we can stream on our online channel 24/7
- I'd like the option to be able to upload the videos directly to Vimeo.
- The download speed could be faster.
- The program is great and was perfect for what we needed.
IBM’s video streaming service is cost-effective for us since we are such a small congregation. We are able to use open-source free products to support our video stream, making this a uniquely accessible approach to a service that is of primary importance to our mission statement.
- This service allows multiple viewers to either set up a free, ongoing account or watch anonymously without getting an account.
- Whether or not the viewer logs into an account or views anonymously, they can participate in the chat room, another feature of IBM’s software. Here, one can ask questions, make comments, and ask for technical support. Our webcasting team also uses this chat room feature to manage/test technical details related to webcast quality and other specific settings for the stream (I.e., sound, image, camera focus, etc.).
- The ability to auto-record is another useful feature for us. The company offers a generous 1000 hours of recorded content per month, which is more than enough for our roughly 4 hours of streaming per week on average. This makes it possible to save an entire year of worship and study time for playback.
- Occasionally, we experience a form of static that lasts for about 1 to 2 minutes. It appears in the live stream and in the auto-recorded file, but not in the live worship assembly. It occurs roughly 1 in every 4 hours of webcast time. I wish there was a way to trace the source of that recurring static. The diagnostic tools could be more robust.
- It would be nice if the chat room allowed a user photo/avatar for each user to personalize that a little more.
- I have wished for a way that an admin could use a “laser pointer” on the video window to point out something on the feed that other live viewers could see.
- It would be wonderful to have a mini-tutorial for viewers who are not technically savvy that would inform them of how to get to the site and explain how they can use the software. For example, how they can see and type in the chat room, how to maximize the screen and make it smaller. Some of our viewers are in nursing homes or otherwise limited in capability to learn to use this on their own.
- Ease of use.
- Flexibility of using different streaming software.
- Great interface for viewers with no extra work.
- Occasionally, I've had issues with losing connection, making it impossible to stream.
- Metrics can be a little confusing to find accurate viewer numbers.
- The web interface can make finding certain things like chat windows difficult to find.
- The streaming platform is easy to navigate from the back end. It does not take extensive training for someone to step in as a video live stream producer.
- I like the functionality to create numerous channels to stream and host varying content.
- Although the platform has the capability to produce a complicated stream with a lot of moving parts, it is also user-friendly enough for an iPhone user to set up a simple stream on his or her phone very easily.
- When using a Remote Desktop source, it is very hard to connect the computer's audio to the stream. It has never worked well for us. And we have often had to use the audio from the room itself as opposed to directly from the computer.
- The chat feature can be more natively integrated into the video source (chats could be overlayed on the video itself as opposed to the side). It would make the interaction more prominent.
- The video editor could be significantly improved. It would be nice to be able to clip more than just the beginning and the end of a recorded video (i.e. if you want to clip a 10 second section from the middle of the video, you need to export the entire recording, import the file into a video editor, edit the video there, export the video out of the video editor, and then import the new file back into the Ustream channel).
- Stream and record significant events.
- Stream and record staff events and meetings.
- Stream events with moderately priced equipment.
- Better opportunities to stream using wireless connections.
- Simpler user interface.
- Low cost hardware requirement
- Low cost subscription model
- Easy to use
- Automated subtitling included in subscription
- More generous streaming capacity included in standard package
- Better online video management tools - I discovered very old videos were being stored without my knowledge
There is no obvious security, so confidential data cannot be streamed using this service.
For a "quick and dirty" solution, this works well.
- It makes video streaming extremely simple. Anyone with basic computer skills can set it up.
- It is very reasonably priced and the service is much more reliable than free options.
- The quality is good.
- A few have complained about the audio quality, but I am not sure that this is an IBM Watson issue. It may be a microphone problem or an issue with users' speakers.
- I would like the system to be more compatible with Chromebooks. The audio was unacceptable when I used my Chromebook for live streaming, but good when I used my Mac.
- I'd like the silver plan to include more user hours.
- Streams high-quality video and audio.
- Shows multiple feeds (camera and screen share) in the same view.
- Quickly change video sources to participant testing sessions.
- Sometimes bandwidth causes video quality to become very low.
- Once set up, very easy to start/stop streams
- Review saves streams, editing information
- Sharing saved streams with others
- Easy way to save streams and download later
- I do not like the free version going away. It allowed us to keep streams available when we aren't live streaming (once a year).
- Allow editing of multiple stream information (like the name).
- Channels - Having a channel that can be customized, and having a single link that can be shared before the event without having to update links to attendees is key. Attendees then being able to access the same link to view past broadcasts is important.
- Security - Password protection on a channel is great for those looking to have limited access or monetize a stream.
- Having separate Q&A and chat windows is great. Some events use one or the other, or both.
- Increased security - I would love to have channels be inaccessible to searches on the website, but still accessible via private link.
- A separate mobile app that presenters could use just for the Q&A and Chat module would be fantastic.
- Support for multiple hardware encoders so there could be a failover.
- I like the password protection
- The embedding options are great
- The feedback and support functions are great
- Playlists and scheduled broadcasts are good
- I would like more branding options
- I downloaded recorded streams that were of a lower quality than my actual stream quality
- Streaming video.
- Recording sessions.
- Easy link connection.
- Password access to be able to view different projects.
- It does not allow for the streaming of two different languages at the same time, with the possibility to record in both languages on two different files.
- You cannot record a session for more than three hours.
- You cannot see the name of people who are connected as viewers.
- Simple to use with easy configuration, setup, and integration.
- Allows for multiple channels with independent URLs.
- Low latency, less than 10-15 sec lag in some cases.
- Recording capabilities and management of recordings.
- It's a cloud-based product, which has more latency than on-premises.
- Easy to set up
- Easy to customize, although there are very few options.
- The player is simple for the audience to operate
- Stream from the webcam through the browser is a great function, although we don't use it.
- It means your platform can be used with professional cameras with nothing but a BLACKMAGIC web presenter or a BLACKMAGIC ATEM Mini, both of which are cheap and affordable.
- Limited stats
- No registration options
- Vimeo is not as "well known" as other platforms
Anything that needs a "white label" player embedded.
Not suitible for:
AGMs, stock holder meetings or anything that requires stats or registration and automatic reminder emails for attendees, Check the webinar add on on zoom.us, this service provides all this but the video quality and requirement to download their program is confusing and annoying to attendees.
- It just works!
- Handles different devices, formats and bit rates automatically.
- Support isn't all that helpful.
- The online interface is lacking, hasn't changed much in 9 years.
- No HLS ingest or other ultra low latency options.
Less appropriate: large streaming events (10k+ viewers), where analytics are core to your measurement of success. ULL streaming situations. I'm not aware of native app player support.
- Ability to create multiple channels for live streaming
- Quality and reliability of the broadcasts
- Easy to use and integrate with our website and social channels
- Bloated user interface
- Difficulty navigating between channels
- Analytics Console could greatly use improvement (i.e. dynamic reporting)
- The video quality for the end user is great.
- Very little lag
- Simple to use
- The editing tools need more flexibility. If something is corrupt in the center, we have to download, use other software and hope the compression will work when uploaded back to ustream.
- The streaming service is relatively easy to set up and is reliable.
- For those occasional weeks when we lose our internet connection, I appreciate the ability to upload our locally saved version of the video so our regular watchers can still access a video via the IBM site.
- In past years we've had occasional interruptions in our livestream (that weren't directly attributable to our local internet connection), but the reliability has improved over the last year or so.
- Some weeks I need to download the livestream video for our local archive. This process takes much longer than I would expect (multiple hours before the video is available for download).
- While this product offers many features for editing and promoting our videos, we do not use those services and will likely research less expensive options for our limited needs.
- high-definition video
- graphic capabilities
- multiple channels for streaming
- titling capabilities
- preset keying options
- I initially saw dropped broadcasts due to usb conflicts with different accepted video mixers--this could have also been due to mixer/computer incompatibility.
- A handier GUI for audio instead of adjusting audio going to the audio window separately
- Some preset titling revealers for sports livestreaming would be helpful.
- An ability to link with existing scoreboards for livestreaming
Sound quality could be improved. The service is mostly plug and play. When data limits are reached streaming shuts off. Users need basic understanding of editing. Could use more tutorials. Changing text is not intuitive. Menus options could be clearer.
- It's great at hosting large amount of streamers at once. We reach upwards of 5,000 at a time.
- The stream adjusts to the device the user is using.
- Placing information in the stream is very easy.
- I would like for it to approve its capabilities with connecting to social media.
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
About IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming
IBM Watson Media (formerly IBM Cloud Video) provides an enterprise video solution, powered by Watson AI, for
creating, storing, managing, broadcasting and measuring the impact of live and
There are two editions:
- IBM Enterprise Video Streaming (private or internal corporate communications)
- IBM Video Streaming (external events and monetized video streaming)
Both editions include storage, event support, custom branding, content management, multi-user accounts, and real-time analytics. Both are powered by IBM Watson AI for automatic speech to text conversion and automated closed captioning.
IBM Enterprise Video Streaming is an internal video solution that secures video assets for employee use (typically access via single sign-on/corporate directories). Individual viewer tracking measures engagement on a per video or viewer basis. This solution is often used in conjunction with IBM's Enterprise Content Delivery Network (ECDN) offering which does stream splitting and edge caching to help protect the corporate network from the strain of video going across the network.
IBM Video Streaming, an external video solution with optional monetization option, powers video streaming for large
external audiences. It offers scalability for massive viewership using the SD-CDN, a software
defined content delivery network built with QoS (Quality of Service) in mind to
reliably deliver video.
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Screenshots
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Integrations
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Competitors
- Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
- Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
- Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
- Entry-level set up fee?No
Video Streaming edition is available for purchase via credit card online (or via IBM salesperson if needs exceed those outlined in the online plans): https://video.ibm.com/platform/plans Enterprise Video Streaming edition must be purchased from an IBM salesperson: https://info.video.ibm.com/IBM-Watson-Media-Contact.html
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Customer Size Distribution
|Small Businesses (1-50 employees)||15%|
|Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)||50%|
|Enterprises (> 500 employees)||35%|
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
|Managed Event Support|
IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Technical Details
|Mobile Application:||Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web|