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- 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.
In addition to being a member, I own an audio visual company that installs cameras and video streamers. Since the first installation, we have set up Cerevo streamers for other clients and had them create UStream accounts to broadcast their events.
Township board meetings are generally lightly attended. Some towns have public access channels on cable while others do not. Streaming allows smaller municipalities a greater audience reach without having to invest in cable TV access.
- Privacy Settings - very easy to establish a variety of security levels depending on the project.
- Publishing features are simple and easy to use. Not only can I publish the stream immediately after the live event is over, but I can upload to youtube directly.
- Communication - I can talk directly with the viewers of the stream in the event that their are questions or concerns
- The interface - though easy to use - is a bit dated. It does seem that it could be updated a bit.
- Browser exclusive streaming - it would be nice if the streaming service could be more directly integrated with streaming services/apps such as Youtube or a Ustream App. Maybe it is, but at the time I used it, i was unfamiliar with this option.
- Pricing options - though I think it is affordable, it's a bit difficult to determine what level I need to purchase. It might be nice to see more options in terms of pricing.
- Metrics are great and extremely specific.
- The platform loads quickly and scales to different size video players easily.
- The support structure is unheard of for any of the competitors.
- Their documentation on how to use their call to action/api features is lacking.
We implement video e-learning systems and creating educational content for corporate entities, and use IBM's Ustream Align when security and viewership reporting/analytics are required. Once deployed, multiple departments take advantage of the system as we create department-level educational content - M&A onboards new groups, HR trains new employees, Compliance keeps staff up-to-date on regulatory and education requirements, and senior leadership and executives communicate quarterly meetings.
Clients save tremendous time and money by reducing education, onboarding, and compliance costs, while freeing up management's time to focus on more strategic decisions. Ultimately, the organization is able to grow faster and more efficiently, especially during M&A or new-hire pushes.
- Reliable Platform - there is no down-time, so your employees are always free to train, managers to manage, etc.
- Desktop and Mobile - your teams can use this platform in office, at home, or during travel, so e-learning is convenient and easy.
- Reporting and Analytics - managers and senior leadership can see who's progressing, how many are watching, and what questions are asked.
- Live Q&A - during a video stream, viewers can message questions right in the player and get prompt answers, keeping everyone engaged and learning.
- Watch Anytime - all videos are hosted in the cloud and can be watched at any time, and still have the option of asking questions to moderators
- Report Exports - reports are exported as csv/excel, which is helpful, but the data needs to be massaged to be useful
- Back-end Admin Limits - there are only a few users that can have admin and moderator privileges, which at times can make things difficult when creating educational content for multiple departments/subjects
- First-time User issue - for some less tech savvy individuals, first time use can be difficult as you're required to validate your email and enter a provided code.
- Ease of use.
- Multiple methods of streaming. you don't have to use just a single method. There are plenty of options for getting your content up and online.
- Metrics. Ustream has good general metrics. But to get deep, very precise metrics is unavailable.
- More control of Q&A and chat functions. Currently you can turn them on and off. But, there are no ways of configuring these to make them look exactly as you'd like. There are a couple templates, but it would be nice to have full control of the view in order that it fits perfectly into your theme.
- Their contracting needs to be more streamlined
- Good Statistics
- After you get into your account, it is user-friendly.
- After IBM took over it does not offer notices when a channel you have joined is live.
- Since IBM took over it is not easy to find your channel with the live stream.
- I wish they would have made it easier as an original Ustream customer to sign in and see your stream easier.
It is hard to find out how to pay-per-view. I wish it was easier to talk to someone about how to use it to pay-per-view. I am missing opportunities because I need someone to handle Customer Service, take the payments and handle the sign-up part of the process.
- Technical support is excellent
- The software is very easy to configure
- The quality of the stream is excellent
- There is minimal delay between the upload and download
- New users are not able to personalize their site address
- Streaming live television Channels 24/7.
- Hosting live events for IEEE and SEMPTE from our studios in full HD.
- Hosting live events for various cities and sporting events we have here on campus, including campus recruiting events.
- At this time we are fine with what the vendor has.
- Sound quality and video quality are much improved from when we started with Ustream.
- Downloading streams for other apps is easy.
- We like to be able to do chats in real time during presentations.
- It is extremely annoying when I get a message that I am unable to connect at this time.
- When an error occurs it is usually right before a scheduled stream, and that creates chaos
We found Upstream after we had an unsuccessful experience with many of the other well-known streaming services.
- We were two hours away from our first live broadcast when our streaming service failed. We contacted IBM and the show went on as scheduled.
- We went from initial contact with IBM to live streaming in less than two hours, no problems.
- If reliability is critical then there is only one choice, the IBM Watson Media service.
- If budget is important then IBM Watson proved to more cost-effective than services advertising lower initial cost.
- While we set it up in less than two hours we did need to do some trial and error through the first show.
- The documentation provided is technical and complete which requires time to figure out all the options available for the user. Being more concise would be better.
- It would be nice to have a simpler process for creating passcodes for viewers to select a show and pay for those shows without us having to generate codes each time.
- Quick launch of a webcast
- Player compatibility
- Broad adoption of third party add-ons and hardware encoders
- Tech support turnaround on corrupted VOD videos.
- Channels need to have the ability to stream to two servers simultaneously--like YouTube's ability to stream to two different servers. They also allow you to see the health of the backup stream etc., in real time. Right now the Enterprise® solution for failover includes a 5-second black frame until the backup stream pops up. It also can only be set up by IBM staff as a special request.
- Ability to customize the player. The older Flash-based player allowed for this. A basic customer customizable player like Vimeo would be amazing.
- You can ask viewers to attend only if they give you an email address so that you can create your mailing list for further info/questionnaires/other events.
- You can locate where your viewers are from, in order to understand if you were able to attract the correct audience.
- The chat is automatically supervised so, in principle, you do not need to have someone checking on improper use of the chat.
- You can personalise the off-air contents as well as the videos on demand
- Maybe the chat can be improved a little, to make it easier to access.
- It should be given the possibility to embed the video also to non-logged in users.
- Provide full features in the demo mode, in order to better understand what is possible to do with Ustream and better decide whether to pay or not.
GOOD: I would suggest to use Ustream whenever there is a live event and you would like to have it streamed around the world. Especially if there are some additional activities to be carried out after your event, you can collect the email addresses of those who are connecting to your event.
NOT APPROPRIATE: I would not use Ustream if I want to be easily found on the internet because, in this case, people would rather directly look on YouTube.
- The video and audio quality is very impressive compared to other streaming services.
- Good customer support.
- Pricing. Now there are more companies offering streaming services for less money and with less limitations.
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
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|