IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Reviews

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June 07, 2019
Sujoy Sarkar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Because we can always count on the service.
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June 13, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The usability is very similar to implementation. It's a strength of IBM Cloud Video to have the entire experience be very easy to use. In many ways, the IBM Cloud Video is easier to use and implement than YouTube Live and FaceBook Live. There are no authentication tokens like Akamai or limitations on live player codes. The ability to refresh a new rtmp publishing point is extremely valuable.
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June 10, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I have used other platforms in the past and I must admit that Ustream is not the most straightforward. In addition I have experienced connection issues (still to be verified if only linked to my corporate internet connection). The channel menu is a little overwhelming and packed with options organised in a way that does not match my point of view.
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August 27, 2018
Derek Hoiem | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The user interface is pretty straightforward, but simply needs optimization. (Please hire a seasoned UX person to fix it.) However, all of the key features are there and understandable. It's a great platform overall, a bit expensive, and could use some more options for its viewing experience, and a better "smart" embedding window for mobile applications.
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August 17, 2018
David Wood | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Ustream has worked spectacularly for us the last 5 years. We had used many different services and have been asked by partners to try other services, but for the end user, viewing the stream, we have found nothing more reliable and simple to use than IBM Cloud Video. It has reduced tech support for viewers to an almost non-existent amount.
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November 20, 2017
Kevin Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Ustream has a very easy to use interface as well as multiple articles explain the methods and procedure involved in properly utilizing their services. This is very important to the house of worship market, as organizations like ours are often utilizing volunteer to help produce our content. While simple on the surface, the platform has great depth in its customization and tracking abilities. This allows a power user, such as myself, to dig deep beneath the surface of the main settings and create the streaming experience I want to showcase.
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November 13, 2017
Cale J. Rogers | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) is simple to use and easy to manage. The reliability of the platform is rock solid and its easy to train others how to use the platform. There are some improvements that could be made to how user data is managed. The analytics platform is helpful in understanding viewer load, but not very helpful for understanding who's watching and why.
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November 20, 2017
Chris McBride | TrustRadius Reviewer
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The integration with Wirecast and the ease of which Ustream adapts to multiple bit-rates has been a huge help to us, especially when we have to use an LTE data connection to broadcast content.
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November 17, 2017
Michael Cunningham | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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While I very much enjoy using the platform I think it is missing some key components that would make my personal satisfaction grow. It is very easy to use but lacks some panache that other CDN players tout. I am keen to take the new polling features for a run and am looking forward to new functionality in the future.
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February 09, 2017
Michael Coates | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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The web interface was intuitive and the capabilities met our needs. The eCDN setup was a bit of a bear, but it performed flawlessly when deployed. We did not use Producer (our video ingest vendor did and speaks highly of it).
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January 20, 2017
Zachary Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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So easy a kid can do it! No, really! The application is intuitive and simple enough that users of little experience can fully utilize the functions of the Ustream service and platform. It's so simple and effective it has immediately became the standard for our online web streaming experiences.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Lead generation (36)
Video personalization (65)
eCommerce (31)
Support for advertisements (25)
Video SEO (28)
Integration to Marketing Automation (7)
Integration to (2)
Integration to LMS (2)
Video access controls (82)
User management (78)
Video link sharing (92)
Internal video (75)
External video (80)
Player customization (79)
Embedded videos (81)
Video quality / Bandwidth controls (91)
Mobile compatibility (86)
A/B testing (12)
Streaming quality reports (69)
Per viewer tracking (77)
Per video tracking (76)
Video analytics dashboard (80)
On-Demand video (66)
Live streaming (94)
Impact of streaming on network (78)
Video upload & format support (80)
Video library / File management (83)
Video portal (64)
Audience polling (36)
Audience Q&A / Live chat (60)
Video comments (49)

What is 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 recorded video.

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.

Categories:  OTT,  Video

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Features

Video Marketing Features

Has featureLead generation
Has featureVideo personalization
Has featureAudience for distribution
Has featureeCommerce
Has featureSupport for advertisements
Has featureVideo SEO

Video Security Features

Has featureVideo access controls
Has featureUser management
Has featureSSO support
Has featurePassword protection
Has featureVideo link sharing
Has featureEmbed restrictions
Has featureInternal video
Has featureExternal video

Video Player Features

Has featurePlayer customization
Has featureEmbedded videos
Has featureVideo quality / Bandwidth controls
Has featureMobile compatibility

Video Analytics Features

Has featureStreaming quality reports
Has featurePer viewer tracking
Has featurePer video tracking
Has featureVideo analytics dashboard

Video Hosting, Management & Storage Features

Has featureOn-Demand video
Has featureLive streaming
Has featureImpact of streaming on network
Has featureVideo upload & format support
Has featureVideo library / File management
Has featureVideo portal
Has featureVideo downloads
Has featureVideo editing
Has featureHigh definition support
Has featureClosed captioning / Transcription

Video Engagement Features

Has featureAudience polling
Has featureAudience Q&A / Live chat
Has featureVideo comments
Additional Features
Has featureScalability
Has featureEnterprise Security
Has featureQuality of Service
Has featureIntegrated Content Management
Has featureMulti-CDN Delivery via SD-CDN
Has featureCloud-based Transcoding
Has featureSocial Sharing with Facebook and Twitter Integration
Has featureIntegrated Chat
Has featureLive Analytics Dashboard
Has featureAuto-Recording
Has featureCustom Branding
Has featureLead Capture
Has featureLive Playlists
Has featureSupport for Professional Encoding/Production Gear
Has featureEnterprise Support Plans
Has featureManaged Event and Production Services
Has featureEnterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN)

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Screenshots

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Videos (2)

Watch IBM Cloud Video Streaming Manager Demo

Watch IBM Cloud Video Streaming Manager for Enterprise Demo

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Downloadables

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Integrations

SDKs and APIs are available.

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Competitors

Kaltura, Dalet Flex (formerly Ooyala Flex), Vidyard, Akamai, Brightcove Video, Microsoft SQL Server StreamInsight, DaCast, Livestream, Qumu, Ramp, vBrick, Kontiki, Onstream, Wowza, Sherpa, movingimage

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Pricing

  • 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): Enterprise Video Streaming edition must be purchased from an IBM salesperson:

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
Enterprises (> 500 employees)

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Live Chat
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Managed Event Support
Production Services

IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Mobile Web

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What is IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming's best feature?

Reviewers rate Live streaming highest, with a score of 9.4.

Who uses IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming?

The most common users of IBM Watson Media's Video Streaming are from Small Businesses and the Religious Institutions industry.