- The Ustream view ship tracking gives us detailed information of how many people are watching and from where. This helps my organization recognize trends in our international viewership and respond accordingly.
- Ustream allows us to monitor and maintain multiple channels and streams at the same time. This important to my organization as we often translate our main broadcasts into multiple languages.
- Ustream has maintained a 99% percent uptime during the length of our contract. This is comforting considering we stream at odd hours and over the weekend.
- Our viewership often requests an audio only option of the livestream. This helps them remain connected while traveling but not eat up their data plans.
- Recent bugs in the tracking tools have caused a disparity in the concurrent viewership graph versus the current viewer live counter. I'm not sure which is accurate, but I need to know the correct number.
- Recent increase in their customer base has caused increased wait time in receiving downloads of our broadcasts. This can range from a few minutes to a few hours. This is more of minor annoyance that a deal breaker.
- Ustream is easy to deploy and manage in 24/7 video streaming scenarios. The analytics module has been helpful to provide feedback to sales and marketing teams about the success of event campaigns. The live content works everywhere with no interruptions and we have received a lot of positive feedback from viewers about there hight quality of the video playback.
- Offline playlists are a powerful and unique feature of the Ustream platform. When our headend is down, we love the fact that Ustream continues playback of programmed content to keep viewers engaged until while we work on returning service. This workflow also works well to support one-time live events such as pre-game shows.
- Channel management is easy and offers a lot of powerful options. After the success of the 24/7 CTV live video broadcast, the station manager for KCSU wanted to set up a live video broadcast DJ channel. I was able to set up a new channel and configure a camera encoder in the booth in less than a day.
- Live chat and social stream interactions are also a helpful feature. I have worked with our academic program managers to provide live feedback from online students during lesson events. Providing support for both broadcast and classroom needs speaks to the flexibility of the platform.
- Ustream is simple to manage, but I would like to see improved user data management. It would be great to allow users to sign up for premium features (such as chat or other services) so we can get a better idea of who's watching. It would also be handy to manage analytics as "event data sets." For example, a live event would include a data set. Then when the event is used for on demand purposes, a separate data set would be created. This way, I can isolate data sets without concerns over deleting anything or including erroneous outliers.
- Another feature I'd like to see is an option for adding "content resources" that can be included with the video player embed. This would help in situations where I want to deliver an audio version of the content, expand a description of the content (in the form of a simple paragraph or mini-blog entry), or just add additional files that users can download and print to use along with the video.
- I would also like see poll and quizzing options. This would probably work best with a registration system to keep track of specific interaction. Interacting with the audience is key to building better viewing habits and understanding who's watching and why.
- Excellent reliability - as long as you have a good upstream bandwidth, Ustream is exceptionally stable and glitch-free.
- The service works with a wide array of software and encoding methods. We use Telestream Wirecast with excellent results.
- We worked with Ustream engineers to develop a custom fall-back solution when the events were over, so live content was playing even when we were off air from the shows.
- Price - we are not a huge organization and only broadcast for 6-7 months out of the year. The annual plan with quarterly payments is helpful, but a plan that offered a more granular fee structure would be beneficial for us.
- Better embed options for social media.
I do not see it as a good alternative to Skype, Zoom, GoTo Meeting, etc.
IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) Review: "Appreciate the present but looking forward to the future."
- The platform delivers high quality video and quickly transitions the resolution in cases where ABR may be needed.
- We are pleased with the custom support available to us. We ask for functionality and the engineering team provides.
- The ease of use of the interface on the IBM Cloud Video (UStream) website is great. I enjoy the simple approach they have taken.
- Selectable multiple audio tracks.
- More in depth metrics for analytics.
- Selectable multi-language caption support.
- Polling, and chat overlay ability. The current setup takes up space on a webpage and does not give you the option to overlay the chat and polling on the video.
- Medium / large or massive conferences.
- Medium / large classes.
- Important events that need performance and quality.
- Customized security for published videos that must be private.
- Very small events, classes or conferences that don't have a lot of public [audiences].
IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) Review: "Looking for a high quality broadcast? Ustream works great!"
- Tech support.
- 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.
- Uptime, load and performance robustness.
- Fast development team and detailed understanding of business requirements/user needs.
- Great user experience and digital product. Our customers loved it.
- Not many. Some features had to be custom built. Some should have been native to the platform.
- Multiple channel pages
- Password protection
- 1080p streaming on mobile and desktop
- eCDN is too expensive.
- Allow file upload larger than 4GB. This is particularly applicable when I need to re-upload videos longer than 1 hour.
We also stream video with this configuration as an outside broadcast from any localization which has an internet connection (ethernet or mobile).
I think I can say that we are forerunners here in Poland in using this type of service...other companies call me to get a review.
- Reliability - it is very high. We didn't observe any problems with this field.
- Parametrization capabilities - we can configure basically anything that we need.
- Price - actually the price is lower than Wowza or Nadaje.com here in Poland.
- Storage space - it is a very good functionality because when our video hardware crashes with a recording, we have an online copy from the provided storage space in our Ustream account.
- Storage space could have a quota limit exceed notification send via e-mail or SMS even.
- Easy to access recordings
- Easy to publish recorded content
- Ease of use in connecting outside platforms to receive streams
- Ease of use of admin interface
- Higher bandwidth recordings
- Easier downloads--say over FTP
- Increased viewing metrics
- SSO integration
- Audio and Video Quality
- Cross Platform compatibility
- Sometimes the delay becomes an issue, but this is not unique to Ustream.
- Service is somewhat expensive.
- Is it Ustream or is it IBM Cloud Video? This can be a little confusing for some people.
IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) Review: "IBM is awesome for internal broadcasts even a novice can get to an amazing standard with their platform"
- Ease of use ; continually improving user platform
- One easy upload when streaming rather than sending a multi-version up like some people have to, IBM has taken the hard work out of the streaming element leaving me to concentrate on the quality of the audio and video, the experience for the viewers and satisfaction.
- Scott Grizzle is a legend. Also Jose Velenquez without both of whom, when we were first looking at IBM Cloud made it possible for us to trial before we bought this was instrumental in getting it signed off.
- Get the UK support team set up ASAP, I know you are getting one set up but this should be done. What's already a big selling point for your competitors is tech support in GMT hours or local to the country of the account holders' territory.
- You should be offering suggestions for redundancy of network. So offer an encoder that has let our 4g bundled to negate fears of upload issues for users.
- Recommend suppliers for a kit not just recommended hardware. If I could I'd set up a training facility and travel around to your new customers and teach them how to stream.
- IBM Cloud Video has an extremely reliable platform.
- The service scales well for larger clients.
- The customer service support is outstanding.
- Better closed captioning support
- Detailed noticed on change of player functions and/or features
We also used the Ustream eCDN product to consolidate streams to two of our remote offices .. this ensured multiple, individual streams wouldn't clog the top of our router and impact network performance and user experience at our offices.
- Consolidated interface: ability to manage the entire event from a single pane of glass.
- Role-based capabilities: enabled us to assign our video capture/producer a role so he could manage his aspects of the event without my intervention.
- Reliable network: no issues in performance with our global broadcast.
- Mobile interface: worked like a charm as I prowled the office to ensure viewers were seeing a satisfactory experience.
- More granular pricing; we didn't come near the 30,000-viewer hour limit. However, compared to other providers, their pricing is in line .. just not for a single event.
- eCDN setup documentation: needs work .. did a fair bit of troubleshooting with Tier 2 support before realizing there were aspects with which only Ustream could configure (missing in the documentation).
Mobile consumption: nice mobile experience of a broadcast.
Archive capabilities: content is available for as long as a subscription is maintained.
- Multi Bitrate streaming is my favorite feature. Encoders can be configured to send RTMP at a variety of resolutions/bitrates to Ustream or send a single resolution stream and Ustream will handle all the heavy processing on their end. The end result is a great quality stream on low-bandwidth connections and high-bandwidth on any desktop or mobile device.
- Multiple channels can be configured within the UI that can be accessed online through a Browser. This is a great way to keep your content organized.
- Multiple user functionality and collaboration is built into the Pro level of Ustream and I recommend using this if you are working with a team or multiple managers and technicians.
- Some of the online UI needs to be updated. When creating a high volume of channels, it becomes convoluted to navigate through all channels in the small sidebar. Long titles will run off the sidebar and be able to be unread.
- No swapping out videos and keeping views.
- Some of the Pro features should be free.
- It always works.
- As our event starts trending, it helps share that we are live - and helps us gain new followers.
- I love that we can post the video to our YouTube channel with a click of a button!
- As this is an online product with virtually no need for customer service (at least for us) the pro-broadcasting could be less expensive.
- When you trim a video on Ustream then post it to YouTube, it uploads the entire session, not just the desired trimmed portion (frustrating).
- Bonuses or coupon codes for faithful clients - we spend nearly $1k a month for live streaming that we use for 3-5 days/month. There are less expensive options and my tech team would prefer to use a different platform just so our budget would have $12K to put to a new sound board, computers, cameras... etc.
- Easy integration with existing encoders like Wowza
- Simple, adaptive player
- Simple to publish to a large audience
- Hard to secure videos.
- Channel-based architecture and cost structure make it difficult to implement corporate-wide; limited ability to create customized channels for each department without incurring significant cost.
- Lacking webinar-type features like integrated desktop sharing and input from SIP and H.323 endpoints.
- Integrate well with single sign on solutions.
- Recurring meetings and events are easy to access at the same URL.
- The reliability of the live component is exceptional (up time).
- The QA functionality allows viewers to easily engage with presenters.
- There is limited CMS functionality for recorded content.
- While Ustream is responsive in communicating, sometimes platform issues require multiple communications to fully resolve.
- There are limited ways that all of the available live programming can be laid out and presented to the company.
- Capacity for unlimited viewers . . . we've never had a problem with bandwidth in spite of having literally 1000s of views for some events.
- Ease of use for our technical staff and for our students who often 'man' the streaming equipment.
- Technical support is available as needed . . . although, honestly, we've rarely needed to contact support.
- Sorry, but we've had no issues worthy of highlighting.
Ustream is very well suited for a large audience and extended length webcasting, storage of vast quantities and amounts of videos, protection from the public downloading videos that we don't want them to, and control of access to those videos.
Not very well suited for collaboration, learning management, or making me a sammich.
IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) Review: "Ustream is a lifesaver! Before Ustream we were using WebEx conference calls and the experience was horrible!"
- We frequently have over 150 concurrent users streaming the content during the meeting without bandwidth issues.
- The Ustream producer tool is awesome.
- The customer support we've received when we've had questions has always been fantastic.
- We had some issues finding equipment and hardware that works well with the producer, but we've been able to find hardware now that works well for what we need.
- There were a few times when audio wouldn't work or was choppy, and we would have to restart the streaming laptop to resolve the issue.
- We've had some issues presenting content coming directly from a presentation PC instead of the camera, it took some time to figure that out.
- Getting multiple cameras to work was a challenge since the bus would get overloaded with multiple HDMI/USB inputs. We ended up buying a switcher and that solved all of our problems. I wish Ustream had recommended that setup from day one.
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.
- We are fans of the ability to customize the viewer's UI and brand according to their needs.
- We like the features and details of the metrics available in both real time and after the broadcast. It enables us to give our clients a complete picture of viewer demographics, device types reached and details on viewing time averages.
- The backend management and interface is well designed; allowing our on-site engineers to quickly access features and monitor during our live program feeds.
- Bring some of the details onto the main page interface from quicklinks instead of further down the heirarchy of the page flow; such as stream specs, etc.
IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream) Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
About IBM Cloud Video (including Ustream)
Ustream, now part of IBM Cloud Video, provides an enterprise video platform for
creating, storing, managing, broadcasting and measuring the impact of live and
recorded streaming video.
There are two enterprise editions:
- IBM Cloud Video Streaming Manager (Ustream Pro Broadcast)
- IBM Cloud Video Streaming Manager for Enterprise (Ustream Align)
Both enterprise editions include storage, event support,
custom branding, content management, multi-user accounts, and real-time
Streaming Manager, an external video solution, powers video content for large 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. Lead generation and individual prospect tracking help build lead funnels, while chat and social platform integrations greatly expand the reach of your content. The optional LiveAd offering enables you to reach your prospective audience by placing live video ad units on the websites they frequent, driving increased visibility and views.
Streaming Manager for Enterprise, an internal video solution, secures video assets for employee use. It can restrict content access through Single Sign-On (SSO) and using existing corporate directories. Individual viewer tracking measures engagement on a per video or viewer basis to determine asset ROI and records viewing time and completions for compliance training.
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