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New FCC Rule: One Step Closer to Parity?

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Once upon a time, there was radio. Then came network TV. Then came cable. Then came satellite. Now the FCC is pondering a rule change that could move streaming video one step closer to taking the next seat at this table.

According to Streaming Media, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed an update to the Commission’s definition of multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD). The new rule would give streaming video services the same powers as cable and satellite companies to gain broadcast and cable content — similar to the change made in 1992 that gave satellite providers parity with cable.

“Today I am proposing to extend the same concept to the providers of linear, Internet-based services,” Wheeler wrote, “to encourage new video alternatives by opening up access to content previously locked on cable channels.”

Just this week, U.S. President Barack Obama joined supporters for what has come to be called “net neutrality” — the idea that service providers should treat all data equally. “This is a basic acknowledgment of the services ISPs provide to American homes and businesses,” the President’s statement reads, “and the straightforward obligations necessary to ensure the network works for everyone — not just one or two companies.”

If approved, the FCC’s move would let streaming-only bundled services compete more effectively by including content now standard to basic cable subscribers. That’s good news not only for streaming video providers, but also for consumers who want a wider range of choices.

Read more in Streaming Media’s blog post or download the Wainhouse whitepaper to learn more about the power of live video.


Ustream Delivers Out-of-This-World Footage of Cosmic Drive-By

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When a comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars a few weeks ago — coming within 87,000 miles of the Red Planet — a fleet of scientific observatories, including NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft, were there to record the action. And thanks to NASA’s Ustream channel, thousands of people around the world were able to observe the historic event. (Read more in “Comet takes near-miss route to Mars,” USA Today)

Speaking to USA Today, planetary scientist Roger Yelle of the University of Arizona called the happening “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” For Mars and the comet to be “coming right next to each other … right after this very sophisticated spacecraft [MAVEN] gets there — it just boggles the mind,” he added.

Comet Siding Spring, named after the Australian observatory where it was discovered in 2013, came from the Oort cloud, one of the coldest, most remote regions of the solar system. While most comets in the Oort cloud tend to stay put, this one appears to have been bumped by a passing star and sent on a trajectory towards the sun.

The “cosmic drive-by” occurred on Sunday, October 19, while most Americans were preoccupied with football. “If your team loses, forget about it and just go to the Ustream,” Padma Yanamandra-Fisher of the Space Science Institute advised at a NASA briefing before the event. “This is a lot more exciting.”

Read the USA Today article, “Comet takes near-miss route to Mars” or download the DemandGen Report On-Demand Webinar to learn how your business can be successful with live video streaming.



The SMBs Heard ‘Round the World

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Not so long ago, your typical small business was a neighborhood mom-and-pop shop that served a small, local clientele.

Fast forward to 2014, and small businesses are just as likely as IBM to have a truly global presence, with team members and customers located around the world.

With a worldwide footprint comes the need to communicate with audiences thousands of miles away, which can be a challenge for lean-and-mean companies. That’s where Ustream comes in.

Ustream enables thousands of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to realize the benefits of live streaming video. Our clients include some of the most innovative, dynamic SMBs around — businesses like Foster City, California–based Zuora.

Founded in 2007 by three guys in a tiny office, Zuora enables businesses to launch and monetize subscription products and services through its subscription management software. Today the company employs more than 400 professionals at its headquarters in California and at satellite offices throughout North America, Europe, and China.

As you can imagine, managing a team whose locations span nine time zones can be quite a challenge, especially for a small business. How do you keep all your employees engaged and aligned with your mission while still keeping a small-company feel?

Zuora’s leadership found their solution in live streaming video, provided by Ustream. The company began broadcasting its weekly meetings, enabling employees around the world to offer input and ask questions in real time.

But that was just the beginning: Now the company uses Ustream live video to evangelize their brand message. Last year the broadcast of their Subscribed conference in San Francisco attracted more than 20,000 viewers. “That blew away our expectations,” says CMO Brian Bell. “We never expected to get that many watching it live and engaging in the conversation. In fact, it was so successful that when we did the event again in London, we also chose Ustream.”

Read more about Zuora and check out their Ustream channel.

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