Product Updates

Learn about streaming product updates on IBM Watson Media solutions that power live and on-demand streaming video delivery.

Accessible HTML5 Video Player

Accessible HTML5 Video Player

Need an accessible HTML5 video player? A player built with compliance in mind to broaden those who can watch video content?

IBM Watson Media has been making improvements to the existing video player around accessibility. This included re-evaluating keyboard controls, visual accessibility like font and indicators, along with many other aspects toward accessibility. As a result, the player now meets the IBM accessibility guidelines, as of version 7.0, along with the W3C WCAG 2.0 standards and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: Application and Scoping Requirements. This article covers the various advancements and features found in the player toward making it accessible. Note that while it touches on captions, it won’t go into great depth. For more information on that topic, watch this webinar on How to Add Closed Captions Powered by IBM Watson.


Individual Viewer Tracking Analytics

Individual Viewer Tracking Analytics

Need deeper analytics to analyze how your video content is being consumed? Want to validate that individual viewers completed mandatory training?

IBM Enterprise Video Streaming offers individual viewer tracking analytics. These allow organizations to drill down and see not just who accessed certain videos, but how much they watched and look at overall viewing history as well. This feature has been enhanced as well, for increased scalability in the dashboard and the ability to utilize APIs to take this functionality into other applications.

This feature was demoed in our Getting Started with Enterprise Video Management webinar.


How to Live Stream Cisco Webex™ Video Conferences

How to Live Stream Cisco Webex™ Video Conferences

Want to know how to live stream Cisco Webex video conferences? Looking for ways to improve archiving and content discoverability through AI?

IBM Video Streaming from IBM Watson Media can be integrated into Cisco Webex Meetings. Through this integration, Webex users are able to push out their video conference so it can be broadcasted on a channel page. This channel can be restricted for internal use, or open so that anyone with the link could watch. If you are already using Webex, there is a free trial of this that may be available to you right now. Find our more on this offer.


HTML5 Based Video Player: Removing Flash

HTML5 Based Video Player: Removing Flash

IBM Watson Media has updated the player available through the IBM video streaming solutions. This includes enhancements to the UI and improved consistencies in the experience across devices. It also encompasses the removal of Flash as a fallback option.

Some of these features, while not technically new, haven’t been widely available. The best example are the stats for the stream, which can show details like the CDN being used. This helps convey the normally behind the scenes power of the multi-CDN technology that IBM’s video streaming services utilize, which is detailed in this Scaling Video Delivery to Reach Massive Audiences white paper.


Enterprise Video Delivery Infrastructure: Security Considerations

Enterprise Video Delivery Infrastructure: Security Considerations

Looking for security consideration strategies related to enterprise video delivery? Curious at how to approach user roles inside an organization around managing video delivery?

Technology exists that can effectively scale video delivery from a global perspective through CDNs. In addition, solutions exist that can be deployed on location to reduce the network footprint of video content, mitigating strain that might be placed on the WAN (wide area network) from consumption. However, this technology, which includes monitoring and other capabilities, requires some form of management. With security being paramount for internal video content and maintaining network integrating, a question arises from how to approach access for this.

This article will cover a few best practices for managing security across an enterprise video delivery infrastructure. It also details some of the recent updates to the IBM ECDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) solution. This includes important updates to how users interface with the portal, in particular the addition of user roles.


Google Ad Manager Integration for Live and On-Demand Video

Google Ad Manager Integration for Live and On-Demand Video

Looking to monetize your own video content to start generating additional revenue? Or are you seeking solutions to run sponsor and product placement ads on during your streams?

IBM’s video streaming solutions now offer a Google Ad Manager integration. This allows content owners to monetize their live and on-demand video assets through using virtually any 3rd party ad server that can run inside of Google Ad Manager.


DTLS Streaming Protocol: Encryption in Transit for Live

DTLS Streaming Protocol: Encryption in Transit for Live

Need additional ways to safeguard your live streaming video content while in transit?

IBM’s video streaming and enterprise video streaming solutions can work with a virtually secure streaming protocol. This provides DTLS (Datagram Transport Layer Security) encryption from the encoder, sending the live streaming content, to the ingest servers at IBM receiving it.

Note that this is an added service. Contact us to learn more details if you are interested in encrypting your live streaming content in transit through a DTLS streaming protocol.


How to Live Stream in Multiple Languages

How to Live Stream in Multiple Languages

Interested in learning how to live stream in multiple languages? Offering multi-lingual content as part of your video strategy can be a great way to broaden attendance and improve asset comprehension. It can also allow more people to share in the excitement of live video, enjoying in-the-moment experiences while being able to appreciate the details.

IBM Watson Media has added the ability to broadcast live content in multiple languages. This allows broadcasters to publish a video stream and then include multiple audio streams as part of the same live broadcast. Consequently, being able to effectively produce content for more people in more places. This also fits into one of the video trends of 2018, which saw a notable increase in the global viewership of content.


Streaming Video Analytics API and Developer Tools

Streaming Video Analytics API and Developer Tools

Looking for a streaming video analytics API and other developer tools related to video metrics?

IBM has expanded the analytics options available to IBM video streaming and enterprise video streaming users. This includes a set of APIs that allows developers to take metrics related to their video content and infuse them into other applications. These available analytics can be used to track content broadly, seeing metrics on all content. However, they can also be used to track individual usage, associated with an email address gathered either after a user authenticates for restricted internal content or fills out a registration gate for video marketing content.

This article covers what type of data you can get through using the streaming video analytics API, where to find them and API use cases. Some of these are focused on the idea that they will be used for video marketing, while others on the very different use case of internal comms. For the latter, also be sure to download our Using Video for Internal Corporate Communications, Training & Compliance white paper as well.


Cloud Video Editing and Chaptering

Cloud Video Editing and Chaptering

Looking for cloud video editing capabilities? Tools that can let you trim content online while also looking into value adds like the ability to chapter content for better accessibility?

IBM Watson Media offers capabilities for content owners to modify videos, either uploaded or archived from previous live sessions, online. This is non-destructive, meaning changes can be reverted, and is collaborative as multiple managers and admins can utilize the same account to edit video content.

This article covers this feature set along with highlighting improvements that have been made, moving the technology to being HTML5 based. Also be sure to register for our Getting Started with Enterprise Video Management webinar as well, which will cover this and any additional improvements and features to the IBM Watson Media services.


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