Looking for a mobile live streaming app to do one-to-many broadcasts? Maybe create a live stream to engage an audience, educate colleagues or give a glimpse of an event to coworkers?
IBM Watson Media released a new mobile application for iOS and Android that allows users to broadcast from their device to an IBM Video Streaming channel. This is done through, as noted in the white paper Live Video Delivery System Built for Scalability, a multi-CDN infrastructure that allows for immense scale, having been utilized to support concurrent viewership of over a million, while also bolstering reliability as well.
Read on to learn more about using this app, advantages, use cases and tips for producing better looking video with it.
Looking for a method to allow your viewers to slow down or speed up a video? IBM Watson Media is introducing a way for end users to control the playback speed of on-demand videos. This enables viewers to slow down the material, to savor moments or better comprehend segments, or speed up the material, for those looking to breeze through the video.
Read on to understand how users have access to this feature and what it allows them to do for on-demand content.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.