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Learn about the latest streaming video news related to IBM Watson Media, its solutions and awards that the platform has won for its streaming technology.

IBM Video Streaming 2023 Price Increases

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Please note upcoming price increase on Silver, Gold and Platinum plans:

This blog post provides a notification of a price increase that will go into effect April 3, 2023 for the IBM Video Streaming Silver, Gold and Platinum editions only. The new price will apply to all new orders as well as upgrades and downgrades. However, for customers who purchased plans on the IBM Marketplace via credit card who are on auto-renew status, your price will remain the same. The increase will only be applied to existing accounts if action is taken to upgrade or downgrade to a different plan. Similarly, if a plan is cancelled and then purchased again, the new price will apply when the new purchase is made.

New prices are as follows:

Silver Edition new price: $129 USD (with new overage price of $.65 USD)
Gold Edition new price: $649 USD (with new overage price of $.35 USD)
Platinum Edition new price: $1299 USD (with new overage price of $.25 USD)

The prices for these plans have not changed since IBM acquired Ustream in 2016, however, our costs have increased and we now need to make price adjustments in order to continue to provide the same level of excellent service to our customers.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the IBM Support team.

Thank you.

Revised Acceptable Use Policy

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Please note IBM’s revised acceptable use policy: 

Cloud Services may not be used in any jurisdiction for unlawful, obscene, offensive or fraudulent Content or activity. Examples of prohibited activities are advocating or causing harm; interfering with or violating the integrity or security of a network or system; evading filters; sending unsolicited, abusive, or deceptive messages; introducing viruses or harmful code; violating third party rights; or streaming Content that would constitute offensive speech, including Content that could be interpreted as racist or discriminatory, with the latter category specifically including speech that is intended to discriminate based on race or ethnicity, religion, gender or gender expression, or sexual orientation.

Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2020: Vote IBM

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2020: Vote IBM
The Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2020 are now open for voting. Held annually since 2007, the Readers’ Choice Awards has end users awarding exemplary solutions in the video industry. These solutions can range from physical ones, like PTZ or network-controlled cameras, to services that run in the Cloud.

For 2020, IBM has been nominated in these five categories:

  • Closed Captioning Solution: IBM Video Streaming
  • Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service: IBM Video Streaming
  • Enterprise Video Platform: IBM Enterprise Video Streaming
  • OTT Video Platform: IBM Video Streaming for OTT Video Management
  • Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud): IBM Video Streaming


Please show your support by voting for IBM using the link above and a valid email address. You have our sincerest gratitude.

For more information on the awards, including our history at them, please read on.

IBM Watson Media Earns a 2020 Top Rated Award From TrustRadius

IBM Watson Media Earns a 2020 Top Rated Award From TrustRadius

IBM Watson Media has been honored as a leader among video solutions. Today, March 18th, 2020, the customer voice and insights platform TrustRadius announced that IBM’s video streaming solutions was being recognized with a 2020 Top Rated Award in the Video category.

With a trScore of 8.8 out of 10 and over 200 verified reviews, IBM Watson Media’s video streaming services are recognized by the TrustRadius community as valuable players in the video category. 

History of IBM Watson Media

History of IBM Watson Media

In late 2015 and early 2016 respectively, IBM made key acquisitions in the video space. This saw the 100+ year old company acquire both Clearleap and Ustream. The entities were joined to form IBM Cloud Video. This also gave birth to IBM Watson Media, which was founded around creating an ecosystem of video solutions leveraging IBM Watson. As those solutions matured, and were integrated into the end-to-end streaming solutions, the IBM Cloud Video name was dissolved and the entire unit moved to be part IBM Watson Media.

Now IBM Watson Media has a rich history, a combination of activities done both after and before the acquisitions that led to its creation. This article documents this, noting past major events, awards and other occurrences in IBM Watson Media’s past.

IBM Showcases AI-Powered M&E Solutions at IBC 2019

That’s a wrap! Last week, IBM concluded another successful IBC Show in Amsterdam— showcasing its AI-powered and cloud-based solutions for broadcasters worldwide. Amid the backdrop of next-level industry innovation, IBM Watson Media and The Weather Company showcased solutions focusing on engagement and automation services.

IBM Cloud Video is IBM Watson Media

IBM Cloud Video is IBM Watson Media

In an effort to provide all IBM video products and services under a single brand, as of 2019, all solutions formerly marketed under the name IBM Cloud Video are now part of the IBM Watson Media product family.

As a result, IBM’s video streaming services now fall directly under the IBM Watson Media umbrella, joining other already available solutions including IBM Watson Captioning, IBM Watson Video Enrichment and more.

Advanced Imaging Society: Leadership Award 2018

Advanced Imaging Society: Leadership Award 2018

With 2018 behind us, one final accolade for the year was sent IBM Watson Media’s way. This was the Advanced Imaging Society: Leadership Award 2018. Read on to learn more about the award and the Advanced Imaging Society, including their mission.

IBM Named a Challenger: 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management

IBM named a Challenger: 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management

In 2016, shortly after its acquisition of Ustream, IBM was placed in the Niche Players quadrant. Fast forward two years, and we see IBM now placed in the Challengers quadrant and close to crossing over into the Leaders quadrant. We’re excited by our new positioning in the Magic Quadrant and recognition by Gartner for both ability to execute and completeness of vision.

IBM believes the improvement in overall placement is due to the company’s strong leadership in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to video solutions (such as integrating IBM Watson for automated captioning and video enrichment), successful global partner momentum, and significant enterprise video product enhancements.

Download a copy of the full report.