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.
As we move towards an increasingly global workforce, businesses need a better way to connect and engage with employees. Modern corporations are spread across multiple geographies and locations, and according to Global Workplace Analytics, Fortune 1,000 employees are away from their desks sixty percent of the time.
Today, IBM Watson Media launches the IBM Video Streaming mobile application, a new product that offers enterprise businesses an end-to-end, security-rich solution for live mobile video streaming available on iOS and Android. With the IBM Video Streaming application, businesses can now connect all employees – up to millions of individuals – across the world, right from the palm of their hands.
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.
The Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2019 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 2019, IBM has been nominated in these seven categories:
Closed Captioning Solution: IBM Watson Captioning
Cloud Encoding/Transcoding Service: IBM Video Streaming
Content Delivery Network: IBM Video Streaming
Enterprise Video Platform: IBM Enterprise Video Streaming
Live Streaming Software: IBM Aspera Streaming for Video
OTT Video Platform: IBM Video Streaming for OTT Video Management
Webcasting/Presentation Solution (Cloud): IBM Video Streaming
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.
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.
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.
Winners for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 have been announced. As selected by users, the awards represent the exemplary services and products in the industry, from platforms to hardware offerings. This year, IBM took home four awards at the ceremony in the following categories:
– Closed Captioning Solution
– End-to-End Workflow Solution
– Enterprise Video Platform
– Media & Entertainment Video Platform
We’d like to thank all of our users for their continued support. For more information on the awards, including our history at them, please read on.
This week in Cannes, France, IBM Watson Captioning was honored in the Advanced TV Innovation of the Year category at the Content Innovation Awards 2018. The award highlights technology that has improved the TV experience, overcome challenges to the market or enabled viewers in new ways. In this respect, IBM had recently launched IBM Watson Captioning Live, which debuted in April of 2018 to offer live intelligent closed captions for broadcast networks.
The solution, which aids in automated caption generation, helps solve some of the most critical issues facing live content creators today in providing captions. This includes both the ability to scale caption generation and in regards to accuracy, all through infusing the technology with artificial intelligence. This article details what is IBM Watson Captioning and some background on the Content Innovation Awards. For even more information on this technology, also download our white paper Captioning Goes Cognitive: A New Approach to an Old Challenge.