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IBM Watson Media Launches Mobile Video Streaming App to Enhance Workplace Communication

IBM Watson Media Launches Mobile Video Streaming App to Enhance Workplace Communication

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. 


Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2019: Vote IBM

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2019
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

VOTE FOR IBM

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 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.


Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2018 Winner

Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

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.


Content Innovation Awards 2018 Winner: IBM Watson Captioning

Content Innovation Awards 2018 Winner: IBM Watson Captioning

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.


CSI Awards 2018: Best Use of AI or Machine Learning in Video

CSI Awards 2018: Best Use of AI or Machine Learning in Video

Artificial intelligence is transforming industries, increasing efficiency and improving our ability to manage complex issues. That technology also has many benefits within the video space, ranging from language processing to metadata management and enrichment.

As the market and technology continues to improve, those that are shaping it are being honored. This weekend, two of Watson Media’s video solutions were highlighted at the CSI Awards 2018. Announced in Amsterdam, IBM Watson Video Enrichment  and IBM Watson Captioning and were cited as the ultimate winners for the “Best Use of AI or Machine Learning in Video” category. These solutions bring to market key advantages for tackling ongoing issues in the video space: the scalable generation of accurate closed captions and effective analyzation of large libraries of content.

Read on for more details on this technology and the awards themselves. For a greater elaboration of these concepts, also be sure to download our Uncovering Dark Video Data with AI white paper as well.


Sinclair Broadcast Group Taps IBM Watson Media to Automate Live Broadcast Closed Captions

Sinclair Broadcast Group Taps IBM Watson Media to Automate Live Broadcast Closed Captions

This has been a big year for IBM Watson Media. Since launching a year ago, we’ve worked with the Grammy’s, FOX Sports and The World Cup, The Masters, and introduced a new product: Watson Captioning. A highly trainable, AI-powered offering, Watson Captioning provides broadcasters and publishers alike with a new tool to take closed captions to the next level. Today, we’re excited to kick off a new collaboration with Sinclair Broadcast Group that will roll out Watson Captioning to all of their local stations across the United States, making live programming more accessible to local viewers, including the Deaf community, senior citizens, and anyone experiencing hearing loss.

Television requirements for closed captioning were established in 1996, but more than two decades later, live captioning remains both challenging and labor-intensive for production teams to deliver in real time. As a result, breaking news, weather, and live sports segments often have delayed or incorrect captions, leading to a confusing and occasionally frustrating viewing experience. With our Watson Captioning technology, Sinclair will be able to improve caption accuracy, automate time-intensive manual processes, and reduce production costs, all while providing captions in real time at scale.


Enhanced Professional Plans and Sunsetting Free Streaming

Enhanced Professional Plans and Sunsetting Ad Supported Streaming

On September 17th, 2018, IBM Watson Media (formerly Ustream) will be sunsetting free streaming.

As part of this change, your free account will no longer be able to broadcast or have viewers watch your content.

To keep your videos and access to our video streaming platform, please upgrade to a paid plan before August 1. This will also provide you with lots of premium features.

If you decide not to upgrade, please make sure to download all of your videos and data, because you will not be able to log in and use our product starting August 1st. Normally content remains on free accounts to be watched and downloaded for 30 days, but after August 1st you will not be able to log in and download these stored videos nor will they be watchable by viewers.

See plans and features

Note: The plans and pricing page will be updated on August 1st to match the upgraded plans described in this blog post.

In addition, the Watch and Discovery experience, found at ustream.tv/explore/all, will be retired as part of this transition. That will happen in September, after free streaming has been shut down. This will not impact individual channel pages, which will still exist.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. IBM Watson Media will be improving the professional plans to include a greater array of features, increased video storage and expanding the number of channels per account. You can read about these features should you choose to upgrade or sign up for a plan in the near future.

[note: free streaming has been extended to September 17th, 2018, from its original sunset date of August 1st]


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