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Join IBM Watson Media at SMPTE 2016

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The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, or SMPTE to us industry folks, is the organization that has supported a century of technological advances in entertainment technology, and is the host of the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition being held in Hollywood, CA October 25th – 28th. SMPTE 2016 is a three day event packed full of technical sessions and special events such as the SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival annual Awards Ceremony, an exhibition hall with all the key players in video technology and a pre-conference Symposium that gives you the opportunity to build relationships with top video professionals in the industry.

Mark your calendar and make sure you catch the IBM Watson Media team at the second annual SMPTE Oktoberfest reception on Wednesday, October 26th in the Centennial Hall, from 5:00p-7:00p. Complete with imported beer and German-themed nibbles, the Oktoberfest will surely be a time to remember! (Dirndls and Lederhosen are optional.)

  • SMPTE 2016 Oktoberfest
    • Wednesday October 26th 5:00p – 7:00p
    • Centennial Hall at the Hollywood and Highland Center
    • Open to registered attendees, speakers, and vendors
    • Sponsored by IBM Watson Media

While you are there, stop by and visit the IBM Watson Media team in person by visiting us nearby at booth #12 and learn how video has become a global communication medium for entertainment, information and applications. Meeting times are limited and won’t last long! Act now and reserve a time to speak with one of our video experts, we look forward to seeing you there!

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Data Privacy and Governance Update

IBM Video Streaming is a comprehensive solution that organizations can leverage as part of their video strategy. This can be for both external and internal facing assets, which might include marketing activities or corporate communication. Content can range from live broadcasts to on demand video assets. The platform is a global solution, supporting multi-national corporations while also being able to effectively scale to cater video content on a huge, worldwide scale. Because of this level of inherit flexibility, IBM needs to take into account data privacy laws not just in the United States, but also every country where we store personal data or from which we access personal data.

Video Data PrivacyIBM has prepared an EU Model Clauses agreement for IBM Video Streaming customers to facilitate the transfer of personal data outside of the EU in accordance with the EU data privacy laws. EU Model Clauses are relevant to all customers sending personal information relating to EU citizens to IBM.

To request an EU Model Clauses agreement or for any other information or assistance around the transfer of personal data, customers can contact our dedicated EU Model Clauses team via email.

The EU Directive 95/46/EC sets out rules concerning processing of customer’s personal data. As the data controller, customers appoint IBM as a data processor to process (e.g., store, transmit, archive) any personal data which may be included in the customer’s content. In turn, customers are responsible for obtaining all necessary consents to include the content (including any personal data) in IBM DBaaS solutions.

A list of countries where content may be held or from where content may be accessed for the purpose of delivering and supporting a Cloud Service is available at: www.ibm.com/cloud/datacenters.


IBM Acquires Ustream: Behind the Acquisition

In 2007, John Ham, Gyula Feher, and I started a small company called Ustream with the vision to help military service members around the world connect through the power of video. As West Point graduates, John and I saw the unique challenges soldiers, sailors and airmen faced while deployed around the world. We teamed up with Dr. Gyula Feher to ultimately build Ustream into what it is today, a leading global video solution provider for live and on demand video.

Today I’m excited to announce the acquisition of Ustream by IBM. This partnership was a natural choice as IBM is expanding its video portfolio offerings and Ustream has distinguished itself as a leader in video solutions for media and enterprises.


Live Video Bigger and Hotter Than Ever, Ustream CEO Tells International Business Times

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Following Amazon’s acquisition of video platform Twitch for $970 million, many in the business media are taking a rejuvenated interest in streaming video and the companies driving its popularity.

One of those journalists is Jeff Stone of the International Business Times, who recently spoke with Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable. (Read the full article here)

Hunstable emphasized that the success of Ustream is no mystery, that it can be attributed to smart business maneuvering and a commitment to openness, both online and in the real world.

He also asserted that “live streaming is bigger and hotter than ever,” citing as evidence Sony’s recent live-video launch of the Playstation 4, which attracted 4.8 million viewers with an average viewing time of 45 minutes. “That starts to look like a primetime TV audience,” Hunstable noted.

On the issue of copyrights and illegal streaming, Hunstable affirmed that Ustream is committed to protecting the assets of its customers with “actual human monitoring, real-time fingerprinting and also with systems and algorithms,” an effort that began with our Viacom and UFC partnerships.

With all its success over the last seven years, Ustream is remaining true to its roots. Hunstable founded the company in 2007 with the goal of helping troops overseas connect with their families, a cause that is still close to his heart. The company is one of the main champions behind the Oscar Mike Foundation, which assists veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, and is exploring further opportunities for acting as “a force for good.”

Hunstable notes that he has become inspired “to get involved and have a role socially. We donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to citizen journalists on the ground in Ukraine. […] The Internet is a tool for new emerging democracies and societies, [and] it’s important to leverage our technology as a force for good.”

Read the full article here or download our Wainhouse Research white paper to learn how enterprises leverage live video for business communications.



Meet Andy: Learn How Ustream Can Help Your Business Grow

Here at Ustream, we live and breathe live video every day. In fact, we’ve powered more than two billion streams over the last seven years, and we’re here to help you harness the power of our technology. Businesses large and small can weave live video into their marketing playbooks, as it’s a cost-effective way to reach large, engaged audiences and ultimately cut through all the clutter out there.

Check out our new video below, and see how Andy’s Bags has transformed into a booming business with Ustream:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Ready to learn more? 

Learn more about Ustream’s live video solutions HERE

Download our white paper, Integrate Live Video Into Your Communication Strategy


Craft Conference 2014 has kicked off in Budapest

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Ustream and Prezi host Craft Conference 2014 at Budapest’s brand new event venue, “Balna” (Whale). The state-of-the-art convention center welcomes 900 conference guests from all over the world.

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“Our goal was to create an event where any type of developers, team leaders, agile coaches, engineering managers, executives/founders, UX/product people etc. could learn a lot, and we believe we were able to convince a really unique speaker lineup to achieve this goal,” said Gergely Hodicska, chief organizer from Ustream.

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The conference has three pillars:


The New Hungarian Ustream Office – Less Drab, More Glamour

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On this week’s Tech Thursday blog, I will take you on a “behind the scenes” journey to show where the magic of Ustream happens. Ustream Hungary moved to an incredible, new office in the heart of Budapest and will now show it to the public for the first time.

Take a tour in Ustream’s New Hungarian office and see where we work hard, dream big, and make Ustream happen!

Ustream has five main offices around the globe


Hackathon Recap – 21 ideas, 11 teams, One goal!

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On February 21st, 2014 the Hungarian Ustream office hosted its first internal hackathon.

In the previous blog post (What the heck is Hackathon?) we talked about the premise and importance of this 24-hour coding contest, and how it brings people together to collaborate on a common project. All in the name of one mighty goal – to make the Ustream service better!

Not only the wide palette of ideas, but the team names themselves were injected with a healthy dose of creativity. We had Cougar Petting Trolls, A-Team, Geolition, The Fruit Loops, Screamo Mariachis, Call of Duty and Red Ducks, just to name a few.

But, lets take a look what they were working on through this hackathon recap. Here are the 11 project and ideas:


What the Heck is Hackathon?

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Did you know that Facebook’s Like button was conceived as part of a hackathon? Or that Twitter and GroupMe both originated in hackathons? Yes, many great companies and ideas have been born on through these special events, and I’m proud to introduce that Ustream hosting our first internal hackathon this week.

But what the heck is a hackathon exactly and why is it important for companies?

Well, it can take many forms, but in a nutshell,


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