IBM Cloud Video, formerly Ustream, is an American live video streaming
and video hosting company. It is based in San Francisco and has more
than 180 employees in their San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Budapest
offices. Company partners include Panasonic, Samsung, Logitech, CBS
News, PBS NewsHour, Viacom, and IMG Media. It received $11.1
million in Series A funding for new product development from DCM (Doll
Capital Management) and investors Labrador Ventures and Band of
Angels. It is owned by an American company of the same name,
Ustream, Inc., based in San Francisco, California.
Ustream was one of
the live game streaming services for Sony's PlayStation 4.
2 Paid service
3 Automatic content blocking
5 External links
Ustream was born when the founders (John Ham, Brad Hunstable, and Dr.
Gyula Feher) wanted a way for their friends in the Army, who were
deployed overseas in
Iraq during the war, to be able to communicate
with their families. A product like
Ustream would provide them with a
way to talk to all of their relatives at once when free time in the
war zone was limited.
Launching their public beta in March 2007,
Ustream is one of a series
of live video sites, including Justin.tv, Livestream, and Bambuser.
The company has seen significant growth in the political,
entertainment, and technology fields.
Ustream has witnessed many notable people streaming from politicians
such as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, to artists
Tori Amos and the Plain White T's. Notable lifecasters such as
iJustine and E-TARD The LifeCaster have made their mark on Ustream
as well. The technology community has also adopted
Ustream to include
Robert Scoble, Leo Laporte, Klasic Kumputerz, and Chris
Early investors included DCM Ventures and Softbank, the latter of
which invested $20 million USD in 2010 with an option to invest
additional capital. On January 21, 2016,
IBM acquired Ustream
for up to $150 million USD. It will be combined with Aspera,
Cleversafe to form IBM's cloud video unit. IBM
envisioned the use of its technology as part of an enterprise video
On 1st April 2018,
IBM Cloud Video.
Ustream's basic service is free and supported by advertising revenue.
A paid service called Watershed was formerly available, charging
broadcasters on a per-viewer basis and allowing either ad-free service
or broadcaster-supplied advertisements. In 2013,
out the Watershed program for their Pro Broadcasting Services, based
on monthly charges to broadcasters.
Automatic content blocking
Ustream uses a copyright enforcement service provided by Vobile, which
uses a proprietary fingerprinting system to automatically detect
copyrighted content. This system has been known to generate
what are considered by some to be false positives, blocking content
that should fall under fair use, or which has been specifically
licensed by the stream originator. In one such incident, the official
livecast of the 2012
Hugo Award ceremony was terminated because it
incorporated authorized clips of nominated television shows and
movies, causing "a flood of livid Twitter messages". The following
Ustream apologized for the incident and temporarily disabled
automatic blocking while they adjusted the system to "better balance
the needs of broadcasters, viewers, and copyright holders".
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2007-11-13. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
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UStream Go Political". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
^ Brad Hunstable, Founder November 16th, 2007 (2007-11-16). "The
Ustream.TV Blog » Blog Archive »
Plain White T's
Plain White T's Event
Serves 130,000". Ustream.tv. Retrieved 2010-08-23. CS1 maint:
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^ "E-TARD The 24/7 LifeCaster". E-TARD.TV. September 5, 2006.
Retrieved November 4, 2015.
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^ Konrad, Alex. "
Ustream Acquisition As Part Of Cloud
Video Unit Targeting "$105 Billion Opportunity"". Forbes. Retrieved
IBM Confirms Acquisition Of UStream, Forms New Cloud Video Unit".
TechCrunch. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
^ John Ham, Founder February 17th, 2009 (2009-02-17). "The Ustream.TV
Blog » Blog Archive » Today,
Ustream launches Watershed".
Ustream.tv. Retrieved 2010-06-02. CS1 maint: Multiple names:
authors list (link)
^ Ustream, (2013-04-22). "Looking for Watershed? You've found
something better". Ustream.tv. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
^ Hunstable, Brad (2010-07-16). "Launch of Improved Measures to
Protect Copyright Holders and Vobile Integration". Retrieved
^ "Vobile Core Technology". Retrieved 2012-09-03.
^ Ha, Anthony (September 3, 2012), "
Ustream Apologizes For Shutting
Down The Hugo Awards Livestream, Says It Will 'Recalibrate'",
^ Gross, Doug (September 4, 2012),
Ustream apologizes for killing Hugo
Awards webcast, CNN
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