Livestream 2018 NAB Updates: OTT Live, Studio for Mac, New Hardware, eCDN

What’s new for Livestream at NAB 2018? Studio software improvements, a brand new hardware product, and our first time in the Vimeo booth!

NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters) is the world’s leading broadcast and media technology tradeshow. Convening every year in Las Vegas, NAB begins April 9 with exciting new products and releases for the video broadcast industry.

If you are in Las Vegas, visit Vimeo, Livestream and Mevo at NAB 2018 in booth C3307 to meet with our team and see demos of our products and latest features.

Watch below as Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud and GM of Live Mark Kornfilt unveil our new releases for NAB.

What’s New at NAB 2018?

Studio 5: Beta Now Available For Mac

We’ve heard your feedback and worked tirelessly to bring it to life: our latest version of Studio Software is now available for Mac users in beta.*

Vimeo customers can now log directly into Studio 5 software, and enable streaming to multiple platforms in the cloud with Vimeo Premium, in addition to the existing ability to stream to multiple RTMP-enabled social destinations. New hardware encoding and decoding features in Studio 5 enable you to produce high-quality, multi-camera live video using consumer-grade computers, including the iMac and MacBook Pro.

Studio 5 updates also include “Simple Mode,” a new user experience for those new to streaming or with simplified workflows.

Brand New Hardware: Studio One

Studio One is our newest encoder with a compact desktop size (an 11-inch Mini-ITX box) that doesn’t spare on horsepower. Stream up to 4K resolution, from two 4K inputs, or four HD inputs (HDMI or SDI).

The Studio One also features two quarter-inch analog audio inputs, an Intel eighth generation 6-core CPU, a high-performance graphics card, and advanced hardware encoding. This new hardware packs a lot of punch in a small package.

Build a OTT Subscription Streaming App for Live and On-Demand Video

With the power of Vimeo’s over-the-top streaming custom apps, you can now build a Netflix-style OTT app for your live and on-demand video content in no time at all, and monetize that content with a subscription service. This is great news for fitness, sports, media, and worship content creators who want to engage their audiences live as well as on-demand all within the dedicated home of their app or website.

Today audiences are demanding a rich, immersive video experience that they can access on any device. Hundreds of video creators are scaling faster and reaching more viewers by building subscription on-demand experiences on Vimeo OTT apps. Distribute and monetize your videos your way, while we handle the tech so you can focus on amazing video content.

Vimeo OTT includes friendly viewer and end-user support from real humans, in-app payments to set your own price with built-in free trial tools, audience acquisition and engagement tools help you track subscriber growth and churn, and meticulously-designed SDKs and API developer tools to customize your experience.

eCDN for Corporate Communications Streaming

Global brands rely on Livestream to communicate a unified message to employees wherever they are. But the biggest concern about livestreaming company-wide to thousands of employees is how this will impact their server and network health. To solve this, Livestream now offers an eCDN (enterprise content delivery network) for our enterprise customers with large, global employee bases. This new feature will allow them to stream company announcements and events using peer-to-peer networking technology, that won’t stress their internal servers and networks. It also improves content delivery speed, reducing buffer time.

Livestream’s eCDN solution is by far one of the most affordable for large corporations, and also is completely turnkey, requiring no additional hardware or software downloads.

NAB Livestream 2018

Looking for more details about Livestream’s latest releases? See our live programming schedule below and join the conversation on social with the hashtag #NABLive.

We’ll be doing a live demo of all of our new offerings Tuesday, April 10 at 3pm ET/12pm PT.

12:00pm PT: Vimeo Creator Tools Overview
Tohm Sansani, Director of Product Management, Vimeo

12:30pm PT: Vimeo OTT Overview
Megan Wright, Product Operations Manager, Vimeo

1:00pm PT: Livestream Studio Products and Platform Overview
Phil Worthington, SVP, Product Design and R&D, Vimeo

We’re also interviewing Livestream and Vimeo customers and partners like Nikon, IDC Sports, and the NFL Jaguars every day from our NAB booth. Watch LIVE here.

Monday, April 9, 2018 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT  

2:30pm PT: Catching Up with Bill Bennett, Director of Photography, ASC
Derick Rhodes, Sr. Director of Creator Programs, Vimeo

3:00pm PT: OTT Customer Session: Hillsong Church
Will Peddie, Operations Manager, Hillsong Church
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

4:00pm PT: How the NFL Jaguars are Growing Revenue With Live Video
Patrick Kavanagh, Director of Broadcasting, Jacksonville Jaguars
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT  

2:30pm PT: Creator Talk: The Latest from Canon
Alex Sax, Canon
Derick Rhodes, Sr. Director of Creator Programs, Vimeo

3:00pm PT: Les Mills On Demand: Subscription Streaming for a Fitter Planet
Piers Tufnell, VP of Technology, Les Mills Media
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

4:00pm PT: How Nikon is Using Live Video to Engage Customers + Employees
Mark J. Soares, Sr. Marketing Manager, Nikon
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6pm ET/3pm PT  

3:00pm PT: OTT Best Practices from Saigon Broadcasting Television Network
Vu Tran, Program Director, Saigon Broadcasting Television Network
Stu Barnes, VP of Sales, Vimeo

3:30pm PT: Building an Audience for Local Sports: Live + OTT
Greg Maish, President, ISC Sports
Amber van Moessner, Director of Content Marketing, Vimeo

*For now, Studio 5 for Mac is only for subscription users and does not include multi-view, Surface support, or tally lights, and can only be used with an AVI transcoder.

Using an eCDN for Corporate Communications

Imagine delivering a flawless, broadcast-quality live video message from your executive team, or a live training event, to all of your employees, on any device, wherever they are, without clogging your network bandwidth. Can your corporate network support live events for large audiences without creating a bandwidth bottleneck or crashing? This is something organizations must find solutions for when planning internal live broadcasts to ensure high-quality streaming for no-fail events.

Livestream’s new Peer-to-Peer Enterprise Content Delivery Network (eCDN) solves for these issues by supporting an HD-quality seamless live viewing experience while minimizing the stress on your corporate network, reducing bandwidth consumption and cost, and maintaining privacy and security regulations.

Livestream’s eCDN for corporate communications empowers IT and communications teams to deliver a flawless streaming video event, without risking network health or compromising critical business functions.

What is eCDN?

An eCDN is an enterprise content delivery network, which is one way for companies to distribute content within their corporate network, creating a safety net for their internal bandwidth pipe.

A peer-to-peer eCDN helps to avoid network bottlenecks that occur when a large number of concurrent viewers in one office are watching the same content, such as a live broadcast. Instead of individual employee devices all pinging a single server to access a stream, a P2P eCDN reduces the amount of bandwidth needed coming from the external server. Instead, Livestream’s eCDN uses the bandwidth inside the company, redistributing the requests to devices within the LAN, improving stream quality and reducing the bandwidth load on a company’s internal network.

How Video Is Driving Corporate Communications Trends

Video is the fastest and easiest way to learn and retain information. Streaming your internal and all hands meetings has become de rigueur at large companies, but these in-demand, data-heavy streams can have massive network implications.

Today video is being used in organizations for a variety of purposes:
• Employee training and product demos
• All hands or town halls
• Internal HR events and panels

Streaming company-wide meetings is an effective way to keep employees engaged. According to Entrepreneur Magazine, engaged employees report 31% higher productivity and 37% higher sales. Conversely, the Dale Carnegie Institute reports that businesses with disengaged employees lose $11b annually.

This engagement data is driving demand for access to video in the workplace: according to Cisco, global business IP traffic is set to grow 21% from 2015 to 2021, which will require updated infrastructure to handle the load.

To avoid additional expenses or potential network failures, many corporations are considering eCDNs to meet these new challenges.

Traditional content delivery vs. Livestream’s eCDN for corporate communications

In a traditional content delivery setup, viewers connect to a server to obtain the streaming video they have requested. This server can either be inside the company or external – an example would be video content cached and delivered from a Cloud provider. Both of these setups have their limitations.

If everyone in the company tries to connect to a single server at the headquarters, the connections will quickly become saturated and the server will likely crash as it was not meant to handle thousands of simultaneous requests for data-heavy video.

If the server is in the cloud, companies often have significant limitations when it comes to connecting to the internet. They generally have a fixed capacity when it comes to external bandwidth, and networks are often not dimensioned for a massive amount of data requests from outside their network. Firewalls can further delay external calls, creating huge bottlenecks.

This makes streaming live video within the enterprise network very difficult. There are several means of mitigating this problem, and these solutions are collectively known as “eCDN.”

Solution 1: Install caching servers within the company network at each site.

Installing caching servers allows you to place a copy of the video close to your viewers to avoid the congestion of large numbers of requests to a single server. The challenge is this solution requires both significant CAPEX (cash) and OPEX (operating expenses). Servers are expensive, and installing and maintaining them requires significant expertise and dedicated personnel. In addition to regular maintenance, you’ll also need a dedicated IT team at each site to maintain servers to guarantee no-fail live streams.

Solution 2: Use an internal multicasting tool.

A multicasting tool broadcasts content en masse to every computer on the network. This requires specific equipment that supports multicast, and may also necessitate changing workstation software to be able to support multicast streams. This is not the “typical” streaming setup so it can require additional configuration in addition to this CAPEX.

Solution 3: Legacy P2P solutions.

Peer-to-peer within company networks has existed for many years. The principle of P2P is to use the abundant bandwidth within the enterprise network. However, the solutions on the market have had several major drawbacks: at the very least they have required users to install a plugin in their browsers or an app. Some providers even require companies to change their entire video stack and use a special, non-standard streaming protocol.

Solution 4: Livestream’s peer-to-peer based eCDN

Our eCDN distributes the stream with peer-to-peer networking, harnessing idle internal network bandwidth to more effectively distribute the stream. With Livestream, employees connect to the stream as they would in a typical video streaming setup. However, instead of getting the entire video directly from the server, their video player will also ask for segments of content from nearby co-workers viewing devices. This more efficiently distributes bandwidth requirements within your network, eliminating the risk of bottlenecks to the server, slow connections, and poor video quality.

Benefits of Livestream’s eCDN for Corporate Communications

Livestream’s peer-to-peer eCDN shares video across your intranet, utilizing a fraction of the bandwidth necessary from external servers. This allows you to stream high-quality video without interruption, without impacting your bandwidth or internal network.

Lower network costs
With our cloud-based eCDN, you’re not paying for higher capacity networks or any additional hardware.
Ease of use for employees
Using our eCDN does not require viewers to download additional plugins or software. They can still view your streaming video anywhere you would normally display that content. Additionally, since our eCDN is cloud-based, there is no installation cost or time spent.
Better quality streaming at scale
Viewers across the corporate network will experience better video quality and less buffering from using an eCDN.
7-day US-based support
Livestream Enterprise support experts are just a phone call away, any day of the week.

How eCDN works with your existing Livestream account

Many eCDNs work with desktop plug-ins or costly additional hardware or software. Unlike other peer-based eCDN solutions, Livestream requires no installation on workstations and no changes to your video workflow configuration. We use standard HTTP streaming formats and offer plug-and-play integrations for desktop.

Our technology is based on WebRTC, meaning connections are made directly through the browser and there is no workstation software to install, and no browser extensions or plugins for users to manage.

Livestream’s eCDN can be activated one time by your account manager and then can be toggled on and off within your Livestream dashboard to use as you see fit. There is no work or downloads required by the end user, and no additional hardware to purchase.

How do we set up your eCDN?
• First, we test the webRTC connections inside your network.
• Your account manager enables eCDN on your Livestream account and tests different devices on the same network. If you have multiple sites, we will test each site.
• Finally, Livestream will organize a global test with the company users and a test live video. After this, your eCDN is ready to stream.

Want to learn more? Existing Livestream customers can contact their Account Manager, or visit this page and complete a Custom request form