This Week on Livestream | July 10, 2017

Watch live as Radiolab presents More Perfect at The Greene Space, Mark Bowden visits the Free Library of Philadelphia, ASCOA hosts a discussion on the present and future of North America, and Houston Sharp, the Art Director behind the paintings in this summer’s Wonder Woman, hosts a discussion and demo at The Gnomon School in Los Angeles.


Podcast Mixtape: Radiolab presents More Perfect | The Greene Space
Monday, July 7
7 PM ET
“Would you give up your home if it could possibly benefit the greater good? What if the government needed to take your land to build a hospital; would you give in? What if they needed the land for a stadium, or… a pipeline? Participate in a lively debate with Radiolab and More Perfect host Jad Abumrad and More Perfect legal editor Elie Mystal.”

#243 Higher Education: Digital Transformation and Innovation | CXOTALK
Tuesday, July 11
1 PM ET
“In this episode of CXOTALK, Joanna Young, recent higher ed CIO, industry advisor, and well-known thought leader, brings her latest insight and thinking on the digital transformation of higher education.”

Mark Bowden | Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam | Author Events
Tuesday, July 11
7:30 PM ET
“Mark Bowden is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair and is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling books of investigative journalism, including the National Book Award-nominated Black Hawk Down.”

NASA iTech Forum | National Institute of Aerospace
Wednesday, July 12
9 AM ET
“NASA iTech is a yearlong initiative to find innovative ideas with the most potential impact on future space exploration and support development of the most promising solutions.”

A Discussion on North America: Present and Future | ASCOA Online
Wednesday, July 12
9:30 AM ET
“Council of the Americas and Americas Quarterly will look at the state of trade and investment in North America, the nature of supply chains, and how business is conducted today.”

Building the Advanced Headshot: Sponsored by Canon | bheventspace
Wednesday, July 12
1 PM ET
“Today, just about everyone needs a great headshot. Whether it’s for social media, business, or personal use, the marketplace for this type of photography is enormous and so is the income potential. This session will review lighting patterns on the face and then continue with how to create depth and dimension with up to 5 Speedlites and also cover the use of gels for color harmony between subject and background.”

Illustrating the History of Wonder Woman: Digital Painting with Houston Sharp | Gnomon
Thursday, July 13
10:30 PM ET
“Working with Director Patty Jenkins and a highly talented crew of artists, Houston Sharp helped realize a very specific look for the paintings featured in the hit movie. Houston will discuss the work that went into the paintings for Wonder Woman, as well as the design work he contributed to Ares in the final battle scene. An illustrator and concept artist from Los Angeles, Houston will conclude with a digital painting demo that will reveal his complete workflow when approaching an illustration, from start to finish.”

Kevin Hearne | Besieged with Chuck Wendig | Star Wars: The Aftermath Trilogy and Fran Wilde | Updraft | Author Events
Friday, July 14
7:30 PM ET
“Kevin Hearne is the author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chronicles, the ancient-Celtic-meets-contemporary-mayhem action-adventure series featuring 2,000-year-old Atticus O’Sullivan. In his latest adventure, the immortal Irishman dodges traps in ancient Egypt and soul-stealing demons at a Kansas carnival.”

“Is It Rolling, Bob?”: Bob Dylan’s Nashville Recordings Revisited | Country Music Hall of Fame
Saturday, July 15
3 PM ET
“Princeton history professor Sean Wilentz, author of the critically acclaimed study Bob Dylan in America (2010) and a contributor to Dylan’s official website, will offer remarks about Dylan’s strong ties to Nashville and country music, and then join a panel discussion focusing on Dylan’s album Blonde on Blonde, which was recorded in Nashville in 1966.”

Interlochen Featured Webcasts | Interlochen Center for the Arts
Sunday, July 16
8 PM ET
“Join Interlochen Arts live Sunday, July 16th at 8 PM ET for a live, featured broadcast of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, violinist Simone Porter, and with Carlos Kalmar, conducting.”

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