Video Webcasting Guidelines Part 2: You and Your Surroundings.

Video Webcasting Guidelines Part 2: You and Your Surroundings.

This is the second in a series of blogs from the Hive Streaming team on Webcasting Best Practices. The first was titled Video Webcasting Guidelines Part 1: Building Slides. This second blog is again by Stephen Condon, our Vice President of Global Marketing. Please send any feedback or input to info@hivestreaming.com or reach out to Stephen via twitter @streamingguy These tips are going to be most relevant for someone looking to webcast from their desk using either a built-in computer camera or an independent, free-standing camera. Those engaging in bigger productions will no doubt have guidance from an experienced team, but many of these tips still will be applicable. As Dan Rayburn, the editor of StreamingMediaBlog.com, points out in a blog post, the Devil is in the non-technical details. Select a location that: Is well lit and has consistent light Is free of external noises Has covered windows, and Is free of clutter. Avoid wearing clothes that may flare or be distorted on camera. Generally, plain dark colors work best. If you plan to wear a coat or jacket, it’s best not to button it. Bring a sign to put on the door to avoid interruptions during your broadcast. Do a camera check before starting your broadcast. Pay close attention to lighting as it has a large impact on the audience’s perception of your professionalism. Make sure your background and foreground is free of possible distractions, and If good lighting is resulting in any shine on your skin, apply a little make-up. Any finally but very importantly make sure cell phones are off, desk phones are on mute, and...
Swisscom and Hive Streaming Extend and Strengthen Partnership

Swisscom and Hive Streaming Extend and Strengthen Partnership

Since October 2016, Hive Streaming has been successfully working with Swisscom Event & Media Solutions AG in the Swiss market to offer enterprises a complete video management and delivery solution. Recent interest expressed in the Hive Streaming Skype Meeting Broadcast integration by Swisscom customers has been the catalyst for Hive Streaming and Swisscom Event & Media Solutions AG to formalize their partnership. https://www.swisscom.ch/en/business/sem/services/digital-media/intranet-video-distribution.html Hive Streaming has granted Swisscom the first right of refusal on sales opportunities that arise for Hive Streaming with Skype Meeting Broadcast in Switzerland. Swisscom Event & Media Solutions AG is a subsidiary of Swisscom and implements technical infrastructures for the digitization of live communication. Swisscom Event and Media Services is an ideal partner for Hive Streaming as they have deep expertise in unified communications and digital media. The extended partnership will expand the opportunities for success we have in enabling enterprises to broadcast live video presentations on an international scale without the need for additional hardware purchases. Swisscom also has strong relationships with Microsoft and movingimage, who provide critical components of a complete enterprise video delivery and management platform. The Swisscom Event and Media Services team is well represented in the Swiss market and will help increase the profile and growth opportunity for Hive Streaming video delivery service amongst enterprises in these markets. For further information contact Swisscom media@swisscom.com or Hive...
Hive Streaming’s Chief Technology Officer to Present at Birkbeck University London

Hive Streaming’s Chief Technology Officer to Present at Birkbeck University London

Hive Streaming is partnering with Birkbeck Careers for a one-off event as part of their Upscale Programme for their student community.  Birbeck’s Upscale Programme is designed to inspire students to pursue careers within the technology sector. The UK’s economy is thriving and tech skills are more sought after than ever before. The Upscale Programme invites innovative companies to inspire students with the innovative ways they are solving technology challenges and creating amazing experiences.   This diverse group of London students will come together on the evening of the 15th June to listen to Hive’s Chief Technology Officer Roberto Roverso. Roberto is responsible for creating and executing Hive’s technical vision. His role encompasses the following areas: making sure that business and technical goals are aligned, coordination of Hive’s tech teams, evangelization of Hive’s technology and dissemination of Hive’s open knowledge portfolio.  Roberto will talk about Hive Streaming’s history from its roots, in the Swedish Technology University to a fast-growing agile company of today, and describe how we solve technology challenges. Date: June 15, 2017 Birkbeck, University of London Room: MAL B35 Malet Street London WC1E 7HX Do you want further information or have any questions please contact...
StreamShark and Hive Streaming Announce Alliance

StreamShark and Hive Streaming Announce Alliance

We are excited to announce that StreamShark and Hive Streaming will be working together to offer enterprises a highly efficient video delivery solution. The joint solution will combine StreamShark’s expertise in reliable video delivery with Hive Streaming’s unique peer-based delivery service to offer enterprises the best video viewing experience possible. The StreamShark platform leverages innovative technology to solve the common pain points around live and on-demand streaming. Their expertise covers the complete workflow from live stream setup and testing with desired security measures (DRM, access control), transcoding for adaptive bitrate streaming and global multi-CDN delivery of live content to viewers across all platforms and devices. StreamShark can provide redundancy at every step of the live streaming workflow with automatic failovers that ensure an exceptional viewing experience for audiences. StreamShark is serving the world’s largest and most valuable companies with thousands of employees located in offices globally. These enterprises use StreamShark’s white-labelled platform for confidential and restricted (internal) live streaming for events such as CEO Town Halls and All Hands Strategy Meetings. StreamShark chose to work with Hive Streaming to address the challenge of delivering a high-quality video experience to thousands of employees on-site without saturating the bandwidth of the internal network, an even greater challenge in geographic regions suffering from lower bandwidth connectivity. It is essential to reduce the load on internal networks to not only avoid degradation of video quality viewed by employees but also avoid video congestion and prevent it impacting the performance of the network for other applications. Enterprises are typically reluctant to deploy additional hardware infrastructure or contract with service providers for additional bandwidth. In...
We welcome Talking Edge Studios to our reseller programme

We welcome Talking Edge Studios to our reseller programme

Hive Streaming welcomes Talking Edge Studios into its reseller community. Talking Edge is based in London and has deep expertise in; capturing and editing video for corporate events and conferences, video streaming, and in facilitating internal enterprise communications. They work with their customers to gain an understanding of their audience and then customize that “aligns video content to the customer’s journey”. Talking Edge Studios managing director Toby Purnell approached Hive Streaming in early 2017 looking to expand their portfolio of services to their customers. Many of their clients are looking for live and on-demand video delivery solutions that don’t require additional hardware or the provisioning of additional bandwidth and Toby identified Hive Streaming as the ideal complement to their existing services. Toby sees Hive’s video delivery capabilities as key meeting the needs of enterprises looking to deliver video to their employee’s connected devices. The Talking Edge team has been working closely with our London-based sales director, Mark Coomber, and they are now ready to offer the Hive Streaming services to enterprises in the United Kingdom. Further information about the services offered by Talking Edge Studios can be found here: talkingedgestudios.com and they can be contacted via talkingedgestudios.com/contact If you would like to contact Mark Coomber directly please email...
Video Webcasting Guidelines Part 1: Building Slides

Video Webcasting Guidelines Part 1: Building Slides

This is the first in a series of blogs from the Hive Streaming team on Webcasting Best Practices. The first is by Stephen Condon, our new Vice President of Global Marketing. Stephen has extensive experience in the digital media industry and has conducted numerous webcasts. What follows are some of the best practices he has picked up over the years. Future blogs will outline best practices for preparing your environment for live video webcasting and how to be more effective on camera. Please send any feedback or input to info@hivestreaming.com or reach out to Stephen via twitter @streamingguy We all know that a presentation should attempt to tell a story and be structured with an attention-getting beginning, a contrasting middle, and a powerful ending (see more in this Harvard Business Review article). However, this blog isn’t about the story you tell but some guidelines for constructing your slides to help you communicate your story in the most compelling and professional manner. Let’s start with whom we hope to emulate. Steve Jobs was the master communicator in that he was able to deliver a simple message in a manner that would inspire employees, the media and consumers. His slides didn’t deliver his presentation, rather they complemented and accentuated his key messages. So what can we learn from Steve and other effective presenters: • Keep it simple One idea or concept per slide. Your audience will have trouble reading and listening so think of a freeway billboard and communicate one simple idea or concept per slide and then they’ll be able to concentrate on what you are saying. • Light backgrounds...