Cloud Video

Live and on-demand 4K streaming video capabilities

Share this post:

Organizations and broadcasters looking to increase the end user experience can benefit from the recent advancement of 4K streaming video capabilities at IBM Cloud Video.

This technology is available for both external and internal use cases. This means it works for unsecured, easily available marketing video content. It can also be used, though, to deliver 4K streaming video for secure, internal video as well. Secured video can be presented through integrations with a corporate directory via Single Sign-On (SSO).

Specification wise, the term 4K refers to the image resolution. It is typically over 4,000 pixels in terms of width of the image, which is where the name comes from. However, the image can be smaller, for example “Ultra HD” (UHD) is actually 3,840 pixels in width. IBM Cloud Video actually recommend using the 3,840 pixel, UHD version when broadcasting. However, content owners can use the higher resolution specs.

In terms of the end user experience, the 4K option can be selected from the video player. This player can be embedded on websites or shared as part of a company branded video portal. Unfortunately, many viewers don’t have the appropriate connection speed to watch high definition content, let alone ultra-high definition video. Thankfully, IBM Cloud Video has a QoS (quality of service) element inside the player. This uses a combination of adaptive streaming bitrates and multi-CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) to give the end viewer an optimal experience. This is done through detecting their connection speed and past performance, including buffering, to give them an appropriate bitrate and resolution combination along with using an optimal CDN.

The ability to broadcast in 4K is available over the platform now. Before streaming at this resolution, though, broadcasters need to reach out to IBM Cloud Video’s customer success to discuss their setup.

Learn more about 4K streaming video capabilities.

More stories
March 26, 2019

VIDEO – Simplify Application Monitoring with SRE Golden Signals

Modern microservices application architecture requires a simplified, intelligent approach to monitoring in a hybrid environment. See how applying SRE principals to application monitoring can help rapidly pinpoint the source of issues before the end user is impacted.

Continue reading

November 20, 2017

Use HLS video streaming through M3U8s

Companies are branching out with how they use video content, both internally and externally. This includes utilizing both diverse and unique use cases for their video strategy. To help facilitate this, IBM Cloud Video has introduced the ability to use direct HLS video streaming through M3U8 manifest files. Through this direct HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) […]

Continue reading

October 24, 2017

Multi-tiered distribution of video with ECDN

Organizations can have a variety of Internet structures for their own employees. This can be at an office level or even at a company level with a hub-and-spoke network environment, a site-to-site WAN (Wide Area Network) network topology. IBM Cloud Video’s ECDN (Enterprise Content Delivery Network) has been a solution for alleviating local network congestion […]

Continue reading