Third party devices and encoders

IBM's video streaming services work with virtually any RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) based encoder. From webcams, to camcorders, to professional multi-camera switchers, to enterprise-level rackmount encoders, to bonded cellular devices, to software. This includes, but is not limited to, the Elemental Live, NewTek TriCaster, Teredek VidiU, Matrox Monarch, Telestream Wirecast, StudioCoast vMix and others.




Content creators have a variety of tools at their fingertips to live stream video to IBM's streaming platform. From using a webcam and a browser, to downloading mobile apps, to professional third party equipment for streaming video.

Video quality

Live streaming apps video quality

Support for high definition or 4K video quality. Content broadcast from mobile phones and other devices is also live transcoded for adaptive bitrate streaming, giving viewers an optimal user experience based on their connection speed.


Worldwide video delivery scale

Online video broadcasts are sent to a multi-CDN (Content Delivery Network) infrastructure for delivery. Tested to successfully deliver events to millions of concurrent viewers. Unlock the potential for massive audiences from live streams done with your smartphone, tablet or other device.

Live streaming app solutions

Online video monetization

Learn how IBM and Cleeng help customers find new revenue streams through helping content owners monetize their online video assets, from esports to house of worship live events.

Live broadcast tool use cases

Virtual conferences

Deliver multi-track virtual events by leveraging live streaming apps to bring in influencers and field experts to speak and host sessions.

Video monetization

Host paid content, from premium esports to exclusive interviews, that users purchase via pay per view or through a subscription.

Executive communication

From using professional equipment to a mobile app, executives can quickly address entire companies while working remote.


Live delivery system built for scalability

Discover what it takes to reliably broadcast live video to massive audiences through multiple delivery layers and automatic source switching.

How to live stream from your smartphone

Planning to live stream? Here are some tips to avoid subpar video quality and a guide on how to live stream video from your smartphone or tablet.

Advantages of adaptive bitrate streaming

Learn the impact of buffering on viewer retention and how adaptive bitrate streaming works in regards to video quality for a better user experience.

Next steps

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