ShareStream

More media stuff in the news today and this time from our COE project at Georgetown University who seem to have unearthed a new solution for streaming video and digital asset management called ShareStream. I spoke with David, the CEO, this morning and we're going to work up a go-to-market and technology plan for Education starting in the mid-atlantic states. Thumper seemed like a no-brainer to start off. They don't have their website up, but here are some details on what they are up to until I can get more details.

ShareStream, LLC provides enterprise digital media asset-management platforms and streaming media services for higher education and healthcare entities. ShareStream’s technology was developed in conjunction with Georgetown University to unleash the vast pedagogical potential of streamed, downloaded and podcasted multimedia. In pursuit of this goal, ShareStream developed a comprehensive offering of services that provided best-of-breed solutions for all of the essential steps in digital distribution of multimedia content. These services include: streamlined encoding/data transformation services that produce superior picture quality and ensure the longevity of our client’s collection; an enterprise digital media asset-management platform with extensive archiving and content management capability; high-level user-credential verification checking and digital rights management functionality; unparalleled integration capability with universities’ preexisting IT infrastructure via ShareStream’s proprietary middleware, and worldwide content distribution capability through secure streamed media and download and podcasts to PCs, handhelds, and MP3 players. ShareStream has worked extensively to ensure that these services function seamlessly with one another within the university environment, resulting in a hassle-free work flow, beginning with encoding (digital content creation) and culminating in secure delivery of content to end-users. Thus, ShareStream’s suite of solutions brings higher education an “all-in-one” turnkey product, extensively tailored to thrive in universities around the world.

ShareStream’s technology also offers universities a platform that allows for legal, piracy-protected handling of copyrighted content. Recognizing that universities’ distribution of digital media was being significantly impeded by concerns surrounding piracy of content and compliance with the legislation garnering digital distribution of content for educational purposes, namely the Teach Act, ShareStream has developed a digital media asset-management platform empowered with a digital rights management and security framework designed for the unique needs of higher education. Via its proprietary middleware, ShareStream seamlessly integrates with universities’ data services and learning management systems, enabling high-level authentication, authorization, and course-enrollment checking capability. The platform’s user-credential verification technology allows universities for the first time to distribute digital multimedia content both on campus and beyond unencumbered with concerns of legality and liability. Features

of ShareStream’s pioneering digital media asset-management platform/digital library include:

  • sophisticated cataloguing capability through proprietary content management tool

  • clean, intuitive, and accessible digital library application

  • flexible reporting tool that allows for easy monitoring of user accesses

  • high-level digital rights management and user-credential verification

  • streaming server-agnostic platform

  • secure, encrypted streamed media as well as vodcasts and podcasts from password-protected library


Another key feature of ShareStream’s digital library is its ability to embed its application within university’s course management software/ learning management system, whether it be Blackboard or another product, providing students and professors with ShareStream’s digital library functionality within a familiar, centralized learning environment. This allows students and professors to take advantage of the ShareStream service’s capability within a broader educational context.

ShareStream was founded by David Weinstein, who conceived the concept for ShareStream while an undergraduate at Harvard, Allan Weinstein, founder and chairman of InstantDx, the company whose pioneering electronic prescribing product OnCallData was the first eRX service to launch true electronic connectivity with all the major national pharmacy chains, and Paul Kline, a security and encryption expert and founder of Current Technnologies, the leader in broadband over power line networks.

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