December 10, 2014—Mountain View, Calif.—BlueJeans Network, the global leader in cloud-based video meeting services, today unveiled BlueJeans Primetime, a new interactive online town hall events service that connects thousands of participants through large-scale webcasting. BlueJeans Primetime is the only large town hall and all hands platform that gives multiple presenters the power to engage with thousands of viewers, and promote any of these viewers to active participants with real time live streaming.
“The way webinars and webcasts are done today, you have a massive barrier separating viewers and presenters, making the thousands of people who aren’t part of the conversation essentially invisible,” said Stu Aaron, CCO at BlueJeans Network. “When we met with our customers, we saw so many situations where executives, educators, media companies, and so many others wanted to interact with their audiences in an easy, organized, and controlled fashion, but were frustrated with the one-way nature of live streaming technology. We saw an opportunity to redefine a market and provide the easy, open, interactive experience that BlueJeans is known for, in a service designed for large-scale events.”
BlueJeans Primetime augments the flagship, Blue Jeans cloud-based video collaboration service, with new streaming capabilities to broadcast events to a worldwide audience, plus a unique ability for the moderator to switch participant roles between active participant, and passive observer, making it possible for speakers and their audiences to interact in brand new ways.
A cross section of Blue Jeans customers in Business, Education, Technology, Media & Entertainment, Gaming, and more, have already embraced the potential for this new service as an extension of their overall events strategy.
Blue Jeans Primetime has been in trials since early September with more than 20 customers, including RedHat, Wikia, and the Wharton School of Business, among others.
In 2015 TEDx will be leveraging Blue Jeans Primetime to connect organizers around the world, making it possible for their global community to meet face-to-face in large groups like never before. Additionally, they will be integrating it into their official knowledge sharing initiatives, which kick off in 2015.
“With over 3,000 yearly events spread across 165 countries, we have TEDx organizers in every corner of the globe. Online video is the perfect way for us to connect, and this tool's interactivity is making it possible for us to do this in large groups like never before,” said Alex Rudloff, Chief Digital Strategist for TEDx. “We're excited about deploying the Blue Jeans Primetime product to keep our TEDx organizers better connected.”
Sundance Institute will be developing ways to collaborate and utilize the Blue Jeans platform during Sundance Film Festival to create events that connect audiences to Festival filmmakers.
Sundance Institute Associate Director of Technology Services, Justin Simmons said “We want to create unique experiences for our community that are not able to make it to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. This new Blue Jeans technology provides a platform to invite remote attendees into thought-provoking conversations in new and more interactive ways.”
Several new capabilities make the Blue Jeans Primetime service ideally suited to support large- scale, interactive events:
Blue Jeans Primetime is actively being tested by customers in limited availability, and will be generally available in Q1 of 2015. To learn more, visit: bluejeans.com/primetime.
About Blue Jeans Network
At Blue Jeans Network, our mission is to make video communications as easy and pervasive as audio communications, enabling more effective collaboration at work, at home, and on the road. Our cloud-based conferencing service makes this possible by enabling customers to connect with each other seamlessly anytime, anywhere, and from practically any device. The Blue Jeans Network extends high quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of specialized conference rooms and into the mainstream, allowing individuals and employees throughout an enterprise to interact more effectively with each other, and with their customers, partners, suppliers, family, and friends. Blue Jeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: https://bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansNet