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The Best Video-On-Demand Services You Shouldn’t Miss

The Best Video-On-Demand Services You Shouldn’t Miss

Videos are known to be the future of content marketing as they allow us to convey messages more beautifully and more expressively than ever. Uscreen claims to offer best video-on-demand service with customizable themes. The platform can even help you develop your own streaming video websites.

Today’s customer seeks more than just on-demand videos. Therefore, the focus is on developing a subscription platform with an optimized approach. It is well known that businesses can benefit from subscription services.

All-in-one, on-demand service platforms provide access to a library of customizable themes. This helps to convert visitors into potential customers, along with accelerating the client retention ratio at the same time. Videos help users to understand the concepts and functionality of a product or service in a straight-forward manner.

Although there are some elite online video-streaming websites, such as Vimeo, metacafe, Veoh, and Hulu, to name a few, these websites incorporate a number of disadvantages that include a higher video upload time, pixelated video quality, limited access (such as a 100MB or 500MB limit), spam comments, and much more.

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Let’s take a moment to understand the features offered by some of the most common video-on-demand services.

Vimeo.com


vimeo.com

    Although Vimeo is not the most popular video-streaming service, it can’t be ignored due to the number of benefits it offers. High-quality videos are delivered with more detailed analytics and customization features. However, the service possesses a comparatively smaller audience, as no free accounts are provided for business usage and there are a number of restrictions on video storage depending on the plan. In addition, Google itself also prefers other video-on-demand platforms over Vimeo.

    Metacafe.com

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    MetaCafe

      One great quality Metacafe has is the large amount of content it has. Although it is considered a well-organized video-on-demand service, it is not seen in a positive light by a large portion of its audience. This may be due to the fact that the search features are complicated and clunky. Therefore, users tend to move to other alternatives that are more straightforward and user-centric.

      Hulu.com

      hulu.com

        With a larger content library, Hulu has become a quite popular online streaming website. However, it focuses on current TV shows, and this makes it a bit outdated. Specially, the young people who contribute largely to video-on-demand sites’ user stats are not as interested in TV shows and soaps. Therefore, Hulu will need to work on its content library in order to keep younger audiences engaged.

        Veoh.com

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        veoh.com

          Veoh is another video-streaming website, but what makes it unpopular is likely the messy appearance and unorganized content. You can watch TV channels on this website, but some user-submitted video links might interrupt you while you search for your favorite videos.

          Uscreen.TV

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            With Uscreen, one can upload any kind of content, including videos, podcasts, audio, documents, excel sheets, or presentations and deliver them to users securely and effectively. Bulk uploading helps you to add numerous files at once. You are also free to browse the website while the upload is in progress. One can schedule content for appearing in a user’s library on the basis of priority. The content is automatically added according to schedule settings and can be auto-removed whenever required. Support for multiple languages, including French, Italian, Latin, etc., makes it scalable for a worldwide audience. Subtitles in many different languages are also supported, and this is done by uploading VTT files.

            One can create multiple admin accounts where the members of the team also have access to the program and these accounts can be managed entirely by providing various access rights. You can check out Uscreen.tv clients like E- learning / instructional videos for more ways to have a customized video-on-demand platform.

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            Conclusion

            Uscreen is rises above as the best video-on-demand platform that can be utilized to help a business grow. The success of the product or brand can further be analysed by using consistent tracks over the videos. This comprehensive video-on-demand platform makes videos available all the time with a clean and reliable service.

            Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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