Does it get bigger than this? Piksel to live stream POTUS at Howard University’s 2016 commencement address

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Last year we started working with WHUR-FM, Howard University’s radio station, to help them reach a whole new audience via online video. It was a huge step that bridged the gap between radio and video.

Well this Saturday, May 7, we are powering Howard University’s live stream for a very special event – the 2016 Commencement ceremonies featuring an address by POTUS, Barack Obama himself.

We’ve been working with Jim Watkins, WHUR-FM, Howard University’s radio station’s general manager for a while now. Let’s see what he had to say about this event, and Piksel’s on-going relationship with the university:

It is an extraordinary honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome President Barack Obama to our campus for the 2016 commencement address. We are excited that we can make this very special event available across the globe through video live streaming, leveraging the technology we have come to rely on from Piksel.

Piksel’s deep expertise in managing live video streaming made the decision to partner with us for this high profile event a no-brainer. The fully redundant encoding and delivery paths we are providing along with our live streaming video platform is just part of the solution we’re providing for Howard University.

To ensure expected demand is supported and scaled in real time, we are also hosting the video stream landing page. Piksel’s architecture takes advantage of the cloud to meet any demand, recently demonstrated with another live stream event, which saw peaks of over 2.5 million viewers in one day. And it will all be monitored live and in real time by the technicians in our state-of-the-art Live Streaming and Monitoring Center.

Tune in on any device, from wherever you are in the world, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:30AM EDT to watch the live stream of POTUS giving his address at and follow the conversation online as you watch with the hashtag #HowardU16.


To learn more about Piksel’s video live stream and broadcast services, get in touch today.

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