Howard University entrusts Piksel to video stream the commencement address by President Obama

Posted by Ashlyn Fulton

NEW YORK, NY, May 4, 2016 - Piksel, a global leader in building successful online video businesses, today announces that it will video stream Howard University’s 2016 Commencement ceremonies featuring an address from President Barack Obama, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Piksel has an on-going relationship with WHUR-FM, one of the top-ranked radio stations in the Washington, D.C. market, providing video streaming for a variety of programs and topics.

Jim Watkins, general manager at Howard University’s WHUR-FM commented, "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 – its robust, reliable, and scalable video platform meets all of our needs.

“We anticipate a huge amount of interest in President Obama’s commencement address, and we are proud that we have been entrusted by Howard University,” said Scott Williams, EVP Americas at Piksel. “Our deep expertise in live broadcasts means that Howard University and the family and friends of the Class of 2016 can watch President Obama’s commencement address from any device, wherever they are in the world.”

Piksel is providing fully redundant encoding and delivery paths, its live streaming video platform, and is hosting the video and landing page for Howard University to ensure the expected demand is supported and scalable in real time. Piksel’s architecture takes advantage of the cloud to meet any demand, recently demonstrated with another live stream event, which saw dramatic peaks of over 2.5 million viewers in one day.

Piksel has worked with Howard University for some time, providing video streaming for the University’s radio station WHUR-FM. As well as providing the technology platform, Piksel has worked with WHUR on its overall digital business strategy, guiding them on ways to capitalize on all of its online content as well as ways to expand its audience.

Live streaming of the event, on Saturday May 7, 2016, can be viewed at starting at 9:30 a.m. EDT.

The event will be monitored in real time by expert staff both on-site at Howard University, as well as at Piksel’s Live Streaming and Monitoring Center in Atlanta, GA, where technicians monitor over 40,000 live event broadcasts per year.


WHUR-FM, 96.3 FM, is an urban adult contemporary radio station that is licensed to Washington D.C., and serves the Metro D.C. area. It is owned and operated by Howard University, making it one of the few commercial radio stations in the United States to be owned by a college or university, as well as being the only independent, locally-owned station in the Washington, D.C. area. Also, the staff of the station mentors the students of the university's school of communications. It is also co-owned with its television partner, WHUT-TV, one of D.C.'s PBS affiliates.

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