Ustream Watershed As A Training Platform – Pay For Less

We’re about half way through Podcast Secrets 3.0. It’s been a lot of fun and we’ve learned a lot in the process.

One of the big things we’ve done differently this year is move from audio only training to a weekly hour of streaming video for the members. It’s a new model for me in terms of content delivery and I think, conceptually, that I like this process. I’ll be doing more of it in the future. It’s a good thing to be able to rally your crowds before you send 5 hours of content their way.

I chose the uStream Watershed platform to deliver this stuff for a number of reasons. The biggest two issues were that I love the functionality uStream gave on the free side – and I loved even more the Producer app on the free side. Price was fine with my profit margins so I went ahead with a name I trusted.

Imagine how much more one would get when one pays for it …

Uh, no …

In short, no Producer with uStream Watershed and a bunch of the interactive functions you get with the paid version is not included in this release.

Yes, with free you get more functionality.

What it does, it does fine, but it’s just kinda silly that it doesn’t do more.

I’m ready to pay you more money Ustream and I’m ready to recommend that others do the same but before I pay for services, could you at least move the services to the level of what you’re already giving away for free?

I mean, it does work, works great – I’d just like to do more.

Will you let me, Ustream?

I know freemium is still a really cool model in the valley but the part of freemium that too many forget is that, when all is said and done, you do eventually have to charge somebody at some point.

I hope my readers won’t make the same mistake.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Lawton Chiles

    Paul, good points here. It seems like someone really did not do their homework on the funnel when they released this new version. Hmmmm.

  • Steve Fisher

    Hey Paul,
    I too have been rolling out instructional content using the Watershed efforts from Ustream. If there was any way to present a collective voice, I'd be happy to join in. I regret there is no person or office even to contact. I have been content with the service and would happily pay for better tools. It has replaced the buggy and not well supported dimdim service.

  • paulcolligan

    It's not homework. It's the classic not thinking it through 2 different departments kinda thing. Well, I'll bet that's the case at least.

  • paulcolligan

    Well good to know. Is there anyone else out there?

  • Jbradley

    I agree…we are a small college that is using Watershed to move our classes into remote classrooms and deploy to remote users. I am content with watershed but can't fathom why they have not made available the basic stuff I have on the free ustream side…would gladly pay more for functionality. Really want an iphone/ipad app….

  • paulcolligan

    yup, kinda odd …