Ustream has recently made moves to de-emphasize its free, live broadcasting service. But those changes are just part of a larger focus on enterprise clients.
Last week, Ustream sent an email to members who had free accounts, telling them that it was making changes to the way videos were stored or archived. The email said that videos recorded by its free, ad-supported Ustream Basic accounts would only be stored for 30 days, and then automatically deleted.
The company offered up a new unlimited storage plan for users who wish to pay for them. For $19.99 a month, Ustream is allowing its users to archive videos that they’ve already shot beyond 30 days. But for those who didn’t want to upgrade to a pro version of Ustream, the company offered the ability to download copies of their videos to store them offline.
For Ustream, culling archived videos from free users is just one step in its continued focus on enterprise accounts. Over the past year, the company has been working to add features and win over more media and business clients to its service.
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