Monthly Archives: June 2007

Ustream.TV Wins CNET’s Webware Top 100! CNET Top 5 Editor’s Choice!

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Ustream.TV Selected As Webware Top 100 Site of Web 2.0CNET’s Webware today announced the winners of the Top 100 sites of Web 2.0.

And Ustream.TV Won!

 

Over the course of 20 days in May and June, the community of Webware.com users voted for its favorite Web applications. These are the results: the top 100 Web apps, 10 in each of 10 categories, determined by Webware readers and the fans of the sites that made the final cut.

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Rafe’s analysis of the results

CNET’s Ustream.TV Profile

There were more than 5,000 nominations for sites to be included in this awards program, which Webware’s editors pruned to a list of 250 finalists. Users then voted on those finalists–there were 489,467 votes cast–to come up with these: The top 100 Webware sites for 2007.

Ustream.TV also was selected as a Top 5 Editor’s Choice by Rafe Needleman (see video here). Senior Editor Rafe Needlemen says of Ustream.TV, “This is the future of the internet.”  Ustream.TV is in great company as other winners included in the Media Category are Youtube, Flickr, Fotki, Photobucket, LastFM, Pandora, NetFlix, Zooomr, and Yahoo Videos.  Ustream.TV was the only live video streaming site selected.

A special thanks to all the Ustreamer’s out there who voted and made this possible.

Graduationcast! Stanford University Student Streams Graduation LIVE From Her Cap!

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Stanford University Commencement LIVEIs Ustream.TV becoming mainstream? Stanford thinks so.

In a Internet and Ustream.TV first, Stanford University student Marie Jo Mont-Reynaud attached a webcam to her graduation cap and streamed the entire Graduation Commencement LIVE on Ustream.TV. She even had a live chatroom and was able to interact with friends and family during the ceremony.Stanford University Graduation LIVE

That is cool. That is mainstream.

Marie Jo, a senior at Stanford University, decided to stream live when her grandmother who lives on the other side of the country was unable attend. Not only was her grandmother able to see her graduate live, she saw the graduation from Marie Jo’s eyes! “When I found out my grandmother couldn’t make it, I figured I would just Ustream it. She called me several times during the ceremony to tell me she loved me and could see everything,” said Marie Jo. “Hopefully I started a tradition at Stanford that will continue into the future.”

This stream was also embedded into the Stanford University Blog for other parents and relatives across the country to witness. Hundreds of friends and relatives tuned in to watch live.

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Ustream.tv Is Hiring!

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Ustream.tv Is Hiring!

If you’re passionate about making great products even better, and you’re looking for a company that will let you do great work that you can be proud of, Ustream may be the right fit for you.

We’re focused on building a killer live online video platform to let our growing army of Ustreamers create kick-butt shows and communities.

Whatever you do, we’re probably looking for it, but we’re especially interested in product managers, Flash developers, and experienced LAMP stack engineers.

Ustream is an equal opportunity employer located in Palo Alto, CA.

Email your resume to jobs@ustream.tv.

Pirillo Interviews Ustream CEO Chris Yeh on “Community Leadership”

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Pirillo Interviews Ustream CEO Chris Yeh On Community LeadershipInternet Guru and Avid Ustreamer, Chris Pirillo (live.pirillo.com), recently interviewed Ustream.tv CEO Chris Yeh on Community Leadership.  

By Community we mean the wonderful and creative Ustream.tv broadcasters, viewers, and users.

By Leadership we mean the act of facilitating the growth and nurturing of our community.

Ustream.tv strongly recognizes the importance of our community.  Ultimately it is you that has made Ustream.tv the most recognized live streaming site on the internet.

You can understand more out the role of a Community Leader/Evangelist/Advocate/Manager HERE.

See the full video with Chris Pirillo and Ustream.tv CEO Chris Yeh HERE>>

Biggest…Day…Ever

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Apple's WWDC 2007Wow, it’s been quite a day for Ustream.tv. We had a number of monster events today, including iPhoneAlley.com streaming live from Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Thanks to Ustreamers like iPhone Alley, we shattered all our previous traffic records. Over 75,000 streamers tuned into listen to this live broadcast alone.

Unfortunately, the increased load (several times our normal levels) did strain the system, but thanks to the heroic efforts of the technical team, we kept the system running. Our apologies to anyone who experienced technical difficulties during the massive surge in usage.

We have a number of additional scalability features coming on line in the next few weeks which should help us manage continued growth. Remember, if you are planning on getting over 1,000 viewers for your broadcast, please do let us know in advance, and we can make the necessary preparations.

As always, we thank our Ustreamers for trusting us with their broadcasts, and continuing to push Ustream forward.

Top Gaming Show “Unscripted 360″ Coming to Ustream.tv

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Unscripted 360Ustream.tv is proud to announce that one of the #1 Video Gaming Shows on the internet will be joining the lineup soon! Video Gaming Powerhouse Unscripted 360 has officially announced a LIVE Ustream.tv version of its show.

“Ustream.tv is committed to providing a variety of LIVE content for all audiences. The addition of Unscripted 360 is a testament to that commitment. We are honored to have one of the #1 video gaming podcasts,” say Ustream.tv Founder Brad Hunstable.

Check out Unscripted 360 LIVE show called “U360 TV” soon at Ustream.tv.

Ustream.tv caught up with the founder of Unscripted 360 Deacon Blade for a quick interview:

What is Unscripted 360 and when did it start?

Unscripted 360 is an Xbox community podcast/site that I host to sort of
represent the Xbox community. I started it in July 2006 and its been a
very good ride so far. I take the things that go on in the Xbox community
be that around popular sites or low-key sites and bring them to life on
the show.

How long have you been a computer/video gaming fan?

I’ve been a fan literally all my life for as long as I can remember. From
Super Mario all the way up to the Master Chief today, I’ve been a fan.

What are the hottest games right now on the Xbox 360?

There are quite a few titles that have the community buzzing. Crackdown
has been a fan favorite especially considering it was a guaranteed spot in
the Halo 3 Beta. Rainbow Six Vegas continues to shine on Xbox Live.
Forza Motorsport 2, Gears of War, and even not-so hyped games like Earth
Defense Force 2017 are hot right now.

Are there any upcoming games to look forward to?

Absolutely. Xbox 360 fans are ofcourse looking forward to Halo 3
naturally. But besides that there’s DiRT, Mass Effect, BioShock, The
Darkness, Overlord, Burnout Paradise, Army of Two and I know some are
waiting to see what 2K Sports does with its All-Pro Football 2K8.

There are a lot of titles on the horizon!

How do you see the future of game consoles vs PC games evolving? Has the
PC gaming software fallen behind?

Well if you were to believe Microsoft, you’d think that console vs PC is
the new “it”. And to be honest, I believe them. There’s a price to pay
for some PC gamers who are used to online gaming for free but then having
console gamers battle PC gamers has never been done before so the price my
be worth it.

As far as PC gaming software falling behind, I’d have to say absolutely
not. I think PC titles will always have the upper hand on their console
counterparts and to be honest, most people prefer it that way. The gap
gets closer and closer though with each generation of consoles.

Why do you think the Xbox 360 is outperforming the PS3?

Price, game portfolio and availability. That’s what it boils down to.
Right now the Xbox 360 is cheaper, has more games and its been on shelves
longer than the PS3. It’s like a flip-flop of positions really when you
think in terms of where the PS2 and Xbox were last generation.

What video game console and game had the biggest impact on the gaming
industry?

Wow. I’d say it’s a toss between a game like Pac-Man and Super Mario. I
don’t think you could get 2 people together who didn’t know about either
of the two. I say these two because they started it all really. Pac-Man
was to the arcade what I believe Super Mario was to gaming entertainment
in homes.

What is your all time favorite game and why?

That’s a tough one…a really tough one. I’d have to list thousands of
titles really but for the sake of the question, I’ll pick one. The
original Mortal Kombat because it was the first time I really believe a
game was real. I mean clearly the moves weren’t real but visually the
game was more real than any before it I think. Using real actors and
basing the game off of that was great.

When can we see Unscripted360 on Ustream.tv?

Very soon! I’m hoping to have U360 TV up before the end of the month.

Ustream CEO Chris Yeh Featured on “Computer America”

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Robert Scoble and Ustream.tv CEO Chris YehThis past week Ustream.tv CEO Chris Yeh was featured on Computer AmericaComputer America. Computer America is the longest running nationally syndicated radio talk show on computers and technology. Now in its 16th year, Computer America airs LIVE Monday – Friday from 10pm-12am EST (7pm-9pm PT) on both the Business and Lifestyle Talk Radio Networks.

On this show, Chris discusses the background on Ustream.tv, the future of live video and Ustream.tv’s affect on the Democratization of TV.

Check out the full interview HERE >>

Ustream.tv Selected As Finalist In Webware’s “Top 100 of Web 2.0″

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Webware's Top 100Ustream.tv is proud to announce its selection as a finalist in CNET’s Webware “Top 100″ services of Web 2.0.

25 finalists in 8 categories were selected by CNET staff based on their impact and popularity in Web 2.0  These finalists are then voted on by the world to form the “Top 100″.  Ustream.tv was selected for the Media: Audio, Video, Photo category is such company as Youtube, Flickr, Myspace, and Netflix.

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“This demonstrates Ustream’s continued leadership in the live video space and a testament to the future rise of live video on the internet” says Chris Yeh, CEO of Ustream.tv.

Polls end June 11th, so hurry and go vote today (for Ustream of course!).  CLICK HERE TO VOTE >>

Ustream.tv Impacting Music and The Political Process

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The world is quickly learning the power of live interactive video.  It is no longer about consuming, but about experiencing.

Country GavinSo where is Ustream.tv having an impact and making its power known? Music and Politics.

For the past week, Jonathan Coulton (jonathancoulton.com) has been recording a new song called “Octopus”. He has been broadcasting the entire process via Ustream and showcasing the video on his site. (Watch Jonathan Coulton Here).

Trying to gain some fame and get exposure, GavinCountry streams live from his studios in Nashville, TN each night interacting with fans and taking requests (Watch Gavin Here).

Presidential Candidate Senator Chris DoddRecently Democratc Presidential Candidate Senator Chris Dodd has streamed several events through Ustream.tv.  Most recently he streamed before and during the Democratic Presidential Debate with nearly 10,000 viewers. (Watch Chris Dodd Here).  Tim Targaris of Dodd’s Campaign says services like Ustream.tv “reflect the Senator’s belief in the importance of a direct conversation between voters and the campaign.”Young Democrats of Atlanta

The Young Democrats of Atlanta are utilizing Ustream.tv to organize and strength their community (Watch Video Here) as well.  They have recognized that Ustream.tv can help deliver their message and broaden their support.

Interaction and Experience are being redefined.  Live.