Monthly Archives: September 2007

Day 1: Podcast and New Media Expo 2007

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Mason Reed and Ustream Founder Brad HunstableWhat a day! Today Mason Reed (from Thisismason.com) and myself streamed live from the Podcast and New Media Expo. Click here for live feed.

The day started out with us streaming the Keynote Speech with Howard Lindzon, Creator of Wallstrip. Although the WIFI was spotty, Howard was funny and entertaining to say the least. Tomorrow we will have a dedicated T1 for the Keynote Speech by Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3 which starts at 9am PST. Sunday’s keynote is at 9am with Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine of Ask A Ninja.

Internet Celebrity Matthew EbelWe also had popular Ustream artist Matthew Ebel do a LIVE concert from our booth. At one point a guy with a green feather in his hair came by screaming at Matthew to turn it down. Luckily, Matthew didn’t miss a beat and I slipped in to graciously lower the volume (even though their podcast was BLASTING in our booth all day. Gotta love it!)

iJustine also stopped by to say hi. She was streaming on Justin, Talkshow and Ustream all at the same time. Talk about streaming overload!

Also a special thanks to Mason for helping us do the live interviews with the conference guests and fellow Ustreamers!

Look for more coverage and action tomorrow through Sunday. Come join us in the chat or at the conference and say hi!

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Podcast And New Media Expo Starts Tomorrow!

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Ustream.TV will be streaming live tomorrow from the Podcast and New Media Expo in Ontario, CA. Numerous Ustreamer’s are in attendance and making guest appearances. Ustream Founder Brad Hunstable and popular Ustreamer Mason Reed from Thisismason.com will provide live coverage and interviews from the Ustream booth.

Ustream will also stream the keynote speeches each day at 9 am PST. The keynote speakers are:

Friday: Howard Lindzon, Creator of WallStrip
Saturday: Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3
Sunday: Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine of Ask A Ninja

Join us in the chat and enjoy the coverage!

More information on the Podcast and New Media Expo:

The 3rd Annual New Media Expo is an annual convention that educates individuals and companies about how to produce high-quality audio and video digital content, grow a loyal audience, and market or monetize that content in creative ways.

The Expo is a prosumer and corporate event that brings together influential digital media creators, podcasters and content developers to cover the complete range of creation techniques, business objectives and future trends.

Ustream.tv Goes to Hollywood

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dirtysexymoney3.jpg This past Sunday, Ustream.tv Founder John Ham and I attended the exclusive premiere of ABC’s new show “Dirty Sexy Money” – starring Donald Sutherland, Billy Baldwin, and Peter Krause. Working in association with Entertainment Tonight producer John Pattyson, Ustream helped launch Starbiz.tv, the first live streaming celebrity entertainment show. Conceived by John Pattyson, Starbiz.tv gives viewers live access to Hollywood red carpet events and celebrities.

Equipped with just a Sony VAIO laptop and Handycam, we were able to stream high quality celebrity interviews live to fans around the world. When we told the actors they were live on the Internet, they seemed genuinely surprised and excited. When actor Seth Gabel – who plays Jeremy Darling on the show – heard he was live on Ustream, he even called his mother to tell her to go to Ustream and watch him.

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Plus it was tons of fun to be able to ask questions on behalf of the chatroom audience. We even got Billy Baldwin to tell us what kind of sandals he was wearing. Just another example of how live video connects people.

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If you liked the show, be sure to tune into future Starbiz.tv broadcasts, as well as tonight’s “Dirty Sexy Money” premiere.

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HS Football! Crete Cardinals vs. Blair Bears at Doane College’s Simon Field

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highschool2.jpgHigh school football enters Ustream! Tonight the Crete Cardinals and the Blair Bears played live on Ustream from Doane College’s Simon Field. These teams are located in the heart of football country near Lincoln Nebraska. I’m not sure who won, so hopefully a fan will post here and let us know!

High school football and high school sports in general are tremendous ways to use Ustream. High school programs that in the past were unable to afford the costs of webcast are now able to quickly, easily stream live.

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World Cyber Games Starts Tomorrow!

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It’s here! Tomorrow is the first day of the US Qualifying of the World Cyber Games. Below is the full schedule of events for tomorrow.

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, UStream TV will be providing exclusive coverage of the World Cyber Games U.S. Finals competition in partnership with the Global Gaming League. The live broadcast will provide in-game views and e-sports commentary featuring Marcus Graham, considered the country’s premier e-sports commentator. The World Cyber Games is the foremost global video game tournament with over 1 million contestants from 70 different countries. The World Cyber Games will feature 150 of the top U.S. gamers competing for more than $100,000 in prizes and a chance to represent the U.S. at the 2007 World Cyber Games.

You can chat and follow all the action here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wcg-2007-usa-finals—ggl-wire

2007 World Cyber Games
Schedule of Events


Friday, September 14

11:00am- Stage Match- Dead or Alive 4
12:00pm- Stage Match- Project Gotham Racing
1:00pm- Opening Press Conference
2:00pm- Opening Ceremonies
2:30pm- Stage Match- Gears of War
4:30pm- Stage Match- FIFA Soccer 07

Saturday, September 15
10:30am- Stage Match- StarCraft
11:00am- Stage Match- Dead Or Alive
12:00pm- Stage Match- Command & Conquer 3
1:00pm- Stage Match- FIFA Soccer 07
2:00pm- Stage Match- Gears of War
4:00pm- Stage Match- Counter-Strike

Sunday, September 16

10:00am- Stage Match- Counter-Strike finals
12:00pm- Stage Match- Gears of War finals
1:00pm- Stage Match- WarCraft III finals
2:00pm- Stage Match- Project Gotham Racing finals
2:30pm- Stage Match- Dead of Alive 4 finals
3:00pm- Closing Ceremonies
3:15pm- Announcement of TEAM USA

Anatomy of a Successful Ustream Event

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Ustreamer Ian Lurie takes us behind the scenes of his wildly successful Ustream broadcast of “Conversations With The Candidates,” a live broadcast of the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

Ian talks about how he prepared for the show, including his use of the free CamTwist software to add his client’s logo, CNN-style, to the broadcast, as well as how he used the advanced settings within Ustream’s broadcaster console to manage bandwidth usage during his broadcast.

Ian’s step-by-step directions show you exactly what he did. Even better, he shows how adding the Ustream feed to their Web site helped his client double the number of inbound links. Clear instructions and concrete results make both Ian’s event and his case study a real winner.

To see Ian’s advice please visit:
http://www.conversationmarketing.com/2007/09/streaming_video_creating_a_pro.htm

Blogger Turned Politican- A Interview With Josh Wolf

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Josh Wolf As early as the 5th century Athenian efforts to banish Socrates, political campaigning has been a prevalent, at times, ugly part of government. In America campaigning has evolved from the days of riding horseback door-to-door to the multi-million-dollar TV ads we see today. Needless to say, campaigning continues to evolve and Ustream is part of that evolution.

One interesting example of Ustream’s involvement in today’s political process is Josh Wolf. We had time to catch up with Josh, a blogger turned politician running for the Mayor of San Fransisco, to learn more about his fascinating story and how it is unfolding on Ustream.TV:

What made you decide to run for Mayor?

As July approached, I realized that there weren’t any visible candidates to challenge the incumbent. The mayor represents the interests of machine politics and big business and the city needs a mayor to represent everyone else. I’m running to hold the incumbent accountable for his failed policies and to demonstrate a new model for community democracy and the future of San Francisco.

So tell us a little about your background?

I’ve been an activist most of my life and a journalist in recent years. I was subpoenaed by the FBI in 2006 to assist the government identify political dissidents I filmed as a journalist at a rally against the G8 summit and ended up spending over 7 months in a federal prison for invoking the journalist privilege and refusing to help identify protesters in what amounted to a McCarthyist witch-hunt.

Given these type of challenges you went through and your past experience, how are you using New Media, and Ustream in particular, to connect with your supporters?

As part of my campaign I have launched a show on Ustream called Tuesday Talks where I interview other mayoral candidates to examine where I align and where I differ with the various challengers for mayor as well as provide a forum to interact with visitors to the show. I’ve also organized a weekly debate series that we had planned to stream live through Ustream, but have not yet been able to achieve due to a broken municipal wifi access point that the city refuses to repair or even acknowledge it’s existence.

My campaign site is a community site built-on Drupal and I will be launching SFDemocracy.net as a much larger initiative which will continue past the election no matter who wins or loses. SFDemocracy is designed to be not only a resource for all things San Francisco but also a “sunshine government” providing a means for the people to weigh in on every issue that comes before City Hall.

What do you think is the single most important issue facing San Fran voters?

The most important issue facing the people of San Francisco is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. The pervasive poverty in California’s richest city is deplorable and this tale of two cities manifests itself in the rising homicide rate, the omnipresent homeless population and a government that increasingly serves the wealthy elite by neglecting our working class residents and the poor.

You have committed to a open and transparent government upon election? Why do you feel this is important?

An open transparent government is crucial to a democracy. If the government is to be of the people, by the people, and for the people, then the people need to have full access to what their government is doing. Instead our government revolves around back room deals and quid-pro-quo compromises that are negotiated outside the view of the public eye. This approach to government must end now. As mayor, I will build an administration that is committed to open government; not only will I wear a mounted web camera to demonstrate my commitment to transparency, but I will also stream all public meetings online and make them instantly available to the public to share and discuss. I will make all city documents currently available under the Sunshine Act searchable and accessible through the city’s website as opposed to disclosing such information only when these requests are filed.

What are you thoughts on how the US is moving more towards more surveillance, much like London? How do we find balance with this and personal privacy?

I am opposed to the erosion of our civil liberties and personal privacy perpetuated under the auspices of strengthening national security. San Francisco too is seeing an influx of cameras throughout our streets to combat crime. There is scarce evidence that these cameras will reduce crime, but the potential for abuse is rampant. Finding a balance is difficult because the justice department will always oppose any limitations to surveillance; civil liberties groups oppose all encroachments on personal privacy.

I’m not sure what the answer is, but first and foremost all new approaches to surveillance should be public; the subjects of the operations obviously cannot be disclosed but the general methods should be public so that people can voice their concerns about anything they find objectionable. Additionally, I feel that any new surveillance policies adopted must have adequate research to demonstrate that it’s assets outweigh both privacy concerns and the potential for abuse.

Raiders or 49ers?

I’m more of an X-Games kind of guy myself, and as mayor I will work to see the X-Games return to San Francisco after 2009 when their Los Angeles contract expires. Although it will have been ten years since the last X-Games were held in San Francisco, I’m sure the city would like to see them return again.

Any last thoughts? Where can we find out more about you?

You can find me at www.joshwolf.net; my campaign is all about DIY and grass-roots democracy but we can still use all the contributions we can raise. If you believe in building a new democracy and you support my efforts to run for mayor of San Francisco then please consider contributing today. Thank you.

More Thoughts On Democratization Of Live Video- Hockey on Ustream

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hockey.jpgI had more thoughts today on the power of democratization of live video. Ustream’s solution for live interactive television over the Internet
differs in two important ways from traditional television:

1) It is turnkey and easily scalable, which means that it is both easy and economical to broadcast shows on a much smaller scale. TV networks require audiences in the millions to be viable; Ustream broadcasts can be successful with a handful of viewers. Yet Ustream broadcasts can also scale up to over 100,000 viewers without a problem.

This means that it’s easy to broadcast shows, and that Ustream provides the scalability broadcasters need to take advantage if their program turns out to be a hit.

2) It is live and interactive, which means that viewers can interact with each other, or even the broadcaster during the course of the broadcast. This makes Ustream videos a highly engaging experience. Instead of watching a game while sitting alone in a hotel room, you can watch with your friends. You can even yell back at the video, and the broadcaster might actually listen.

This week I’ve been following a great local sporting event the Yarmouth Mariners VS Lumber Kings from the Lobster Pot Tournament. Traditional TV would never broadcast this hockey game–they could never make enough money to offset the costs. But the fans that tuned in got to watch their favorite team live, and carried on quite a lively running commentary in the associated Ustream chat room.

Ustream is the solution that lets local sports and other events to compete with the big boys. Why watch Oakland Raiders or Dallas Stars for the umpteenth time when you can watch the teams and people you really care about?

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Women’s Professional Football? – Dallas Diamonds vs SoCal Scorpions LIVE

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dallasdiamonds.jpgOne of the powerful aspects of Ustream is watching live streams that are meaningful to you, not just those events with hundreds or thousands of people watching.

So when 15-20 people watched the Dallas Diamonds vs SoCal Scorpions @ Dallas today, I was glad to know these people watched a live event that mattered to them. I even chatted with a lady in the same league from Indiana who had a bye that day.

The Dallas Diamonds, the reigning 3-time Champions of the Women’s Professional Football League (WPFL), have just started the 2007 season on Ustream.TV.

Mainstream media would never be able to afford the costs of showing football games like the Diamonds. But now with Ustream and other similar services you can see those great, local content.

They say all politics are local, well, I think Ustreams are local too.

For more information on the Dallas Diamonds and women’s professional football visit:
http://www.dallasdiamondsfootball.com/

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Hak5 LIVE –

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hak5.jpgWe love the Hak5 guys at Ustream because they do great shows that are both humorous and helpful. This week’s show had great information about password protection and encryption.

Hak5 Live is a geeky late-night talk show featuring the the Hak5 cast, in studio guests and live callers. Segments focus on a round-table tech show-and-tell, questions, community projects, contests, and whatever tickles our technolust.

You can learn more about Hak5 at http://www.hak5live.org

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