Ustream.TV Joins the meebo Platform to Usher in the Next Phase of Instant Messaging

Ustream Partners With meeboUstream.TV, a live interactive online video platform, today announced that it is partnering with meebo, a website for instant messaging (IM), to integrate a one-to-many live video streaming application into the new meebo Platform. The application will be seamlessly integrated with meebo’s service, bringing yet another element of live interaction to the Web’s leading IM platform.

Ustream.TV aims to connect people everywhere with an open and distributable live streaming video platform. It allows anyone with a camera, computer, and Internet connection to broadcast live video to a global audience. Ustream.TV provides access to friends, family, entertainers, politicians and events like never before. Presidential hopefuls such as Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have used the platform to connect with constituents and artists like Tori Amos have done the same in order to connect live with fans.

Incorporating its technology with the meebo Platform helps bring the Web one step closer toward live interaction for its users and developers.

“The potential of live video that can command premium advertising dollars is immense, due to the increased user engagement this partnership brings,” said John Ham, Founder, Ustream.TV. “The functionality of Ustream and meebo brings new benefits to the live online format. Ustream is excited to be the one-to-many live video-streaming partner for meebo.”

Ustream’s partnership with meebo is part of the new meebo Platform, a series of multi-user applications designed to let users connect with their friends in a live, interactive environment. meebo’s initial set of platform applications are web-based communications applications which include voice chat and conference calling. The Ustream.TV application will bring its unique live broadcasting technology to the platform.

“If Google is search, YouTube is video and Facebook is a social utility, then meebo aims to be about live interaction. The additional capabilities of Ustream.TV in the meebo Platform help take one-to-many live video to a new level,” said Seth Sternberg, CEO, meebo. “We’re amazed by Ustream’s ability to scale live video in the Web. No scaling challenge is too great for these guys.”

About Ustream.TV

Ustream.TV is a platform for live online video that helps people everywhere connect and interact. Ustream allows anyone with a camera, computer, and Internet connection to broadcast live video to a global audience. Each day, people ustream talk shows, concerts, sporting events, even weddings and graduations. The company was developed by two U.S. military veterans who wanted to create a way for people of all ages around the globe to connect with each other through the power of live online video. Ustream is headquartered in Los Altos, California, and is privately held. For more information, please visit: www.ustream.tv.

About meebo

meebo is a website for instant messaging. Founded in September 2005, meebo continues to catch on with IMers across the globe. After announcing 500,000 user-accounts in October 2006, user registration on meebo has rocketed to 3.5 million in just twelve months with more than six million unique people logging in monthly. More than 1 million people spend more than two-and-a-half hours with us every day. meebo’s investors include Sequoia Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Visit www.meebo.com today to connect with people live on the Web.

About Brad Hunstable, CEO and Founder

Brad Hunstable founded Ustream more than six years ago with a vision to bring live broadcast technology to the entire world. Since then, the company has established itself as the leading live, social video site. Hunstable has been ranked among 50 "Digital Power Players" by the Hollywood Reporter and on Variety's Producers Guild of America's Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers for his work at Ustream. Brad is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Ohio State.
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