Monthly Archives: December 2007

New Year’s On Ustream! Bring On 2008!

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We have a jam packed New Year’s Eve for you today LIVE on Ustream.TV.

First, SQPN will be doing a New Year’s Eve Podcast Marathon all day. Be sure to drop in and say hi. They are trying to raise money to support SQPN in 2008:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sqpn-new-years-podcast-marathon

Next, in partnership with EQ.TV, we will be bringing you Paul Rodgers (remember Bad Company’s Feel Like Making Love!) LIVE in concert starting at 6pm EST/3pm PST:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/eqtv

Finally, starting at 9pm EST/6pm PST Congressman Dennis Kucinich “Resolution For Peace Concert” will be bringing you a variety of musicians who support the Congressman:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kucinichtvcom-with-dennis-kucinich-for-president

So if you are staying home this New Year’s Eve, then you have no excuse not to have fun with us! Join the party at Ustream!

Happy New Year’s From Ustream!

Gov. Mitt Romney Speaks LIVE To Voters In Iowa On Ustream Exclusively

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meet_mitt_romney.jpgPresidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney spoke Friday to his supporters in Iowa via Ustream. Gov. Romney was joined by his wife Ann Romney during the webcast. Gov. Romney appealed to his base in Iowa asking for a hard push in the final days to the Iowa primary. The primaries are Jan 3rd and critical for both Democratic and Republican front runners.

View The Gov. Mitt and Ann Romney Ustream Broadcast Here >>

This is the second major appearance by Governor Romney on Ustream. His “Faith In America” speech streamed live through Ustream reached thousands during the live feed and so far the recorded video has almost 420,000 views. George H. Bush gave the opening remarks from his Presidential Library near Texas A&M. If Gov. Romney wins the election, this speech will be seen as the critical speech of his campaign.

If you missed it, watch it here.

For more information on Mitt Romney, please visit www.mittromney.com

Gov. Mike Huckabee And Chuck Norris Coming To Ustream For Iowa

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chuckhuck.jpg With the Iowa primaries quickly closing in, Presidential candidates are all gunning for Iowa. Every presidential candidate in some form has been live on Ustream, many speaking directly with voters through our chat.

On January 1st at 7:30 pm CST, Governor Huckabee will speak directly to supporters and voters across the nation live exclusively on Ustream.TV.

He will brief them on the campaign in Iowa as well as nationally and also encourage Iowans to vote for him in the Caucus taking place on the January 3rd. Chuck Norris will also address viewers on the campaign. The famed Texas Ranger has publicly supported Mike Huckabee by campaigning with him around the country.

This is Mike Huckabee’s 2nd Ustream appearance (see first appearance here: Erin Moriarty talks to Mike Huckabee about domestic issues at the IAMAW staff conference.) and Chuck Norris’ first.

For more information on Gov. Mike Huckabee, please visit www.mikehuckabee.com

EQ.TV Rings In New Year On Ustream- Paul Rodgers In Concert!

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EQ.TV HOSTS FREE NEW YEAR’S WEBCAST OF PAUL RODGERS – LIVE FROM RENO, NV

True to its model of harnessing entertainment as fuel for a rapid transition to a sustainable world, www.EQ.TV will be hosting a free live New Years Eve broadcast of platinum-selling Paul Rodgers.

Event coverage begins at 3pm PST, with the live performance beginning at approximately 9:30pm, PST. In addition to the live concert performance during the 10 hour webcast, EQ.TV will also be broadcasting Paul Rodgers clips that have never been seen–from the Gold DVD, Paul Rodgers “Live In Glasgow” , and exclusive footage of the Page and Plant 1995 World Tour. There will be other surprises as well.

Paul Rodgers’ rock and roll career has been extremely prolific, having been written, recorded, produced and released 28 albums, selling 90 million records over the years as lead singer in the rock bands Free (1968-1973), Bad Company (1974-1982) and The Firm (with Jimmy Page, 1984-1986.) He also earned a Grammy nomination for his solo 1993 release, “Muddy Water Blues.” With a soulful, bluesy voice that is stronger than ever, Rodgers will rock in the New Year with his many hits, including “All Right Now,” “Feel Like Making Love” and “Can’t Get Enough.” He will also play fresh material from his newest CD/DVD, “Live In Glasgow.”

EQ.TV is partnering with Ustream.tv to deliver this groundbreaking, marathon Rock and Roll webcast event!

EQ TV is offering the webcast sponsorships through eBay to raise money for its sister organization, the Equilibrium Institute, a nonprofit (501c3) dedicated to developing and supporting global sustainability. EQ.TV gives a full 33% of all profits to the Institute. According to Chris Byrne, Director of Operations for EQ.TV: “This is a win-win opportunity for all parties. Sponsors can reach a diverse and dedicated international fanbase, EQ.TV raises awareness and funding for supporting green and socially responsible projects, and fans of Rock and Roll can participate in a groundbreaking, marathon webcast featuring one of Rock and Roll’s greatest performers.” Links to the sponsorship auctions are available at http://EQ.TV/Watch/PaulRodgers.

More about EQ.TV

EQ.TV harnesses entertainment for fuel to power a rapid transition to sustainability. EQ.TV dedicates 33% of proceeds to the Equilibrium Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding and documenting regional sustainability initiatives. In addition to media content (www.EQ.TV/Watch), EQ.TV is also home to EQ Connect (www.EQ.tv/connect), the social network for Eco-Alliestm.

www.eq.tv

More about Paul Rodgers:

Paul Rodgers’ passion is writing and performing music. For a man who prefers to keep a low profile he has left his indelible mark on music…

* Platinum selling Singer, Songwriter & Self-taught Multi-instrumentalist
* Written, Recorded, Produced and Released 28 albums since 1968
* Sold over 90 million records
* Formed and Led 3 bands to worldwide success: Free, Bad Company, & The Firm
* Grammy Nominated Solo Career
* Has Recorded/Performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brain May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Motown’s Sam Moore & The Four Tops and others.

The Evolution Of Live- Ustream Gets An Upgrade!

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Introducing Networks, More Control, And New Look!

After several months of tireless effort by the Ustream Engineers, we introduce to you an upgraded, and even easier Ustream.TV. This launch is jam packed with features from the ability with one click to send your video to 20 different video sharing sites, to brand new channel page customization, to our elite Networks. Explore more below!

Networks

Some shows will now be organized based on common themes to bring together broadcasters with similar interests and making content easier for viewers to discover. The new network categories include: The Stage (music; performing arts), Video Games/Sports, People, Tech (technology and innovation), The Zoo (pets, outdoors, animals), and, Religion.

Ustream.TV-designated moderators will select shows to include in networks ensuring consistency with the network theme and improving the viewer’s experience. In addition, each network will have its own landing page featuring a network-wide chat room where viewers can interact and discuss the network’s content, share content discoveries, especially, long tail content, and express thoughts related to the network’s topic. Imagine for The Zoo network, people can talk about their pets in the network chat. This allows viewers with common interests to meet on the networks page, thereby building community.


The People Network

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New Broadcaster

We now have a new and improved Broadcaster panel. It easier than ever to broadcast and record live video. Look for much more functionality here in the future!

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Show selector

Viewers can now scroll through a horizontal carousel displaying thumbnails of live broadcasts. This allows viewers to quickly browse through the live broadcasts to find interesting content.

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Recorded Video Favorites (Clips)

A broadcaster can select specific videos from their recorded videos archive to be highlighted on their show page while they are off air. Now a broadcaster can control his brand and image to viewers as well as retain viewers on his site longer by selecting videos to display. Additionally, broadcasters can now increase their off-air presence by choosing to run favorite recorded clips on their show page when they are not broadcasting live. This allows broadcasters to have a 24X7 video presence, whether they are live or not – visitors to their show page can always get great content.

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Recorded Video Conversion Tools

Broadcasters now have a simple, easy-to-use process to edit, share and distribute Ustream.TV content across the Internet. They can convert their Ustream.TV recorded video into MPEG-4, QuickTimeâ„¢ (.mov) or Windows WMV file formats. Typically, broadcasters pay for such a service. Today, Ustream.TV is providing this service free to its broadcasters. (Powered by HeyWatch)


Content syndication

Broadcasters now have an easy-to-use way to syndicate their Ustream.TV content to other sites. With a few clicks, they can syndicate to video sites such as YouTube, Facebook , and Revver. (Powered by Heyspread)

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Ustream Partner Shows – Multiple Video Streams on a Single Page

This new functionality combines the capabilities of multi-user video conferencing and webcasting. Broadcasters can feature up to six additional, simultaneous broadcasts on their individual show page. This will promote collaborative online broadcasts as well serve as a teleconferencing feature. For example, a broadcaster who is a musician can ‘jam’ with other musicians remotely as they collaborate to write a song together. Or, you can add your favorite shows to your page to show your support for them!

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Customizable Show Pages

This new feature allows Ustream.TV broadcasters to personalize their show pages with different color palettes and customizable banners. An example follows.

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Customization Panel in Ustream.TV

With Ustream.TV’s new Show Page Customization interface, users can upload colorful show banners and backgrounds, and choose colors for headers and text. With these enhanced customization tools, broadcasters will be able create unique show identities and fully make their show pages their own. Furthermore, broadcasters will also be able to include “Partner Shows” on their show pages; partner shows are shows that the broadcaster has chosen to highlight on their show page.

Permanent Moderators

Ustream.TV broadcasters can now designate permanent moderators for their show’s chat room. Broadcasters can recruit trusted viewers to serve as moderators, enhancing community, and allowing broadcasters to focus on their show.

Ustream.TV World Records

A fun page for users to see interesting first time events and feats performed on Ustream.TV. Ustream.TV staff will now identify broadcasters who have been the first to perform a certain task or notable feat while broadcasting live. Category examples include:
– Do a magic trick
– Get married
– Go on a date
– Shoot a 3-pointer
Broadcasters submit their recorded videos to be reviewed by the Ustream.TV World Records’ judges and, if they qualify, there video will be posted on the Ustream.TV World Records for the entire world to see.

Can You Podcast For 24 Hours Straight? GeekNewsCentral Can When It Helps Charity!

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Todd Conchrane of Geek News Central will be podcasting for 24 hours straight hours for charity tomorrow, and he needs all of our help keeping him awake. He will have a ton of GREAT special guests to join him in the effort as well. I think he may set two world records, longest podcast and the most guests ever.

Todd is doing this to raise money for laptops for children around the country. To help Benefit to Raise Money for One Laptop Per Child, please Donate via PayPal @ podcast@podcastconnect.com.

His guests include everyone from Roxanne Darling of Beachwalks to Matt Hill a Voyager II Scientist. For the full list click here

You can watch Todd on his Ustream channel:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/geek-news-central-24hr-podcast-marathon

Good Luck Todd!

NH Primary Democratic Debate Live Tonight at 6pm EST

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Why is an organization based in New York so interested in preserving New Hampshire’s first in-the-nation presidential primary?

“New Hampshire is the only state in the nation where the average American, who is passionate about their country’s policies and has a dream of running for president of the United States, still has the opportunity to campaign and be heard,” says Greg Larkin from Initiatives for Empowerment (I4E), a non profit organization based in Harlem.

I4E is inviting all Democrats who have filed for the New Hampshire Presidential Primary to participate in this three-part debate series that will take place at MCAM and will be broadcast live beginning this Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

The discussion will center on social, financial and foreign policy issues, and the panel will be made up of teachers, bankers and service people. Mike Gravel and Henry Hewes, among others, will be attending all three debates. Future debates are scheduled
for Thursday, Dec. 27 and Thursday, Jan. 3.

What I love about debates like this, is that it gives the lesser known guys the opportunity for a national stage all made possible by Ustream’s free, global platform. Mike Gravel has already been snubbed before by mainstream media. Did you know there are like 45 candidates actually running for President? I know I didn’t.

Be sure to check out tonights debates by visiting here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mcam-tv-23

Chingy, Steph Jones, Lansdowne Chat With Fans Live

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chingy1.jpgWe had a great interactive week at Ustream! In partnership with meebo.com, numerous major artists chatted with with their fans live on Ustream.TV.

First was Chingy, then Steph Jones, and finally Lansdowne (ADDED: I forgot A Fine Frenzy!). I love seeing artists stepping out to interact with the very people who have made them successful. And guess what, from what I’ve seen the Artists are LOVING chatting with their fans. Just about every artist we have watched had to be pulled off the chat…. Interaction is everything. They are starting to get it.

The walls between celebrities and the public continue to come down. I had a great discussion with Mark Rizzn from Mashable.com on this topic earlier in the week. Getting the labels to this point has been slow, but the live interactive experiences with the artists have been so powerful that it was WELL worth the wait.

Miss the live chats? Watch the replays!

Steph Jones Live Chat:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/aV8EWDYU,gfyZxF48Nku400MZvteE4Pm

Lansdowne Chat:
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/Krz,XILSjBrvvqhDepoD5w
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/liRZdUJFW8cyxDA5kj8,c17KVfF0iJ4I

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iHollywood- Stars Stream Live On Ustream –

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In cooperation with Warner Bros. Pictures, the Ustream Entertainment division streamed a live, interactive red carpet event this past Sunday for a upcoming major film called “The Bucket List”.

Fans who tuned in live saw Morgan Freeman, John Mayer and yes…even Jack Nicholson himself.

You can check out the interviews with Morgan Freeman and John Mayer below!
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/ezD1oS.m8TZalu6xkzo1QGzOAwallSjq

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/P4i.NzL4bcYJ23tr43hOIg

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Cali Lewis Christmas Party Tonight! With Geoff Smith LIVE in Concert!

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We all love her and she returns tonight! Tech star Cali Lewis will be LIVE for her 2007 Christmas Streaming Party! And guess what- she has a special guest. Joining her tonight will be musical sensation Geoff Smith (www.thegeoffsmith.com). Geoff will be debuting his new Christmas Album live on Ustream.

So join Cali and Geoff for some festive songs and a great Ustream time!

Be sure also to check out Cali and Geekbrief’s latest tech podcasts at: http://www.geekbrief.tv.