Monthly Archives: April 2008

Penny Arcade Draws Comics Live – Creativity to the MAX!

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Penny Arcade, the epic top dog of all internet comics, has started using Ustream! In an amazing example of creativity the creators of Penny Arcade have been drawing the comics live!Penny Arcade - “Cookie BRB”

It takes a creative forward thinker to fully take advantage of live video. Unlike television shows, or even live television, Ustream allows you to interact with your viewers. Now with television in mind you wouldn’t know what to do with this – you’d sit there doing your show but fail to acknowledge your viewers. Penny Arcade isn’t even thinking of TV. They’re thinking internets and only internets. The show is awesome.

Not only do they draw the new comics in front of a thousand fans – they talk to the chat by scribbling words across the comic! “getting a cookie BRB” or “hi user3434″ isn’t a rare sight on the Penny Arcade live stream.

Its so exciting to see the many ways people think up to use Ustream. Classrooms, eclipses, speeches, tech shows, voice lessons, and now comics drawn in front of yours eyes. I wonder what will be on tomorrow…

Biscayne Writers Hosts Stan Lee Lecture Series

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Biscayne Writers has signed up legendary comic strip maven Stan Lee to an exciting 4 part Writing Workshop series. This will be a pay-per-view broadcast, streamed exclusively on BiscayneWriters.com. Not bad for a chance to learn tricks of the trade directly from a legend!

But back to the content — join Stan for a series of 4 ONLINE Writing Workshops hosted by Biscayne Writers:

THURSDAY April 24 8pm EST/5pm PST
SUNDAY APRIL 27 4pm EST/1pm PST
TUESDAY APRIL 29 8pm EST/5pm PST
WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 8pm EST/5pm PST

Click here for more info and to register: http://www.biscaynewriters.com

Stan Lee is a writer, editor, creator of comic book superheroes, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man, The Hulk, Daredevil, The Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, and many other characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

BiscayneWriters.com hosts online writing workshops for novelists, screenwriters, journalists and anyone who appreciates 21st century-style storytelling.

Ustream Politics Go British- London Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick Goes Live

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For those who are new to Ustream.TV, you might be surprised that Sen. Barack Obama is a Ustreamer, Sen. John McCain is a Ustreamer, and Sen. Hillary Clinton is a Ustreamer (and Bill!). The next President will be a Ustream guaranteed! We’ve even had Chuck Norris on campaign for Gov. Mike Huckabee, both now Ustreamers.

Well this has not gone unnoticed by our British brethren. This Friday Mayoral Candidate Brian Paddick will do a live Webcast at7:30pm London (2:30pm New York) to convince the British people why they should vote for him. Brian Paddick is a liberal democratic running for Mayor of London who says he “will deliver serious solutions for London in a new type of administration where Londoners, not the politicians, are put first.” I like that.

You can watch the live webcast on his Ustream channel page www.ustream.tv/channel/brian-paddick-for-mayor

Learn more about Brian Paddick on his website, www.brianpaddick.org.

Santa Barbara Breakers – Live Basketball on Ustream!

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The Santa Barbara Breakers open their new season tonight at 7pm PST, Live on Ustream. The Santa Barbara Breakers are Santa Barbara’s very own professional basketball team. All season long, you can see professional basketball live powered by Ustream!

The Santa Barbara News Press will broadcast the home games of the Breakers live all season long , Check it out: http://www.newspress.tv/main_live.html

Ustream broadcasts $11.1 M in funding led by DCM

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Today, Ustream announced the close of our series A round. We’re absolutely excited to be working with the DCM team. There couldn’t be both a better strategic and team fit.

This capital will allow us to continue to serve our community. We’re looking forward to allocating it in areas that will bring new and exciting features and powerful functionality to our Ustreamers.

But don’t just take my word for it; take it from our Head of Development and fellow Ustream Founder, Dr. Gyula Feher:

“Over the past year our team has built an amazing infrastructure that has proven its ability to scale in both time and load. The funding will allow us to take our technology to a new level and provide a level of service unprecedented in the live space. We will also employ capital to turn those great ideas coming from our community into great features.”

Finally, I want to thank each individual in our Ustream community, including broadcasters, viewers and fans. Your feedback, evangelism, and great content has spurred us along the right path. Definitely keep it coming, and stayed tuned for exciting new improvements throughout the platform!

Tasty- iJustine Hosts PlayCafe Tomorrow Night!

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She’s everywhere online these days.  Now she’s at Playcafe.  Snack on that.

PlayCafe – the first online TV network for game shows where YOU are the contestant – will have lifestreamer iJustine as a live guest this Monday, April 7th, 6-8pm PST (9-11pm EST). One lucky player will win a guaranteed 8 GB iPod Nano!

You can also win chances at a Nintendo Wii (two have already been awarded) and $1,000 in cash. Everyone can watch and chat with our crew, play a variety of games, and form teams with other players. You can play at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/playcafecom-game-show

Live from Mexico…Red Bull Motorcross Tomorrow! In H.264 LIVE!

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Tomorrow starting at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT, Freecaster.tv will be bringing us LIVE Motorcross coverage from Mexico at the MX/FMX: Red Bull X-Fighters 2008.  Fiestas, bikes, and danger.   Gotta love it..

As part of the experience, they will be streaming live in H.264..the quality will be amazing.  You will need the latest version of Flash though. (Adobe.com)

To view the live stream and chat, please visit:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/freecastertv—red-bull-x-fighters

Some Wednesday Fun! Matthew Ebel Returns Today!

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Ustream.TV musical sensation Matthew Ebel returns LIVE today at 2pm EDT/11am PDT for a concert. Matthew has been a personal and Ustream favorite over the last year. Amazing pianist. Amazing singer. Amazing entertainer.

Every Wednesday this month you can check him out at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/matthew-ebel-on-tour

Show some love: Stop by, buy a CD, and learn more about Matthew by visiting www.matthewebel.com