Top Live Streams of 2008

Millions discovered the power of live streaming in 2008. Viewers watched an average of 18 years of content every day on Ustream. Check it out: we put together a highlights video and a list of the most-watched live moments this year!

1. Shiba Inu Puppy Cam:  When dog owners set up a cam in their home to keep track of six newborn Shiba Inu pups while they were at work, millions tuned in to watch the cute puppies sleep, eat and play. Nearly 900 years have been spent watching the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam, making it the most-watched internet video of all time. From a Digg user: “Most people say I tend to be dramatic, but in this case I’m not…I swear this video has changed my life! It is truly the greatest thing I have ever seen on the internet.”

2. President-Elect Barack Obama: Ustream powered Barack Obama’s live campaign events across the nation this fall. Obama’s victory night speech on the evening of Nov. 4 was one of the most-watched live online moments of the year.

3. Republican National Convention: Ustream was the exclusive live streaming partner at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.  Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s daughter Piper Palin was captured smoothing her younger brother Trig’s hair on Ustream, among many noteworthy moments streamed online during the event.

4. Jonathan Davis’ Studio Cam (Lead Singer of Korn): Jonathan Davis installed three cams in his studio to show the world his creative process as his new album comes together. He streams all day every day.

5. Obama Sign: When a Portland, Oregon family’s campaign yard sign for Barack Obama was stolen in April and again in September, 16-year-old Preston Fosback decided to set up a live stream of his handmade Obama sign that ran all day every day to capture the culprit. What followed was one of the most-watched videos of the year. From Preston Fosback: “The Internet has a way of taking simple things and making them
extraordinary.”

6. Hurricanes Ike & Gustav: When these storms plowed through the Southeast in August, residents in affected areas live streamed the storms and their aftermath, providing access to millions of viewers.

7. TechCrunch50: One of the biggest tech events of the year, TechCrunch50 was held in San Francisco and Ustream was the exclusive live-streaming partner. During the  two-day September show,  50 companies were launched and highlighted. Ustream delivered live streams to millions of viewers worldwide to virtually attend.

8. Taylor Swift:  One of country music’s standout stars hosted the most-watched artist live question-and-answer stream of 2008 in November.

9. 50 Cent: Hip-hop star conducted two live streams in 2008, enabling fans to interact with him. He conducted a live Q&A from his hotel room in South Africa in spring and live streamed his G-Unit radio show on Sirius XM in December.

10. Dalai Lama: The Dalai Lama held a press conference in Ann Arbor, Mich. in April, at the height of the Chinese/Tibet discussions in the U.S. with the Olympic Torch Relay.

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