Monthly Archives: June 2009

Celebrate 4th of July With Ustream!

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Barbecues, parties, and fireworks—is there any better way to celebrate the 4th of July? This year we want you to celebrate with us! Streaming patriotic pyrotechnics and parades? Broadcasting a special Independence Day-themed show? Whatever your plans are, we want to know! Leave a comment with a description of what you’ll be doing to spread the spirit of independence on Ustream, as well as your username and channel URL, and you’ll have the chance to be featured on our homepage!

Guinness World Record Attempt for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and Other Events for the Week of June 29th!

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Air Guitar

Five-time Tony Award Nominated smash hit musical, ROCK OF AGES, along with US Air Guitar (the official air guitar association of the United States who is responsible for operating the US Air Guitar Championships) will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Air Guitar Ensemble, and it’s all coming to you live on Wednesday, July 1st, starting at 1:30pm PST! Get your July off to a rockin’ start by tuning in here!

Other great streams to check out this week include:

Day 26 from MTV’s ‘Making the Band 4′ will be making an appearance on MySpace Hip Hop, on Monday, June 29th, starting at 6:15 PST.

Music artist Maino will be visiting Studio1290 on Tuesday, June 30th at 10:30am PST, to celebrate the release of his debut album. Tune in here!

David Choi
YouTube star David Choi will be doing a live session on Wednesday, July 1st. The show starts at 7pm PST, and you can watch it here!

On Thursday, July 2nd, starting at 10:30 am PST, the Christian Science Monitor will be streaming a live webchat with editor John Yemma. Watch it here.

Also on Thursday, starting at 4pm PST, Autoline After Hours will have Tom Walsh of the Detroit Free Press as a guest panelist in the studio. They will be discussing the historic General Motors bankruptcy announcement that occurred this week, and what it means for all of America including the men and women of the domestic auto industry. Catch the discussion here.

TWiS
Be sure to catch this week’s episode of This Week In Startups, with Jason Calacanis, at 1pm PST on Friday, July 3rd. Watch it here.

Saturday is the 4th of July! Celebrate by virtually attending “the biggest party ever”, also known as The White Party, hosted by P.Diddy and Ashton Kutcher and streaming live from Los
Angeles. The party will be going on from 2pm PST onwards, and you can join in here and here!

Finally, for some on-going streams we recommend:

Puppy Camera 2009-Aren’t these puppies adorable? Not only are these puppies adorable, but they’re being streamed for a good cause. Watch and donate here!

Stay informed about everything happening in Honduras right now by tuning into 100% Noticias here.

“Ustream on Facebook” Expands Live Video to Social Networks

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We’re excited to announce today a big step for Ustream: the availability of a new “Ustream on Facebook” program that offers artists and brands the opportunity to provide live streaming video with the Facebook Live Stream Box integrated within Facebook Pages. This enables new ways for artists and brands to engage their fans in direct dialogue. The Ustream on Facebook experience was first pioneered with a trio of Jonas Brothers events celebrating the release of “Lines, Vines and Trying
Times” earlier this month, which received enthusiastic fan response. Some stats from the May 28 webcast:

· 1.5 million unique posts were made via Facebook Live Feed
· 23K average posts per minute
· More than 100K users joined the webcast after seeing their friend’s comment on Facebook
· 974K total unique viewers watched the one hour webcast
· Ustream reports the Jonas Brothers webcast on Facebook surpassed the largest live video event they have hosted for any music artist

Artists who have a Facebook Page can activate a live audience on a
live tab within their profile, and viewers have an easy experience
because they can stay on Facebook to participate in the live video
chat.

“Millions of people watch high quality live streaming from major
brands and events on Ustream,” said Josh Elman, Platform program
manager, Facebook. “We’re excited that they can now interact with
their Facebook friends while watching an integrated Ustream and
Facebook Live Stream experience on Facebook Pages and in the future on Ustream.com using Facebook Connect.”

“The Jonas Brothers events proved to us that providing the technology
that enables fans to connect with each other and their favorite
artists is a very powerful experience for everyone involved,” said
John Ham, Ustream founder and CEO. “We look forward to delivering
similar events for artists who want to connect with their fans in a
turnkey way.”

For more information visit ustream.tv/facebooklive; to apply, go to
ustream.tv/facebooklive/apply.

Best, John

Bibi the Parrot Learns How to Say “Ustream”

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Long gone are the days when parrots simply perched upon swash-buckling pirate’s shoulders, shouting out, “Polly want a cracker?”

Meet Bibi.
Bibi

Bibi is a three year-old Congo African Grey parrot that speaks over 20 languages and has a vocabulary of more than 200 words. Most recently, our little fine feathered friend has added some new phrases to her repertoire, including “Ustream!” and “Bibi is live!” You have to see it to believe it!

What phrases do you think should Bibi learn next? Leave a comment here on the blog, on Bibi’s page, or tweet @Ustream with your ideas—if Bibi learns your phrase, we’ll send you a shirt!

Be sure to tune into all of Bibi’s antics here!

Move America Forward’s Second Annual Troopathon, and Other Events for the Week of June 22nd!

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It’s officially summer, and we’ve got some great events this week to kick it all off!

On Thursday, June 25th, Starting at 1pm PST, Move America Forward will be streaming their ‘Troopathon,’ a web-based telethon to send care packages to troops deployed in the War on Terror. Former Vice President Dick Cheney will be a featured guest. Other special guests include Rush Limbaugh, Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Gary Sinise, among others. The event will be streaming live from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Go here to watch and donate.

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Monday, June 22nd
To start off your week, and celebrate Music Monday, The Raveonettes will be streaming live from the studio, starting at 9am PST! They will also be streaming again on Wednesday, June 24th, and Friday, June 26th. Catch it here!

Music, interviews, and live call-ins—The Scheff Experience has it all! Tune in here starting at 8pm PST.

Tuesday, June 23rd
PC Magazine will be streaming their weekly broadcast, starting at 8am PST. Watch it here.

Starting at 4pm PST, legendary music artist Ginuwine will be doing a live web chat! Watch and participate here!

Wednesday, June 24th
What happens when you take two Jacks, and put them on one Ustream show? Find out by watching the hilarious duo’s weekly show, “Two Jacks in the Hole,” starting at 8pm PST!

Thursday, June 25th

Austin

Tune into The Rob Redstone Show tonight, starting at 7pm PST, to watch the interactive webchat with one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars, Austin Butler. Austin is the star of the upcoming movie “Aliens in the Attic.” He has also starred in various television shows, including “Ruby and the Rockits”, “Zoey 101″, and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.” Don’t miss out!

For all you sports fanatics, be sure to watch Shawn Merriman, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, who will be answering live fan questions here! It all starts at 8pm PST.

Friday, June 26th

John

John Oates, of the legendary music duo Hall and Oates, will be the special guest on “Taphandle TV,” will be answering fan’s questions! You can watch it here, starting at 12:30 pm PST.

At 1pm PST, This Week in Startups, with Jason Calacanis, will be streaming their weekly show here. This week’s special guest will be Shawn Gold.

To end your week, we’ve got the Def Jam 25 Year Anniversary Party. Special live guests, presented by MySpace Music, include Fabolous, Jeremih, and Ace Hood! It will be coming to you from the Avalon in Hollywood. Watch it here! Also be sure to tune in on Sunday night, starting at 9pm PST, to catch the BET after party, hosted by Super Producers, with DJ J-Nice. Special live guests include Jazzy Pha, Vawn, and Drumma Boy.

Here’s to a great summer!

Ustream’s Puppycam wins Webby Award in NYC

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In October of 2008, 6 Shiba Inu puppies went live on Ustream and 8 months later they’ve attracted over 18 million unique viewers for a total of over 800 viewing years which makes them “the most watched video in the history of the internet.”

Last week, the Puppycam also won a Webby Award. See the Puppycam video here: Puppycam video See the 5-word acceptance speech here: 5-word acceptance speech

Unfortunately, the Shiba family and pups could not make the trip to NYC. It would have been fun. Anyhow, here’s to congratulating Puppycam on another amazing accomplishment in internet history!

Undoubtedly, they are the most popular dogs (no longer pups) on the internet.

Best, John

Planning on streaming the iPhone 3GS launch? We want to feature you!

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Attention all Ustreamers! Have you ever wanted to have your stream featured on Ustream? Now’s your chance! This Friday, June 19th, iPhone will be releasing the new iPhone 3GS. If anyone is going to be Ustreaming from an Apple store on the day of the launch, or demoing the new iPhone, we want to feature you! Leave a comment with your username, channel URL, and let us know what you plan to stream!

Live Web Chat with Weird Al, and Other Events for the Week of June 15th!

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Live Web Chat with Weird Al Yankovic!
Weird Al
Starting at 5pm PST on Tuesday, June 16th, the undisputed king of pop culture parody himself, Weird Al Yankovic, will be doing a special live web chat! He will be discussing his latest project, Internet Leaks, and you can join in here!

Some other great events for you this week include:

Monday, June 15th
Troye Sivan, also known as “Young Logan” from the film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, will be the special call-in guest on “The Rob Redstone Show”, starting at 7pm PST. Watch here.

Tuesday, June 16th
The Raveonettes will be doing a live web chat, starting at 12pm PST! Watch and participate here. They will also be doing another web chat at the same time on Thursday, June 18th.

Wednesday, June 17th
Musician Mat Kearny will be doing a live chat here, starting at 2pm PST.

Old school rap legend, Kool Mo Dee, will be tonight’s special guest on “The Fat Boys TV Show.” It all kicks off here at 8pm PST!

Thursday, June 18th
Starting at 10am PST, The Christian Science Monitor will be doing a live chat with editor John Yemma. You can watch it here.

Uparty
Come party with Uparty, starting here at 6pm PST!

Friday, June 19th

Tune in here, starting at 1pm PST, to watch “This Week in Startups (TWIS)” with Jason Calacanis.

Starting at 8pm PST, you can watch here to catch DJ J Nice’s weekly broadcast.

Saturday, June 20th
US Sprint Boat Racing Finals
The US Sprint Boat Racing Finals begins 10am PST, and you can catch all of the action here!

“A Celebration of the Lives of John Hope and Aurelia Whittington Franklin,” and Other Events for the Week of June 8th

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On Thursday, June 11th, starting at 11am PST, Duke University will be streaming a live broadcast of the “A Celebration of the Lives of John Hope and Aurelia Whittington Franklin” event. This event is being held to honor John Hope Franklin, the scholar who helped create the field of African-American history, and his wife Aurelia Whittington Franklin. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will be one of the featured speakers, and you can watch the entire event here.

Also this week, we have the following streams for you to check out:

Romi

Actress Romi Danes, also known as Traci Van Horn on Disney’s “Hannah Montana”, will be the special guest on “The Rob Redstone Show.” The show will start at 7pm PST on Monday, June 8th and you can watch and interact here.

Starting at 8am PST on Tuesday, June 9th, PC Magazine will stream its weekly show here.

Also on Tuesday, Stephen A. Smith, former host of ESPN 2′s “Quite Frankly” show, will be discussing the NBA playoffs. Catch it all here, starting at 6pm PST.

The Fat Boys
And what Tuesday night wouldn’t be complete without watching “The Fat Boys TV Show”? The Fat Boys are having legendary rapper Keith Murray on tonight live in the Fat Cave. It all kicks off here at 8pm PST.

On Wednesday, June 10th, party with Upartylive.com as they rock the Town Tavern in Pittsburgh, starting at 5pm PST. The event will feature The London, Steel Hollow, Sunday Morning, and other great bands! Tune in here.

Starting at 12pm PST, on Thursday, June 11th, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be the special guest on Current TV’s “The Green Room”, hosted by Leah Lamb. You can watch it all here.

At 5pm PST, also on Thursday, singer-songwriter Jonny Diaz will be doing a live Q&A session here.

Going out to clubs can get pretty pricey, so enjoy a free, virtual night club experience by watching “The DJ J-Nice Show”, starting at 8pm PST on Friday, June 12th! Tune in here.

Finally, for some entertaining 24/7 streams we recommend:

Soul Assassins TV-Bring you the best of hip hop here!

Apparition Action Cam-Do you believe in ghosts? Check out the Apparition Action Cam, streaming live from the Knickerbocker Hotel in Pennsylvania, here to spot possible paranormal activity!

Plastic Action Figure Caught Painting a Portrait of Squirrel

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Its well known that artists have it rough. No glamour until death, little work, and the stress of getting paid for being creative boring down on them at all times. Its only the few who are unique and catch the media’s attention that are successful.

Meet Davinci. Davinci is a plastic action figure. His arms can’t move, he has no internal organs, and his paint isn’t even real. Yet still, through pure dedication and passion,  he has been able to overcome adversity. Divinci runs a high class portrait service for squirrels right from a strangers back patio. Pictured below is Davinci painting yet another happy customer.

Best of all, Davinci broadcasts on Ustream for the world to watch.

If you think you’ve captured a better Ustream moment – link to it in the comments. The best one will be announced tomorrow!

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The Davinci/Squirrel Cam