Monthly Archives: August 2009

Trey Songz Live Chat and Other Events for the Week of 8/24

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On Thursday, R&B artist Trey Songz will do his first ever scheduled live chat for Ustream fans. He’ll be celebrating the upcoming release of his new album “Ready” which hits stores September 1. Viewers will get a chance to hear new tracks and ask him questions via Social Stream and the chat room. Tune in to Trey’s channel here at 3pm PST.

Also this week:

On Tuesday, tune in to catch country star Whitney Duncan do a live chat. Whitney is a Nashville Star finalist with a debut studio album under her belt. She loves connecting with fans via her Ustream channel, so if you have a question for the country singer, be sure to tune in and ask via twitter or the chat room! Tune in here at 2:30pm PST.

Wednesday, August 26, Ohio Gubernatorial candidate John Kasich will be streaming a live Q&A session. Kasich spent nearly 20 years as a Republican United States Representative and also appeared regularly as a guest on Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, and other Fox Network shows. Tune in here at 5pm PST to see if you like what Kasich has to say.

On Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, stay up late to catch the second launch attempt of Space Shuttle 128 live in HD from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If successful, this will be the 159th American Manned space flight and the 37th flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. Ustream is the only place where you’ll be able to see the launch in HD, so you’ll definitely want to tune in to Spacevidcast right here. Launch is planned for 10:36pm PST/1:36am EST.

Thursday tune in for the second installment of Honor Society’s weekly chat series. These guys have been known to do everything from making up signature dance-moves to breaking into spontaneous a cappella while chatting with fans, so you won’t want to miss it! Tune in here at 5pm PST.

Friday, August 28th, Professor Mark Anthony Neal will be sitting in for virtual “office hours” on Duke University’s channel. He’ll be discussing the musical and cultural legacy of Michael Jackson, and the far-reaching impact his untimely death is having on a generation. Neal wrote the main essay for “Hello World: The Complete Motown Solo Collection,” a 3-CD box collection of Michael Jackson solo recordings. He is a professor of African and African American studies. Jackson would have celebrated his 51st birthday on August 29th. Tune in here Friday at 9am PST.

Saturday, Disney Records artist Selena Gomez will be doing a live chat from her Ustream channel. Tune in here at 12pm PST on Saturday, August 29th.

Finally, on Sunday, Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show will have special guest Seth MacFarlane (creator of “Family Guy”). MacFarlane is an animator, composer, writer, producer, actor, singer, and voice actor with a penchant for satirizing popular culture. He currently voices about half of the characters on Family Guy, including Peter Griffin, Stewie, Brian, and Glenn Quagmire. Tune in to see Kevin ask him about what it’s really like writing and doing voice-over for one of the funniest shows on television. You can catch the interview at 5pm PST right here.

Vote Ustream for 2010 South by Southwest

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South By Southwest is a premiere yearly gathering in Austin, Texas of the newest in tech, music and film, and Ustream has been nominated for panels during SXSW Interactive! Vote for Ustream in the SXSW Panel Picker to see John Ham and Brad Hunstable on the schedule to discuss the convergence of online video and breaking news and the growth of mobile video.  Between now and Friday, Sept. 4, please take a moment to visit the following links:

Video Streaming: How the World Mourned Michael Jackson

This Just In: Breaking News Online

You can sign in here, and vote or comment. Your vote counts!

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Live on Ustream Sat 8/22 at 1 p.m. PT

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America’s most famous reality couple, Heidi Montag and Specner Pratt, will be conducting their first-ever Ustream webchat on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 1 pm PST/4pm EST.

They will be streaming live from their hotel room in Paradise Island in The Bahamas, where Heidi is performing at the Miss Universe Pageant. Fans will get a chance to ask them about their upcoming projects and plans for the future by submitting questions via Twitter and Facebook.

The stream can be viewed on Ustream at http://www.ustream.tv/speidi or from their Facebook Profiles http://www.facebook.com/heidimontag and http://www.facebook.com/spencerpratt. See you there!

2009 Miss Universe Presentation Show on Ustream

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Thousands of viewers tuned in on Sunday, Aug. 16 to watch the 2009 Miss Universe Presentation Preshow live from Paradise Island in The Bahamas. While the televised Miss Universe Pageant isn’t for another week on NBC, The Miss Universe Organization streamed a special preshow exclusively for web viewers. The online broadcast provided viewers with a chance to get to know the contestants and see them strut their stuff on stage in preparation for the big show next week. The 2 1/2 hour webcast drew 166,000 unique visitors and 244,000 total viewers–numbers that are considered outstanding even by cable network standards.

All in all it was a smashing success, filled with all the swimsuits, evening gowns, and blinding smiles you could ever hope to see. Thanks to the Miss Universe Organization for giving web viewers a chance to see a sneak peek of the pageant. Tune in to NBC on Sunday, Aug. 23 for the final competition.

Pentagon Channel Adds Ustream to its Social Media Offerings

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Ustream is adding another great content partner to its roster with the addition of The Pentagon. The Pentagon and Department of Defense have started a Ustream channel to provide military news and information for armed servicemen and their families. For civilians, it will offer an unprecedented opportunity to understand the role of the Department of Defense at home and abroad. The channel will broadcast a mix of military programming, including Department of Defense news briefings, military news, interviews with top DOD officials, short stories about the work of the military, and other programming.

Brian Natwick, general manager of the Pentagon Channel said, “We are delighted to add Ustream to our arsenal of Social Media distribution. For the first time servicemembers from all over can connect with each other while watching the channel any day, any time, 24/7.”

Be sure to tune in to the Pentagon Channel here, and go check out the newly launched Department of Defense’s website!

Jonas Brothers Live Chat and Other Events for the Week of August 17

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Big week on Ustream! On Saturday, August 22, The Jonas Brothers are doing another webchat from Atlanta. Anyone who’s seen their previous chats knows how funny these guys are (The Jonas hippo, anyone?). Tune in on Saturday at 11am PST right here.

Also happening this week:

On Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 3pm PST, American Idol alum and Dallas, TX native Jason Castro is doing an hour-long webchat. Although he may be best-known as the dreadlocked Season 7 American Idol contestant, Castro is a serious musician who comes from a musical family–his father and two siblings are also songwriters. Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know him a little bit better! You can tune in right here.

On Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 8am PST, tune in here to watch Duke University welcome incoming freshmen in their Convocation Ceremony.

Also on Wednesday, band Push Play will be doing a live webchat. Hang out with the guys, ask them your burning questions, and beg them to play their latest single, Midnight Romeo. Tune in here at 2pm PST to catch all the action.

A musical legend will also host her own live chat on Wednesday. She’s sold over 50 million albums worldwide, made over 30 albums, and earned the title “queen of country” for her outstanding contributions to the genre and the industry as a whole. We need only say her first name, Reba, and you will know we’re of course talking about country music legend Reba McEntire. Tune in here at 3:30pm PST.

On Thursday Honor Society will begin their weekly webchat series from “Fashionably Late” in Charlotte, NC. The series will air every Thursday at 5pm PST through September 10, so don’t forget to tune in weekly right here to hang out with the guys. Impromptu performances and signature dance moves are sure to happen.

Also beginning on Thursday, the Kyokushin Karate Event will broadcast live from Japan. Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate that was developed in the 1960s to mimic combat situations and emphasize physical toughness and practicality. Tune in here on Thursday starting at 7pm PST, Friday at 7pm PST, and Saturday at 6:3opm PST.

Finally, on Thursday night at 8:30pm PST, spend half an hour getting to know “Cocktail,” the winner of “For the Love of Ray J.” Find out what life–and love with Ray J is really like, and how much of the show was for real! Tune in here.

Ustream Founders on This Week in Startups and Other Events for the Week of August 10

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On Friday, 8/14 at 1pm PST, Ustream’s founders John Ham and Brad Hunstable will be guests on This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis. Jason is an internet entrepreneur who started Mahalo.com and hosts his own weekly show where he covers “the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of Web companies.” He usually approaches his interviews with a mixture of blunt humor and candid commentary, so it will be a great opportunity to get to know the “real” creative and entrepreneurial minds behind Ustream. Tune in here.

Also this week:

On Wednesday, join The Oregon Coast Culinary Institute for the year-end celebration and commencement of their latest crop of budding chefs. The Culinary Institute is located on the beautiful campus of The Southwest Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Oregon, and offers programs in culinary arts management and baking and pastry arts. Who knows, you might see one of these guys on The Food Network one day! Tune in here on Wednesday at 11am PST.

Also on Wednesday on The Rob Redstone Show, Rob Redstone will interview Wonkachild, an artist and entertainer whose unique style synthesizes hip-hop, rock, funk, and dance music. Wonkachild counts Chuck Berry, Fred Astaire, and James Brown as influences, and his single, “Argyle Sweater” has already received critical acclaim. Don’t miss this chance to hear him talk about his inspirations and don’t forget that you can tweet in your questions early! Tune in here on Wednesday at 7pm PST.

The event that’s been called “The Woodstock of Gaming” is coming to Ustream from Thursday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 16. QuakeCon is a chance for people from all over the world share their love of all things gaming and compete in world-class tournaments. The Dallas, TX yearly event is run almost entirely by volunteers and centers around “4 days of Peace, Love, and Rockets.” Tune in here starting on Thursday, Aug. 13.

On Thursday OP will broadcast a live interview with the band Elizabeth and the Catapult. OP has partnered with Rolling Stone Magazine to throw a party at the Andaz Hotel in LA, and they’ll be interviewing the band from their decked-out OP bus (built by the “Pimp My Ride” team) on their way to the red carpet festivities. Elizabeth and the Catapult is a Brooklyn trio composed of guitarist Pete Lalish, drummer Danny Molad, and singer/songwriter Elizabeth Ziman. Their album Taller Children has been described as “smart, jazz-tinged, and sometimes-topical.” Catch all the action right here starting at 6:15pm PST on Thursday.

On Sunday, August 16, tune in here to watch a live broadcast from the Miss Universe Pageant in The Bahamas. The actual competition isn’t until the following Sunday, but producers will be filming a preliminary spot which will air before the actual broadcast on August 23rd, and Ustream viewers will get a behind the scenes peek at what goes on during the pageant! Don’t miss it!

24-hour cams:
Didn’t make it to any exotic locales this summer? How about taking a virtual trip to London or NYC? Thanks to 24-hour live feeds of the NYC skyline and the Tower Bridge in London, you can at least pretend you’re not stuck at your desk. There’s nothing quite like seeing the sun set with the high-rises of Manhattan silhouetted in the background, or watching cars creep along the Tower Bridge during rush hour. Catch the NYC cam here, and the London Tower Bridge here.

Product Launch: iPhone 3GS Recorder & the Media Stream!

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iPhone RecorderGet the iPhone 3GS Recorder

We’re excited to announce the launch of our Recording App for the iPhone 3GS, now available for free in the Apple App Store! We’ve also added a new product to the site called the “Media Stream” that provides a real-time stream of tagged videos.

iPhone 3GS Recorder Application

The iPhone Recorder can syndicate videos to five points, maximizing viewership for iPhone videos: Ustream, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Ustream on Facebook. The application allows users to record and store videos in high quality, even when not connected to the internet or on the 3G network.

Media Stream

The Media Stream provides broadcasters with the ability to aggregate content on their show page from other Ustream users, based on a certain topic (hashtag). For example imagine you’re watching a conference stream with the hashtag “#CoolConference”, and someone in the crowd just uploaded a video from their iPhone and put “#CoolConference” in the video title. That video would pop up below the player you are watching – in the Media Feed – allowing you to see an entirely different part of the conference.

Each show has a hashtag associated with it – all a user needs to do to send a video to that show is include the show’s hashtag in their video title (example: Teaching my dog some tricks! #doggycam). The broadcaster can edit their hashtag from the “Your Shows” page under “Media Stream”.

The broadcaster can accept videos from everyone and manually approve them for his show page, or the broadcaster can approve certain users ahead of time so that their videos will go straight to the Media Stream. This is managed from the “Your Shows” page under “Media Stream”.

A new section has been added directly below the player on the show page that displays the newest videos in the Media Stream. When new videos are recorded they will appear in the Media Stream in real time, allowing viewers to quickly find them.

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Selena Gomez Live Chat and Other Events for the Week of August 3

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On Friday, Aug. 7 at 4pm PST, Selena Gomez, star of the Disney Channel’s hit show The Wizards of Waverly Place, will sit in for a live Facebook chat with fans. She’ll be answering questions about everything from her early work on Barney and Friends to her plans for a career in the music industry to her real-life friendships with fellow Disney starlets Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato! You can send in your questions for Selena early on Twitter, and tune in on Friday right here.

Also this week:

Passion Pit Live Chat from MTV in Times Square: On Wednesday, August 5, at 2pm PST, the five members of the popular electronic band Passion Pit will be live from MTV studios in Times Square. They’ll likely be discussing the release of their first full-length studio album, titled Manners, which hit shelves in May. Tweet your questions early, and catch the live chat here.

Laura Izibor Live Chat: Irish singer and musician Laura Izibor has already been compared to Aretha Franklin and Alicia Keys, and her debut album, “Let the Truth Be Told,” was described by Rolling Stone as a “a sunny, chick-flick-worthy take on vintage soul.” Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of R&B’s most promising young talents. Catch it here on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 2:30pm PST.

Also on Wednesday, The Smithsonian Museum will be broadcasting a live commemoration of the US occupation and invasion of Panama in 1989, which succeeded in toppling the government of Manuel Noriega. Join academics and journalists for a lively discussion of the lasting effects of the invasion in Latin American culture and relations with the United States. Watch here starting at 3pm PST.

Also on Wednesday, at 8pm PST, TeamFRA are interviewing Bgirl Shorty of the Beat Freaks, the all-female dance crew best known as the runners up from season 3 of America’s Best Dance Crew. Bgirl is the group’s youngest member, and credits her interest in breaking to seeing a dancer do a headspin in a Christina Aguilera music video. Learn more about dance crews and how Bgirl is helping to redefine the male-dominated dance crew game in her live chat. Watch it here.

Wynton Marsalis Live Soundcheck: Born into a musical family, Wynton Marsalis received his first trumpet at age 6. He has grown to become one of the most important jazz musicians of the 21st century, with a style that is both singular and deeply rooted in the traditions of New Orleans’ jazz music. Join him for a live sound check on Facebook, Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7am PST right here.