Monthly Archives: September 2009

Ustream Launches Partner Program for Content Partners

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Today we are announcing the launch of the Ustream Partner Program to extend revenue opportunities to content providers.

Ustream is the first live video provider to offer ad revenue sharing by integrating Google’s new Video API.  By working with Google, we are able to serve Google in-video ads and utilize Google’s robust backend for both analytics and payments.

Partners will also receive unique monetization tools from Ustream to include the ability to run on-demand mid-roll commercials into their streams.  Certain content partners like radio shows or conferences can run mid-rolls during the natural breaks in their program.

Our vision has always been to make live streaming a profitable activity.  Now our content partners can

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generate real dollars and cents.  Some of our early partners have already felt the power of “the light bulb” going on.  This is about a long-term ongoing relationship with our content partners and we’re excited to take this first step.

Partners currently enrolled in the program include Fox News Radio, Soulja Boy, Chris Pirillo, and Shane Dawson.  The amount the broadcaster will earn is dependent on the size of their viewership for both live and recorded content.

Criteria that will be used for eligibility for the program include, but are not limited to, the size of the audience, country of residence, quality of content, and consistency with Ustream’s Community Guidelines and Terms of Service.  If the partner is accepted into the program, then they will receive a congratulatory notification email detailing further details to include payment frequency and more program details.  This program is available to content partners worldwide.

For more information and to enroll, visit http://www.ustream.tv/revshare/overview

The Hills Kickoff Party and Other Events for the Week of 9/28

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This Tuesday, the sixth season of MTV’s hit show The Hills is back with a new star (Kristin Cavalleri) and the infamous couple, Heidi and Spencer. Join them for a webchat on Tuesday at 5pm PST before the season premiere kicks off to get the inside scoop on what’s going to be new and different with Lauren Conrad out of the picture and new troublemakers in town. Don’t forget to tune in here.

Other Events for the Week of 9/28

Every Tuesday at 5pm PST, tune in to watch CBS news anchor Katie Couric going live with a new installment of her webshow @KatieCouric. This week she’ll interview Barry Diller and Tina Brown of the news site The Daily Beast. Be sure to RSVP and tune in here.

On Wednesday, fitness guru Valerie Waters will be live starting at 3:30pm PST. She’s become famous for whipping the stars into shape for events and premieres, so you won’t want to miss her live stream where she’ll divulge her own fitness and diet secrets. It all goes down right here.

Also on Wednesday at 6:30pm PST, Ashton Kutcher will kickoff another live installment of his Fantasy Football series with a panel of football junkies and experts. He’ll be taking live questions from Twitter and the chat room, so be sure to tune in for his interactive, always-entertaining take on the NFL. It all goes down here.

Also on Wednesday at 7pm PST, join Joanna Hernandez aka “Cocktail” from VH1 for another live chat. Whether she’s workin’ it at a photo shoot, relaxing in Vegas with celebrity friends like Aubrey O’Day, or inviting viewers to hang out with her in her hometown of Sacramento, California, Joanna always keeps audiences entertained. Just don’t ask her any questions about Ray J. It all goes down here.

Thursday at 5:30pm PST, the incomparable former teen heartthrob Donny Osmond is going live for what will become a regular weekly fan chat. Donny is currently starring on Dancing with the Stars along with his sister Marie Osmond. Find out if he feels sibling rivalry on the show, how hard it is for him to master those ballroom dance steps, and what it’s like being one of the most multitalented people in show business. Tune in here to watch.

Also on Thursday, tune in to watch another Mecum Car auction. From October 1-4, viewers will have a chance to bid on more than 750 collector cars ranging from muscle cars to hot rods and exotics. Among the offerings will be two Corvette Sting Rays from the Ron Nordstrom estate and an extremely rare 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda 4-Speed. Tune in here on Thursday at 12pm PST.

On Friday, Oct. 2, aspiring music producers definitely won’t want to miss the first weekly broadcast with Maestro, a multi-platinum Grammy Award winning producer. His weekly Ustream will focus on teaching viewers what it takes to become a producer, and he’ll answer questions from Twitter and the Ustream chat. Tune in here at 4pm PST.

Finally, all week long be sure to catch The Golden State Warriors live streaming from press conferences, practices, and other special events. They’ll be live on Ustream and Facebook daily all week at 7:30pm PST right here.

And don’t miss these awesome 24/7 shows on Ustream:

Rescued German Shepherd Puppies: This channel, run by the Southern California German Shepherd Rescue, features a German Shepherd mom and her 11 puppies that were found on the brink of death by Animal Control officers. You wouldn’t know it to see them now though! All 11 pups are healthy and growing fast! Come check out their live stream before they get snatched up by new homes! Tune in here.

VA Beach Boardwalk Cam: Summer may be almost over, but you can still enjoy the sun and sand from your office if you come check out this live feed from the boardwalk in Virginia Beach, VA. The camera captures views of local attractions like Surfer’s Beach, The Virginia Beach Fishing Pier, Waterman’s Gazebo, Bar, and Patio, the Boardwalk Bike Path, and more. Tune in here.

Rhett and Link are “Live on the Internet”

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Ever wondered what it takes to become the next live viral internet star? After the explosive and unexpected success of the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam, Rhett and Link (Ustreamers and creators of such hits as “The Facebook Song” and “The BBQ Song”) are back with “Live on the Internet,” where they ponder the mysterious elements that go into the making of a live internet sensation. Is it puppies? Babies and gravy? Or some as yet undiscovered mix?

Rhett and Link think it’s time to give the Shiba Inu puppies a run for their money, they’re just not sure how. As the song says, “We’ve mapped the human genome but we still can’t predict the next internet phenom.” Could you be the one to unseat the Shiba puppies from their throne as Ustream’s most watched stream of all time? It doesn’t take a scientist in a lab coat to figure it out. Get out there and start streaming!

Webby Award for the Shiba Inu pups!

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Yesterday we hosted very special celebrity guests here at Ustream. Two of the puppies from the famous “Shiba Six,” sisters Ayumi and Autumn, and their human parents, Mr. and Mrs. SFShiba, came to visit our office and received their Webby statuette! The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam became a global phenomenon in late 2008, when over 30 million people tuned in to watch as the puppies grew, played, slept, and ate, spending the equivalent of 800 years watching the puppies. The Shiba Inu Puppy cam is recognized as the most-watched internet video of all time, and was awarded with a Webby earlier this year as a People’s Voice Award Winner in the viral category.

Ayumi and Autumn celebrated the occasion in their own way– with a dog cake from the Ustream team. After the presentation of the award and cake, Ayumi and Autumn put in some playtime from the Ustream office while Shiba fans from around the world watched.

The pups will be one year old on Oct. 7. Seems like just yesterday we were watching them roll around in their little bed biting on each other’s tails and making the most impossibly cute noises. Maybe Mr. and Mrs. SFShiba and Kika will bless us with another litter soon!
If you missed the fun, check out the recorded video below, or tune in for the daily stream of Ayumi, Kika and Haru here.

The Twitter Conference and Other Events for the Week of 9/21

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On Tuesday at 11:30am PST, Ustream’s co-founder Brad Hunstable will be speaking at the ’140-Character’ Twitter Conference in LA. Both Ustream and Twitter help millions tap into the potential of the real-time web, bringing content and information in unprecedented ways. You won’t want to miss this! The conference runs from Tuesday-Wednesday right here.

Other Events for the Week of 9/21:

At 4:00pm PST on Tuesday, tune in to catch the first episode of anchorwoman Katie Couric’s webshow on CBS, aptly titled @KatieCouric. Her first guest will be Glen Beck, who will be discussing politics and his new book. Tune in here.

On Wednesday, Disney darling Selena Gomez will be live for another fan chat. Every week Selena hundreds of thousands of viewers watch Selena’s chat and have the opportunity to ask her questions, see her sing with her band, and just get a taste of what it would be like to hang out with her in real life! Her album “Kiss and Tell” drops on Sept. 29. It all starts at 5pm PST right here.

Also on Wednesday, tune in to watch San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom do a live Townhall. Newsom is calling on all Californians to respond to rising energy and healthcare costs via participation in the conversation to get California back on track and bring real reform to Sacramento. Help shape the conversation. It all starts here at 6pm PST.

Finally, on Wednesday at 6:30pm PST, join Ashton Kutcher and fellow football experts for an hour and a half of Fantasy Football! Ashton goes live every week to talk strategy with his panel of experts, so anyone who considers themselves a football fan won’t want to miss it! It all goes down here.

On Thursday, join Joanna Hernandez, aka ‘Cocktail’ as she does a photo shoot with internet hottie Christine Dolce. Watch the girls work it for the camera and get a sneak peek of Christine’s new clothing line! It all starts at 1:30pm PST right here.

Also on Thursday, join Ustream when we present SFShiba, or Mr. Hands and Mrs. Feet as they’ve come to be known, with their very own Webby Award. As the millions who tuned in to watch the adorable Shiba Inu puppies grow up live on Ustream probably already know, the Shiba Inu Puppy Cam won a Webby Award for being the most-watched viral internet video of 2008. You won’t want to miss the ceremonial “handing off” of the Webby Award to the proud, anonymous owners of the Shiba Inus. It all goes down at 3pm PST right here.

On Friday, unwind with the fun-loving members of Push Play when they go live for the latest installment of their weekly webchat series. They’ll probably be excited for their show in NYC on Saturday night, so be sure to wish them luck! It all goes down here at 5pm PST.

Finally, on Saturday, musician Jake Coco will be performing live from his living room! There’s nothing quite like the simplicity of a man, his guitar, and his NYC apartment. Think of it as the most intimate private live show you’ve ever been to. Tune in here at 1pm PST.

Hurley Pro Open and Other Events for the Week of 9/14

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Watch live surfing all week at the Hurley Pro Open from Lower Trestles, CA. The winner will take home a $100,000 purse–and major bragging rights. Can surfing legend Kelly Slater win it all for the 4th time? Watch here to find out.

Other Events for the Week of 9/14

Monday and Tuesday, Ustream will be broadcasting LIVE from TechCrunch50 in San Francisco. TechCrunch50 gives web 2.0 startups the opportunity to present their ideas in front of an accredited panel of industry experts, venture capitalists, and tech reporters. Now in its third year, TechCrunch50 has become an essential part of the startup landscape, helping launch companies and encourage innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Tune in all day Monday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 15 right here.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Marie Digby will return for her second live webchat with fans. Marie isn’t your average female pop star. Her acoustic cover of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ first exploded on Youtube in 2007 and was subsequently played on radio stations and even on the Third Season opener of the MTV show The Hills. Spend an evening with Marie starting at 5pm PST/8pm EST right here.

Also at 5pm PST on Tuesday, join the members of power pop band Switchfoot for a live chat on Ustream and their Facebook page. The San Diego natives are about to release their seventh studio album, called Hello Hurricane, in November. They are best known for their singles “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move” off their 2003 album “The Beautiful Letdown.” Tune in here.

On Wednesday at 5pm PST, Selena Gomez will conduct another weekly fan chat. This Disney star is known for being completely down-to-earth even though she’s already starred on a hit TV show (Wizards of Waverly Place), and her album, Kiss and Tell, releases on Sept. 29. Catch all the Selena action right here.

Also on Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher will be doing another episode of his Fantasy Football series. In between acting, encouraging Americans to volunteer, and running his own media company, Ashton still finds time to indulge in his favorite past time: football. Tune in here at 6:30 pm PST.

Thursday at 4pm PST, tune in to watch Not For Sale, the first global forum dedicated to eradicating human trafficking and slavery. Many would be shocked to realize that slavery is a modern problem. By some estimates, there are 27 million people currently living in slavery. Not For Sale is dedicated to ending human trafficking and other forms of slavery in our lifetime. Join their fight, tune in here at 4pm PST on Thursday live from the Facebook offices!

On Friday, Sept. 18, tune in to watch the 2nd annual Black Womens’ Town Hall Meeting live from Howard University in Atlanta. The theme will be “Harnessing the Power of Change: Black Women Leading the Way Together.” The panel of distinguished guests will include Dr. E. Faye Williams, ESQ, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Sophia A. Nelson, Esq., and others. Tune in here starting at 3pm PST.

Also this week, check out the AFL-CIO convention coverage, live from Pittsburgh. The AFL-CIO is the nation’s largest federation of unions, representing over 10 million national and international workers. Be sure to tune in all week, but especially Tuesday, Sept. 15, when President Obama will address the convention. It all goes down here until Thursday, Sept. 17.

Live from TechCrunch 50: Monday and Tuesday Sept. 14-15!

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Ustream will be streaming start-to-end live coverage of TechCrunch 50, the global competition for startups in its third year. Join us to watch 50 startups via for a $50,000 award. Participate in the chat or Social Stream, and stay tuned for updates!

If you’re attending TechCrunch 50, participate in the Media Stream by recording your own videos from the event using the Ustream iPhone 3GS Recording Application and include #techcrunch50 in the title.

Mitchel Musso and KSM Live in Concert and Other Events for the Week of Sept. 7

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On Saturday, Sept. 12, Disney star Mitchel Musso and KSM will live stream their concert from New York City. Fans will be able to watch on Mitchel’s and KSM’s Ustream shows and Facebook profiles. In addition, viewers will get to help pick the set list and hang with the musicians backstage both before and after the show! Get a taste of life on the road! It all starts at 10:30am PST right here.

Other Events for the Week of Sept. 7:

Wednesday morning on CBS, join President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and others in honoring the late, great news anchor Walter Cronkite, who died in July at the age of 92. The special memorial service will begin here at 7:30am PST, and run about two hours.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, tune in to see Ingrid Hoffmann, host of the Food Network Series “Delicioso,” celebrate her “Got Milk?” advertisement with a live cooking demo that will incorporate her signature simple yet bold approach to food. Ingrid will be taking questions during the live demo — submit a question and she might answer it on the air live! It all starts here at 11am PST.

Also on Wednesday, Push Play will be going live for another installment of their chat series. Join CJ, Derek, Nick, and Steve for an hour of candid Q&A with fans. Find out if the guys are single, what they look for in a girlfriend, and how they get their musical inspiration! It all goes down here at 5pm PST.

Selena Gomez has become quite a regular on Ustream. She’ll be going live from her personal channel to chat with fans about whatever topic they choose! So if you want to know why she loves Shia LeBeouf so much, now might be your chance to ask her…live. Tune in here at 5pm PST.

The health care debate rages on, and President Obama will be addressing the nation Wednesday evening to address concerns and issues that have come up surrounding his proposal for reform. You can catch the speech at 5pm PST on CBS’ channel right here.

Finally, Wednesday night at 7pm PST, Joanna, aka “Cocktail” from For the Love of Ray J will be going live again for her weekly chat. Last week she talked about single life after Ray J, what it’s like to have all her friends getting married, and her plans for the future. She’d love it if you could join her this week, so don’t forget to tune in here.

On Thursday morning, check out John Yemma, editor of the Christian Science Monitor, as he interviews experts and scholars about everything from global warming to issues affecting Africa. The Christian Science Monitor is one of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations, and has been in circulation since 1908. Come get your daily dose of current events with John Yemma! It all starts here at 10am PST.

Also on Thursday, Honor Society will gift us with another installment of their “Fashionably Late” webcast live from Charlottesville, North Carolina! If you haven’t checked out one of their live chats yet, you’re in for a treat. The guys are notorious for goofing around and even taking time to perform live for their fans. Tune in at 5pm PST right here.

Finally, on Saturday night, join musician Jake Coco for a live webchat. Jake was one of the first artists to leverage Youtube to build a grassroots fan base, and videos of his performances have attracted over 40 million views, making him one of the internet’s most popular artists ever. Tune in to hear Jake perform live on Ustream for the first time! It all starts here at 1pm PST on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Burning Man and Other Events for the Week of Aug. 31st

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If you’ve ever wondered what Burning Man is all about or wanted to go without having to deal with soaring desert temperatures, check out the live stream from the festival this year at Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada. There will be live music performances, art installations, and a whole lot of people watching, so be sure to tune in here all week.

Other Events for the Week of Aug. 31:

Tune in all week to see Joe Pantoliano (best known as “Ralph” from The Sopranos) streaming live during his trip to Iraq. Joe will be in Iraq from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10, and he’ll be tuning in to his Ustream periodically to update us on how his trip is going. Due to security concerns and an ever-changing schedule, we won’t know exactly when he’ll be able to stream, but tune in to his channel page regularly and be sure to follow @Ustream on Twitter to get all the latest updates!

Like twins? Like country music? Like twins who sing country music? Then you’ll definitely want to join identical twin country duo Kate and Kacey on Tuesday for a live chat. They first achieved recognition as contestants on the CMT show “Can You Duet?” where they took home the fourth place prize. This summer they’ve been touring with country superstar Kenny Chesney and even made their Grand Ole Opry debut. Find out what they’ve got going on for the upcoming year in their live chat right here on Tuesday Sept. 1, at 5pm PST.

Also on Tuesday, tune in to Peter Himmelman’s Furious World where he’ll be giving away a free Logitech webcam! Logitech and Ustream have partnered to bring models of the Quickcam Pro 9000 to broadcasters, and Peter will be giving one (or more!) of these cams away to lucky viewers. Peter Himmelman, for those who don’t know, is an Emmy nominated singer/songwriter whose music has been featured on the hit TV-shows Judging Amy and Bones. His Ustream show usually involves celebrity guests, live performance, and philosophical video clips. Intrigued? Tune in at 7pm PST right here.

Thursday is a big day at Ustream. Honor Society will be signing on to entertain fans for their weekly chat, and reggae artist Matisyahu will be going live from Twitter Headquarters where he’ll perform a 30 minute set! Catch the Honor Society live chat here, and the Matisyahu live chat here, both at 5pm PST on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will stop by for a q&a session with fans. Although best known for being the 2006 winner of Idol, Hicks has been writing music and performing since he was in his teens. He is currently on tour in Grease playing the fabled role of Teen Angel. His most devoted fans (dubbed “The Soul Patrol”) definitely won’t want to miss this opportunity to talk with Taylor! Time is TBD.

Also on Thursday, tune in here at 7pm PST to hear singer/songwriter Terra Naomi do her weekly live performance. Terra rose to fame when her original song “Say It’s Possible” went viral on YouTube. She comes from a musical background, having studied classical piano and voice in school, and as a young woman was encouraged to pursue a career in Opera. But Terra had ideas of her own, and has since developed her own unique sound and legions of YouTube fans all over the world.

Friday tune in to Duke University’s channel for a topical discussion of global warming and other climate issues with Bill Chameides, dean of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. It goes live at 10am PST. Have questions for Professor Chameides? Tweet them early with the hashtag “#dukelive.”

Finally, on Sunday, tune in to Kevin Pollak’s Chat Show, where former Daily Show Correspondent Rob Corddry will be the guest. Corddry was a regular correspondent on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2007. He also appeared on episodes of Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and had roles in films like Blades of Glory, The Heartbreak Kid, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Tune in here at 5pm PST on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Don’t forget to cast your vote for Ustream’s panel discussions at South by Southwest 2010! Voting closes this Friday, September 4, so click here and vote!