Monthly Archives: October 2009

New Product: Social Stream Now Supports Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, and AIM

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Part of the richness of going live is being able to tell the people
who care about you what’s currently capturing your interest. As
everyone discovers new ways of connecting on the web, and we’re
excited to announce today the newest, groundbreaking innovation on the
real-time web: aggregation of multiple social networks in one click
through a new feature called Social Stream. This first-of-its kind
interactive tool activates and integrates audiences across Twitter,
Facebook, MySpace and AOL Instant Messenger – all taking place
simultaneously around live shared video experiences.  This feature
provides users to go viral on the web – and takes the concept to a
whole new level.

This feature allows Ustreamers to update their fans, friends and
colleagues across multiple communities around live moments taking
place on Ustream in a single feed—something that has never been done
before. Every comment updates a user’s status on that social network
and includes a link to the live video for others to join and watch.

Social Stream allows four major networks to come together on Ustream:
providing interaction in one cohesive chat, updates in users’
networks, and allowing friends, family and followers to know what they
are doing/watching.

The new Social Stream will be available across the entire Ustream site within the next few
days. We welcome your feedback on this.

This Is It and Other Events for the week of 10/26

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On Tuesday at 4:30pm PST, the world premiere of the red carpet of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” will broadcast live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The stream will be available in seven languages, and viewers will get a chance to watch and interact during the event. The English stream, hosted by radio personalities Big Boy and Luscious Liz, will be here.

Also on Tuesday, the band Skillet will hold a fan chat on Ustream and their Facebook page. This Christian Rock quartet has been active since 1996, and released 8 albums and gotten 2 Grammy nods. Come see what they’re all about when they go live at 3pm PST/6pm EST right here.

Tuesday night, be sure to tune in to see guitarist, singer, and songwriter Terra Naomi go live while she’s on tour! Terra will have a very special announcement for all her fans, so you don’t want to miss it! You can watch here at 7pm PST/10pm EST.

Finally, stay up late on Tuesday night to watch Cobra Starship perform at the Nokia Theater! The live performance, which is being presented by Nokia, will begin at 9pm PST/12am EST from the Nokia Facebook page here, and their channel page on Ustream here.

Wednesday, it’s time for another episode of Fantasy Football from Katalyst Studios with Ashton Kutcher, Too Jiggy, and additional special guests! The show goes live at 7pm PST/10pm EST right here.

Also on Wednesday, VH1′s Cocktail goes live, and this week her special guest is Bre from America’s Next Top Model. Catch it at 7pm PST right here.

On Thursday, check out the Stella Artois World Draft Master Finals, where finalists will compete for the perfect pour using Stella Artois’ 9-step pouring ritual. Beer aficionados won’t want to miss it! Watch here at 2pm PST/5pm EST.

Also on Thursday, Coffey Anderson is going live for the second installment of his live web chat series from the studio. Last week Coffey treated viewers to a behind-the-scenes look at his songwriting process and invited them to watch as he recorded a new track. Tune in again this week at 5p PT for another glimpse at what goes on. Watch it here.

Thursday night, tune in to watch UNICEF ambassador Selena Gomez encourage her fans to trick-or-treat for a cause! UNICEF has helped raise millions through its Trick-or-Treat program to help children in impoverished nations get access to water, food, medicine, and other emergency relief. Join the cause and be sure to watch Selena’s live chat here at 4pm PST/7pm EST.

Jack Johnson “En Concert”

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Today Ustream viewers get a chance to check out Jack Johnson’s 25-minute film “En Concert,” a personal behind-the-scenes look at his 2008 European tour. The short film was directed by Johnson’s manager Emmett Malloy, and includes appearances by Ben Harper, G. Love, Neil Halstead, Matt Costa, and Mason Jennings. The film will be available for viewing on Jack Johnson’s Ustream channel today only, so be sure to check it out.

Bill Cosby Live

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Today at 4pm PST, the viewers will get a chance to chat with Bill Cosby about his latest venture: a hip-hop album called “Bill Cosby Presents Cosnerati: A State of Emergency.” This socially-concious project focuses on critical issues facing young people. Watch the townhall live on Bill Cosby’s Ustream Show at ustream.tv/billcosby.

On any given day, fans usually get a chance to hang with Soulja Boy as he travels the world, goes shopping, or goes live to clown around, but on Tuesday at 6pm PST, he’ll have a specific purpose: to try and break a world record. He’ll be marching in to the history books, and if you want to see how, you’ll just have to tune in and find out! You can check out his channel here.

On Tuesday night, Peter Himmelman, the award-winning composer, musician, and songwriter is going live for his weekly show with star-in-the-making Matt Cusson, a singer/songwriter who blows audiences away with his soulful voice and original material. Tune in here at 7pm PST.

On Wednesday at 4pm PST, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be doing a live press conference to discuss their new album with fans! The Grammy-winning group has been hard at work in the studio for the past two years, so be sure to check out the new album and ask them questions during their live chat! You can check it out right here.

Also on Wednesday at 6pm PST, San Francisco Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom will go live for another public townhall where he’ll address voter concerns. Be sure to tweet questions to #GavinNewsomLive and he might answer live on the air! Tune in here.

On Thursday, Jack Johnson will debut his new movie on Ustream. Tune in here all day to catch the 25-minute film.

Also on Thursday, internet sensation Coffey Anderson will chat, answer questions, and perform live from his bedroom for fans on Ustream! Then, for 24 hours his music from the streamed event will be available to fans. Don’t miss this chance to hear him play some new tracks, some old favorites, and take your requests! Tune in here.

Finally, tune in to the Smithsonian’s channel starting Tuesday morning to watch Mural artist Michael Kirby recreate an image from the exhibition “Falnama: The Book of Omens.” Using pastels and tempera paint, Kirby will recreate the masterpiece using the street as his canvas. You won’t want to miss watching him work live and answering questions on Ustream. Tune in here to see it.

Duke University has three events this week, starting on Wednesday at 12:15 pm PST, when Google’s senior copyright counsel, William Party, will deliver a Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property Law at Duke Law School. Friday at 12pm PST, don’t miss Office Hours with Sam Wells. He’ll be discussing leadership in difficult times. And finally, Friday at 2pm PST, Robert Bonnie, the Senior Adviser for Environment and Climate to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will deliver a keynote at the DELPF Symposium on Ecosystem Services Markets. You can find all three events on Duke’s channel page here.

Monty Python 40th Anniversary Live Broadcast

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Monty Python fans are in for a very special treat this week. The Independent Film Channel will be streaming live from the 40th Anniversary Monty Python Reunion, an invitation-only event being held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Starting at 6pm PST/9pm EST, viewers will log on to Ustream to see a live Q&A session with the five surviving members of the original Monty Python team– John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. You don’t want to miss it! Tune in here.

Other Events for the Week of 10/12

On Tuesday at 9:15am PST/12:15 EST, Ohio Gubernatorial candidate John Kasich will be joined by former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for a live interactive broadcast discussing ways to boost Ohio’s ecomony. The event will be filmed with a live studio audience, and John Kasich and Mike Huckabee will be taking questions from Twitter as well. Got a question for either one of them? Tweet it to @JohnKasich or @GovMikeHuckabee and be sure to tune in here when the webcast starts on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, tune in for another episode of CBS’ exclusive web series @KatieCouric, where the news anchor interviews big names and asks the hard-hitting questions. So far, she’s had Glen Beck, Hugh Jackman, and others as guests on her show. You don’t want to miss it to see who the guest will be this week, starting Tuesday at 4pm PST/7pm EST. Tune in here.

On Wednesday at 5pm PST, the band Switchfoot will do their second live Ustream broadcast for fans. Their new album, Hello Hurricane, is scheduled for release November 10th, and they’ll be embarking on a coast-to-coast tour later this year. Spend an evening getting to know Switchfoot right here.

Also on Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher and friends will be sitting in for another hour of Fantasy Football analysis. The season is underway, and if you need help choosing your defenders, upgrading your offense, or choosing a wide receiver, these guys have you covered. Tune in at 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST right here.

On Thursday join country singer Whitney Duncan for a live fan chat on Ustream and Facebook. This country sensation has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and currently lives in the country capital of Nashville, TN. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get to know this Nashville Star alum, so tune in here at 3pm PST.

Also on Thursday, join auto industry experts for an in-depth discussion of the happenings in the tumultuous auto industry. Peter De Lorenzo of AutoExtremist.com leads discussions on “what’s wrong, what’s right, and what’s up” with the auto industry. Tune in Thursday at 4pm PST/7pm EST right here.

Friday night, join Grammy Award-winning hip-hop producer Maestro for his weekly broadcast. This guy is a legend in the hip-hop community, and his resume includes work with Aubrey O’Day, Lil Wayne, The Game, David Banner, Clipse, and many, many more. Tune in to see him work live in the studio and dispense tips to other aspiring producers in the business. It all goes down Fridays at 4pm PST/7pm EST right here.

Finally, check out Rescued German Shepherd Puppies and Mom Juno!

Watch out Shibas, there’s a new puppy cam in town. Mom Juno was found by Animal Control wandering the streets of Perris, CA, between San Diego and LA. But this girl wasn’t just another stray. Rescuers soon found that she had given birth to a litter of 11 puppies just one day before. Ever since then, German Shepherd fans all over the world have gotten a chance to watch them grow on the rescue’s Ustream channel. The puppies are scheduled to be adopted the weekend of October 18, so tune in to watch these adorable guys while you can! It all goes down right here.

‘Stand Up and Take Action!’ with Ustream, Skype and the UN Millennium Campaign

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Ustream was created to enable video communication opportunities for
anyone, and this week we’re powering some important global
conversations that aim to end poverty. We are partnering with the
United Nations Millenium Campaign to foster conversations about the
most important issues facing our generation during “Stand Up and Take
Action!,” the annual mobilization where citizens gather at events
around the world to demand that world leaders eradicate extreme
poverty by 2015.

As part of the program, Ustream is collaborating with Skype to enable
video calls about global poverty between world leaders, celebrities
and citizens globally to be broadcast on the internet live via
Ustream’s interactive video broadcasting platform. The Skype calls
taking place between world leaders, celebrities, and citizens globally
will be broadcast on the Stand Up Take Action! page on Facebook and on
Ustream here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stand-up-against-poverty

Those participating in the Skype video calls and Ustream broadcasts
include former Irish President Mary Robinson as well as African
entertainers Femi Kuti and Angelique Kidjo. The calls will take place
throughout this week, leading up to the Stand Up and Take Action!
Weekend, Oct. 16-18, when millions of citizens will take part in
activities demanding that world leaders keep their promises to achieve
the Millenium Development Goals.

We hope you will join in the conversations through Facebook, Social
Stream (Twitter) or Ustream chat.To learn more about getting involved
in Stand Up and Take Action events happening across the globe, please
visit www.standagainstpoverty.org.

Happy Birthday to the Shiba Six!

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Hard to believe, but one year ago today, the six most adorable puppies in the whole world were born. On October 7, 2008, Amaya, Aki, Ando, Akoni, Autumn, and Ayumi were introduced to the world via Ustream. Over the next few months, millions of viewers watched the puppies grow, play, and sleep. People were so taken with the little ones that they garnered their own following, known as the Shibaholics!

To celebrate their birthday, Ustream is holding a contest! Look through all the SFShiba recorded videos by going here, and try to find moments where the following things happen:

- One puppy chews on another’s tail
- Puppies play with a toy
- Puppy barking
- Puppy yawning
- Puppy fallen and can’t get up

Make a note of the URL of the recorded video and the minute and second mark where the moment occurs, and comment on this post. The first person to comment in each category will receive free Ustream swag!

Good luck!

Gerard Butler LIVE on Ustream and Other Events for the Week of 10/5

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On Tuesday at 10am PST, Gerard Butler and director F. Gary Gray will go live for a chat to celebrate the release of the upcoming movie “Law Abiding Citizen” starring Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. The film follows a father who sets out to avenge the death of his wife and daughter after they are brutally murdered during a home invasion. For more on the movie, check out the channel page here, and be sure to tune in on Tuesday morning to learn about the making of the film!

Other Events for the Week of 10/5

Tuesday at 12pm PST, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will go live for another Townhall to address the concerns of citizens. The townhall will be moderated by Ustream’s founder, John Ham. If you have questions for Mayor Newsom, be sure to tweet them with “#GavinNewsomLive” and tune in here on Tuesday at 12pm PST.

Tuesday night, tune in for the weekly installment of Peter Himmelman’s Furious World, the live rock & roll variety show that ingeniously combines music, celebrity guests, and introspective philosophical musings. Peter Himmelman is an accomplished musician with Emmy and Grammy nominations under his belt. If you’ve never watched his show, be sure to check it out this week, because he’ll be giving away free Logitech cameras donated by Ustream! Tune in here at 7pm PST.

On Wednesday The Wonder Girls are coming back for their second live fan chat. Already superstars in Asia, the five-member group came out with their debut US album this summer, and introduced their first US single “Nobody.” The success of their debut US release was quickly followed by a coast-to-coast tour with the Jonas Brothers! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hang out with them while they answer fan questions! Tune in right here at 4pm PST.

Also on Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher is bringing back a new episode of his wildly popular Fantasy Football show. Football junkies will appreciate the precise analysis given by experts and the comedic angle provided by Ashton and his cohorts. It goes down here every Wednesday at 6:30pm PST.

On Thursday nights, Dancing with the Stars contestant and musical legend Donny Osmond has started a recurring weekly fan chat backstage from DWTS! Ask Donny anything you want–from what it was like being a teen heartthrob to what it’s like trying to keep up with a professional dancer and competing against his sister! Tune in here at 5:30pm PST.

Finally, let Ustream bring the great outdoors to you with these 24/7 wildlife cams:

PixController Wildlife Cam: Located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, this camera captures an array of wildlife with state-of-the-art motion-sensored cameras and an automated feeder to attract different types of wildlife. In the mornings catch Whitetailed deer, groundhogs, squirrels, and Wild Turkeys and various other bird species and lots of raccoons in the evenings. For more info, and to see what animals are hanging around right now, go here.

ARL Fishcam: For those who would rather be fishing, check out this live underwater fish cam from the St. Mary’s River in Michigan. Depending on the season, you might see whitefish, sturgeon, and Salmon as they swim upriver. The ARL Fishcam is run by Lake Superior State University Aquatic Research Laboratory, and the viewing quality is extremely good. Come swim with the fish daily right here.