Monthly Archives: November 2009

Obama’s Afghanistan Speech and Other Events for the Week of 11/30

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On Tuesday at 6pm PST, tune in to CBS’ channel here to watch President Obama unveil his new plan for Afghanistan from West Point Military Academy. The address will outline the President’s going-forward plan for the region and include Ustream’s chat and Social Stream. Don’t miss this historic speech, and you can watch on your iPhone or Android too!

On Tuesday at 7:30am PST, tune in here to see Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and two-time Spirit Award Winner Matt Dillon as they announce the 2010 nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards! You can chime in with your questions and comments via chat or social stream as well!

On Tuesday at 6pm PST, tune in to The Room Live to see alternative pop musician Andy Davis answer questions and perform live. The Room is your place to see in-depth interviews every week with a live in-studio audience. Tune in here.

Also on Tuesday at 6pm PST, join Blip.fm as they host a live chat with Indie rockers Big Light. This is the first of a series of live chats they’ll be doing over at Blip.fm headquarters, so be sure to keep checking in to their channel to see what other guests they have in the pipeline. You can watch the Big Light live chat here.

On Tuesday at 6:45 pm PST, Infiniti is doing a live stream from the LA Auto Show at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they’ll be unveiling their new 2011 Infiniti M and the 2010 Infiniti G line. Come see what the cars of tomorrow will look like by tuning in here.

Autoline Live will also be covering the LA Auto Show. Tune in on Wednesday at 11:30am PST to see live coverage of all the major auto makers’ newest models for the coming year. The auto industry experts at Autoline will be serving up their usual dose of incisive commentary as well, so it’s sure to be an educational experience for anyone in the market for a new car! Tune in here.

Starting Tuesday morning and lasting through Thursday, tune in here to catch live coverage of the Supernova conference, which “explores the transformation of computing, communications, business, and society in the network age.” In other words, it’s a time for 500 leading executives, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and business leaders to come together and discuss emerging trends and discover innovative new ideas and companies. Tune in here to watch the different panel discussions live.

On Wednesday at 2pm PST, join Jason Calacanis and the rest of the This Week in Startups crew to welcome poker player extraordinaire Annie Duke as his first-ever female guest! Annie has been a high-stakes player for over 20 years, and has taught celebrities like Ben Affleck how to win big at the poker table. Tune in here to see the interview.

Thursday at 10am PST, join pastry chef and cookbook author Gale Gand and McCormick for a quick lesson on holiday cooking. The hour-long demo will also feature viewers’ questions to Gale live! Tune in here to brush up on your holiday cooking knowledge.

On Thursday at 10:30am PST, join Jewish Reggae artist Matisyahu for the third live fan chat in his holiday series. Last week, he invited viewers into his home to get a peek of his Thanksgiving festivities, this week he’ll be taking questions and chatting about topics you choose! Tune in here to watch, interact, and learn about this unique and talented artist.

On Friday at 9am PST, tune in here for some Holiday PC Entertaining with internet guru Amber MacArthur (aka AmberMac) and Intel for a 1-hour holiday webcast that will melt away all your tech stress! Amber will be discussing how to buy the perfect video or still camera, how to make holiday movies, and how to take perfect pictures!

Gotham Independent Film Awards on Ustream

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Creativity is a common thread within the Ustream community, and we’re thrilled to be part of an awards ceremony that brings together the best of film for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday, Nov. 30. The nominees for these awards were announced live by The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on Oct. 19–watch the video here.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be streamed in its entirety to a worldwide audience on Ustream from the Cipriani Ballroom in New York City starting at 5p PT/8p ET on Monday, Nov. 30. The evening will include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, the Coen Brothers, Willem Dafoe, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig and more. Watch and interact here, or on our free viewing applications on the iPhone or Android platform, which are available by download from the iTunes App Store or Android Market.

Ustream is Streaming Live at Le Web 2009

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Le Web and Ustream are partnering for the second year to bring viewers the live stream of Europe’s #1 technology event, Le Web! Join the world’s leaders in technology as they discuss and interact around Le Web’s 2009 theme, Real Time Web. Over 1,800 participants from 30 countries will attend, including speakers from Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, Zappos, Dell, World Economic Forum and more — including Ustream’s own founder and CEO John Ham! Watch and interact on the web or on Ustream’s iPhone viewing application or the new Ustream Android Viewer. Organizers and participants will take questions from the audience at #leweb! Tune in here to watch on December 9th and 10th, 2009!

Ustream Viewer beta for Android in the Marketplace

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Today we’re marking another company milestone with the launch of the Ustream Android Viewer beta, the first live viewing application for the Android platform, which enables users to watch any Ustream show on Wifi or 3G.

From Shakira’s new music video, 50 Cent’s movie screening, the Twilight: New Moon Red Carpet premiere, and tonight’s concert with KISS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the premium, entertaining content Ustream has come to represent is now available on Android devices, and is available for free download in the Android Market. Watch any Ustream show from anywhere!

This is our second application for the Android platform, as we launched the Ustream Android Broadcaster several weeks ago, enabling users to stream live from their phones on 3G or Wifi. We recently made an updated version — check it out. The Android Viewer provides chat and functionality with Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 platform devices.

The combination of Viewer and Broadcaster on Android allows the first mobile-to-mobile functionality available on the market.

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We welcome your feedback on our newest mobile offerings at beta@ustream.tv. For more information, go to ustream.tv/mobile

KISS Live in Concert!

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Wednesday, stay up late to watch rock gods KISS take the stage for a live show from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. In addition to the live show, Ustream viewers will get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and backstage access before the event. It’s like being there–but better! Tune in here at 9pm PST/12am EST.

Other Events for the Week of 11/23:

On Tuesday at 1pm PST/4pm EST, tune in to watch 12-year-old Adora Svitak–who some call the world’s youngest teacher–showcasing the many uses of social media sites like Ustream, Twitter, and Facebook to a live audience of Bowling Green University Business students. Think you don’t have anything to learn from a 12-year-old? Think again! Adora has been touring the country giving lectures, she is a published author, and she could probably teach us all a thing or two about the internet. Don’t miss it! You can watch here.

Also on Tuesday, tune in at 2pm PST/5pm EST for a very special episode of This Week in Startups. The guest will be Jim Lanzone of Clicker. Tune in here to watch startup guru Jason Calacanis ask candid questions of the former Ask.com CEO live!

Finally, at 7pm PST/10pm EST on Tuesday, tune in here to watch another live chat with comedian Gabriel Iglesias live from the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA. This outrageous comedian is exploding in popularity after his first Comedy Central special, so you don’t want to miss this exclusive chance to see him take the stage live!

If you need help cooking the perfect Turkey this Thanksgiving, Turkey Tracker has you covered! All day on Thursday, the channel will be raising money for the Oregon Food Bank by showing a live Turkey smoking! In addition, the broadcast will feature food and drink discussions, an iPod Touch giveaway and a special cocktail presented by Portland’s 2009 Restaurant of the Year. Tune in here starting at 9am PST/12pm EST.

Also on Thursday, Matisyahu will go live for a special Thanksgiving chat. What better way to spend Thanksgiving than with this Jewish Reggae artist best known for his positive message and feel-good music! Tune in here at 10:30am PST/1:30pm EST.

And, because it’s never too early to start thinking about the Holidays, tune in on Friday at 9am PST/12pm EST for Holiday PC Gaming 101. Technology guru Marc Saltzman will be reviewing the latest games for the holidays and telling us where to find the best gaming accessories. Tune in here to get the 411.

Friday starting at 9am PST and going all day, join the media experts at CompTV for Pink Friday–an annual event where viewers can get their hands on some quality tech gear at 50 percent off retail with the full proceeds going directly to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation. Get your Holiday shopping started right here.

Finally, Friday at 3:45pm PST/6:45pm EST, tune in here to watch the cast of Disney’s Aaron Stone do a live chat from their studio. Get the dish on what happens behind-the-scenes and spend some time getting to know the cast and director of the show. You won’t want to miss it!

Miss California USA and The American Music Awards LIVE on Ustream!

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On Sunday, Nov. 22, fans will be treated to front-row seats during exclusive events on Ustream. At 2pm PST/5pm EST, Miss California USA pageant will broadcast live here. The pageant is not available on TV outside the state of California, so Ustream will be the only place nationwide where audiences can tune in to watch and interact during the pageant. For the first time this year, two winners will be crowned with the title of Miss California. You won’t want to miss this live broadcast, as you never know what’s going to happen!

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We also have live red carpet coverage from the American Music Awards in Los Angeles! We’re working with Dick Clack Productions to bring viewers the “Official AMA Pre-Show,” featuring hosts Julie Moran, Jenni Pulos, Jai Rodrigeuz, Taryn Southern, and others! See all the stars as they make their way down the red carpet and answer questions live starting at 3pm PST/6pm EST right here. See you there!

Nominate Ustream for the Crunchies!

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It’s time to nominate Ustream for Best Internet Application for TechCrunch’s Crunchies! Fans of Ustream’s premium live programming and social media features can nominate us for the best website or best web-based application category. Please take a moment to nominate Ustream here. Voting closes Friday, Dec. 4 at 12am PST.

Shakira Debuts Music Video on Ustream and Ustream on Facebook

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Musicians are embracing the Ustream platform as a way to build community and connect directly with fans.

The most recent example was international superstar Shakira who conducted a world premiere of her latest video using Ustream and our Ustream on Facebook app on Monday, Nov. 16, “Give it Up to Me” featuring Lil Wayne, off her new album “She Wolf.” Nearly 95,000 unique viewers tuned into the broadcast — the highest Ustream has ever seen for a broadcast that lasted only 10 minutes. This was a first-of-a-kind release event with the support of the label, Epic Records. We believe this could change the dynamic of premieres and release of content.

The recorded video can be viewed here.

Fans could log onto Shakira’s Facebook page or Ustream to watch, interact or embed the first-ever live video premiere of “Give It Up To Me” through Facebook comments or our Social Stream.

Epic chose Ustream and Facebook to broadcast this event to bring Shakira’s fan community together and interact in a more social way around a common, shared experience.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Red Carpet Webcast sets New Ustream record

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Ustream may be playing a part in making history with its involvement in The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie. On Monday, Nov. 16, more than 2 million unique viewers tuned into our exclusive red carpet broadcast with partner MySpace as the stars made their way into the first screening of the film, which hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

The webcast was the farthest-reaching event Ustream has streamed to date with more than two million unique viewers. The event was also the largest number of total viewers for any Ustream red carpet broadcast with an astounding nearly three million viewers, exceeding a previous record set by our broadcast with Sony Pictures of Michael Jackson’s This is It red carpet several weeks ago.

If you missed seeing Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other stars on Monday, check out the recorded video here.

Going to watch New Moon on opening night? Broadcast or record your experience live using one of Ustream’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android or Nokia phones! Check out details here.

Courtney Glynn, the winner of MySpace’s Red Carpet Correspondent contest, was granted the opportunity to interview the stars during the webcast and attended the premiere. The broadcast was co-hosted by Anya Marina, writer and performer of “Satellite Heart” on The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Quddus, current host of “The MySpace Music Feed.” In attendance from the film were Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed, Noot Sear, Jamie Campbell Bower, director Chris Weitz, author Stephenie Meyer, along with celebrity guests 50 Cent, Richie Sambora, Joan Jett, Cat Deeley, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy and more.

ABC News and Ustream Collaborate for Nightline Twittercast Weekly Broadcast

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Ustream and ABC News today are announcing the debut of the “Nightline” program airing on Ustream every Monday at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time/12:30 p.m. Eastern Time here.

ABC News is collaborating with us for the “Nightline Twittercast,” which is a half-hour web program that is hosted by the show’s anchors and correspondents that provides news analysis on topics of the day.

This program will add even greater depth and breadth of news coverage and analysis to our high-quality premium programming and enables dynamic conversations.

We’re excited to announce this new weekly program to the Ustream line up!