Monthly Archives: October 2010

Top 5 Tuesday: Ustream Storytellers

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Combing through Ustream’s archives is like coming across a veritable treasure trove of personal stories, candid moments, and hilarious anecdotes provided by some of our broadcasters. We’ve compiled a ‘Top 5 Tuesday’ list of some well known faces telling THEIR stories. Consider these the folks you’d want to have a beer with–if only because they’d spare you no details in telling about the time they almost chopped off a foot in a treadmill accident.

1. Chamillionaire On Meeting Michael Jordan

2. Michelle Rodriguez: Why I missed Burning Man

3. Soulja Boy’s Humble Origins At Burger King

4. Ice-T tells a story about Gary Busey (warning: contains Gary Busey)

5. Jerry Springer talks about why he’ll never be Oprah

Got a favorite? Are we missing any? Tell us in the comments!

Taylor Swift Live Album Release and Other Events for the Week of 10/25

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Taylor Swift Live Chat and Concert at the United Nations
Monday, 10/25 at 4pm PT
Join Taylor to celebrate the release of her new album, “Speak Now.” She’ll be doing a meet-and-greet with fans and an intimate live performance for her Ustream viewers! Check it out right here.

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Paypal X Innovate 2010
Tuesday, 10/26 – Wednesday, 10/27
Ustream is the official streaming partner of the Paypal X Innovate developer’s conference, and will be covering all the speakers, keynotes, and action from the official channel page here. [clear here]

Jane Goodall Interview with Lara Logan
Tuesday, 10/26 at 10:30am PT
Join CBS News correspondent Lara Logan as she interviews Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. Goodall just spent time in Uganda and Tanzania researching chimps in the wild, and she’ll be taking questions from Ustream viewers on the CBS news channel page here.

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Take That Live Press Conference
Tuesday, 10/26 at 2:00am PT
Fans of Take That won’t want to miss this special announcement on Tuesday. Will Robbie Williams and the band reunite? Start an exclusive line of lipgloss? Fly to the moon? We don’t know, and we couldn’t tell you even if we did, but tune in here to see for yourself. [clear here]

Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Tasting
Tuesday, 10/26 4pm PT
The only thing better than coffee is fair trade coffee. Join Green Mountain’s Director of Coffee Sourcing for a live tasting and discussion of the company’s new Fair Trade Our Blend, and Fair Trade Country Blend. Watch it here. [clear here]

Selena Gomez UNICEF Concert
Tuesday, 10/26 at 5pm PT
Selena Gomez is live again for a very special pre-Halloween concert to benefit UNICEF. She’ll be performing live from the Roxy in West Hollywood with her band The Scene, so don’t miss it right here. [clear here]

Stella Artois World Draught Masters Pouring Competition
Thursday, 10/28
Join beer maestros for the Stella Artois World  Draught Masters Pouring competition. They’ll be competing for the perfect pour–which is achieved through a 9-step process worthy of its own college course. Tune in here to see how to do it right. [clear here]

Chase Jarvis Live: Creativity and the New Social Art of Photography
Thursday, 10/28 at 8:30am PT
Award-winning photographer Chase Jarvis will be sharing his insights on the convergence of photography, technology, and social media from his channel page here. Find out how Facebook, Twitter, and the internet in general are changing the profession. [clear here]

Goldenboy Fight Night Club
Thursday, 10/28 at 7pm PT
It’s going to be another night of knockouts on Oscar De La Hoya’s Fight Night Club. See up-and-coming fighters battle it out in the ring right here. [clear here]

PayPal X Innovate conference live this week on Ustream

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We’re excited to offer the exclusive live broadcast of PayPal X Innovate 2010, the two-day, sold-out conference that’s dedicated to developers of the first open payments platform! Ustream is your ticket to get an inside look at PayPal X Innovate 2010′s all major conference sessions as well as live interviews from the show floor with executives, speakers, developers and attendees. It begins tomorrow, Tues. Oct. 26, through Wed. Oct. 27 here.

PayPal Innovate X 2010 keynote speakers include:

  • Marc Andreessen, Co-founder and General Partner, Andreesen Horowitz
  • Tim O’Reilly, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media, Inc.
  • John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay Inc.
  • Scott Thompson, President, PayPal
  • Osama Bedier, Vice President, PayPal platform, mobile and new ventures

Check out the live video stream schedule here and tune in to check it out and interact live through our Social Stream!

Open Pay-Per-View and Ad-Free Broadcasting Coming Soon to Ustream Users

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We are so excited about a couple of new tools for Ustream users that we couldn’t hold it in any longer!

In the next few weeks, we are rolling out the Ustream Open Pay-Per-View program and Ad-Free Broadcasting.

Ustream Open PPV will allow any Ustream broadcaster to apply directly to Ustream for the ability to charge viewers for content. Once a broadcaster is approved for Ustream’s Open PPV program, they will be able to monetize their content via PayPal payments. Let’s say you host a weekly show, such as a music show, a cooking show or a conference on Ustream, but you decide to produce an episode with special content – such as high-profile guests or a private lesson. As an approved Ustream Open PPV user you’ll be able to charge your viewers to watch the premium content. And, voila – pay-per-view is democratized and broadcasters have a chance to attract some of Ustream’s 45 million monthly viewers.

Ustream’s Open PPV program is now available to a few Ustream-selected broadcasters, but we will soon open the doors to applications from the user community and announce special PPV content from Ustream and our partners. Please sign up here to be notified about the application process or submit your request for your own PPV show.

And, Ad-Free Broadcasting is just around the corner. With this new tool, Ustream users can quickly offer their viewers an ad-free viewing experience during their stream. When the service is available, broadcasters will choose from a range of options that give them more control over their viewers’ experience. We plan to make Ad-Free Broadcasting available in early November – stay tuned and we’ll let you know when it goes live.

We know that many of you will have questions about the details surrounding these offerings. We will give more details and answer your questions when these tools are available to the community.

Until then, we look forward to bringing you these great new ways to improve your Ustream experience!

Events for the Week of 10/18

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She & Him live Chat
Monday, 10/18 at 1pm PT
Tune in here for a Q&A with Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward of She & Him. They’ll be answering live questions about their music, chatting about inspiration, and even give away free downloads of their music! [clear here]

Guitar Lessons with The Word Alive
Monday, 10/18 at 4pm PT
Tune in here to join Zack from The Word Alive as he sits down for a guitar lesson with listeners! Aspiring musicians and rock stars definitely won’t want to miss this! [clear here]

EA Sports MMA Launch Party
Monday, 10/18 at 6pm PT
Join reps from EA Sports for a live demo and Q&A. You’ll get to chat live with the guys who developed the game and discuss highlights and what to expect in the new release. Watch it here. [clear here]

Greenpeace Submarine Detective
Monday, 10/18 and Wednesday, 10/20 at 8pm PT
Join Greenpeace USA for a live discussion on the real impact of the gulf oil spill. Scientists have sent submarines deep into the Gulf to survey the damage, and they’ll be sharing their findings and taking live questions from viewers in this 2-part broadcast here. [clear here]

This Week in Mad Men
Monday, 10/18 at 7:15pm PT
Have a Mad Men-shaped hole in your heart after Sunday’s riveting season finale? Join fellow Mad Men junkies (enthusiasts, as they like to be called) for a live discussion right here. Because we all need a little closure. [clear here]

Eve Pearl Live Makeup Demo
Tuesday, 10/19 at 2pm PT
Join makeup guru Eve Pearl for another live demonstration from her channel page here. Whether you’re an expert on the ways of the makeup brush or don’t have any idea what “primer” is for, you’ll be sure to pick up some new tips and pointers right here. [clear here]

Allstar Weekend
Tuesday, 10/19 at 4pm PT
Get a live sneek peak at Allstar Weekend’s new album on the day it hits stores! The band wanted to share the album with Ustream fans and give them a special ‘listening party’ so be sure to tune in here. [clear here]

Live chat with Dee Snider and Mick Jones
Tuesday, 10/19 at 7:30pm PT
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Mick Jones of Foreigner are going LIVE from Broadway! Tune in here for the first of Dee Snider’s Rock Senate Hearings from Rock of Ages Broadway. [clear here]

Condoleezza Rice Book Signing
Tuesday, 10/19 at 9:30pm PT
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be at the Reagan Library to discuss and sign copies of her two memoirs, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family and Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me. Tune in here. [clear here]

Zappos Insights Live
Wednesday, 10/20 at 12pm PT
The Zappos Family will be holding an All Hands Meeting and would like to share it with the world! So tune in for a behind-the-scenes look at Zappos and their philosophy of ‘Delivering Happiness.’ Watch here. [clear here]

PAC-10 Announcement
Thursday, 10/21 at 11:30am PT
Tune in here for the highly anticipated live PAC-10 (soon to be PAC-12!) Announcement and Press Conference. [clear here]

Why Fair Trade?
Thursday, 10/21 at 1pm PT
Join Fair Trade USA and resident coffee aficionado “Coffee Nate” for a live online conversation about the hardships faced by coffee farmers in Africa and Latin America and how sales of Fair Trade Certified coffee in North America are helping support these farming communities. Tune in here . [clear here]

Drake Bell Live Chat
Thursday, 10/21 at 3pm PT
Drake has been acting all his life, starting with a stint on Home Improvement and in the film Jerry McGuire. He learned to play guitar while on a movie set with The Who’s Roger Daltrey and a new passion was born. His show on Nickelodeon showcases his acting AND singing/songwriting talents. Join him for a live chat here. [clear here]

Top 5 Tuesday: Animal Talents

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Ever caught a cat doing a back flip, or come into the kitchen to find your dog opening the fridge in spite of his lack of opposable thumbs? Today we’re looking at the top 5 animal talents in the internet world and paying homage to their human caretakers who were quick (or quiet) enough to capture their pet’s talent live on Ustream. Which one is your favorite??

1. Treadmill cat:

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2. Owl swallows a rabbit whole:

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3. Cat playing fetch:

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4. African Grey parrot imitates human:

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5. Cat climbs a ladder:

Events for the Week of 10/11

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Karina Smirnoff and Mike “The Situation” Live from DWTS
Monday, 10/11 at 3pm PT/6pm ET
Join dancer Karina and her partner, the Jersey Shore cast member/self-proclaimed owner of the most ridiculous abs in the business, Mike “The Situation.” They’ll be going live from backstage to chat with fans and talk about being on the show! Tune in here. [clear here]

Angus and Julia Stone
Monday, 10/11 at 5pm PT/8pm ET
Music fans: check out this brother-sister duo from Australia as they kick off their North American tour live from their channel page here! They have special surprises in store for their fans, so you won’t want to miss it! [clear here]

Mutemath
Monday, 10/11 at 6pm PT/9pm ET
Tune in for a live chat with the members of Mutemath, an experimental New Orleans rock band whose sound has been described as “psychedelic-gospel.” Intrigued? Check them out here. [clear here]

If Reefs Could Talk
Monday, 10/11 – Thursday, 10/21
Ever wondered what goes on under the sea? Tune in here for the next 10 days to see a live feed from the underwater research lab off the coast of Key Largo. Viewers will be treated to views of an underwater landscape usually reserved for researchers and fish–and will learn a lot along the way about why it’s so important to preserve our coral reefs. [clear here]

EvePearl TV
Tuesday, 10/12 at 12pm PT/3pm ET
Celebrity makeup artist Eve Pearl is coming back for another hour of makeup tips and tricks that she’s mastered over the years. Eve has made up famous faces like Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams, and Meredith Vieira from the Today Show! Watch her here. [clear here]

My Super Psycho Sweet 16
Wednesday, 10/13 at 4pm PT/7pm ET
Get a sneak peek of the first 15 minutes of MTV’s new movie before it airs in its entirety on October 22! Yes, it’s a horror film based on a reality TV show, so if you like seeing spoiled little rich kids screaming for their lives, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out right here. [clear here]

The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Daily at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET
Tune in daily to see the famous juggling/comedy troupe the Karamazovs live! They’ll bet the live Ustream viewers that they can keep any 3 objects selected by the audience airborne for the count of 10. If they can do it–they get a standing ovation from the live studio audience, and if they can’t–they get a pie to the face. Either way, pretty entertaining. You can watch it here. [clear here]

Blogworld
Thursday, 10/14 – Saturday, 10/16
For many, blogging isn’t merely a hobby, but a livelihood. Blogworld explores the people and technologies behind this emerging phenomenon with keynote speakers, special panels, and live instructional presentations. For complete live coverage from Blogworld 2010, and to see a detailed schedule of speakers and events, tune in here. [clear here]

Hennessy Artistry Finale
Thursday, 10/14 at 5pm PT/8pm ET
Hip-hop artists The Roots and Q-Tip will be ‘curating’ the 2010 Hennessy Artistry tour, which brings major talent to cities like Miami, Chicago, New York, and Detroit and pairs them with
local acts. It will be an evening to celebrate music, creativity, and the hip-hop community. Watch the live show here. [clear here]

Top 5 Ustream Freestyles: Doin’ it Live

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One of the best things about watching your favorite artist live on Ustream is that you never know exactly what they’re going to do. They could play unreleased tracks, drop exclusive info on upcoming collaborations or tour dates, prank call a fan’s ex, or engage viewers with a little impromptu freestyle. We’ve compiled what we think of as the “top 5” best freestyles of all time on Ustream, so take a listen and be sure to follow these channels if you want to see them the next time they go live!

1. Lil Wayne:

2. B.o.B

3. Will.i.am

4. Drake

5. Damian Marley

Which one is your favorite? Are we missing one? Tell us in the comments!