Monthly Archives: April 2011

UFC 129 LIVE on Ustream!

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Fans of MMA and the UFC will be stoked to hear that for the first time ever, the UFC is streaming Saturday’s PPV event LIVE on Ustream! PPV tickets to the fight can be purchased on the official UFC channel page here for only $44.99–which is quite a bit cheaper than purchasing it on TV. You’ll get to see the entire fight card, including the main event of the evening– the much hyped matchup between UFC Champ Georges St. Pierre and former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields.

The pre-fight begins at 3pm PT/6pm ET and will be streamed LIVE for FREE courtesy of HeavyMMA right here. Then the PPV event begins at 6pm PT/9pm ET on the official UFC channel here. In other words, we’ve pretty much got your Saturday night on lock down. See you there!

The Royal Wedding LIVE on Ustream!

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Did your personal invite to the Royal Wedding get lost in the mail like ours did? Fret not, because we wanted to be the first to let you know that we’ll have tons of exclusive Royal Wedding content you can’t find anywhere else! For a complete rundown of Royal Wedding events, read on:

PBS News Hour Coverage
Begins at 1:30am PT/4:30am ET
Live coverage of the official event is being brought to you by PBS News. Catch the guests arriving, the wedding procession, and the crowds of people lining the streets. [clear here]

Royal Wedding Live with PopSugar!
Begins at 12am PT/3am ET
For a more fashion-centric take on the proceedings, join PopSugar editors as they dish on everything from the dress, to the flowers, to the hair! [clear here]

ET and The Insider Cover the Royal Wedding
Beginning at 10pm PT/1am ET
Join ET and The Insider for non-stop live content and royal fun leading up to the Big Wedding. They’ll also be giving viewers exclusive access to the after parties, so be sure to tune in and see all the fun happening live! [clear here]

CBS Coverage Anchored by Katie Couric
Begins at 1am PT/4am ET
CBS News will also be providing an official feed anchored by Katie Couric. [clear here]

Westminster Abbey on Splash News Live
Begins at 12:15am PT/3:15am ET
Splash News is bringing viewers a live feed from outside Westminster Abbey, where Kate will wed her prince in front of hundreds of guests. Be sure to tune in for perhaps the most up-close view of Kate’s dress as she leaves and enters the church. [clear here]

Afterbuzz TV
Begins at 1am PT/3am ET
In this special episode of Afterbuzz TV, One Tree Hill alum Kat Bailess, Australian actor Paul Ashton, producer Courtney Stewart, and host/reporter Derrick Shore will be doling out live commentary. Coverage begins an hour before the wedding, continues throughout, and ends an hour after. Fans will get all the info, opinions, and even the chance to be heard by dialing 424.256.1729! [clear here]

Jay and Silent Bob Get Married
2am PT/5am ET
Finally, if you’re going to try to upstage a Royal Wedding, you’d better have some pretty good tricks up your sleeve–and that’s exactly what Jay & Silent Bob are setting out to do. They are going to marry each other, live, on their channel page here. At least they’ll never forget when their anniversary is… [clear here]

Tila and the Royal Wedding
2am PT/5am ET
What could a former reality TV star who is most famous for having 1 million friends on MySpace and looking for love on MTV have to talk about when it comes to a Royal Wedding? To be honest, we’re not sure, but the idea of Miss Tila dispensing her usual candid observations about such a hoity toity event kind of strikes us as potential comedy gold. You won’t want to miss a minute of this broadcast. [clear here]

The Alternative Royal Wedding
Begins at 2:30am PT/5:30am ET
For a truly comedic take on the verrrry serious proceedings, join Comedy Plaza for a running commentary that’s anything but ordinary, proper, or “official.” They’re billing their exclusive coverage as “The Alternative Royal Wedding.” [clear here]

Nerina Pallot Royal Wedding Night
1pm PT/4pm ET
If you’re still awake after all that Royal Wedding mania, join UK singer/songwriter Nerina Pallot for an evening of song in honor of the Royal Newlyweds.  [clear here]

New Features: New + Improved Channel Pages, Check-In & Chat

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Hi fellow Ustreamers,

Today we released a new + improved Channel page. You’ll notice a sleeker and friendlier design across the board. Improvements touch on all aspects of the page from the Social Stream to the Recommended Live Show pane. I’m sure you’ll dig the changes – whether you’re a broadcaster or a viewer!

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Here are the top highlights of the new Channel Page:

Check-in & Chat with Ease

  • Improved log-in makes it easier to begin chatting
  • Share your chats more easily with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and AIM
  • Log into Ustream, chat and choose when to syndicate your messages to the Social Stream
  • See more of the conversation in Social Stream and Chats with one click of the “more” button [clear here]

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New Title Bars!

We’ve brought the same dynamic title bar found on featured streams on the category page to everyone’s channel page. Here are some of the key features:

  • Channel Picture, with live ribbon to inform viewers when live
  • Custom Event Titles displayed for scheduled events
  • Join Crowd, Tweet, and Facebook ‘Like’ buttons are now above the video player

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iFrames for Premium Members

A total of three new iFrames allow premium broadcasters greater flexibility in both the design and the functionality of their channel page.  Potential uses include:

  • Custom large channel banner at the top of the Channel Page
  • In-channel Stores for monetization
  • Links to Broadcasters other webpages

What’s Next

We’re working hard on similar improvements for our recorded video and user pages.  Look for these changes in the upcoming weeks.  Please send feedback and suggestions to feedback@ustream.tv.

Weekly Events Calendar: Artist Chat with Lights, Newtek at NAB 2011, and more!

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Afterbuzz TV — Tough Enough Edition
Monday, April 11th at 9:15pm PT
This week’s edition of Afterbuzz TV explores the philosophical and cultural implications of the latest episode of USA’s Tough Enough. Ok, not really, but it will explore the latest developments in competitive WWE wrestling with a panel of hosts, including former WWE announcer Lilian Garcia, and former WWE Divas Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle. Get the inside scoop right here. [clear here]

Digitour
Tuesday, April 12th at 2pm PT
Catch the live feed of the nation’s first ever nationwide Youtube tour, featuring some familiar faces from Youtubeland including Dave Days, Destorm, Ricky Ficarelli, The Gregory Brothers, Mystery Guitar Man, and Nice Peter. You can watch it right here. [clear here]

LIGHTS Chat
Tuesday, April 12th at 3pm PT
Ustream is super excited to be hosting another live chat with talented Canadian songwriter and composer Lights. She’ll be giving fans an exclusive chance to hear a song off her upcoming album and answering questions via the social stream. Be sure to RSVP here, and check out her previous chats here and here. [clear here]

Newtek’s “Broadcast Minds”
Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30pm PT
Newtek and Streaming Media are bringing together tech luminaries Leo Laporte, Mark Fratto, and Steve Hellmuth as well as Ustream regular Adam Carolla at NAB 2011 to share profit-building strategies for webcasting. Anyone who’s ever considered making a living off of their Ustream persona (hey, it beats working the late shift at Dairy Queen), or anyone simply interested in how live streaming works should RSVP and tune in here.

Weekly Events Calendar: PPV Boxing and Japan Relief

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Adamek vs. McBride Fight PPV
Saturday, April 9th at 6pm PT/9pm ET
Ustream is teaming up with Boxing Promoters Main Events and Ziggy Promotions to bring viewers a live PPV stream of the Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride fight. Adamek is a Polish heavyweight boxer with an impressive 43-1 record and 28 KO’s under his belt. To find out what happens during the April 9th Fight, go to the channel page here, and buy your ticket for $29.95 in U.S. or Canada. International ticket buyers can purchase their tickets for $4.95 here. [clear here]

Other Events This Week:

Afterbuzz TV
Monday, April 4th at 9:10pm PT/12:10am ET
So, we all know the only thing better than geeking out on our favorite TV show is geeking out on our favorite TV show in the company of fellow geeks–which is why you should join Afterbuzz TV, the series dedicated to the art of the ‘after-show.’ When fans finish watching their favorite TV shows, they can tune in to see hosts breaking down that night’s episode, taking calls from fans, and interviewing cast members. Tonight kicks off with a scholarly analysis of USA’s “Tough Enough,” so be sure to check it out right here. [clear here]

Death Cab For Cutie Live Music Video Shoot
Tuesday, April 5th at 4pm PT/7pm ET
Join Death Cab For Cutie on their channel page here as they make music history live-streaming the filming of their new music video. You may be thinking, “Big deal, that’s been done before.” But here’s the kicker: the whole thing will be shot in one continuous take. That means no editing and no fancy bells and whistles! The band will have to get it together to give fans and the director one flawless performance. Should be interesting… [clear here]

Austin Mahone Backstage Pass
Friday, April 8th, at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET
Singer/teen heartthrob (and Justin Bieber-in-training) Austin Mahone has listened to his fans and consented to doing a live PPV event giving them unprecedented access to him during his personal downtime. He’ll be answering questions and hanging out with ‘Mahomies’ (ha, get it?). Tickets are only $3 (a price actually suggested by his fans) so tune in here to buy a ticket and check it out on Friday! [clear here]

Concert to Benefit Japan Earthquake Relief with Norah Jones
Friday, April 8th at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET
Tune in Friday as more than a dozen innovative artists spanning such genres as indie rock, contemporary jazz, and avant garde will come together to raise money for the earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. The lineup includes a performance by Grammy Award-winning singer Norah Jones, who will be lending her beautiful voice to a beautiful cause. Be sure to spread the word and tune in here. [clear here]

Japan Society 12-Hour Concert for Japan
Saturday, April 9th at 11am PT/2pm ET
The Japan Society is presenting a marathon 12-hour concert in San Francisco to assist organizations that are providing direct aid to earthquake and tsunami survivors. Composer Philip Glass, singer Lou Reed, and other artists will be performing live, so be sure to tune in and show your support right here. [clear here]