Monthly Archives: May 2011

Weekly Events Calendar: 5/30

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AIDS/Lifecycle: Preparing to Ride

Tuesday, May 31st at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET

Tune in to see riders prepare for the 7-day ride through some of California’s most breathtaking scenery to bring awareness to the AIDS pandemic. [clear here]

NASA Shuttle Endeavor Landing

Wednesday, June 1 at 11:35 am PT/2:35pm ET

After its final 16-day mission, tune in to NASA’s live feed to see the Shuttle Endeavor re-enter earth’s atmosphere. [clear here]

Date Unknown

Wednesday, June 1 at 2pm PT/5pm ET

Watch LIVE first dates of people who have met online. Sound creepy? Awkward? Romantic? It will probably be all of the above. [clear here]

Afterbuzz TV Live from the 2011 MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite

Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd at 12pm PT/3pm ET

Come check out all the free swag celebs are getting at the MTV Movie Awards with your Afterbuzz Hosts! [clear here]

Locked in the Cage 8

Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET

Watch live MMA fights from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. [clear here]

Dalai Lama Introductory Teachings on Buddhism

Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving introductory teachings on Buddhism to Tibetan high school and college students on June 3rd and 4th. [clear here]

KROQ Weenie Roast

Saturday, June 4th at 12pm PT/3pm ET

The stellar lineup at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast includes Linkin Park, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Lykke Li, Neon Trees, and too many more to name! For a complete lineup check out the channel page! [clear here]

2011 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet with PopSugar

Sunday, June 5th at 7pm PT/10pm ET

Your favorite PopSugar correspondents will be front row to stream all the red carpet arrivals, so be sure to tune in! It’ll be the perfect pre-show to watch before the Awards start.

Ustream Premium Memberships – Keep the Fun, Cut the Ads

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Hey Ustreamers, my name is Jordan and I’m a product manager here at Ustream. Let me tell you a little story (that’s right… we do story time here at Ustream). When I first joined Ustream a little over a year ago, I was really excited to be able to see all the great content on the site. As luck would have it, my first week on the job there was a shuttle launch — pretty cool right?

Unfortunately, as soon as I landed on the channel page I was greeted by a 30 second commercial which obscured my view of the launch. By the time the commercial was over the space shuttle was just a spec in the sky, heading off into space (insert sad trombone).  As you can see, we all wish that we didn’t have to show these advertisements on Ustream, but we have to keep the lights on somehow, right?

I’m not alone here; many other loyal Ustreamers have voiced the same frustration. We’ve heard from fans that tune into popular channels such as the SF Shiba Puppy Cam and the Decorah Eagle Cam they would like to watch their favorite shows without interruption.

So, here by popular demand, I’m excited to announce the launch of Ustream Premium Memberships, a brand new service that lets you watch all of your favorite shows without advertisements. For $3.99 per month, you get:

  • Unlimited Commercial-Free Viewing – Never miss a moment of your favorite Ustream shows – you’ll stay live when everyone else cuts to commercial. Commercial free viewing also removes display ads throughout the site, so you won’t have to worry about distracting banners while you watch.
  • Premium Social Stream – Wanna stand out in the crowd? Premium members get special badges in the social stream, bold text, and a premium watermark. You’re sure to catch Justin Beiber’s eye when he’s answering questions from the social stream!

  • Premium Profile Icon: You’ll also get a premium members badge on your profile page–sure to elicit envy from fellow Ustreamers.

We’re really excited about this new service, and hopefully it will improve your viewing experience on Ustream. You can sign up now at our Premium Memberships page for only $3.99 a month.

On a side note, if you are a broadcaster looking to make your channel ad-free for everyone, you can check out our Ad-Free Broadcasting Page for more information.

Happy Viewing!

Throwback Thursday: Check out These Recorded Events You May Have Missed!

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Hangover 2 Premiere
Did you miss your favorite stars walking the red carpet? Then look no further, you can still catch the recorded videos from the event! Be sure to look out for Ed Helms, Zack Galafinakis, Mike Tyson, Bradley Cooper, and Robert Downey, Jr., among others! [clear here]

KSW 16
If you missed this explosive (in a good way) PPV MMA event from Gdansk, Poland, it’s not too late! Watch all 3-parts of the fight, including the headlining fight between Mariusz Pudzianowski and James Thompson. [clear here]

Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil went live recently to discuss a recent episode of his show featuring a young woman who has just been released from prison for the brutal murder of a 12-year old girl. Sound like something out of a horror movie? You have no idea. Tune in for the emotional broadcast where Dr. Phil takes questions from viewers and explores the limits of forgiveness.

Big Things Poppin’: Techcrunch Disrupt!

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The time is nigh for the Tech Geeks, Entrepreneurs, Journalists, and Michael Arrington fanboys to convene in NYC for the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Ustream is TechCrunch’s primary live streaming partner for the high profile event which kicks off Sunday with the results of the 24-hour Hackathon (the Olympics for computer hackers) being announced live. The conference begins Monday with Disrupt Battlefield–a startup competition designed to identify and reward the most innovative startups, and an impressive lineup of speakers, including:

Tim Armstrong CEO, AOL
Ashton Kutcher Co-Founder, Katalyst Media
Susan Lyne CEO, Gilt Groupe
Charlie Rose Host, The Charlie Rose Show
Kevin Systrom Co-Founder, Instagram
Stephanie Tilenius VP eCommerce, Google
David Karp Founder & CEO, Tumblr

The primary goal of the Disrupt Conference, besides documenting what happens when Ashton Kutcher meets Charlie Rose, is to discuss how the Internet is ‘disrupting’ industry after industry–from Fashion to Entertainment to Finance. So no matter what you do to earn your peanuts, you’ll definitely want to tune in to glean some pertinent information from the broadcast. See you there!

Weekly Events Calendar: 5/16

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Techcrunch Disrupt
Monday, 5/23 – Wednesday, 5/25
This year’s Disrupt conference will see the launch of over two dozen new startups in the “Startup Battlefield” and bring together smartest people in tech to discuss how the Internet is ‘disrupting’ industry after industry. [clear here]

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Kara DioGuardi on TAXI TV
Monday, 5/16 at 4pm PT
TAXI TV’s Michael Laskow interviews American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi and gets her to dish on how to make it in the music business.  [clear here]

Hollywood Helps Alabama Tornado Relief Concert
Tuesday, 5/17 at 5:30pm PT
Join Hollywood luminaries for a Concert to benefit Alabama’s Tornado victims. Guests include Adam Carolla, Tom Green, Larry Miller, and more! [clear here]

X17’s “World According to Paris” Launch Party
Tuesday, 5/17 at 7pm PT
X17 online covers the launch party of Paris Hilton’s latest foray into unscripted drama–The World According to Paris. [clear here]

Fantime Live: Bumblefoot of Guns N’ Roses
Wednesday, 5/18 at 5pm PT
Get exclusive access to Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Bumblefoot as he takes questions live! [clear here]

Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Chat with Sheryl Crow
Thursday, 5/19 at 4pm PT
Musician Sheryl Crow will be joining the Tom’s of Maine crew for another installment of Wicked Fresh chats! [clear here]

PBR Wild West Festival
Saturday, 5/21 at 11am PT
No, not Pabst Blue Ribbon–Premier Bull Riding! No word yet on whether the cowboys will be drinking PBR as well. [clear here]

KSW Boxing Event
Saturday, 5/21 at 11am PT
Europe’s biggest MMA promotion KSW is geared up for another super exciting show direct from Gdansk, Poland. The KSW 16 event will feature two world class main event bouts, a sold out crowd of more than fourteen hundred avid MMA fans, and spectacular production. [clear here]

Ustream in the News: Nearing 100 Million Views, Decorah Eagles Become The Most-Watched Live Video Stream Ever!

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[From Techcrunch by Rip Emerson May, 13 2011]


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“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber”.

– Winston Churchill

It seems that the “Decorah Eagles” have officially become America’s biggest reality-TV stars. For those who haven’t yet heard, the Decorah Eagles are a family of Bald Eagles nesting in Decorah, Iowa. The Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization that specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls, established a Ustream channel, consisting of live, round-the-clock footage of a pair of Bald Eagles and their 3 eaglets.

In the last month, the Decorah Eagles have become a full-blown national phenomenon. The stream has been live since February of 2010, but the majority of traffic has arrived since the pair’s eggs began hatching on February 23rd of this year. The Huffington Post wrote a story on the Decorah Eagles in April and, at the time, the channel had attracted 25.6 million views. Today, less than a month later, that number has passed 95 million (currently at nearly 95.9 million). Thus, in 29 days, the stream has tallied over 70 million views, which breaks down to roughly 2.4 million views-per-day over that time.

Ustream told TechCrunch that the Decorah Eagles stream has become the most-watched live stream in the company’s five-year history, passing the 34 million views garnered by Ustream’s Canal 5 news page (which covered the Chilean miner saga in September of last year) over the course of the last month.

According to the live video platform, the average time spent watching the Decorah Eagles in April, per-unique-viewer, was 6 hours and 10 minutes, and over 2,400 human years have been invested in watching the “eagle cam”. Of course, many people are likely leaving the stream on for 24-hours-a-day, so this skews the figures a bit, but the point remains: People love the eagles. And I don’t mean Don Henley’s Eagles.

YouTube’s coverage of the “Royal Wedding” generated 72 Million total live streams, so, considering that Ustream expects the Decorah Eagles to pass 100 million views within the week, the video platform believes that it now has the most-watched live stream (emanating from a single source, or provider). Ever. Though it’s true that the Royal Wedding’s 72 million viewers watched over the course of a much shorter time frame.

Ustream Marketing Manager Tony Riggins tells me that the company has been hearing from people from all walks of life, who have been tuning in to watch the eagles go about their day-to-day bird business. He said that they’ve been receiving calls from hospitals, where cancer patients are routinely checking in with the eagles to get a few minutes of much-needed distraction from their treatments.

The “Real World Decorah” live stream has also become an inimitable educational opportunity, as classrooms of grade-schoolers through colleges are watching the live stream to learn about biology, natural history, and more. With scientists, bird lovers, seniors, kids, and even bloggers all tuning in, this has truly become what Beverly Macy called a “global social learning experience in realtime”.

This is obviously a big moment for Ustream, just as it is for this family of eagles, who are giving the world the best damn reality show it’s ever seen.

So far, my pleas to the Eagle Family for an exclusive interview has not been granted, but stay tuned. This just might be my opportunity for some unprecedented embedded reporting.

And just for good measure, to appropriately commemorate the occasion, here is John Ashcroft singing “Let The Eagles Soar”.

This Week in Product: Total Views in Player

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Oh, why, hello there Ustreamer. You caught me while I was in the middle of hatching plans for the next glorious version of Ustream Skynet, which goes live in 2031. I would do another post when it’s ready, but by then it will be too late for all of us.

Anyhow, it’s time for “This Week in Product” — the first time, actually. As we’ve started to push more new features your way over the last few weeks, we thought it would be worthwhile to tell you about them (brilliant, I know). You may have seen Matt’s post about our Facebook App or Felix’s about the new channel page. If you haven’t, check them out.

Well, my name is Peter and I’m the head of product management at Ustream, and I want to tell you about a change that is going live as you read this (or maybe not — maybe it’s already out; I can’t predict when you’ll read this. Ustream Skynet will have that feature, though.): Total Views in Player.

You’ll start to notice some new text in the video player on all of our channels, as well as our embedded players that reached 65 million people worldwide in April, who watched for over 90 million viewer hours (more about that in another post).

Previously, our video player showed only the concurrent viewers. These are the number of people watching a broadcast at that exact moment. Concurrent viewers can go up and down as people tune in and out. A show can have zero concurrent viewers or it can have hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers, like the Decorah Eagles did a few days ago.

Now, our video player shows two numbers: the first (108 in the screenshot of Spacevidcast to the right) is labeled current. These are the old “concurrent viewers” and the logic has not changed.

The second (2276 in the screenshot) is labeled total views. This is the total number of views the show has since it started the current broadcast. If the show goes off-air and comes back later, this number will reset to zero. This number can only go up: as people come and go, concurrent viewers will go up and down, but total views will only grow.

We hope this change helps improve your experience on Ustream, both on our site and across the web. Enjoy!

Weekly Events Calendar: 5/9/2011

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Consumer Reports Keynote with John Bezos from Amazon.com
Wednesday, 5/11 at 8am PT/11am ET
Consumer Reports and ShopSmart magazine are hosting Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO in a keynote conversation during ShopSmart’s first ever shopping summit. [clear here]

Script Your Future Campaign Launch
Wednesday, 5/11 at 8am PT/11am ET
U.S. Surgeon general Dr. Regina Benjamin speaks at the George Washington University to kick off the Script Your Future campaign, a national effort to raise awareness about the importance of taking your medicine as directed. [clear here]

Whoopi Goldberg’s “White Noise” Musical
Wednesday, 5/11 at 1pm PT/4pm ET
Live performance and chat with the cast of Whoopi Goldberg’s musical “White Noise.” [clear here]

Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Wednesdays with Mindy Weiss
Wednesday, 5/11 at 5pm PT/8pm ET
Tom’s Of Maine gets “Wicked Fresh” with celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. [clear here]

Ebay’s World of Good Fair Trade Panel
Thursday, 5/12 at 12pm PT/3pm ET
Learn more about what Fair Trade is from the artisan’s perspective, and the stories of Peruvian artists Yody Moran and Sonia Anahue as they discuss successes and challenges. [clear here]

EA Sports NCAA Football Launch
Friday, 5/13 at 2pm PT/5pm ET
A sit down and Q + A with 3 developers from NCAA Football 12. They’ll talk about the latest gameplay announcements and more! [clear here]

Super Scary Horror Theater
Friday, 5/13 at 8pm PT/11pm ET
An all-new super duper scary episode on Friday the 13th! Watch classic horror films and keep your loved ones close…because it’s going to be pretty scary.

Introducing the New Ustream Facebook Application

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When you broadcast live on Ustream we make sure that your event is viewable everywhere – on your Ustream channel page, on our mobile applications, and on embeds in blogs and websites throughout the internet.

Today we are excited to announce that you can showcase your Ustream events on your Facebook Page – giving you yet another place for your fans to view your content. It is viral, it is customizable, and it is absolutely free for everyone.

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Install the Ustream Facebook Application now
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Admin Features

Dead Simple Installation
• Login with your Ustream account and we will automatically populate the application with your content.

Showcase all of your Ustream Content on your Facebook Page
• Live, recorded and upcoming events.

Customize your Application
• Banners, background images, text colors, and more.

Social Features

Build your Crowd
• Viewers can join your crowd with just two clicks to receive email notifications every time you broadcast live.

Remind Me of an Upcoming Event
• Viewers can choose to share  and be reminded via email for an upcoming event with just two clicks.

Increase your Facebook Fans
• Choose to require viewers to like your page on Facebook before accessing your live events.

Invite Friends to Watch
• Viewers can quickly share your live event to their Facebook wall or specifically choose friends to send invitations to.