Monthly Archives: July 2011

The iPad meets Ustream

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We have updated our Ustream application for iOS devices with a great new interface designed specifically for iPad users.  In addition to native support for Apple’s tablet we have made some key improvements to the application for iPhone and iPod touch users including access to all content through some extensive backend server updates.

You can download the application directly from the App Store or grab your iDevice and search for Ustream.

Want More ?!?  Check out these key features and some sweet eye candy while your waiting for your download to finish!

Navigate through featured channels, browse by categories or search for live and recorded content on Ustream… The best of Ustream at your fingertips on Apple’s beautiful 9.7 inch screen :-D

You can also start a live broadcast from your iPad 2 (from either camera) or switch in the middle of your broadcast using some intuitively placed controls ;-)

Share live moments with millions of potential viewers with the touch of a button across all Ustream applications including: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop browsers, Google TV, Boxee, Panasonic Viera Cast, Ustream Lounge, and Ustream for Facebook.  Pretty much, Ustream Everywhere!

Some other cool features to check out…

Film Strip Button - While watching full screen video on iPad you can easily check out what’s going on across Ustream without stopping what you are currently watching.

AirPlay Support – Have an AppleTV then check out our sweet implementation of Airplay.  Just press the Airplay icon while watching a video and BOOM! You are now watching video on your TV set and best of all you can continue the conversation on your iPad or iPhone through Chat and Social Stream for the truly multi-screen interactive living room experience.

Thank you for your continuous support and we hope you’ll like this update as much as we do. Stay tuned for more updates and keep on streaming!

Weekly Events Calendar 7/25

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Monday, 7/25

Billboard Live Q&A with Kelly Rowland
1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET
Kelly Rowland stops by Billboard’s offices for a Q&A about her new album, “Here I Am” hitting shelves Tuesday, July 26th. You can tune in and send your questions with #bbkelly
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Britney Spears Special Announcement
3:05pm PT/6:05pm ET
For the very first time, Britney will be using Ustream’s Facebook app to make an exclusive, special announcement to her fans! What will it be? What will she be wearing? How will her hair look? We can’t answer any of these questions for you, so you’ll have to tune in to find out!
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Tuesday, 7/26

GE: Healthymagination Game Changers Summit
6am PT/9am ET
The Game Changers Summit dives deep into how social gaming, personal tech, and mobile devices can catalyze behavior change, fostering better experience & greater engagement for everyone. To join the conversation, tweet with #Ask GE.

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EA Sports Madden NFL Pigskin Pro-Am Eve event
Tues, 4pm PT/7pm ET and Wed,
EA Sports will be bringing you exclusive coverage of the NFL Pigskin Pro-Am Eve event, and will be revealing the release date of NFL 12 and showing live gameplay from the Madden NFL 12 Demo! [clear here]
Wednesday, 7/27

SESAC Annual Songwriter’s Bootcamp
9am PT/12pm ET
Join SESAC, the Performing Rights Organization, for the 4th annual Songwriter’s Bootcamp on Ustream! The event offers panel lectures and discussions courtesy of an array of established writers, producers, lawyers and industry insiders.

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Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum

11:30am PT/2:30pm ET
The Rockefeller Foundation’s Innovation Forum and Awards Ceremony gathers creative and inventive minds to discuss the urgent challenges facing poor and vulnerable people around the world. Special guests this year include Dr. Paul Farmer, Prof. Muhammad Yunus, and President Bill Clinton. [clear here]

Friday, 7/28

EVO World 2011 Finals
Friday-Sunday
See all the gaming community come together for this yearly championship series representing the largest and longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world. This year’s game lineup includes Super Street Fighter 4, Tekken 6, Mortal Kombat 9, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Blazblue: Continum Shift.
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TechCrunch Mobile First CrunchUp
1pm PT/4pm ET
Join TechCrunch in the Mobile First CrunchUp where they explore the future of mobile platforms and services. Speakers include: Kevin Systrom, CEO Instagram; Tristan Walker, director business development, Foursquare; Matías Duarte, Director of User Experience, Android, and more!
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Weekly Events Calendar 7/18

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Tuesday, July 19th

Honest Tea Presents: Honest Cities Campaign
8am PT/11am ET

Honest Tea has set up pop-up stores across the United States to measure the honesty of cities and the web in a live social experiment. See the first event from NYC live! [clear here]

What’s Trending
10:30am PT/1:30pm ET

Host Shira Lazar brings up all the hot topics in entertainment, tech, news, and pop culture every week on What’s Trending! Tune in to catch exclusive interviews and celebrity guests!
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TLA: Let Your Bad Girl Come Out to Play
12pm PT/3pm ET

For ladies only! Instructor Lori Bryant Woolridge teaches you how to shed your “good girl” ways and let your bad girl come out to play. [clear here]

TLA: How to Write a Hip-Hop Fiction Series
2:20pm PT/5:20pm ET

Instructors Anthony Whyte and Erick S. Gray teach students how to write their own Hip-Hop fiction series! [clear here]

Portugal. The Man @ Ustream Studio
4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET

Psychedelic Rock band Portugal. The Man will be performing and answering questions LIVE from the Ustream Studio in Hollywood!

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Wednesday, July 20th

Cocktail Reception Planning with Shawn Rabideau
4:40pm PT/7:40pm ET

Wedding, event planning, and design expert Shawn Rabideau, of BravoTV’s Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After, will show you the ins and outs of cocktail style wedding receptions from budget, to venue, to entertainment, to design and much more. [clear here]

Thursday, July 21st

Space Shuttle Atlantis Landing
3am PT/6am ET

Space Shuttle Atlantis returns to the Earth’s orbit after a 13-day mission to the international space station. The landing is bittersweet for space fans because it marks the shuttle’s final mission and the end of the space shuttle era. Don’t miss history unfolding live! [clear here]

Gamespot at Comic-Con 2011
Thursday – Sunday

Gamespot is going live for 4 days from Comic-Con 2011, so be sure to tune in to see live streaming trailers and exclusive game demos! [clear here]

Ask Roy
6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET

You ask questions. Roy Handler answers them. Need advice? Roy Handler will have it for you! Wondering what the best way to bake crumpets is? Ask and Roy will answer! Anything goes (for the most part, don’t get crazy). [clear here]

Watch What Happens Live
8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET

More live antics on Watch What Happens Live this week with host Andy Cohen! Tune in to see who the special celebrity guests will be!

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Friday, July 22nd

G-Series FIT Q&A with Martin Dugard
11am PT/2pm ET

Tune in to hear fitness expert Martin Dugard answer your fitness and exercise questions live! [clear here]

EpixHD Chat with William Shatner
3pm PT/6pm ET

What happens when William Shatner meets Kevin Smith? Well, you’ll have to tune in to find out. See a live Q&A with William Shatner moderated by Kevin Smith on his new movie The Captains. [clear here]

Nickelodeon Spongebob Chat
3pm PT/6pm ET

It’s not every day that you get to hear (and meet) the voices of your beloved cartoon characters. Don’t miss this fan Q&A with the Executive Director of Spongebob Squarepants and voice of Plankton.

Ustream for Android tablets

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Hey, it’s Gergo from the Ustream Product team! Today, I am thrilled to announce the major update for our Ustream app on Android, which now brings the full power of the Ustream experience to Android tablets and mobile phones.

Ustream for Android

The new Ustream app, supported on Android 2.1 and newer, boasts a whole set of tablet optimizations in addition to several important mobile updates. Let me guide you through the top highlights.

Explore and Go Live on tablets

  • Discover live, upcoming, and recent events, or explore by category.
  • Go live and interact with your audience by issuing a poll or chatting.
  • Access shows from your Ustream Crowds and events that you’re attending.
  • Watch featured shows of recommended Ustreamers.
  • Navigate through brand new screens with spiffy dark design theme.

New tablet screens

Enjoy improvements on your phone

  • Move the app to SD card to free up storage space.
  • Watch even more shows and videos on mobile with new, enhanced format handling.
  • Use the app on even more supported devices, now including Nexus S.

Mobile features

Get it now!

  • QRread the QR code with your device or click it in your browser
  • you can also search for ‘Ustream’ in the Market app on your device

We’d love to hear from you! We are inspired by our users’ valuable feedback. Go ahead, drop us a note at feedback@ustream.tv. Also, we’re working on other exciting features to give you the best personalized Ustream experience, anytime, anywhere. Stay tuned for more updates!

Gergo Radnoczi
Android Product Owner
Ustream, Inc.

GergoRad

Gergo is responsible for the Android products at Ustream. He works in tight cooperation with the Android developer team, the designers, product architects, sales and marketing. He defines strategies, approves designs and specifications, prioritizes development tasks, reviews implemented features and schedules their release. You can follow @GergoRad on Twitter.

Weekly Events Calendar 7/11

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Monday, July 11th

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (Monday-Thursday)
1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET and 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET
Live from the booth at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference! Join Microsoft partners and industry analysts for updates twice daily. [clear here]

Insidious DVD Release
9pm PT/12am ET
Watch a live Q&A with the film’s stars following a screening of the movie from the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles. [clear here]

Tuesday, July 12th

Cisco Live Las Vegas (Tuesday-Thursday)
8am PT/11am ET
With hundreds of sessions planned at this year’s Cisco Live conference, you can build a custom curriculum to enhance your knowledge and advance your career. Don’t miss an opening keynote by Cisco CEO John Chambers, and a closing keynote by William Shatner! [clear here]

Big Sean Interview
9am PT/12pm ET
Radio station the New Wild Atlanta will be on-hand to interview Big Sean and ask him questions submitted by you, the fans! [clear here]

The Learning Annex: How to Create Funny Web Content
4:40pm PT/7:40pm ET
How many times have you watched videos of Maru the cat jumping into boxes? How about the Lonely island hit, “I’m on A Boat,” or the Whole Foods parking lot song? Want to know what it takes to create hilarious, viral web content and make the big bucks? Then you definitely won’t want to miss The Learning Annex class! [clear here]

Gatorade Athlete of the Year
5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET
Now in its 26th year of honoring the nation’s elite high school athletes with the Gatorade Player of the Year award, The Gatorade Company will present the ninth annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards to the nation’s best overall male and female high school athlete. [clear here]

Afterbuzz TV: Pretty Little Liars S:7 Ep:5
8pm PT/11pm ET
After tuning in for the new episode of Pretty Little Liars, tune in to see the Afterbuzz TV crew interview cast members and analyze all the moments that made the episode truly riveting! [clear here]

Wednesday, 7/13

Our Time’s “Buy Young” Launch Summit
6:30am PT
Over 125 of America’s top young entrepreneurs will convene at the Buy Young Launch Summit to discuss ways we can facilitate a better environment for start-ups. And Ustream’s own President and Co-Founder Brad Hunstable will be there! [clear here]

KROQ Kevin & Bean’s Breakfast with Incubus
8am PT/11am ET
Join Kevin & Bean for a live 90 minute chat and performance with Incubus from a secret location in Los Angeles! [clear here]

Thursday, 7/14

Emmy Nominations Announcement
5:30am PT/8:30am ET
If you’re up, be sure to tune in for the Emmy Nominations bright and early from Los Angeles, CA. [clear here]

Launch of Discovery’s “Shark Month” Cam
5am PT/8am ET
Discovery has Shark Week, and they’re giving Ustream the opportunity to share “Shark Month” with our viewers! See live footage from inside the shark tank at the Georgia Aquarium, including live daily feedings. [clear here]

Michael Buble
12pm PT/3pm ET
The man whose romantic songs have launched a thousand marriages (although this is still unconfirmed) is back on Ustream to chat with fans and talk about new projects. Watch his previous chat here and be sure to tune in on Thursday! [clear here]

Bravo: Watch What Happens Live
8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET
Watch Andy’s After Show LIVE online for the first time! Your host Andy Cohen will rehash best moments from your favorite Bravo shows every week until August 7th! [clear here]

Friday 7/15

Samsung Space Balloon Live
5am PT/8am ET
Samsung will launch their Galaxy II into space carrying your messages and tweets! Who knows, maybe if it encounters any aliens, the first thing they’ll read will be a message from Bob in Indiana that reads: “Hey, C U up there!” And it will look really cool. [clear here]

Zedd and Porter Robinson Live from Beatport Denver
12pm PT/3pm ET
Beatport is celebrating the launch of their redesigned HTML 5 site by broadcasting a live event with Zedd and Porter Robinson, two extremely talented producers and DJs. Don’t miss it! [clear here]

This Week in Product: Videos Widget

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Hi there — Peter from Product here…again (*sigh*). Honestly, if I had my druthers — and I rarely do — I’d release a bunch of features and I’d never tell the lot of you. But Joanna, Tony, and the rest of the Marketing Team here at Ustream insist that I keep our faithful users up-to-date, so I begrudgingly offer you the latest product update: The Videos Widget.

Some of you may have noticed that your favorite channels now have a new component to the right of the video. It’s no longer just the Chat and the Social Stream, but a Rolodex of the broadcaster’s latest recorded videos. This is our new Videos Widget, and it’s live today for all our broadcasters. Here’s how it works:

By default, the widget appears on the channel page in the same area as the social stream and chat. If you’re a broadcaster and you don’t like it, too bad. Just kidding, you can turn it off in your Dashboard > Manage My Channel > Chat and Videos Widget > Recorded Videos Tab.

The videos widget is the default widget to show first, unless the channel is live. If the channel is live, either the social stream or chat will appear by default (whichever the broadcaster has opted for).

Clicking the title of a video opens that video in a new browser tab/window. This allows you to stay on the channel page while surfing all the great recorded content.

If the broadcaster has more than 9 videos, a “View All” link appears at the bottom. Clicking “View All” will bring you to a new page with all of the broadcaster’s videos.

We only display the broadcaster’s own videos. So if you’re a broadcaster and your videos widget looks kind of empty, don’t complain to us; keep streaming!

The videos widget is embeddable. Just use the same embed code, accessed by clicking “Embed” on the channel page, and the videos widget will tag along for the ride.

Well, that’s all for now, but I’ll regretfully be back to share more updates with you soon ;) Keep streamin’!

Weekly Events Calendar for the Week of 7/5

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Fleischer’s Universe Interview with Jason Schwartzman
Tuesday, 7/5 at 8pm PT
Don’t miss tonight’s episode of Fleischer’s Universe with the one-and-only Charles Fleischer and actor Jason Schwartzman. If you don’t want to miss any upcoming celebrity guests on his show, be sure to join his crowd to receive notifications! [clear here]

#AskObama: The First Ever Twitter Townhall at the White House
Wednesday, 7/6 at 11am PT
The White House is all a-Twitter (har, har) about the first ever Twitter Town Hall! You’ll be able to tweet your questions about jobs and the economy using the hashtag #AskObama and see him answer them LIVE on Ustream! [clear here]

Harry Potter 7 Part II Red Carpet from the UK
Thursday, 7/7 at 9am PT
Don’t miss the UK premiere of the second installment of Harry Potter 7! All of the film’s stars will be there on the red carpet being interviewed and answering fan questions, so be sure to join the channel’s crowd to receive notifications before they go live! [clear here]

NASA’s Final Shuttle Launch of Atlantis
Friday, 7/8 at 8:40am PT
An historic event is upon us: the final launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis is slated to take place on July 8. Be sure to tune in to NASA’s HD feed and tune in for live coverage and commentary on Spacevidcast. [clear here]

Gseries FIT Q&A with Amy Dixon
Friday, 7/8 at 11am PT
Join fitness expert Amy Dixon for a chat about healthy living, exercise, and burning calories! [clear here]

Dalai Lama Kalachakra for World Peace
Saturday, 7/9 at 10am PT
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be in Washington DC for the Kalachakra for World Peace, from July 6-16, 2011. See all of his teachings in English and get enlightened! [clear here]

Launch of Discovery’s “Shark Month” on Ustream
Sunday, 7/10
To say we’re excited about Shark Week (dubbed “Shark Month” on Ustream because the feed will be available from July 10 through August 6) is a MAJOR understatement. Viewers will be privileged to see an underwater view of the shark tank at the Georgia Aquarium and also see live feedings and Q&As with Marine Biologists! For more info and a complete schedule, visit the channel page here. [clear here]

Popular WildEarth Broadcasts to Deliver Live Multi-View Exclusively on Ustream

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ustream, the leader in live online video, and wildlife broadcaster, WildEarth, announced the launch of a new interactive video channel that will engage viewers with a compelling array of professionally produced live wildlife streams. Using technology that adds immersion to nature from virtually anywhere, a new Multi-View Experience will provide unprecedented views of the spontaneous and exotic wilderness only rarely witnessed in-person. The various streams capture a diverse selection of animals including elephants, lions, giraffes, and more through global locations such as Africa and the United States. Available exclusively on Ustream, WildEarth will go live with seven new channels of around-the-clock wildlife broadcasts starting on July 1, 2011.

Ustream is introducing its Multi-View screen functionality on the WildEarth hub at Ustream.TV/PetesPond, giving viewers full control to customize their own experience alongside an active social stream and chat room. Available whenever connected to Ustream – on mobile devices, internet connected TVs, Google TV and Boxee – all 7 of the WildEarth channels will feature this immersive Multi-View capability from the Pete’s Pond Channel.

Live from Africa

In the heart of Botswana, viewers will encounter exotic wildlife at Pete’s Pond, where a camera overlooking this watering hole provides a rare glimpse into life on the African savannah, 24 hours a day.

Live from the Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa, the Djuma Water Hole features an unobtrusive camera that is virtually controlled by an international team of volunteer wildlife enthusiasts called “zoomies”. For the virtual traveler, Ustream.TV/wildearthsafari is a twice-daily, expert-presenter led, live safari that travels the bush and open plains of the Djuma Game Reserve.

“As we’ve seen with the now-famous Ustream Decorah Eagles,” says Ruby Tugade, Manager of Content & Distribution at Ustream, “interactive broadcasting is incredibly powerful in building, educating, and inspiring a community of millions. Now, with the addition of simultaneous live cameras via Ustream’s Multi-View technology, communities may share a panoramic view of the world together.”

The American Wilderness

Operation Migration will entertain viewers at Ustream.TV/migratingcranes, where endangered whooping crane chicks will be taught to accept and follow a specially modified ultra-light aircraft that will teach them a migratory route from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Wisconsin to Florida.

Additionally, WildEarth and PixController have teamed up to broadcast live Multi-Views, using PixController cameras positioned near an automatic feeder that operates 24/7 all year round, where an array of wildlife is attracted.

“We’re hoping our WildEarth broadcasts become more than just a center of attention for wildlife buffs,” says Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth. “By not only bringing people to these Multi-View Ustream camera options, we are offering them a much broader and more visceral experience, and we’re putting a degree of virtual tourism on-line with an interactive learning environment that will ultimately help conserve these amazing animals and their environments.”

The WildEarth hub of channels available with the Multi-View Experience can be found at Ustream via these links:

www.ustream.tv/petespond

www.ustream.tv/djumacam

www.ustream.tv/wildearthsafari

www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes

www.ustream.tv/pixpredator

www.ustream.tv/pixwildlife

www.ustream.tv/pixwoods