Monthly Archives: August 2011

Weekly Events Calendar 8/29

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——-Monday, August 29———-

Mill Mountain Zoo Announces Birth of a Baby Red Panda!

12pm PT/3pm ET

The Zoo wants the public to be aware that mother pandas are protective and secretive about their young. Frequently mothers build multiple nest sites and transfer the cubs from one site to another. However, the cubs remain in the dens, out of sight, (except during the transfers), until they are between 2 and 3 months old. The Zoo looks forward to sharing this new treasure with visitors as soon as the mother feels comfortable sharing the baby with the public. [clear here]

It’s Zuora Day on Ustream!

1:30-5:00pm PT/4:30-8:00ET

Zuora’s subscription billing and commerce platform changes the way subscription businesses manage and sell to customers, allowing them to bring new products to market in less time, with more flexibility and less hassle. Zuora customers are up and running within 90 days and often recognize 200% ROI within weeks. Zuora is built from the ground up by SaaS industry visionaries and veterans such as salesforce.com, WebEx, Accenture, Google, eBay, Oracle and Vitria.[clear here]

——-Tuesday, August 30———

LAUNCH: Animal Planet’s New Series, “Tanked”: Featuring The National Aquarium

1pm PT/4pm ET

Follow the antics of two brothers-in-law as they run the largest aquarium manufacturing company in the nation! Tanked dunks viewers into the high-decibel, family-owned business of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). Led by business partners, best friends and constant rivals Wayde King and Brett Raymer, this 13,000 square foot facility, located in Las Vegas, produces some of the most outrageous, larger-than-life and one-of-a-kind tanks for some of the most striking fish and clients around. Tanked brings the secrets of the underwater world to the surface with a comedic twist, leaving viewers amazed and enthralled with each project from conception to final reveal. Tune in Fridays at 9 PM E/P, beginning August 19![clear here]

ACUVUE® 1•DAY Celebrity Chat with Meaghan Martin!

4pm PT/7pm ET

You’re tuned into the ACUVUE® 1•DAY Celebrity Chat channel! Have a question for Meaghan? Tune in during her live chat! Your question could be answered live! [clear here]

QVC Awards with Mally Beauty!

6pm PT/9pm ET

What time is it? It’s time to GLAM! Tune in here to get your beauty on with the one and only Mally Beauty! Today’s featured products include Face Defender, High Shine, and Volumizing Mascara! Did I mention there’s free shipping? If you are a cosmetics queen, you don’t want to miss this! [clear here]

——-Thursday, September 1———

YES Movie Premiere on BIZ TV

6pm PT/9pm ET

The great myth that if you grow up, go to school and get your degree, find a job where you work for an employer – many times unrecognized as an individual – but work hard nonetheless, you can climb the ladder to the top. After you put in thirty-plus years of hard work you can one day possibly own a home, have a mediocre savings, and retire. The truth is that many of the individuals who follow down this so called path to success find themselves forced to come out of retirement and rejoin the workforce a few years later often in a minimum wage job and having less freedom. Looking for a way to dodge this situation? If the answer is YES, you found the right place! [clear here]

——-Friday, September 2———

G Series FIT Presents: Q&A with Lacey Stone

11am PT/2pm ET

G Series FIT presents a LIVE Q&A with New York City SUPER-Trainer Lacey Stone! Looking to get back in shape, or maintain that svelte physique? Well get ready to feel the burn here! [clear here]

FastLife Fridays with Joe Jonas

5pm PT/8pm ET

FastLife Fridays with Joe Jonas LIVE! What more can I possibly say? It’s Joe Jonas! [clear here]

And last but not least…..

BURNING MAN! LIVE ALL WEEK & THROUGHOUT LABOR DAY WEEKEND!

Words cannot even do this event justice. Be sure to tune in to catch the awesome insanity that is Burning Man. Celebrating its 25th year! [clear here]

HURRICANE WATCH on Ustream

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With Irene barreling down on the East Coast, ‎Ustream is in full-on HURRICANE WATCH! But we need your help to spread the word, so whether you’re evacuating, boarding up your windows, or heading for higher ground, GO LIVE and show the world what you see! Email your broadcasts to hurricanewatch@ustream.tv or post them in the comments and your stream might be featured!

If you’re looking for the latest news updates on Hurricane Irene, stay tuned to our News page all weekend.

**UPDATE**
We asked, you responded!

Many thanks to all the broadcasters who answered our call to action for severe weather coverage of Hurricane Irene!
Here is our list of Hurricane Irene broadcasts, be sure to check back for updates!

(You can find update alerts on our Twitter & Facebook accounts too)

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricanewatch
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weather7
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-cam—wilmington-nc
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-hurricane-irene-coverage
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricanetrack-com
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricanecity-stream
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-hasbrouck-heights-nj
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/solaquarium
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-coverage
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-storm-report-live
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-camp-lejeune
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/storm2011
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/goodnight-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sheraton-atlantic-beach—irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nyc-hurricane-cam1
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ia
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-long-beach-ny
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/southern-chesapeake-hurricane
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/amp-storm
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/solaquarium
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/streaming-with-marv
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/f8andbethere
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/christiaan-s-lifestream
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cph-fish
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/marylandhurricanewatch
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/marylandwx-weathercam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/amg-live1
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/beasley-irene-cam-2011
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oceans2011
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/atlantic-city-plugged-in
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chasercam-live
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kmov-mobile
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rjbrady
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-severe-weather-webcam

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-lynn-ma
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/outer-banks
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-vs-delaware
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/datalot-hurricane
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-cam—maryland
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nonrate
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/northstorm
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/vacanes
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/broadcastemergency
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/downtownmag-live
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/myfirsttestshowandstuff
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/breaking-world-news
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-cam-2-newark-ave-jersey-city-nj
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nyc-hurricane-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irene-hurricane
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-webcam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurriquakeornado-2011
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/trompetamisioneraeng
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/quincyma-v-hurricane-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cisco-tv
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene1
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane49
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-vs-gwb
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/stormageddon-2011
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irene-updates-from-cape-hatteras
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lanes-cove-live
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-in-pa
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gardner-hurricane-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cmc0823-hurricane-cam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/texaschaser.com—storm-chasing
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/topshelfnetwork
http://ustream.com/channel/irenede
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-2011—norfolk
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricaneirenehr
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-cam-live-winthrop-ma-near-boston
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/24-7-news
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wrath-of-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/time-out-new-york-office-view
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/live-2m-receiver-random-freq
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irene-in-leesburg
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shed-cam—bergen-county-nj
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/gtrips-hurricane-irene-cam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-mullica-hill-nj
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ma-rt-9-window-cam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/new-york-hurricane-party
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bowler4ever
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/l2coulterweather
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-long-beach-ny
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/current-weather1
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weatherbroadcast
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urbana-town-center-cam
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irene7
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/my-view-from-here
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-outer-banks
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/donohue
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-uws
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ray-naylor-hurricane-irene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/decdenirene
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/antnard
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irenelivefromnj
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wildlife-distraction
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bstarcher75
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/irene-11211
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-ulster-county-ny
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/raymaster92
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weathernyclive
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/slavic-s-test
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/larry-and-sto-show-1-29
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dave181024
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/hurricane-irene-watch—nyc
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/frank2982

Ustream Launches Producer 2.0!

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Hi!

Alden Fertig, Product Manager for Broadcasting here at Ustream.

We’re very excited to announce today we will be releasing version 2 of our popular Producer broadcasting software.

Learn more and download it here.

Version 2 is packed with new features and improvements to make your broadcasts better than ever.

In addition, we are announcing a new professional-grade option: Ustream Studio.

What’s new in Producer 2.0

All Versions: Free, Pro, Studio

  • Improved encoding engine.
  • Clear on-air / off-air indicator.
  • Optimized encoding presets, updated for higher quality.
  • Real-time bandwidth monitoring.
  • Desktop presenter now features audio capture as well as video capture.  Making it easier to incorporate sources such as live Skype video chat calls.

Pro

  • User defined encoding settings.  Make your own custom presets.
  • Record to disk.  Record to your local hard drive at the same time as your Ustream account.

Studio

  • Chroma Key and Virtual Sets. Give your broadcasts a professional edge.
  • Audio Inspector.  Full control over your audio sources including an audio delay to ensure perfect a/v sync.
  • Support for IP Cameras.  Built-in support for select popular models: Axis 211W, P1344 and M1104, Sony SNC-RZ50, Cisco WVC80N

Pricing

The basic version of Producer is still Free, Pro is still $199 and the new Studio version is $549.  Existing users who have a Pro license can upgrade to Pro version 2 for free.  Simply download the update and the license carries over.  Pro license holders can upgrade to Studio for $349.


Get the new version now!

Ustream Named One of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces

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Hey Ustreamers!

We’re excited to announce that Ustream has just been named one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the United States! This award is especially important to us because it recognizes the fact that Ustream takes the time to engage and connect with its employees. We’re a passionate bunch, and we really appreciate being rewarded for our openness with our leaders and customers. So first and foremost, thanks to each and every one of YOU, our broadcasters, and viewers, for helping us create and build the live platform that gets us excited to come to work every day. We couldn’t do it without you.

Check out the list of prestigious winners right here.

Weekly Events Calendar 8/22

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——– Tuesday, Aug. 23 ——–

PGA Tour Press Conferences
Beginning at 7am PT/11am ET
Catch live conferences from the PGA Press Tour with Luke Donald, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, and Keegan Bradley. [clear here]
Snoop Dogg World Record Attempt for most Retweets
Snoop is a familiar face on Ustream and we’ve shared many moments with him over the years thanks to his frequent broadcasts. On Tuesday he’s going to attempt to shatter the Guiness World Record for most retweets on twitter in a 24-hour period, and he’s going live to share the experience with his fans! [clear here]

Isaac Carree Album Release Party
4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET
Isaac Carree got his start as one of the front vocalists from one of the most well-known all-male Gospel groups of all time, Men of Standard. Join him as he celebrates the release of his latest solo studio album live on Ustream! [clear here]

Mally Beauty Travel Theme
6pm PT/9pm ET
Join makeup artist Mally Roncal for a show covering how to travel light with your makeup! She’ll be showcasing three products from her line that make the job easier: The Perfect Palette, Eye Gel, and Go the Distance lip color. [clear here]
——– Wednesday, Aug. 24 ——–

UFC 134 Pre-Presser
9am PT/12pm ET
UFC 134 is going LIVE from Rio, Brazil on Saturday, so be sure to tune in for the pre-presser live on Ustream. Fighters Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami are set to enter the ring for the headlining fight, along with fights by Forrest Griffin, Shogun Rua, and more. [clear here]
Stardoll Web Chats with Cast of Lemonade Mouth and Jennette McCurdy
10am PT/1pm ET and 2pm PT/5pm ET
Stardoll brings fans an exclusive chance to chat with the all-star cast of the musical drama film Lemonade Mouth, followed by a chat with iCarly star Jennette McCurdy. Get your questions ready! [clear here]

Eve Live Performance Benefiting the National Breast Cancer Coalition
5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET
Singer Eve is going live to give a special performance to benefit the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The Coalition’s goals are to improve the public policies surrounding breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. Be sure to support Eve and breast cancer survivors by tuning in! [clear here]

——– Thursday, Aug. 25 ——–

ASU TV Changing Planet Town Hall: Adapting to Our Water Future
Arizona State University Television presents a town hall to discuss how our planet is changing. A panel of scientists and policy makers will discuss how shifting climate patterns are affecting our freshwater resources, and how to develop more sustainable water practices for the future. [clear here]
Borderline Amazing Comedy: Ask Roy
6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET
Roy Handler is back on Ustream for another episode of Ask Roy! Chelsea Handler’s brother is so good at giving advice, he once convinced a cow to try a hamburger. He’s that good. [clear here]
——– Friday, Aug. 26 ——–

Madden NFL 12 Launch Party
9am PT/12pm ET
EA Sports Dev team sits down for live gameplay (3 hours of it!) so you can see the game in action before the game hits shelves Aug. 30. [clear here]

FearLess TV Alex Bogusky Interview with Al Gore
11am PT/2pm ET
See former Crispin Porter + Bogusky creative chief Alex Bogusky interview former Vice President Al Gore about his eye-opening new Climate Reality Project kicking off on September 14th. [clear here]

UFC 134 Weigh-Ins
12pm PT/3pm ET
See the live weigh-ins before the big fight on Saturday between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami. [clear here]

FastFridays with Joe Jonas
4pm PT/7pm ET
Joe Jonas is back this Friday with another quick chat to talk about what he’s doing. It will be your chance to catch up with him and ask questions during his hectic schedule, so be sure to join his Ustream crowd so you don’t miss it! [clear here]
Gregory Gorgeous Live
6pm PT/9pm ET
They don’t call him Gregory Gorgeous for nothing. Join Youtube superstar Gregory Gorgeous for a live chat that touches on everything from movies and TV, to makeup tips & tricks. He may be a boy, but chances are he can still do a better smoky eye than you. So tune in and learn a little something. [clear here]
CreativeLIVE: Anatomy of a Photoshoot
Friday, 8/26 – Sunday, 8/28
Ever wondered what goes in to doing a professional photo shoot? Well tag along with photographer Mark Wallace for a weekend and find out! He’ll go through everything from lighting, to equipment, to setup, to post-production. [clear here]
——– Saturday, Aug. 27 ——–
UFC 134 Fight Day and PPV Fight
First, watch Heavy MMA’s coverage of UFC 134 starting at 2pm PT/5pm ET, followed by the main event on the UFC Channel beginning at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET. [clear here]

Introducing… [drum-roll]….Ustream Pro Broadcasting!

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The Next Generation of Ad-Free Broadcasting:

Last November, Ustream launched Ad-Free Broadcasting, a simple way for broadcasters to remove ads from their video and channel pages. Since that time, we’ve helped thousands of broadcasters send their message directly to their viewers.  Today, the Ustream Product and Engineering team is excited to announce the next evolution of Ad-Free: Ustream Pro Broadcasting.

With Ustream Pro Broadcasting, users will get all the benefits of an ad-free package with a ton of great new features to customize the broadcasting experience. To top it off, we’re giving away all of these new features for the same price as our previous ad-free plans. Each plan comes with a different set of features, so check the Pro Broadcasting overview to see which package is right for you.

New Pro Broadcasting features:

So what are these awesome new features? Here are just a few of the new benefits that are available!

  • Ad-Free Broadcasting – Ustream Pro Broadcasting packages remove all in-video ads, as well as display ads on your channel page. Each package comes with a set number of “Viewer Hours” (one viewer for an hour, two viewers for half an hour each, etc.  There is a “Viewer Hour Calculator” on the pro broadcasting page to help you decide how much you need)
  • Ustream Extensions –  Extensions is Ustream’s new “widget” framework that will allow you to integrate outside services to increase your social media fanbase, sell products, or just promote yourself with custom banners. Current extensions include Facebook Fan Page Like ButtonTwitter Follow Button, iTunes Promotion, Amazon Promotion, Thumbplay Ring Tones, and Custom Uploaded Banners. We’ll be adding new services in the coming months.
  • Branding: Want to control the look and feel of your broadcast? Co-branding allows you to upload and add your own logo to the Ustream player. Not a fan of the “Ustream Live” logo? Get rid of it with the Full-Branding make the player 100% you!
  • IFrame Access: Subscribers to the Enterprise package will have direct access to three html iframes within the channel page. These iframes allow you to embed banners, maps, widgets, and pretty much anything else you would need to customize your channel
  • Embed Controls: With Embed Restriction, broadcasters who want absolute control over the distribution of their content are able to specify a set of domains where their streams can be embedded. Broadcasters who purchase the enterprise package will also be able to remove their content from the Ustream site by hiding their live channel pages.

From the Ustream Archives: The Hatch of Decorah Eaglet E-3

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HighlightsByLakeshia Proudly Presents:

The Hatch of Decorah Eaglet E-3

Decorah Eaglet Flashback: The Hatching of E-3

We laughed, we cried, we watched over 200 MILLION times. The Decorah Eagles are easily the biggest celeb on Ustream (sorry Beliebers) and their fanbase is 2nd to none.

Now that our beloved Eaglets have fledged, many fans are taking a walk, er flight down memory lane, reliving all those precious moments we witnessed over the last couple of months. Thanks to the release of never seen footage on the Decorah Channel, and my keen eagle eye senses (pun intended) l am proud to present one of my finest highlights: The hatching of E-3!

Hold the applause please, I have more news! As I continue to review all the wonderful footage Bob has been so gracious to let us watch, I will continue to post every golden moment I find on a weekly basis. Highlights will be added weekly of Decorah moments that made us fall head over heels (er, talons) with the Decorah Eagles every week.

I am proud to present, for the very first time, the actual hatching of Decorah Eaglet E-3 on Ustream

(Tip: If your eyes get a little watery, just blame it on allergy season)

This Week in Product: New Channel Features – (Social Stream Moderators, mRSS and Video Player Auto-Resize).

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Hi there!

Alden from the Ustream Product team here.

Broadcasters,  we’ve added three new features to help you control the experience on your channel. All three are live today:

I. Add Moderators to the Social Stream
II. Automatic Player Re-sizing
III. Video mRSS Feeds

I. Social Stream Moderators

Now your chat moderators are also your social stream moderators. In the “Chat and Videos Widget” settings in the Dashboard, you can add moderators.  If you’ve already added moderators for your IRC chat, these moderators now work for both your chat and your Social Stream.

Start typing a user name and it will auto-fill. Select a name and it will be added to the list.

Once you’ve added someone as a moderator, all they need to do is:

1. Go to your channel page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/this-is-my-channel-name

2. Login to their Ustream account

3. Mouse over the messages in your Social Stream.

Upon mouseover, your moderator will see small text links that say “Ban” and “Delete” at the end of each message. Click these to ban a user or delete a message in the social stream. It’s a “silent ban,” so the user who typed the message will continue to see their messages appear, but the messages won’t be visible to anyone else.

II. Player Auto-Resize

Some broadcasters broadcast in 4:3 (squarish, old television aspect ratio) and other broadcasters use 16:9 (widescreen). About a year ago we switched our standard viewer to favor 16:9 widescreen broadcasts, because the majority of broadcasts are done in this aspect ratio.  However, there is still a lot of content being produced in 4:3, so this was resulting in a smaller player and black bars on the side.  We developed a new smarter player that detects the incoming broadcast and resizes accordingly.  The result?  No more black bars!

See the before and after below:

Before:

After:

Next, we’re working on a feature that will help call the animals to the pond when you’re watching. Release date TBD.

III. mRSS Feed for All Videos / Highlights

Using the URL http://www/ustream.tv/channel/[channelname]/videos.rss for Videos or http://www/ustream.tv/channel/[channelname]/highlights.rss, you can pull an mRSS feed of the videos and highlights, respectively, for a given channel. This can be used by broadcasters to create dynamic widgets based on their channels as well as implement Ustream videos on their website in a dynamic manner (similar to an API). The RSS feed contains the following data:
  • media:content – type, medium, duration, height, width
  • media:title
  • media:description
  • media:thumbnail
  • media:category
  • media:backLinks — This is the link back to the ustream video/highlight page
  • media:player – This is URL to the video page
  • media:embed — These are the embed parameters if you want to automatically generate a video player embed
  • media:price – This is the price of the video, only included if this is PPV or Subscription content

Well, that’s all for now. We’ve got a few more updates coming to the Social Stream that we’ll talk about later this week!

Weekly Events Calendar 8/15

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——– Monday 8/15——–

Acuvue Chat with Allyson Felix
4pm PT/7pm ET
Chat with two-time Olympic medalist track & field athlete Allyson Felix in this first episode of the Acuvue 1-Day Chat.

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Oxygen Hair Battle Spectacular 2 Premiere Event
6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET
Join the cast of the Bad Girls Club, New Orleans for a live hair battle! The event will be hosted by Eva Marcille and Derek J, as two contestants from “Hair Battle Spectacular,” Bossa Nova and J9, will compete live in the salon to create the best fantasy hair style. [clear here]

——– Tuesday, 8/16 ——–

PGA Tour Pressers
Times TBD
Don’t miss live coverage of the PGA Tour. Golfers will be stopping by the press tent to answer questions live. [clear here]

Chase Jarvis Live with Tim Ferriss
11am PT/2pm ET
Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007” and Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” is an angel investor (StumbleUpon, Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.) and author of the new #1 New York Times bestseller, The 4-Hour Body. Join celebrity photographer Chase Jarvis as he hosts a provocative discussion with the “Indiana Jones” of the digital age. [clear here]

TLA: Fantasy Football
2pm PT and 2:40pm PT (5pm ET and 5:40pm ET)
Join the Learning Annex for two back-to-back classes on how to have a winning Fantasy Football strategy! Learn how to pick the best team, make the best moves, and ultimately be the envy of everyone in your Fantasy Football pool. [clear here]

Ricki Lake Visits Ustream HQ
5pm PT/8pm ET
Poised to return to daytime television with the all-new THE RICKI LAKE SHOW in the fall of 2012, Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her candid, “straight talk” sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. We’re  so excited to have her as a guest at Ustream HQ! Tune in and you can have an opportunity to ask her your questions live! [clear here]

——– Wednesday 8/17 ——–

NASL Match 84: Carolina Railhawks vs. Minnesota Stars
3:45pm PT/6:45pm ET
See another matchup in the North American Soccer League in high quality for FREE! [clear here]

Live Chat with Vet Oncologist
Learn about the latest pet cancer treatment options and have a chance to ask your questions live. The Riedel & Cody Fund is dedicated to the eradication of cancer in pets. [clear here]

——– Thursday, 8/18 ——–

Dalai Lama Live: International Congress on Mindfulness
Thursday, 8/18 – Sunday 8/21
The International Congress on Mindfulness will be held at Hamburg University in Hamburg, Germany, from August 18-21, 2011. Be sure to tune in on Sunday to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak live from 1:30pm-3:30pm PT. [clear here]

Zach Katz Live Chat
6pm PT/9pm ET
Beluga Heights TV gives you an insiders look at super producer J.R Rotem and his label Beluga Heights, whose artists include Jason Derulo, Iyaz, Auburn, Mann, Livvi Franc and Sean Kingston, as well as executives Zach Katz & Tommy Rotem. [clear here]

——– Friday, 8/19 ——–

Bar Method 10th Anniversary Class
2pm PT/5pm ET
Bar Method is going live worldwide! A live class will be led by Founder Burr Leonard, filmed at the Flagship SF Marina studio. [clear here]

Fast Fridays with Joe Jonas
4pm PT/7pm ET
CHANNEL TBD
Join Joe for a quick chat where he’ll talk about everything he’s been up to lately leading up to the release of his new album! He’ll be back every week, so be sure to mark it in your calendars and RSVP to get notified when he goes live! [clear here]

KSCS Last Blast of Summer
5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET
Live coverage of KSCS’ Last Blast of Summer! This summer festival features Country artists including Kix Brooks, Jerrod Neiman, Bradley Gaskin, and Steve Holy! [clear here]

Borderlands 2 Live Gameplay
8pm PT/11pm ET
Join 2K Games for live gameplay of Borderlands 2. This is the first time the game will be streamed to the public, so tune in and get your questions ready! [clear here]

Weekly Events Calendar 8/8

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——– Monday, Aug. 8 ——–

Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights Chat
4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights (JTNL) is a rock band hailing from Dallas, TX. They’re going live to chat and answer fan questions, so tune in! [clear here]

Mom’s the Word by Ragu: Live Chat with Digital Mom Audrey McLelland
5pm PT/8pm ET
Tune in for a live discussion with Digital Mom, Author and Founder of MomGenerations.com, Audrey McClelland. The topic: “When Dinner Time Gets Tough”, an online discussion about tackling various dinner dilemmas – from picky eaters to rushed schedules! [clear here]

Tia and Tamera Live Chat
7pm PT/10pm ET
The 90s’ favorite sisters Tia and Tamera may be all grown up (and Tia has a baby on the way!) but they still take time to connect with old and new fans! Join them during the premiere of their new Style Network show, “Tia and Tamera.” [clear here]
Nikkei Japan Report (English)
7pm PT/10pm ET
Japanese news network Nikkei is partnering with Ustream to bring Japanese and international viewers their nightly news coverage. The English-language feed is live tonight!
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——– Tuesday, Aug. 9 ——–

What’s Trending
10:30am PT/1:30pm ET
Host Shia Lazaar is delving into the hot topics of the day, from iPads and Justin Bieber, to Lollapalooza and the debt crisis. If it’s trending in entertainment, music, news, or technology, it’s covered on What’s Trending. [clear here]
——– Wednesday, Aug. 10 ——–

Dog Training Day!
10am PT/1pm ET
Thinking of bringing a new family member into the household? The Learning Annex is bringing you a set of 5 classes that are a must-see for any prospective or new dog owners. Topics range from choosing a breed to training and socializing your puppy! [clear here]

Make Live Episode 14: Metalworking
6pm PT/9pm ET
Join the DIYers at Make Live for a special episode on metal working! They’ll walk you through how to create useful projects and work with a variety of different metal materials. [clear here]

——– Thursday, Aug. 11 ——–

Colleen Burns: Mom on the Run Back to School Event
9:30am PT/12:30pm ET
Summer is almost over (sad face) but Mom on the Run Colleen Burns and Denise Albert (of the blog Moms and the City) have all the tips you need to get the kids back in gear and prepared for another year at school. Their advice will cover how to shop smart for back-to-school and what your kids do and don’t need! [clear here]

——– Friday, Aug. 12 ——–

Madden NFL 12 Dev Chat
10am PT/1pm ET
Join the dev team at EA Sports for a gameplay session where they’ll answer your questions live! [clear here]

——– Saturday, Aug. 13 ——–

Ames Straw Poll
6:30am PT/9:30am ET
Channel TBD
Join Republican Presidential candidates in Iowa for the Ames Straw Poll, an event that often determines the course of the Republican run for the presidency. This year’s straw poll is being held on the campus of Iowa University, so tune in to see how it plays out! [clear here]

International Rugby Test:
England vs. Scotland
6:30am PT/9:30am ET

France vs. England
11:45am PT/2:45pm ET

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——– Sunday, Aug. 14 ——–

Gavin DeGraw, Live on the Road
1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET
Recording artist Gavin DeGraw goes live again this Sunday to take fans on tour with him! [clear here]

DoSomething Awards on VH1
4pm PT/7pm ET
The DoSomething Awards honor teens who have committed themselves to social change. Tune in for the ceremony and red carpet on Sunday! [clear here]