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Check Out OKC’s First Pip

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Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Click, the broadcaster behind Alessondra’s OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam. 

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What the heck is a “pip”? And is there really such a thing as a “pip-squeak”? You’d know if you were a regular viewer of Alessondra’s Great Horned Owl Cam. We’re having a ball, or an egg (3 of them this year), in our third year live-streaming on Ustream. Alessondra is our 8 year old homeschooled daughter who discovered a family of Great Horned Owls who regularly perched on her bedroom window planter box. As homeschooling parents who try to leverage every life experience as a learning opportunity, we set up the cam so that Alessondra could have a bird’s eye view of the process from another computer downstairs, and Ustream made this possible. Continue reading

Thanks 2013, Here’s to An Even Better 2014!

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2013 Lookback

2013 was a banner year for Ustream — so much so, that it took us until the last day of January to finish tallying! Here’s a sneak peek, but check out the full look-back HERE (you wont’t be disappointed!).

  • In 2013, we powered our 2 BILLIONTH hour, lifetime. That’s a ton of hours. (You may remember Brad’s post in October: We’re Two Billion Strong, Thanks to You!)
  • We used 2.1 petabytes of storage to record streams in 2013… Click HERE to see what Wikipedia has to say about “Petabyte.” (I needed the refresher)
  • The award for Most Broadcasts Per Capita went to… a twin-island nation between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Any guesses?

See if you’re right, and check out our full report here: http://www.ustream.tv/2013

Tackling Top Issues (Part 1): Production Equipment Workflow

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Today’s Tuesday Tips post is the first of a five-part series, which will focus on how to tackle some of the most common issues our broadcasters face. Kayla D’Alonzo, one of our Customer Success reps, will be sharing advice over the next five weeks, starting with production equipment workflow.

Ustream is the easiest and most powerful platform to broadcast live – it’s as simple as setting up your account, connecting your camera and encoder, and pushing the “GO LIVE” button. Sometimes, however, broadcasters can hit a bump in the road before, during, or after their broadcast. We know at times it can be frustrating figuring out why your audio is out of sync or why your equipment is not working. Perhaps you are experiencing excessive buffering or your broadcast just isn’t showing up on mobile. Don’t worry, Ustreamers: we can help!

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Ukraine Streams by the Numbers

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Activity in Ukriane has continued to heighten, and we’re seeing many people turning to Ustream — broadcasters have taken to their cameras and mobile devices to show the world what’s taking place, while thousands of viewers are given the inside look.  Here a snapshot of what was streamed live yesterday:

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#EuroMajdan has been one of the most-viewed channels over the course of the last two months. In fact, it’s the top-viewed channel on Ustream at this very moment.

We’ve been crunching the numbers and wanted to share some stats:

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Have you used live video to climb the corporate ladder?

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Live video is quickly coming of age as a way to quickly disseminate information to large, engaged audiences. Enterprise users have been our fastest growing segment, and we recently partnered with Wainhouse Research to gather more insight into this growing movement.

Last week, we released the first report in our ongoing Business Video Now series, entitled “Executive Visions of Video in the Workplace.” After surveying 1000+ executives, we got a baseline view into perceived effectiveness of live video in the workplace. Download the full paper here.

In case you missed it, Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO and founder, and Steve Vonder Haar, Wainhouse senior analyst, hosted an interactive webinar today to talk about the findings.  Continue reading

Learning is fun again, the Mustang way!

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Yesterday, we went back to school… and boy have things changed! Paperback books, heavy binders, multi-colored pens for note-taking, even lockers — all things of the past. Instead, students are given iPads, classrooms are set up with big TV screens, and even the library looks like a lounge!

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Now this just isn’t any ordinary school (nor is it the high school I went to). Tucked at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and wedged in between Watsonville and Gilroy, is the 100-acre digital Disneyland, formally known as Monte Vista Christian School (MVCS). Home to nearly 1000 students (middle and high school), MVCS fuses old and new, bridging the gap between education and new media.  Continue reading

Determining the state of LIVE: Wainhouse Research to study booming Internet video market for live business communications

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Cisco regularly tracks and forecasts the impact of the rapidly growing Internet video industry. In its latest 2013 Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, the networking giant notes that Ustream, YouTube and other video-streaming services – also known as content delivery network (CDNs) – are becoming the dominant method of delivering online video to computers, TVs and other devices.

While CDNs carried an estimated 53 percent of all global Internet video traffic in 2012, Cisco expects that figure to reach 65 percent in 2017. By then, it forecasts, consumers around the globe will be downloading or streaming three times more online video to their PCs than they did in 2012, or more than 46,000 petabytes a month. That’s enough to fill more than 1 billion DVD discs. Continue reading