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Ustream is used for change: irfan-değirmenci

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All around the globe, we continue to see broadcasters using our live platform as a means for change and transparency. Last week, several students in Taiwan streamed their activity in protest of Legislative Yuan. Their streams continue to attract a wide audience, already surpassing fifty-thousand viewers. Yesterday, another broadcaster surfaced from Turkey, turning to our platform as a way for his voice to still be heard.

According to Hurriyet Daily News:

The High Elections Board (YSK) ostensibly banned Kanal D television’s morning news show “Günaydın” (Good Morning) and its host, İrfan Değirmenci, from broadcasting on March 24-25 on the grounds that it violated regulations pertaining to the upcoming local elections. 

In response, Değirmenci is continuing his program on Ustream, attracting over 40,000 viewers on March 24. Değirmenci, who is known for his critical commentary on government policies, said he would live-stream his show on March 25 as well.

We support the use of our technology for societal transparency. Learn more about Ustream for Change: http://www.ustream.tv/our-company/change

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Video streaming as a business tool? Casey Zeman will show you how

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Today’s guest blogger is Hanna Brooks Olsen, an Editorial and Marketing Specialist at creativeLIVE. In a previous life, she was a social media manager.

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At this point, most community managers have social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook nailed — but few businesses are using streaming video to build their audience and drive sales. Author and strategist Casey Zeman is out to change that.

In his upcoming three-day course on CreativeLive (free to watch while it airs live!), Casey will walk you through some of the basics of streaming video for business.

What you’ll learn:

  • Equipment basics that help make your videos better and your production smoother
  • Why streaming video communities matter (though, to be honest, you probably already know this) Continue reading

Ustream is used for change: longson3000

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As you may know, we recently launched a new philanthropic program, Ustream for Change. Since 2007, we’ve seen broadcasters around the world using Ustream as a means for transparency and communication. Most recently, we’ve seen a surge in streaming activity in Ukriane and Venezuela. Just this evening (in Taipei), one of our users began streaming, as students occupied the Legislative Yuan. Over 25k viewers are currently watching the events unfold, care of longson3000:

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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