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Ustream and Huffington Post announce web-exclusive content agreement for live citizen journalism footage of raw breaking news content

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Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream to Cheers Partnership with a Live-Broadcast Press Announcement Exclusively on Ustream at 3:30 p.m. EST

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– June 27, 2012Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced an exclusive agreement with Huffington Post that grants the media outlet access to live-streaming videos from Ustream’s citizen journalists to embed on its breaking news pages. As citizen journalism continues to rise, Ustream has become the popular choice to stream live breaking news reporting. Now by partnering with Huffington Post, Ustream’s live on-the-street content will reach the media outlet’s almost 37 million monthly readers and viewers to provide a diverse perspective of late breaking events around the world.

 At 3:30 p.m. (EST) sharp, be part of the groundbreaking exclusive live-press announcement event with Editor-In-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream Brad Hunstable by watching and providing commentary through Ustream’s exclusive social stream at Ustream.tv/huffingtonpost.  Additionally, after the live-announcement, Ustream’s up-and-coming Citizen Journalist Luke “We Are Change” Rudkowski will give his perspective on why being a citizen journalist is important for today’s society especially with this generations’ greater access to mobile devices worldwide.

“We launched Off The Bus in 2007 to go beyond the one-dimensional horse-race aspect of election coverage and actually respond to the widespread dissatisfaction about the way campaigns are covered,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. “So I’m delighted that we are partnering with Ustream for Off The Bus 2012, and renewing our commitment to holding politicians accountable and telling the stories that need to be told by tapping into a wide range of voices and perspectives.”

In the last 3 years, Ustream has seen an almost 50 percent increase in use of mobile devices as the main source of viewing content and 1 out of 8 broadcasts are live from mobile devices. With Huffington Post’s exclusive partnership with Ustream – its readers will now have access to on-the-spot footage of historical events such as:

In addition to the partnership, Huffington Post and Ustream are giving a call out for nominations to anyone who thinks they or someone they know has what it takes to be a citizen journalist for this year’s “Off the Bus Cover the Conventions Contest.” Winners selected from the nomination pool will have all their lodging and expenses paid as they report from on the scene of this year’s political conventions in Charlotte or Tampa. Additionally, Ustream will be offering exclusive training and support to the winners to enhance their skills to become an All-Star Ustream citizen journalist. To be considered, send a video (less than 2 minutes) and reasons why you or someone you nominated should cover the convention then email it to offthebus@huffingtonpost.com.

“Citizen Journalism is increasingly democratizing the internet with live Ustream news events playing an important role,,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and co-founder of Ustream. “Our partnership with Huffington Post will further push forward this trend and our mission to enable anyone, anywhere to share their stories. By combining Huffington Post’s world-class news reporting with Ustream’s live video citizen journalism viewers everywhere will now have a raw and unedited perspective of diverse voices on the world’s most important events.”

Over the last three years, Ustream’s development team has designed and created the Ustream mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices making the process of streaming live broadcasts and viewing this content as easy as a touch of a button.

Download the Ustream app and be an Off the Bus Citizen Journalist today! Sign-up at Ustream.tv/huffingtonpost.


About The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The Huffington Post has 36.9 million monthly unique visitors (comScore April, 2012) posting over 6.5 million comments each month. The site has over 30,000 bloggers — from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts — who contribute in real-time on the subjects they are most passionate about. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, Quebec, France, and Spain, with L’Huffington Post Italia scheduled to launch this year.

About Ustream

Ustream Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream’s free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virility across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts and gamers, all which have contributed to Ustream’s Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service.” For more information, visit www.ustream.com and follow Ustream’s socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).

Weekly Digest: CiscoLive, World Cup Qualifiers, and more!

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Evelyn Lozada Live Chat
Monday, June 11 at 7:30p PT/10:30p ET
Now is your chance to ask Evelyn Lozada your most burning, candid questions, including the mystery of why she’s on a show called Basketball Wives when she’s dating NFL player Chad “Ochocinco”…

Ed Sheeran Performs Live at the Bowery Ballroom
Monday, June 11 at 8:15p PT/11:15p ET
To celebrate the US and Canadian release of his new album, songwriter Ed Sheeran will perform LIVE from the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Be sure to tune in and join the party!

CiscoLive
Tuesday, June 12 – Thursday, June 14
It’s time for CiscoLive from San Diego! Cisco CEO John Chambers will deliver a lively keynote, and you can stick around for more talks with Cisco partners and press conferences. [clear here]

Covenant House: Night of Broadway Stars
Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30p PT/7:30p ET
The Covenant House is giving homeless youth the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with Broadway stars! Rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi will be there to receive an award for his charitable work, and the night will be filled with the glitz and glamour of Broadway’s biggest stars.

US/Guatemala World Cup Qualifier
Tuesday, June 12 at 7p PT/10p ET
The US soccer team is going to have to fight hard for their place at the table when they go up against Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Stay tuned for every nail-biting moment and see if the US makes it to the 2014 World Cup.

SEA Swimming Championship
Wednesday, June 13 – Saturday, June 16
The Biennial Southeast Asian Swimming Championships are coming to Ustream! Catch all the action and see some of the best aquatic athletes in the world compete in Backstroke, Freestyle, medleys, and more!

Internews: Journalist Security Onsite and Online
Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30a PT/9:30a ET
CPJ and Internews invite you to join leading journalists and security experts for a discussion on physical and digital safety. Follow and share news about the event using the hashtag #JournoSecurity

Weekly Digest: E3 and Transit of Venus Live!

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E3 Live on Ustream
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (or E3 as it is commonly known) is THE place for gaming companies to unveil their latest releases, and many of the top companies will be streaming their press conferences live on Ustream! Keep reading for a schedule of events.

GameTrailers Live Coverage
Monday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 5
GameTrailers will bring you two full days of E3 coverage and over 50 world exclusives. They’ll be streaming every major press conference from the likes of XBox, EA, Ubisoft, and more. [clear here]

Sony PS3 Press Conference
Monday, June 4 at 5:30p PT/8:30p ET
Sony will hold their highly anticipated PS3 press conference on Monday where they’ll talk more about their newly unveiled partnership with Sound Shapes and what that means for their PS3 console.

Nintendo E3 Press Conference
Tuesday, June 5 at 9a PT/12p ET
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding Nintendo’s expected release of the 2nd generation Wii U console at E3. Be sure to tune in to their live press conference to see what else they have in store for the coming year!

Nintendo E3 Developer Roundtable
Wednesday, June 6 at 6p PT/9p ET
Nintendo’s developer roundtable is where the company’s CEO Mr. Miyamoto has famously unveiled games like The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Brothers. Be sure to tune in to see what new features and games the company will develop next!

Stuff We Like Live Coverage
Monday, June 4 – Wednesday, June 6
Stuff We Like is also live covering E3 and they have a huge library of video game teasers on their channel as well.

 

Transit of Venus
The Transit of Venus is one of the rarest celestial events, and since this will be the last one until 2117–it’s quite literally going to be the chance of a lifetime to see it. Don’t blind yourself staring at the sky though–we have plenty of ways for you to safely see the phenomenon on Ustream.

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Tuesday, June 5 at 2:45p PT/5:45p ET
Smithsonian scientists will explain the significance of this event live, while they broadcast an image from their solar telescope.

 

Stargazers Transit of Venus Live!
Tuesday, June 5 at 3p PT/6p ET
Next up, the planetary enthusiasts at Stargazers will have an excellent (and safe!) view of the sun for you to check out on Ustream.

This Weekend on Ustream

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Wooo Friday’s here! And guess what? We have some fun live events to help you celebrate the weekend. Check them out below!

Hot 97 Summer Jam concert
Sunday, June 2 at 11:30a PT/2:30p ET
With a lineup that includes Nicki Minaj, Wale, Trey Songz (swoon), Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Tyga, and more, it’s going to be, in the parlance of the times, off the chain.

MTV Movie Awards Clevver TV red carpet coverage
Sunday, June 2 at 5:30p PT/8:30p ET
Clevver TV will anchor their own red carpet coverage from the MTV Movie Awards. Their hosts will be interviewing some of the night’s honorees as they make their way inside for the show’s infamous “ celebrity spit swapping and A-List antics” (thanks to MTV for that apt verbiage).

The Perks of Being a Wallflower cast chat and trailer premiere
Sunday, June 2 at 8:30p PT/11:30p ET
Get a first look at the trailer for the silver screen adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Chobsky, as well as the film’s stars–Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller–will also be on-hand for a live Q&A.

Miss USA crowning moment
Sunday, June 2 at 8p PT/11p ET
You know what they say…it’s not a beauty pageant without sequins, hairspray, and the tears that inevitably come when the crown is placed on the perfectly coiffed winner’s head. The action will continue with a backstage view of the moments after the TV cameras stop rolling.

Weekly Events Calendar 5/29

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LiveParanormal Ghost Hunt
Tuesday, May 29 at 6pm PT/9pm ET
Tune in for a live, interactive 48-hour marathon ghost hunt from Prospect Place in Ohio, one of the most haunted locations in the US! The Live Sci Fi team will be there to talk you through every terrifying paranormal moment!

Miss USA
Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm PT/11pm ET
You can watch the 2012 Miss USA prelims live on Ustream on Wednesday! Meet all the gorgeous girls in the pageant and pick your favorites before Saturday’s final show!

 

Ricki Lake Production Meeting
Thursday, May 31 at 4pm PT/7pm ET
For the next Ricki Lake Show production meeting, the team will be discussing the upcoming show promos, finding experts to bring on the show, the Friends of Ricki Community, and lots of other topics! If you’ve ever wanted to sit in on a full-scale production meeting, now is your chance to see what goes into the making of a hit TV show!

Zumiez Couch Tour
Saturday, June 2 at 12pm PT/3pm ET
Check out the Zumiez Couch Tour coming at you live from Sacramento, CA this weekend! The broadcast will include live performances by A Skylit Drive and Daytrader. Tune in for live skating, music, and fun with the Zumiez team!

Hot97 Summer Jam
Sunday, June 3
It’s summertime, which means concert season is officially in full swing. We’re extra excited to bring Ustream viewers the HOT97 lineup for 2012, including Ustream favorite Nicki Minaj, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, J. Cole, Wale, Trey Songz, and many more!

Minnesota Stars FC (NASL) at Real Salt Lake (MLS)
Tuesday, May 29 at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET
Tune in to see a NASL match between the Minnesota Stars and Real Salt Lake!

 

Seattle Seahawks Town Hall with Pete Carroll
Tuesday, May 29 at 7pm PT/10pm ET
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will host a live town hall on Ustream. The event is open to season ticket holders only, but you can tune in live on the Seahawks Ustream channel and tweet questions with #12thManTownHall!

England U19′s v Switzerland U19′s 
Wednesday, May 30 at 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST
European football fans definitely won’t want to miss England U19′s v Switzerland’s U19′s European Soccer Qualifier. Both teams need to win to guarantee they progress in the tournament, so the competition will be fierce!

NASA JPL: NASA Previews NuStar Mission
Wednesday, May 30 at 10am PT/1pm ET
Tune in for the NASA news conference to discuss the upcoming launch of Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) which will be on the hunt for black holes! The NuStar is scheduled to launch on June 13, and scientists hope it will teach us a lot more about mysterious black holes.

Russian Protests: Strategy 31
Wednesday, May 30 at 10pm PT/1am ET
On May 31st thousands of protesters will gather in support of the 31st article of the Russian Constitution (which guarantees citizens’ rights to gather peacefully for marches, vigils, etc). In light of the recent elections in Russia and the wave of civil protests there, it should be a lively and well-documented gathering, and arrests are being anticipated.

Bilderberg Secret Meetings Coverage
Thursday, May 31
Citizen Journalist Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange will be documenting the Bilderberg Group’s annual meeting in Chantilly, VA. These highly secretive, controversial meetings have been taking place since 1954, and bring together around 100 of the world’s top multinational executives, political figures, and others in positions of power.

SeaLaunch Satellite Launch
Thursday, May 31 at 10pm PT/1am ET
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Sea-Launch, a company that launches commercial satellites from floating platforms at the equator, will be launching the IntelSat-19 spacecraft live on Ustream. The action kicks off at 10pm PT, and the llaunch scheduled to occur at approximately 10:23pm PT.

This Week in Highlights: Top 5 Moments from NATO Protests

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The weekend saw thousands of protesters descend on Chicago for the NATO Summit. If you were watching the action live on Ustream, you saw the many live feeds coming through courtesy of a few brave citizen journalists. These journalists, armed with their streaming mobile phones, entered the fray and were able to capture moments of chaos, terror, and solidarity among the Occupy Protesters who gathered to voice their concerns over NATO policies. Here is a collection of some of the most illuminating, terrifying moments captured over the weekend:

1. Ustream Provides “Instantaneous Accountability” for NATO Protesters
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2. Independent Journalists Raided by Police at NATO Summit
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3. Tim Pool Recounts being Raided by Police at NATO Summit
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4. NATO Protesters Clash with Police
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5. Protesters Sing, Cheer as Police Line Retreats

Weekly Events Calendar 5/21

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SpaceX Second Launch Attempt
Tuesday, 5/22 at 12:45a PT/3:45a ET
The SpaceX unmanned rocket will begin its second launch attempt after the first was aborted a half second before liftoff on Saturday. Engineers have been working to fix a mechanical failing in one of the rocket’s 9 engines. If successful, the rocket will be traveling to the international space station!


TechCrunch Disrupt
Monday, 5/21 – Wednesday, 5/23
TechCrunch Disrupt is back on Ustream! Tune in for 3 days of panels and discussions with leading startup founders and find the next big thing!

 

Salesforce: Cloudforce
Tuesday, 5/22 at 1:30a PT/4:30a ET
The worldwide Cloudforce Social Enterprise Tour arrives in London on May 22nd, and you can watch all the groundbreaking announcements live! In addition, hear from the leaders of O2, Burberry, Spotify, Activision, and LinkedIn to hear their stories of Social Enterprise transformation.

Garbage Live in NYC
Tuesday, 5/22 at 6p PT/9p ET
Celebrate the release of Garbage’s new album with a full-on live concert from New York’s Webster Hall!

 

Disney Webcast
Tuesday, 5/22 at 6p PT/9p ET
Melissa Joan Hart, former star of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and current co-star of Melissa & Joey on the ABC Family network, will join Moms Panelists Amanda Ficili and Jill Cooper for a live chat about making summers memorable with your kids!

Redbull Soundspace: Nelly Furtado
Wednesday, 5/23 at 2p PT/5p ET
Singer Nelly Furtado is the next guest artist on the Redbull Soundspace. Tune in on Wednesday to hear her sing new material and some old favorites!

 

Hatchet Attacks 2012
Saturday, 5/26 at 12p PT/3p ET
Jugaloos the world over will be tuning in to Ustream on Saturday for the 2012 Hatchet Attacks! See 6 hours of live performances by Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, ABK, Boondox, DJ Clay, Mike E. Clark, and JCW Wrestling!

Zumiez Couch Tour
Saturday, 5/26 at 12p PT/3p ET
Saturday brings the first stop in the Zumiez Couch Tour live from Seattle, Washington. Tune in for live skate demos and music from The Classic Crime and Daytrader!

 

NASL: Strikers vs. Silverbacks
Starting Friday, 5/25 at 4:30p PT/7:30p ET
See teams the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers take on the Atlanta Silverbacks on their home turf on Friday. [clear here]

 

AFL Games
Friday, 5/25 starting at 5p PT/8p ET
The Arena Football League’s entire 2012 season is live on Ustream! Tune in on Friday to see highly anticipated matchups between the Jacksonville Sharks and Atlanta Predators and Spokane Shock vs. Iowa Barnstormers!

A5N Rugby: Hong Kong vs. Kazakhstan
Saturday, 5/26 at 12a PT/3a ET
It’s time for another Asian 5 Nations Rugby match! See Hong Kong take on Kazakhstan, and get your PPV tickets today!

 

FIIM Swedish Speedway Grand Prix
Saturday, 5/26 at 10a PT/1p ET
Tune in for the 4th race of the 2012 Speedway Grand Prix season. The live racing will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Weekly Events Calendar 5/14

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Loveline
M-F at 10p PT/1a ET
Loveline is live every weeknight with Dr. Drew and co-hosts Mike and Simone. Join them this week for a lineup of special guests. Monday they’ll host the show with living legend John Lydon from the Sex Pistols!

Ben Burgess Chat Presented by Maxim
Tuesday, May 15 at 1p PT/4p ET
Tune in for a live Q&A with songwriter Ben Burgess. He’ll be answering viewer questions about his music. Also, there may or may not be hot girls in bikinis. You’ll have to tune in and see. [clear here]

Macy’s Brazil: A Magical Journey
Tuesday, May 15 at 3:30p PT/6:30p ET
Join Macys for a celebration as they kick off their magical journey to Brazil with a VIP party & concert at Herald Square!

 

Billboard: Battle of the Bands Showdown Concert
Friday, May 18 at 8p PT/11p ET
The top contenders have been chosen in Billboard’s Battle of the Bands Showdown: Saints of Valory, Savannah Outen, Patent Pending, After The Smoke, Take The Day, and Doe Eye. Taio Cruz hosts the showdown concert at the Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards
Sunday, May 20 at 3:30p PT/6:30p ET
Get full-on backstage access during the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday! See Rihanna, Katy Perry, Adele, Justin Bieber, and more mingle backstage before accepting their awards!

 

PGA Tour
PGA Tour pressers this week:
Tue at 8:15a PT/11:15a ET – Nancy Lopez
Tue at 8:40a PT/11:40p ET – Keegan Bradley
Tue at 11a PT/2p ET – Matt Kuchar
Tue at 12p PT/3p ET – Erik Compton
Wed time TBD – Adam Scott
Wed time TBD – Ernie Els

HRTV Live from the Preakness
Wednesday, May 16 – Sunday, May 21
Horse Racing TV will be live from the 137th Preakness Stakes all week. Tune in for live reports from the stakes barn and interviews with owners and trainers. Then keep your computer up to see all the behind-the-scenes action on race day!

Strikeforce Chat with Gilbert Melendez
Thursday, May 17 at 10:30a PT/1:30p ET
As the countdown for his Strikeforce title fight begins, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez answers fan questions live! Log on to hear from El Niño before he steps in the ring with Josh Thomson! Tweet questions with #Strikeforcechat!

Strikeforce Chat with Josh Barnett
Friday, May 18 at 10:30a PT/1:30p ET
One day before he battles for supremacy in the Strikeforce World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament, Josh Thomson sits down with Showtime Sports to answer fight fan questions live on Ustream.

A5N Rugby: Japan vs. Hong Kong
Friday, May 18 at 9p PT/12a ET
It’s time for another Asian 5 Nations Rugby match! See Japan take on Hong Kong, and get your PPV tickets today!

 

 

Secretary Clinton’s Global Town Hall with Civil Society
Wednesday, May 16 at 7a PT/10a ET
Secretary Clinton will host the Global Town Hall event with representatives of U.S. and international civil society, as well as the Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society’s Federal Advisory Committee. Their mission: to illustrate why a strong relationship between governments and civil society is important for democracy.

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

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Whether you’re a gymnastics or a javelin fan, kick off the summer games with us by tuning in for the official Olympic Torch Lighting Ceremony. Starting in Olympia, Greece, the relay will traverse some 8,000 miles of the UK before ending its journey in London. Want to watch it LIVE? Tune in beginning at 12:00 p.m. PT/3:00pm ET on Thursday, May 10 right here.

Weekly Events Calendar 5/7

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Gold Derby
Monday, 5/7 at 12p PT/3p ET
Join special guests Kiefer Sutherland (“Touch” on Fox) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones” on HBO) for this weeks’ live episode! Both stars will dish with Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil on their shows, characters, the Emmys race, and more.

Ricki Lake’s ‘More Business of Being Born’
Monday, 5/7 at 5p PT/8p ET
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Ricki Lake returns to Ustream to chat live about her documentary, “More Business of Being Born.” [clear here]

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Aftershow
Monday, 5/7 at 7p PT/10p ET
Host Christina Milian sticks around for The Voice Aftershow to talk about all the performances and buzz surrounding the new episode! It’s down to the wire with only 4 contestants left, so be sure to tune in and see what happens!

Silversun Pickups on KROQ Soundspace
Tuesday, 5/8 at 11:30a PT/2:30p ET
Indie-rock band the Silversun Pickups will be following up their performance at the KROQ Weenie Roast with an intimate live gig at the KROQ Soundspace. The band’s new album, ‘Neck of the Woods’ comes out the same day.

Nick Jonas and Rose Hemingway Live Q&A
Tuesday, 5/8 at 1p PT/4p ET
Nick Jonas has parlayed his Broadway performance in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” into a spinoff EP album. He’ll be live with his Broadway castmate Rose Hemingway to talk about the show and the album. Use the hashtag #NickEP to ask your questions!

Dove Mother’s Day Twitter Party
Wednesday, 5/9 at 5p PT/8p ET
Make Mother’s Day special. Join the DOVE® Chocolate Mother’s Day Twitter Party and share your favorite Mother’s Day memories with your favorite chocolate.

 

Bing Lounge: Death Cab for Cutie
Friday, 5/11 at 4p PT/7p ET
Swoon! Get your lighters ready, because indie rock three-piece Death Cab for Cutie are next up to perform in the Bing Lounge.

 

Asian 5 Nations Rugby: Korea vs. Japan
Friday, 5/11 at 8p PT/11p ET
In what is perhaps the most highly anticipated matchup of the series, Korea will take on Japan in the upcoming Asian 5 Nations Rugby League. PPV tickets are available now for only $9.99. [clear here]

FIM Mitas Czech Republic Speedway GP
Saturday, 5/12 at 10a PT/1p ET
Live from Prague, tune in for the Speedway World Championships, where intrepid, daredevil motorcycle racers will compete for the top prize! [clear here]

Island Assault 4: Viloria vs. Romero
Saturday, 5/12 at 6p PT/9p ET
Two of the world’s top flyweights will be in action on Saturday for the Island Assault 4 PPV boxing event. The fight is taking place in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines and is distributed in the US by Integrated Sports.