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Key Features Of The New Ustream iOS App

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Ustream released the new iOS app on August 27th with plenty of new updates and features. Let’s see what’s really under the hood.

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The new iOS app has a modern design with reinterpreted surfaces and features, making content discovery seamless and engaging more viewers on both the larger format iPad screen and on iPhone.

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The app also allows users to upload videos they have recorded on the built-in iPhone camera app and easily create, edit and delete videos, channels and events inside the application. Live streaming capability has also been enhanced, allowing high-quality 16:9 format broadcasting directly from the phone. Users now have the freedom to upload their own pictures and connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts with the application. By expanding the use-cases to encompass capturing short clips intended for on-demand consumption, the Ustream platform is now even more suitable for applications like knowledge sharing and informal training.

 

Deathowl creation – Openduty

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Ustream as a company likes to challenge employees to think outside of the box and fuse in creativity. We believe that being surrounded by unique, innovative people helps develop new ideas.

In February, we hosted an internal Hackathon to give engineers the freedom to work on things they love and to hack solutions that could solve problems to find better ways of doing things at our company.
(To learn more, check out this previous blogpost)

We hoped that in a few months, one or two of the Hackathon projects would become a reality and make it into the product as a feature or a completely new application.

Some of our developers needed a tool to make their life easier. Instead of purchasing an already available product, they gathered together and developed their own tool, now called Openduty. (You can see the source on Github)

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The OpenDuty project is an alarm aggregation and dispatching service built for system administrators and support teams on call duty. When an incident happens regarding our server or service, this tool provides a proper alerting system for quick notification. This development will automatically route actionable alerts when a problem occurs and determine whom to contact.

Till the end of the Hackathon contest an internal SMS gateway, a Pagerduty compatible REST API, and a basic admin dashboard was developed. The team succeeded to send automated SMS and phone call notifications for a given alert, escalate it according to a calendar, and see logs according to the failures in the system.

In 2 months they have build a Beta version and started implementing new bells and whistles.

Today, Openduty collects alerts from monitoring tools, provides an overall summary of the alerts and allows users to build notification rules. It provides also the freedom to set up multiple levels of coverage, so if the “primary” on-call person doesn’t respond to an alert in a timely fashion, it’s automatically escalates to a “secondary” person, and so on. The system integrates with GTalk, Push notification, Phone and Text Message (operates through Twilio).

The idea came from Bálint Csergő (Deathowl) who works as an Infrastructure engineer at Ustream Hungary. He and his team constantly work on new ideas to make Ustream’s service better.

We welcome any feedback or ideas regarding this project!

Need a break? We’ll keep your room just as you left it!

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Introducing the new Paused Pro Subscription feature

Ok, so you got to the point where you are unsure whether you want to continue with your Pro Broadcasting plan. We understand. We can give you some space. But why start over from scratch when you realize that you do need some Ustream in your life?

On Wednesday, April 16 the Ustream development team released the Pause Subscription Feature for Pro broadcasting package users.

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Ustream Collaborates with Verizon

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Here at Ustream, we take pride in having the best streaming experience from mobile devices. Whether you’re capturing your child’s soccer game or breaking news, we make sure your special moments can be shared with friends and family across the globe.

That’s why we’re excited today to announce that we’ve collaborated with Verizon Wireless, America’s Largest and Most Reliable Wireless Network, to bring new features to our Android users. Verizon Wireless subscribers with participating Android devices will get their own Verizon channel with some great new features:  Continue reading

Biz 101 – Tackle Broadcasting Like a Pro

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Last week, the Seattle Seahawks raised the 12th man flag atop the Space Needle; creating a powerful visual for an entire city to rally behind their winning team. Thanks to their Ustream broadcast, this special moment was not only shared by onlookers and the city of Seattle, but Seahawks fans around the world. By harnessing the power of live, the Seahawks have initiated a hub for fans to connect and engage with their favorite team.

We can’t guarantee a Super Bowl ring, but these helpful tips inspired by the Seahawks and other NFL teams will definitely help you win big in your broadcasts (insert end-zone dance here).

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Ustream’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide For All Of Your Live Video Needs

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Getting started with live video streaming doesn’t require the best, most expensive, or high-tech equipment.  With just a few simple gadgets you, and the people on your holiday shopping list, can be ready to easily stream high quality content for a low price.

If you are looking for that last minute gift for a novice streamer or a professional; read on for some of our favorite devices and accessories from 2013. Continue reading

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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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.

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’!