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Ustreamer Chris Pirillo in BBC News Online

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Chris Pirillo, one of Ustream’s earliest adopters and most prolific broadcasters, was recently covered by none other than the internationally renowned BBC News. Darren Waters, official BBC News tech blogger @ dot.life, pens an entry matter-of-factly entitled “In praise of Pirillo” which it then – matter-of-factly — goes on to do. Thanks to Pirillo, Ustream.TV is now also a BBC News worthy entity – thanks Chris!

The entry ostensibly celebrates Chris’ 1000th YouTube posting as a jumping point to delve into the innovative, multi-point models Chris has employed to self-publish and distribute content online. The Ustream community is lucky enough to follow Chris’ entrepreneurial adventures everyday on both his Ustream channel and his own site, Chris.Pirillo.com

The entry runs through many of the developing hallmarks of successful video content distribution in the new online world, including long-tail sensibilities…

“My model for publishing video on YouTube is not to have seven people watch one video but to have one person watch seven videos.”

… interactivity, especially of the real-time variety…

“During live broadcasts viewers can leave comments that appear live on screen and are later embedded in the YouTube video.”

… multi-point distribution and social networking…

“He has a blog, a Twitter feed, the YouTube channel, a live channel and is one of the most networked people imaginable.

… which all leads to a groundbreaking formula for success in the new media world:

“Audiences for his YouTube videos are in the hundreds and in total more than 668,000 people have watched them. But it’s not about the size of the audience it’s about the strength of the community… Pirillo talks to his audience in a way that mainstream media – the BBC included – is only beginning to understand.”

Chris Pirillo is an instructional example of utilizing Ustream as a critical component of an overall media brand building. Social media platforms like Ustream.TV are lowering the barriers for distribution on many fronts, so you can concentrate on what you do best: producing compelling content.

As the bottlenecks of limited distribution break apart in the new media age, it’s possible for anyone for anyone to become the next Chris Pirillo. That is, content producer as owner and entrepreneur. Marc Andreessen — founder of Netscape, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and overall really smart guy –- intelligently writes at length about the emerging new media entertainment industry as “Hollywood Rebuilt in Silicon Valley’s Image”, and the attendant “producer-as-entrepreneur” filling its ranks. Both entries are great, detailed reads for anyone seeking to become the next Chris Pirillo of (fill in your passion here).

So go ahead and let Ustream.TV do all the heavy lifting for you, so you too can produce the type of content that will find you in the BBC News; the online edition, of course!

Watch the man preach the good word:

Democracy in Action: Ustream.TV OFFICIAL Live Video Provider for 2008 GOP National Convention

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Confirming the power of live video interaction in the political arena, Republican Convention President and CEO Maria Cino today announced Ustream.TV as the event’s Official Live Video Streaming Provider. The announcement was made during a news conference broadcast live over the Convention’s official Ustream.TV channel, featuring Cino and our very own, Brad Hunstable.

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“Partnering with Ustream.TV sends a clear message that the Republican Party wants the Internet generation and all people – from Party loyalists to casual observers – to be part of the 2008 Republican National Convention,” said Cino. “Anyone with computer and Internet access will be guaranteed a front-row seat to history through www.GOPConvention2008.com, as we formally nominate the next President and Vice President of the United States.”

In addition to live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, the Ustream.TV broadcasting platform will be used to proactively engage bloggers and traditional media outlets unable to travel to Minneapolis-Saint Paul for the event. As part of the pioneering effort, convention and other Republican officials will be scheduled to participate in live video web chats and other online interviews, using Ustream.TV’s platform, leading up to and during the Republican National Convention.

“The Republican Party continues to embrace innovative means to communicate our strong message to the American people and the rest of the world,” said Republican National Committee Co-Chair and Convention Chairman Jo Ann Davidson. “New and existing mediums alike are being utilized to promote the ideas of lower taxes and less government; keeping America secure; and letting patients and doctors, not government, make important health care decisions.”

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The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from September 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPconvention2008.com.

Check out the bubbling blogsphere buzz that has beaten us to the punch here and here.

“Tresa Street Live” Concert Series Debuting on Ustream, Feb. 1

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Singer, songwriter and performer Tresa Street s set to debut her live concert series this Friday, Feb 1, 7:30 PM Central. The hour long show called “Tresa Street Live” will be broadcast on Friday nights from the Long Hollow Jamboree, just outside Nashville in Goodlettsville, TN.

In another progressive benchmark typical of Ustream’s artists, Tresa’s music performed during the show will be licensed through B.M.I and ASCAP via their new “Media License”. The new license allows Tresa flexible, DIY control of her music in all of her online endeavors to promote shows, attract new fans, introduce and sell new Indie music (both CD’s and downloads), and offer talent buyers a front row seat to see Street perform.

Tresa Streets is pioneering a balance between online brand building and content control in the emerging new music industry. The cost of music production, distribution and promotion has lowered to the point that artists can now start to build viable music careers without major label backing. Ustream.TV is a great example of an available online platform that offers artists a tool to distribute live content and grow a fan base with genuine, real-time interactions – free of cost and limited only by the artists’ imagination. David Byrne, legendary frontman of Talking Heads, recently penned a great, expansive (and at times, even metaphysical) guide for musicians reviewing the various strategies of traversing the emerging new music industry.

All due respect to all our savvy, talented Ustream artists!

About Tresa Street

Tresa Street first gained international recognition with her 2002 release of a song she wrote called “Naturally”. She has since released two commercial studio CD’s, and developed a worldwide fan base via her web site and her touring activities. She is a member of the CMA and regularly attends the CMA Music Festival.
You can watch the show at www.ustream.tv/tresa or learn more at www.tresastreet.com , www.Ustream.tv , www.ascap.com , www.bmi.com .

Sen. Ted Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama For President – Obama Time?

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Ted Kennedy Endorsing ObamaToday Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed publicly Presidential candidate Barack Obama live on Ustream.TV.  The endorsement comes on the heals of Senator Obama handedly winning the South Carolina primary.  This isn’t the Senator’s first time on Ustream.  He recently streamed his massive rally with Oprah Winfrey.

If you missed the speech, you can view it here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/Yxj2JnO4Zd8S7FyKT.HhuE0MZvteE4Pm
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Hannah Montana Bursts On To Ustream.TV

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hmn6.jpgWow. Ustream.TV experienced the phenomena of Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus first hand tonight.

Thousands of fans from across the country came to Ustream to catch a glimpse and see the red carpet event for Miley’s new movie “HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDShm2.jpg CONCERT.” Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theaters for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

Red Carpet VIPs from the film we saw live were: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, director Bruce Hendricks, producer Art Repola, concert tour producer Kenny Ortega and executive producer Douglas C. Merrifield.

Red Carpet Special Guests: Ashley Tisdale, Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, and Vanessa Williams.

This almost reminds me of the craze of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. This girl is a star.

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Hannah Montana Mania Coming to a Ustream Channel Near You!

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It was the entertainment story of the year: a ticket to Hannah Montana’s colossus “Best of Both Worlds” tour could cost you (or your poor parents) a pretty penny, with prices spiraling up to $3,500 a pop.

But in just a few hours (5:30 PM PST / 8:30 EST, 1/17/08), Miley Cyrus a.k.a. Hannah Montana will be walking the Red Carpet for her “Best of Both Worlds” 3-D premiere… and Ustream will be there LIVE, bringing you the best seats in the house to ask your chatroom submitted questions.

Today, Thursday, January 17, 5:30 PM PST/8:30 PM EST live from the legendary El Capita Theatre in Hollywood — tell a friend, tell a fan, tell your family. Don’t forget to join in on the chatroom to submit your questions while chatting with Hannah Montana fans from around the world.

Walt Disney Pictures is going all out on this one, confirming red carpet appearances from teen stars Jonas Brothers and Ashley Tisdale, as well as Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, Vanessa Williams, and more.

This one’s for the kids!

What: Hannah Montana’s Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie Red Carpet Premiere

When: Thursday, Jan. 17
5:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM EST

Channel: www.ustream.tv/channel/hannah-montana

About HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT
Hannah Montana fans everywhere will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out concert tour on the big screen in HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT. Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theatres for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

Walt Disney Pictures’ HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT is rated G and opens Friday, February 1, 2008

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Iowa Meets New Media: Candidates, Bloggers Go Live On Ustream.TV

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iowa5.jpgLast night was one of the most active political nights I have ever seen on Ustream to date. The results of Iowa Caucuses came in throughout world of new media last night, and Ustream was no exception.

Probably the most interesting live stream was by the Politico.com, a political organization started in early 2007. James Kotecki, a video blogger who does Politico’s PlaybookTV videos, gave great play by play coverage from Iowa Caucus Media Center as the results came in. It was a simple setup: laptop, EVDO card, built in webcam and Ustream by a guy who had opinions and understands the dynamics. This is New Media at its finest.

Two major Republican candidates streamed their post Iowa Caucus press conferences live on Ustream. Republican Senator John McCain was the first of the evening streaming live from New Hampshire to his supporters in Iowa and across the country.

Watch the full video here: McCain Iowa Caucus Speech.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney streamed his post Iowa speech live on Ustream as well. Gov. Romney placed second in the Iowa Caucus telling supporters they got the silver, but will get the gold in New Hampshire.

The next major caucus night is New Hampshire and we expect another great, interactive night!

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Thousands Celebrate 2008 New Year On Ustream.TV

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ny8.jpgWelcome to 2008! And Wow, what a way to end the year!!

Last night Ustream was BY FAR the most happening place on the web to celebrate 2007 and the arrival of 2008.

Tens of thousands of you joined the numerous live concerts, events, podcasts and celebrations with us. I know I personally had a blast.

The highlight of the night was Rock legend Paul Rodgers LIVE in Concert. This was brought to Ustream by our friends at EQ.TV and it was a smash hit. We saw unreleased concert footage and a special interview live with the former Bad Company lead singer.

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich also celebrated with Ustream bringing us his “Resolution For Peace” event. Numerous bands and artists performed for his supporters around the country in preparation for the Iowa primaries.

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We were also treated with several hours of great Salsa dance and music by Salsaunlimited.com!

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Playcafe.com hosted a special New Year’s Eve gameshow. Playcafe is the internet’s first live gameshow on the net. Viewers get to answer a series of questions to win prizes. I’ve played a few times and its a blast!

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Finally, the great people at SQPN (www.sqpn.com) did a New Year’s Eve podcasting marathon to raise money for their 2008 events. From my understanding they raised $14,000 in donations yesterday alone! Fr. Roderick and Greg Willits congrats!

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From all the people at Ustream, we wish you a happy and wonderful new year!