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Thousands Watch LIVE Pool Tournament on Ustream.TV

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LIVE Pool Tournament on Ustream.TVThis past weekend was witness to yet another Ustream.TV first- a LIVE Pool Tournament. The folks at Shooters in Olathe, KS streamed a 10-ball ring game tournament for the world to watch last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Over the course of the entire weekend, nearly 20,000 people caught some portion of this event. The entry fee for the tournament was $3,000 and we have not yet heard, but are eagerly awaiting, the winner’s name and purse!

“Once again we see the excitement and power of interactive live video from Ustream.TV. We see a future one day when there are hundreds of pool tournaments live online every weekend,” says John Ham, Founder of Ustream.TV.

Congrats on a very successful Ustream event…

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Ustream.TV Partners with Warner Music Group to Connect Online Fans With New Artists via Live Interactive Video

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Freekey Zekey of Asylum Records Chats Live and Answer Fan Questions About His Debut Album, “Book of Ezekiel”

Ustream.TV and Freekey Zekey Press ConferenceHip hop artist Freekey Zekey, under contract with WMG’s Asylum Records, connected live with his fans on the day of his debut album release, “Book of Ezekiel.” Thousands of fans from across the globe were be able to interact with Freekey Zekey via three different websites: Ustream.TV, AllHipHop.com and Freekey Zekey’s MySpace. The Ustream.TV live streaming video platform was used for all three websites. Freekey Zekey answered questions and provided information about his new album, music videos and pending tours.

“Artists, who typically spend a great deal of time finding new ways to connect with their fans online, can now use Ustream.TV as a new and highly appealing way to really connect with their fan bases – in a live web environment,” said Jeff Sharon, Asylum Records. “Working with Ustream.TV is a very efficient way to bring our artists to the world and give fans an exciting opportunity to interact with them.”

“WMG’s Asylum Records understands the power of steaming live video to engage and expand a fan base, and both artists and fans will be energized by how they can connect in a way that was never before possible,” said Chris Yeh, CEO of Ustream.TV. “This partnership is a natural fit for Ustream and demonstrates how our platform is helping people create, broadcast, discover and archive entirely new, interactive video experiences.”

You can learn more about Freekey Zekey and his new album at myspace.com/freekeyzekey

Freekey Zekey Press Conference LIVE on Ustream.TV

Politics Web 2.0: Senator John Edwards Streams LIVE on Ustream.TV

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Presidential Candidate Senator John Edwards LIVE on Ustream.TVTonight, presidential candidates John Edwards and Chris Dodd made history by Ustreaming live video Q&A sessions after the Democratic debate on CNN and reached thousands of viewers.

Until now, candidates and politicians have used the Internet to get messages out and raise money. Ustream gives them a way to engage voters in a real conversation.

For most of the history of politics and television, candidates have sought to control the message with spin doctors, attack ads, and sound bites. Ustream lets candidates cut through these layers of obfuscation and engage directly with voters in a way that no recorded video can.

In a real sense, Ustreaming is a throwback to an earlier era, when politics was a live event and politicians would take the train from town to town, trying to appear before as many voters as possible.

We invite all candidates to join John Edwards and Chris Dodd in Ustreaming. It’s the right tool to provide interactivity, participation, and authenticity.

But don’t take it from us–here’s what other bloggers had to say:

Jennifer Jones: “The use of social media will decide the outcome of the election.”
http://www.mpdailyfix.com/2007/07/social_media_in_politics.html

Ustream advisor Shel Israel: “The internet is beginning to restore the democracy part of the elective process.”
http://redcouch.typepad.com/weblog/2007/07/online-video-br.html

Ustream advisor Jeremiah Owyang: “The web is empowering everyone to communicate and for figures in power to reach others, and be more human.”
http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2007/07/21/john-edwards-to-ustream-this-monday-after-debate-you-can-ask-questions/

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Ustream Extends The Magic Of Harry Potter

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Ustream Extends The Magic of Harry PotterNo one is untouched by the Harry Potter phenomenon, not even Ustream.

The good folks at MuggleNet have put up a Ustream feed of themselves eagerly devouring Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. They’ve turned off the audio to avoid inadvertently giving away any spoilers (“My God! I can’t believe that Severus Snape and Mrs. Dursley were having a secret affair!”), but it’s a testament to the magic of Harry Potter that over 1,000 Harry Potter fans are tuning in just to watch other fans silently reading a book.

And naturally, Ustream is proud to be a part of it, just as we’re proud to be a part of whatever you’re passionate about. MuggleNet, we salute you.

Singer Matthew Ebel Performs LIVE Concert On Ustream.TV

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Ustreamer Matthew EbelPopular Ustreamer Matthew Ebel today performed a “Rainy Day Concert” LIVE on Ustream.TV from Block Island.

He’s been called a soulful white guy, an acoustic geek-rocker, and the love child of Elton John and Billy Joel. His fans know him as everything from Matthew to Birdman to simply “Hot Wings”. Whatever you call him, though, Matthew Ebel is more than just a singer-songwriter, he’s a space pirate captain that takes his fans and friends beyond the mundane.

Born in the Pacific Northwest, Matthew Ebel has spent all of his life singing and playing the piano. Starting off with fifteen years of piano lessons, six years of private voice, and over a decade of concert choirs and bands, he began his serious music career at Whitworth College. He earned his B.A. with honors in Music and spent an extra year building up a reputation in the Inland Northwest as an up-and-coming new artist.

In the spring of 2002 Matthew crammed all of his stuff into a tiny UHAUL trailer and dragged it behind his car to Nashville. A little more than a year later he found himself playing the Grand Ole Opry with Mercury Records artist Billy Currington. He also performed with a number of local acts including The Peter Moon Band and Laura Clapp. He’s also produced custom music and audio for companies like Porter Novelli and crayon.

As a testament to the power of an independent artist, his album Beer & Coffee came into being with little more than a Macintosh computer and some help from Matthew’s devoted friends. Once the album was completed, Matthew turned to emerging new mediums to spread the word – namely podcasting and Second Life. Thanks to the power of the music and the pioneering spirit of podcasters, Matthew’s reputation quickly spread across the globe as one of the biggest names in new media music. (Source Matthew Ebel’s Bio)

You can see the whole LIVE concert on Matthew’s blog HERE >>

View Matthew Ebel’s Ustream Profile HERE >>

Ustreamer Matthew Ebel

PodTech’s Eddie Codel Interviews Ustream.TV Founder John Ham

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Eddie Codel Interviews Ustream.TV Founder John HamPodtech’s Eddie Codel recently stopped by the Ustream.TV offices to meet with Founder John Ham to discuss the latest at Ustream, live video, and the direction of the live streaming industry. Eddie produces a show called Lunch Meet where he visits rising internet companies around Silicon Valley for lunch and conversation.

You can view the entire Lunch Meet interview here >>Ustream.TV Founder John Ham and PodTech's Eddie Codel

Ustream.TV Founder, Brad Hunstable, Meets With Popular Ustreamers

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Ustream.TV Founder, Brad Hunstable, met this past weekend with a few popular Ustreamers Bluefox and the People Powered Lifecasters Brian and Jeff. “It is always a honor to meet Ustreamers across the country. We pride ourselves on listening to our community and strengthening our relationships with them. Ustream from the beginning was created to help the community connect and experience life. It’s not second life, its real life” says Brad Hunstable.

For more information on Bluefox check out: http://www.ustream.tv/bluefox

For more information on People Powered check out: http://pplpwrd.tv/

Ustream.TV Founder Brad Hunstable, Bluefox, and the People Powered Lifecasters

Guy Kawasaki Helps Launch Black Book Series

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Black Book Series
Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Guy Kawasaki – veteran entrepreneur, published author, and former Apple Evangelist – in the uStream office! He was the very first interviewee for the highly anticipated launch of Ustream’s Black Book Series, a viral interview program featuring the most exciting individuals in Silicon Valley.

I got to pick Guy’s brain about the iPhone, entrepreneurship, his upcoming book, and even the new Transformers movie. However, hands down, my favorite part of the interview had to be when Guy took off his Reef sandal and showed me the stash compartment in the sole.

Then, having Guy field questions from the chatroom was truly exhilarating because it took advantage of the interactive aspect of Ustream. The chatroom was buzzing with great questions for Guy. It’s not everyday that you get to ask Guy Kawasaki a question or have him show you how cool his Reef sandals are.

I look forward to the next Black Book Series interview, which should be coming out in the next few weeks. Be sure to look out for it. I am also looking forward to the “Black Book Series” editions that will spring up in the future, a“Black Book Series: Hollywood Edition,” for example, or a “Black Book Series: Music Edition.”

Guy Kawasaki and the Stream Team

We at uStream are all excited for the future and look forward to seeing all the amazing content our users will create.

Ly Chheng, Ustream.tv

The Future of LIVE Video – For Everyone

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You’ve probably heard that a former Stickam VP has alleged that Advanced Video Communications, which owns Stickam, also has extensive holdings in online porn, and that AVC employees share offices with Stickam employees, creating a situation that might concern Stickam users. We’re hopeful that Stickam can clear up any misunderstandings in the marketplace and get back to the business at hand.

When we founded Ustream.TV, we set out to create a climate where people of all ages around the globe could come and connect with each other through the power of live video. Johnny and I met at West Point and grew close while serving in the Army. We founded Ustream initially as a way to help connect our friends in the military stationed overseas with their loved ones back home. There are plenty of places out there for people to find the less savory content on the Web.

We want Ustream to stand for something else and truly be Live Interactive Video for Everyone.

Best Regards,

Brad Hunstable, Founder Ustream.TV