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Robert Scoble Interviews Ustream.TV CEO Chris Yeh On Beta 3

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Ustream Gets New Chat And Other Streaming Video Features

Courtesy of Robert Scoble | July 25th, 2007 7:45 am

Ustream.TV CEO Chris Yeh with Robert Scoble

Ustream.tv is one of a new set of networks that let you publish live streaming video on the Internet. Presidential candidate John Edwards, on Monday evening, used Ustream to talk with thousands of people after the CNN/YouTube debates. But today Ustream is shipping new features including a new chat application, and a new way for viewers to rate how good a video stream is at this moment. Here, CEO Chris Yeh and marketing assistant Mary-Jo Montreynaud, tell me what the latest is at Ustream and give me a preview of the new features which will be live today.

You can see the entire video interview here:
http://www.podtech.net/home/3679/ustream-gets-new-chat-and-other-streaming-video-features

Ustream.TV CEO Chris Yeh with Robert Scoble

The New Ustream Lets Viewers Talk Back

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The newest additions to Ustream are our Shout Meter and Live Polls. From now on, every time you tune into a live show, you’ll be able to let everyone know how you feel.

The Shout Meter:

Every time you click, you boost both your personal shout volume for the show (how interested you are), as well as the overall roar of the crowd. Both measures of shout volume are dynamic–as soon as you stop clicking, both your personal shout volume and the roar of the crowd start to fade. This lets Ustream measure the second-by-second excitement level of each show, and highlight the most exciting shows by featuring them on the homepage and program guide.

Check out the new Shout Meter on any live show–just click the soundwave button to pull up your Shout Meter, and click to shout.



Live Polls:

The new Ustream will also let our broadcasters find out how their audience feels with our new Live Polls. At any time during your broadcast, you can go to the Broadcaster Console and set up an Live Poll just by clicking Poll and filling out the form.

Whether you’re trying to get an answer to one of life’s toughest questions, or just figuring out which shirt to wear, Live Polls let your audience give you their opinions


Other New Broadcaster Toys:

Don’t worry broadcasters, the viewers aren’t having all the fun. The latest version of Ustream adds two new modules, just for you: Personal Links and the new Past Clips archive.


Personal Links:

Want to direct your viewers to your blog or Web site? How about your FaceBook, MySpace, or Facebook page? Now you can. Just log in, click on “My Profile”, and enter the corresponding URLs. They’ll show up right below your video stream for all your shows. And if you have a PayPal account, you can add a Tip Jar to your shows, in case your viewers are feeling generous (or in case you’re willing to take on-air dares).




Past Clips:

Want viewers to be able to watch your old clips? Now, with the Past Clips module,

viewers can page through your old clips without ever leaving your show page. Better make sure you’ve checked what’s in those archives!


We hope you enjoy the new interactivity and features. All of these improvements are brand spanking new, so we look forward to getting your feedback. Just email your suggestions to support@ustream.tv. The more you tell us, the more we can improve.

More conversations are developing on Techmeme as well:
http://www.techmeme.com/070725/p50#a070725p50

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/

John Edwards on Ustream.TV

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