I’m saddened this week, along with so many of my colleagues, by the loss of a popular and pioneering member of the Ustream community. Bob Anderson, founder of the Raptor Resource Project and creator of the Decorah eagle cam, passed away yesterday after an illness. I met Bob almost eight years ago as he explored how to bring global attention to his cause. He shared his vision on how he wanted to use our video streaming platform to help generate awareness for bird conservation. Over the years, I developed a close personal relationship with him and had tremendous respect for the man and his work. His passion for raptors and bird conservation was contagious.
Bob pushed the technological edge to educate and inspire millions around the globe. His partnership with Ustream began in 2008, 10 years after Bob’s first birdcam “Mae’s Internest birdcam” was launched to capture images of ospreys, kestrels, owls and eagles for the world. Ultimately, Bob’s Decorah Eagle Cam became the most popular live stream of all time with over 324 million views. He brought this American icon closer to us than ever before. From live scenes of a mother using her brood patch to warm her eggs while buried deep in the snow to “pipping” to watching these young hatchlings grow and mature — these were annual journeys which millions followed and experienced together in real time.
Bob visited the Ustream offices numerous times and we hosted him at an annual company meeting in the past. He will be sorely missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, Amy Ries and the Raptor Resource Project family, and the Eagle cam community.
Bob, you will be missed by millions. Thank you for bringing us all “On The Wings of Eagles.”
Bob Anderson with Ustream founders at Ustream company meeting.
You’ve created outstanding content for your live event and put together all the elements of a top-notch video stream. Now, the only question is, who’s going to see it?
Streaming video captures all the excitement and real-time interaction that only a live event can deliver … but only if you have an audience. Email, social media, and organic search traffic can help get more eyeballs on your live content — but are they enough?
In our next webinar, Ustream Director of Demand Generation David Hewlett will give you the scoop on new, innovative approaches to driving audiences to your live video events. Join David on Thursday, July 30 to learn
- Why traditional means of promoting your live event are still effective … but they’re not enough on their own
- How to grow your audience while your event is taking place
- How Sony gained more than 8 million impressions for a single live streaming event
- How to increase brand exposure, drive profitability, and engage viewers for your next event
Massive Viewership: From Local Broadcast to Global Event kicks off Thursday, July 30 at 11 a.m. PT. Click here to reserve your spot today!
Live video streaming is rapidly becoming the communication method of choice for companies across a wide range of industries. From internal town halls to worldwide product launches, enterprises are leveraging the power of live video to train, inform, engage and build buzz around the world.
Of course, there’s much more that goes into a video stream than clicking the “Go Live” button. To help you get the most out of your live events, we created a complimentary resource, 10 Tips for Successful Streaming. Download your copy to get handy tips on lighting, audio, audience interaction, re-streaming and more.
Click here to grab your copy of 10 tips for Successful Streaming.
When you decide to add video — streaming or on demand — to your marketing strategy, choosing the right tools and technology can seem like an overwhelming task.
“What kind of video camera should I buy?” “Do I really need a top-of-the-line lighting kit?” “Should I go with a handheld or a lavalier microphone?” These are just a few of the questions that might be running through your head as you start planning your first online videos.
Wonder no more, because Ustream’s Director of Product, Alden Fertig, is here with your answers. Join Alden on Thursday, July 23 for our next webinar, Lights, Camera, Audio, Action! Getting Started with Video Production.
- The basic tools and technology you need to create quality videos
- Options for lighting at three different price points — and what each looks like on screen
- How to choose the best camera for your needs
- The pros and cons of different microphone choices
- What to look for in switching and encoding options
It all starts on Thursday, July 23 at 11am PT / 2pm ET. Register now to reserve your spot
On Saturday, July 11, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, more than 1,500 people will gather in Carlsbad, California for the Chopra Center’s Second Annual Global Meditation for Compassion. With Ustream, the event will allow thousands of additional viewers around the world to join in via Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for World Peace channel.
Last year’s event set the Guinness World record for the largest online meditation gathering in history, attracting more than 140,000 viewers from around the world. Organizers expect this year’s event to approach the 500,000-viewer mark. This event is a perfect example of how any organization can leverage video streaming to reach and engage a global audience in a meaningful, impactful way.
The Second Annual Global Meditation for Compassion will feature appearances by Chopra as well as next-generation thought leader Gabrielle Bernstein and CNN en Español anchor Ismael Cala. To follow the event live on Ustream, tune in to the Deepak Chopra’s Global Meditation for World Peace channel on Saturday, July 11 at 9 a.m. Pacific Time. To learn more about Global Meditation for Compassion go here or find tweets using these hashtags: #IamCompassion or #IMeditate.
To learn more about Ustream solutions that can help you communicate on a global scale, check out your options here.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week has become one of the most anticipated media events of the year. For 2015 — Shark Week’s fourth consecutive year on Ustream — real-live shark divers at the National Aquarium will be answering viewer questions live on Ustream.
During last year’s week-long celebration of all things shark-related, more than 60,000 viewers worldwide followed the action on Discovery Channel’s Ustream channels. As Shark Week 2015 gets ready to kick off on July 5, Discovery is planning a special interactive event where viewers can connect with real shark divers.
On July 6, 7 and 8 at 3:20 p.m. Eastern Time, shark divers will appear live on the Blacktip Reef Shark channel to answer questions from the audience and viewers in real time. Viewers will be able to submit questions via the Social Stream or on Twitter using the hashtag #sharkdiverchat.
Be sure to check out the other Shark Week live cams via Ustream channels throughout the week:
Broadcasters and businesses are using live streaming more creatively these days, which is improving the experience for both the broadcaster and the audience. Discovery Channel’s foresight to not only stream their widely popular Shark Week content, but interact with fans in a real-time setting is something traditional TV is unable to replicate. This type of interactivity represents a growing trend of traditional TV broadcasters and businesses looking to create digital moments to create a groundswell for events and brands.
Shark Week’s Fin Fest 2014
Yes another great music performance tonight on Ustream…
Indie-darling singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson will perform a special birthday set for our friends down at Radio Sophie in the San Diego. The festivities begin tonight, 6/25, at 6:30 pm Pacific / 9:30 pm Eastern.
Check out the archives of all of Sophie’s Lounge acoustic performances here: http://www.radiosophie.com/pages/1267564.php
Does it sound count as showing off if we announce an award with a healthy dose of blushing?
Either way, I’m bashfully proud to announce that Ustream.TV has been chosen by AlwaysOn as an OnHollywood 100 company. And of the 100 top private tech companies in digital media, AlwaysOn’s editorial staff picked out Ustream as “Best Up & Coming Company”. We were one of two companies distinguished amongst the top 100, along with “Best Overall” winner iLike.
I’m blushing, and so should you. Without our broadcasters, our viewers, our Ustreamers… without YOU… none of this would be possible. It’s been a wild upswing of a ride thus far, and hopefully you’ll be around when “Best Up & Coming” converts to “Best Already There”.
Other winners include mainstays Slide, RockYou, Flixter, Kongregate, Mochi Media, and about 94 other outstanding social media peer comanies.
Here’s the proper announcement here, and the full list of all 100 winners here.
I’m not even sure what to say to this. Its definitely crazier than the last picture we had. Same game, same shirt – Come up with a caption (and in this case the sign text as well) and winner’s gets reposted tomorrow. GO!
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One of the greatest thrills of a social media platform like Ustream.TV is watching how an idea you would have never thought of, simply work.
Technology Evangelist Benjamin Higginbotham utilizes the Ustream platform to present the vastness of the universe itself. Broadcasted on Ben’s Ustream channel as well as his project, SpaceVidCast.com, Ben utilizes a public NASA video feed to highlight exciting events, as well as commentate and moderate the always lively chatroom.
While the NASA feed is public for any type of repurposing, Ben makes it a complete interactive experience, utilizing several Ustream tools (Co-Host, chatroom, etc.). You can watch the NASA feed itself almost anywhere. But you go to SpaceVidCast to get that all important context to fill the vast empty spaces of meaningless dark matter.
Check for scheduled shows here: http://www.spacevidcast.com/calendar/
Ben’s passion for space travel shows in his work, and his mission statement more than reveals the grand scope of Ben’s dreams:
“ Even without any marketing on my side this project has already become larger than I am alone… I started this site to educate people on the value of space travel… Starting directly after STS-123 SpaceVidcast.com will begin a weekly live videocast exclusively on Ustream.tv. The sole purpose of this videocast is to get all of planet Earth excited about space flight and living amongst the stars. Help us spread the word. Help us advance the human race. I hope we’ll see you there.”
Read more about SpaceVidcast here.
Check out Ben in action in this launch video: