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Ustream in the News: Expanding Its Presence In Asia, Live Video Streaming Platform Ustream Launches In Korea (via Techcrunch)

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written by Rip Empson – via Techcrunch (May 21, 2012)

Back in October, live video streaming platform Ustream announced a partnership with KT Corporation — a leading telecommunications provider in South Korea. The joint venture also included an additional $10 million funding round, much of it led by the sizable Japanese telecom provider, Softbank (whose independent by closely-connected VC firm, Softbank Capital, operates in the Boston, among other cities). The funding brought Ustream’s total outside investment close to $60 million.

Both the additional capital from Softbank and the partnership with KT Corporation came in the anticipation of Ustream’s launch in Korea., and today the streaming video provider is finally ready to officially announce its new Korean language service and portal, Ustream Korea .

Ustream Korea is the second non-English platform that the company has released, after its Japanese-only version, which launched back in January of 2010, headed by Ustream Asia CEO, Tomotaka Nakagawa. In partnership with KT Corp. and Ustream Asia, Ustream announced that Jimmy Kim would become the new CEO of its Korean entity in January of this year. Kim previously served as the Vice President at Viacom International, and has also worked with CNBC, Technicolor and Bloomberg Television.

The joint venture will also allow Ustream to expand its text-based social network experience in South Korea, which is to include a live, interactive experience, says Ustream’s Social Media Manager, Tony Riggins. At the outset, Ustream Korea will offer content like, the “Penguin Cam,” which airs live from SeaWorld in San Diego, as well as its live AP news channel, and events like the Olleh Smartphone movie festival and Indi Band Awards.

Ustream Korea will include all of Ustream’s established features, including co-hosting video, IRC chat, customizable channels, embeddable player, and viewing content in realtime directly from mobile devices, smart TVs, etc. Korean pop stars like Wonder-Girls and Park Jae Bum got an opportunity to test out the platform earlier this year in advance of its official launch, and obviously Ustream will be making a push to sign up more of these influencers in the coming months.

As Ustream Japan has established actual TV studios across the country (there are currently 12), which broadcast everything from news to messages from celebrities and advertising messages, along with the ability for anyone using the Ustream Asia platform to stop in and broadcast content, the company will no doubt be looking to establish a similar mix of TV and user-generated content in Korea.

Ustream Asia has already seen brands like NHK, Starbucks, and Nikkei come on board as partners, and there are plans to use Ustream Korea in a similar vein — both as a PR and marketing platform. In addition, KT Corp and other local Korean firms have said that they will launch new products and services using Ustream, along with blasting out those realtime, multimedia press releases.

As of February, Ustream had 14.2 million registered users and saw 29 million social stream messages created and 2 billion viewers access its content across the Web and mobile. According to Quantcast, 54.5 million people tune into Ustream every month.

Ustream continues to make moves to expand its presence in Asia, and has smartly been doing so with the help of major telecom providers. The service has seen growing traction there, and these country and language-specific platforms stand to give the service a boost, and though the team wouldn’t comment on whether or not China is next, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Ustream pop up in additional fast-growing Asian markets over the course of the year.

For more, check out the new Korean platform here.

Ustream Announces Live Hatch Watch 2012 for the Decorah Eagles

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USTREAM ANNOUNCES LIVE HATCH WATCH 2012 FOR THE DECORAH EAGLES

Ustream’s #1 Most Popular Live Broadcast of All Time is in Its Second Season; Hatch Watch to Begin on March 23

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– March 19, 2012–Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced hatch watch for its most popular channel, the Decorah Eagles. Three eggs were laid in late February and the first egg is expected to hatch this week around March 23 or 24, with each remaining egg hatching about a week apart. Last year, the live-streaming Decorah Eagles channel garnered more than 200 million views, making it the number one, most viewed Ustreaming video ever. To view the live channel of the Eagles nesting on Ustream, please visit http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles.

The now-famous Decorah Eagles attracted fans to revisit the Ustream channel in mass on December 29, 2011 when theEagles returned to the nest in Decorah, Iowa to start their nesting ritual. Since then, there have been more than 11 million total global views of the Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream and viewership has reached as high as 23 thousand live viewers at a time. Viewers can track the Eagles’ daily activity through an interactive map online at http://www.raptorresource.org/maps/latest.php.

“We’re thrilled to offer Ustream fans with another season of the wildly-popular Decorah Eagles,” said Ruby Tugade, non-profit content manager at Ustream. “Last year, viewership of the Decorah Eagles made history by becoming the most popular live video in the world.  With the improvements like night vision, HD, and panning cameras, we expect this year to be more amazing than ever.”

The man behind the camera is Bob Anderson, a modern conservationist and founder of Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural habitat of birds around the country. Bob is dedicated to providing the world with a glimpse of the nature that surrounds us through his more than 24 bird cams across the country. Other camera technicians that are contributing to the Decorah Eagles channel include Jim Womeldorf, Charlie Forman and Willard Holthaus. The nest is about 80 feet high, about six feet wide and weighs nearly 1.5 tons.

“The Decorah Eagles channel on Ustream has touched so many people – from teachers sharing nature with their students, to the elderly and ill seeking comfort from the soothing sounds of nature,” said Bob Anderson, executive director of Raptor Resource Project. “Being able to bring a little nature to viewers around the world and connect people in new ways is what drives me to continue my conservation work and bird cams.”

This year, Ustream is also incorporating its Social Stream feature, where fans from around the world can communicate through a real-time and interactive chat module and share their insights, as the video streams. In addition, Ustream has created a Superchannel for fans to experience all Raptor Resource Project cameras in one, consolidated channel online at http://www.ustream.tv/user/raptorresource.

The Superchannel highlights other Raptor Resource Project channels on Ustream including; the Decorah Screech Owls, where the nest and camera are live but we are waiting on the Owls to appear; the Eaglecrest Nest with Canadian Geese nesting; the Great Spirit Bluff Falcons, which is temporarily undergoing repairs due to wind damage; and the Missouri Turkey Vultures. Viewers are able to navigate through this interactive and directory-like landing page where they are able to select between any of the five live broadcasts offered by Raptor Resource Project.

Decorah Eagles Timeline of Events:
Copulation & Nesting: Three eggs were laid in late February. Egg one arrived on February 17, egg two arrived on February 20 and egg three arrived on February 24.
Incubation: 35 days
Hatch Watch: Late March – Hatch watch begins March 23
Fledge Watch: Late June

Additional Resources:
For an infographic timeline of the Decorah Eagles events, please visit: http://www.ustream.tv/blog/2012/03/09/hatch-watch-2012/
For photos and snapshots of the Decorah Eagles 2011 egg hatchings, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150153917817378.307303.98541147377&type=3

For photos and snapshots of recent Decorah Eagles nesting moments, please visit:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150654711932378.419058.98541147377&type=3

Viacom Signs LIVE Web-Exclusive Content Distribution Deal with Ustream

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PARTNERSHIP OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF WITH A LIVE USTREAM OF

“VH1 DIVAS CELEBRATES SOUL” RED CARPET ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 FROM 5-7PM ET

New York, NY, December 15, 2011 – Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) today announced an agreement to stream live, web-exclusive  content through Ustream, the leader in live video (www.ustream.com). The partnership officially kicks off with a live Ustream of “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” Red Carpet on Sunday, December 18th from 5-7pm ET, and will include future live online-only broadcasts of red carpet premieres, musical performances and more from MTV, VH1, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike.

“We are steadfast in our mission to provide our audience a front row seat and exclusive access to pop culture’s biggest events,” said Dermot McCormack, Executive Vice President for Digital, Viacom Media Networks. “The VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Red Carpet is the perfect occasion to officially launch our syndication partnership with Ustream, which we are confident will only expand the reach of our digital specific live streams to an even larger audience base.”

Under the deal terms, Ustream will partner with select Viacom networks including MTV, VH1, CMT, COMEDY CENTRAL and Spike, to regularly distribute its live digital content in real time, including O Music Awards, Live in NYC, and Red Carpet premieres. Recent beta tests have included The Breaking Dawn Red Carpet Premiere and Mac Miller Live in Chicago.

“We are thrilled to partner with Viacom to distribute high quality live video content spanning music, entertainment, comedy, gaming and news” says Jason Kirk, VP of Content and Distribution for Ustream. “As the leader in live streaming video with an audience of 50 million unique monthly viewers, Ustream is excited to work with the leader in world-class and global entertainment. We pride ourselves on delivering added distribution solutions of premium live events so fans around the world can tune in and interact with one another in real-time.”

The partnership will officially kickoff with the simultaneous live webcast of the “VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul” Red Carpet, which will be exclusively live streamed on VH1.com and on Ustream.com on Sunday, December 18 from 5-7pm ET. Sponsored by Samsung, and hosted by VH1 personality La La Vasquez, the live web only show will provide fans an unfiltered front row seat to all the red carpet action and will feature real time interviews with entertainment’s biggest stars (#VH1Divas). Beginning Monday, December 19, fans can view a curated Red Carpet highlights video on VH1.com and watch the VH1 Divas Celebrate Soul debuting on VH1 at 9pm ET.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories. With approximately 160 media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV and Tr3s. Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.

About Ustream

Ustream, Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream’s free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virality across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts, and gamers which has contributed to Ustream’s Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service”. For more information about Ustream, visitwww.ustream.com and follow us on our socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (facebook.com/Ustream).

Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live

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Via TIME:

With a cell phone and Ustream channel, protester turned independent journalist Tim Pool is your window into Occupy Wall Street.

Tim Pool doesn’t have a fancy camera, high-tech equipment or a news organization to back him. But like most of us, he has a cell phone.

A 25-year-old protester from Chicago who came to New York’s Zuccotti Park in mid-September to join the Occupy Wall Street movement, Pool was one of the thousands evicted from their makeshift home early Tuesday as police raided the site in full riot gear. As members of the media poured downtown, many were denied access to the park, meaning much of the live coverage and updates would have to come from the protesters themselves. Around 1:30 am, Pool switched on the camera of his Samsung Galaxy S II, and began streaming live from Ustream, broadcasting the raid and mass arrests live online to more than 100,000 viewers. ”We’ve seen one of the scariest, heart-racing nights,” he told viewers. “The eviction of Zuccotti Park and it’s really bringing everyone together.” He’s been the eyes of the movement ever since.”

Read more here

Honor Veterans Year-Round: Offer Them a Job

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Via CNBC:

“There’s not enough veterans in Silicon Valley,” says Brad Hunstable, co-founder and president of Ustream. “This industry can benefit from their skill sets.” Hunstable is a West Point graduate who originally helped create Ustream as a way for service members overseas to communicate with multiple friends and family at once. Since starting in 2007, the company has grown into a network of online channels with more than 13 million registered users and 150 employees worldwide.

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Animal Shelter Launches Live Puppy, Kitty Cam

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Via NBC New York

The North Shore Animal League America in Long Island has launched a live video camera at its Port Washington shelter, hoping the images of the puppies and kittens there will attract loving potential owners.

The shelter’s weekly UStream feed of its pet nursery airs live every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features “beautiful and healthy” shelter puppies and kittens that need permanent homes, according to the organization.

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Ustream: Bay Area BizTech News by the Numbers

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Via Xconomy

$16 Million– The total amount of funding collected in the past two weeks by San Francisco-based streaming video startup Ustream. The Company announced October 25 that it had raised $10 Million from KT Corporation to open a joint venture in Korea. On November 4, founder and CEO John Ham said the company had raised an additional $6 million from original investors DCM and Softbank…

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‘Twilight’ Stars’ Hand and Footprints Immortalized at Chinese Theatre Ceremony

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Via Hollywood Reporter:

“When Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner began shooting the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight in 2008, few could have predicted the international phenomenon that the book to film series would become. Now, as the first installment of the epic finale draws near, the cast prepares to secure their place in Hollywood history.”

Read the full article here.