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Ustream.tv is donating Web cameras to help military families ‘see’ their soldier overseas.
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Los Altos, Calif – December 21, 2007 –
Ustream.TV (www.ustream.tv), a web-based live video broadcasting platform, today announced new features that empower broadcasters and enhance the viewing experience. Multiple streams on a single show page, designated show networks, and customizable show features make broadcasting live video on Ustream.TV more dynamic and create a more rewarding viewer experience.
“We are very excited about putting more power into the hands of Ustream.TV broadcasters,” said CTO Tim Villanueva. “These new features really set the standard for today’s online video broadcasting experience.”
With 115,000 total broadcasters creating more than 5,000 hours of original live content every day, Ustream.TV strives to offer the most effective broadcasting platform and compelling live video viewing experience online today. Each of the new features were created to improve the organization, distribution and general usability of the Ustream.TV site while giving broadcasters as much creativity and control over the platform as possible. New features include:
Designated Show Networks
Certain shows will now be organized based on common themes to bring together broadcasters with similar interests while making content easier to find. The new network categories include: ‘The Stage’ (music; performing arts); ‘Video Games/Sports'; ‘People'; ‘Technology'; ‘The Zoo’ (pets, outdoors, animals); and, ‘Religion.’ Inclusion in a specific network will require approval by a Ustream.TV-designated moderator. In addition, each network will have it’s own landing page featuring a network-wide chat room where viewers can interact with people who share common interests.
Recorded Video Favorites
This new feature gives broadcasters the option to highlight a specific recorded video clip on their Ustream.TV show page by moving the segment to the top of their favorites. Additionally, broadcasters can now increase their off-air presence by choosing to run a favorite recorded clip on their show page when they aren’t broadcasting live allowing 24×7 channel presence even when off air.
Recorded Video Conversion Tools
Broadcasters now have a simple, easy-to-use process to edit, share and distribute Ustream.TV content across the Internet. These new tools will allow broadcasters to convert their Ustream.TV recorded video into easy to edit, distributable formats including MPEG-4, QuickTime™ (.mov) and Windows WMV file formats. Ustream.TV is providing this service free to its broadcasters.
Broadcasters now have an easy way to syndicate their Ustream.TV content to other sites. With a few clicks, broadcasters can syndicate to video sites such as YouTube, Facebook , and Revver.
Multiple Video Streams on a Single Page
Now Ustream.TV broadcasters can feature up to six additional, simultaneous broadcasts on their individual show page. This will promote collaborative online broadcasts as well serve as a teleconference feature.
Customizable Show Pages
This new feature allows Ustream.TV broadcasters to personalize their show pages with different color palettes and customizable banners.
Ustream.TV broadcasters can now designate permanent moderators for their show’s chat room. This feature will give more freedom to broadcasters who may not be able to effectively moderate their chat room while conducting a live show.
Ustream.TV World Records
Ustream.TV administrators will now identify broadcasters who have been the first to perform a certain task or notable feat while broadcasting live. Category examples include, ‘do a magic trick’, ‘get married’, ‘go on a blind date’ or ‘shoot a 3-pointer.’ Broadcasters submit recorded videos to be reviewed by the Ustream.TV World Records’ judges and, if they qualify, the video will be posted on the Ustream.TV World Records for the entire world to see.
Ustream.TV is a platform for live online interactive video broadcasts that lets people everywhere connect, interact and engage with one another more deeply. Ustream.TV allows anyone with a camera, computer, and Internet connection to broadcast live video to a global audience. Each day, people ustream talk shows, concerts, sporting events, even weddings and graduations. The company was founded by two U.S. military veterans and a technologist who strived to create a way for people of all ages around the globe to connect with each other through the power of live online video broadcasts. Ustream.TV is headquartered in Los Altos, California, and is privately held. For more information, please visit: www.ustream.tv.
Los Altos, Calif. – December 18, 2007 – Ustream.TV (www.ustream.tv), a web-based live video broadcasting platform, today announced additional funding from Western Technology Investors, the Band of Angels, and other prominent angel investors. The funding comes on the heels of adding four-star General Wesley Clark to Ustream.TV’s Board of Advisors.
Since its launch in March of this year, more than 115,000 people have joined Ustream.TV broadcasting one million unique viewer hours per month. Each day, 5,000 hours of video are broadcast on Ustream.TV with up to 300 simultaneous broadcasts taking place, attracting hundreds of thousands of viewers. Recently, popular recording artists The Plain White T’s broadcast a live concert exclusively on Ustream.TV to more than 150,000 fans around the world.
The Ustream.TV web-based platform is being discovered by people with an infinite range of interests, most notably in the political area. During the past quarter, Ustream.TV has seen explosive growth in usage by presidential hopefuls who are taking to the platform to connect with their constituents in ways that have never before been possible. Several presidential candidates have chosen to take the concept of the YouTube/CNN debates a step further, using Ustream.TV to answer the public’s questions in a live, unrestricted, interactive forum.
“With Ustream.TV, we are witnessing the beginning of fundamental changes in the way politics will be conducted,” said General Wesley Clark, “The technology allows statewide and national campaigns to have the same level of touch as local campaigns, and allows every voter to reach out to a candidate and ask the questions that matter most to him or her. I’m honored to join the Ustream.TV board of advisors and look forward to working with my fellow West Point graduates Brad Hunstable and John Ham on the Ustream team, who are now serving their country by using technology to strengthen an essential democratic process.”
Recent examples of politicians on Ustream.TV include:
“Working with Ustream has opened up an entirely new channel for our campaign delivering interactive and direct communication with voters. The ability to produce our own content enables us to highlight various issues that the mainstream media have gone to great lengths to ignore. This empowering technology will continue to revolutionize the political process, raise the level of debate, and enhance our democracy.” Mike Klein, Campaign Manager, Kucinich for President 2008
Other politicians and political events broadcast live on Ustream.TV in 2007 include:
”As a political forum, Ustream.TV offers a completely new approach that frees politicians from the limitations of local speeches and handshaking and enables them to reach a bigger audience, while giving voters direct access to their candidates,” said Brad Hunstable, Founder of Ustream.TV. “But Ustream.TV’s popularity extends into every segment of our culture, from sports and entertainment to religion and education, and interactive video is poised to reshape key cultural concepts about location and community. ”
About General Wesley Clark
During thirty-four years of service in the United States Army, General Wesley K. Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After his retirement in 2000, he became an investment banker, author, commentator, and businessman. In September 2003 he answered the call to stand as a Democratic candidate for President of the United States, where his campaign won the state of Oklahoma and launched him to national prominence before he returned to the private sector in February 2004. General Clark currently serves in leadership roles with a number of non-profit public service organizations, including VoteVets (Board of Advisors), Democrats Work (National Advisory Board), Project H.E.R.O. (Campaign Chairperson), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Distinguished Senior Adviser), the Center for American Progress (Trustee), the International Crisis Group (Board Member), City Year Little Rock (Board Chair), the United States Institute of Peace (United Nations Task Force Member), and the General Accountability Office (Advisory Board Member). To learn more about General Wesley Clark go to http://securingamerica.com/about.
About The Band of Angels Venture Fund
The Band of Angels Venture Fund, L.P. is a $50M venture fund comprised exclusively of institutional partners including three corporations, two university endowments, and a large pension fund.
About Western Technology Investors
Founded in 1980, Western Technology Investment (WTI) is a leading provider of debt financing to start-up and emerging growth companies. WTI’s recently closed 12th fund builds upon the success of the firm’s 27-year history, which featured portfolio companies such as Juniper Networks, Brocade Communications Systems, Google, Cerent, Infoseek, IDEC Pharmaceuticals, Facebook, IronPort Systems, Volcano Corporation, and many others.
Ustream.TV is a platform for live online interactive video broadcasts that lets people everywhere connect, interact and engage with one another more deeply. Ustream.TV allows anyone with a camera, computer, and Internet connection to broadcast live video to a global audience. Each day, people ustream talk shows, concerts, sporting events, even weddings and graduations. The company was founded by two U.S. military veterans and a technologist who strived to create a way for people of all ages around the globe to connect with each other through the power of live online video broadcasts. Ustream is headquartered in Los Altos, California, and is privately held. For more information, please visit: www.ustream.tv.
Mashable’s Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins writes about the latest in social media on the campaign front including Barack Obama’s latest broadcast on Ustream as well as a very interesting stream from John McCain.
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About.com‘s Family Computing blogger, Christy Matte writes about the holiday season’s favorite jolly fat man and how he is using Ustream.TV to connect with good and bad little children all over the world.
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