How a Webcam Pointed at a Police Radio Won the Internet Friday – All Things D

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 - All Things D

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The events in Boston — starting Monday with a pair of explosions that killed three and injured 176 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon — came to a dramatic close Friday night with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of two brothers suspected of carrying out the attacks. He had been hiding out in a boat parked in the backyard of a house in Watertown, Mass.

A furious citywide manhunt brought Boston and surrounding towns to a standstill, and there was little else to do all day but watch the live TV coverage. All day, reporters repeated what they knew, which was precious little beyond the bare facts. One suspect was dead, the other on the run after an intense gunfight with police. The “Breaking News” banners became meaningless, because throughout the day there was not much actual news breaking other than that the search continued.

Not 30 minutes after a news conference during which local officials told Boston residents they could probably go outside again, police engaged in a firefight with the suspect hiding in the boat.

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It was at this point that a quarter of a million people, including me, tuned in to the streaming video image of Uniden Bearcat scanner radio picking up publicly available police communications traffic in Boston.

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Autism Speaks Partners with Ustream to Live Stream Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks on April 20

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New York, N.Y. (April 18, 2013) – Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization and Ustream, the leader in live online video streaming, are partnering to live video stream the Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks fundraising and awareness event on Saturday, April 20 from the Rose Bowl. As part of the partnership, Autism Speaks will have its own Pro channel on Ustream, which will showcase the broadcast on its homepage.

Viewers will have an opportunity to enjoy the festivities, hear from celebrities and walk participants and make donations. The live video stream will be hosted by veteran broadcasters Nick Geber (Autism America Radio on Sirius/XM, Fox Sports) and Christian Miles (MLS, Pac-12 Network), joined by WrongPlanet’s Alex Plank. The live video stream will start at 8:45AM PT and continue throughout the duration of the event, concluding at 12:15.

“We’re excited to partner with Ustream and bring the Los Angeles Walk Now for Autism Speaks to people across the country who want to participate, but are unable to join us in person,” said Matthew Asner, Autism Speaks Executive Director for Southern California. “This is an ideal opportunity to expand the audience for this incredibly popular event and bring autism awareness to every corner of the country.”

“Ustream has been lucky enough to partner with Autism Speaks to provide the live video streaming technology for this important event,” said Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable. “Ustream’s robust network allows anyone who cannot attend the event in person with the ability to watch the walk in real time as well as cheer the participants on via Ustream’s social stream.”

Ustream to double revenue after bumpy patch – San Francisco Business Times

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By Patrick Hoge, Reporter – San Francisco Business Times

“We’ve got the tiger by the tail,” says CEO Brad Hunstable of his 6-year-old company.

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“We’ve got the tiger by the tail,” says CEO Brad Hunstable of his 6-year-old company.

Ustream Inc. has found a business model that is turbocharging revenue growth — selling live Internet video streaming technology services to professional users such as music festival promoters, media companies and even corporations holding press conferences.

The paid service is not new, but last year demand took off, and Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable said his company’s revenue is on track to double this year from 2012’s $24 million.

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Ustream Pro Broadcasting Brings Live Video Streaming Mainstream

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Enhanced, live video streaming solution makes it easier than ever before to broadcast and engage in real-time; Ustream to introduce new Pro Broadcasting products at NAB Show

April 8, 2013 — San Francisco — Ustream, the leader in live social video streaming, is releasing the latest edition of their popular Pro Broadcasting service, designed to provide broadcasters of all sizes with turnkey solutions to easily expand and engage their audiences. Broadcasters across industries can now take advantage of new Pro Broadcaster features built on the Ustream Cloud Platform, including Live Playlists, an HD-enabled Web broadcasting console, video on demand upload, new player technology, and live closed captions. Ustream will introduce these new features, interview several customers, and host a media-moderated panel at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas during the “Re-inventing 24/7 Broadcast Media with Live Video Streaming Solutions” Info Session on Tuesday, April 9th.

Ustream’s Pro Broadcasting service is the most popular live video streaming service, with over 5000 global customers. Pro Broadcasting now includes linear programming capabilities, which allows broadcasters to easily assemble linear sequences of recorded videos and schedule them to loop 24/7 or broadcast “as live” at specified times on the Ustream channel of their choice. Viewers experience these scheduled Live Playlists as shared, live video programs in the same way traditional scheduled linear broadcasts on television are transmitted simultaneously to all viewers. The level of engagement can immediately be amplified utilizing Ustream’s integrated Social Stream; viewers can chat and ask questions in real-time using Twitter and Facebook, while broadcasters can host and moderate live chats.

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Ustream Cloud Platform Delivers Global Audiences to Any Broadcaster, Anytime

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Proprietary live video streaming technology provides users with unmatched redundancy, resiliency, and reliability

April 4, 2013 — San Francisco — Ustream, the leader in live social video streaming, today unveiled its next-generation streaming technology, marking a new standard for live video streaming capabilities and the re-invention of traditional broadcasting. The core of the Ustream Cloud Platform centers around the company’s proprietary Ustream Content Delivery Network (UCDN), Ustream Media Server (UMS) and Ustream TCP Congestion Control Algorithm (UTCP). Together, this advanced technology provides users with unmatched redundancy, resiliency, and reliability to broadcast quality live video streams. Further, Ustream’s application programming interface (API) will allow for advancements in live video streaming innovation across all industries.

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Ustream Teams Up with the 2013 Bonnaroo and Outside Lands Music & Arts Festivals to Provide Exclusive Live Video Streaming Experiences for Fans

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Live premium digital webcast and Mobile Mob to capture multiple stages and vantage points, creating an ultimate branding opportunity

Ustream, the leader in live social video streaming, today announced it will provide exclusive live video streaming for the upcoming Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in partnership with Superfly Presents, Bulldog DM and Springboard Productions. The deal marks the first time viewers everywhere will have access to the lineup of performances for both festivals through Ustream’s interactive, socially integrated platform.

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Music fans anywhere in the world will now have the ability to personalize their viewing experience by choosing from unique content across multiple stages, as well as candid fan views from Ustream’s Mobile Mob. Ustream’s Mobile Mob is a new grassroots approach that will empower selected festival attendees to share their unique experiences with other fans, live, via their mobile devices.

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Ustream Launches Self-Service, Live Pay-Per-View Broadcasting at SF Music Tech

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Open Pay-per-view makes it easier than ever for producers of all sizes to sell tickets to live online events

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – February 19, 2013 –  Ustream, the pioneer in live social video streaming, today officially launched Open Pay-per-view (Open PPV), marking the first product in the industry that empowers broadcasters of any size to easily sell tickets to live video events with no upfront fees, to the largest global community of live viewers. Open PPV requires no pre-screening of events and with just a few simple steps, broadcasters can schedule a pay-per-view event, set the price, and begin promotions through social media. Whether it’s a high-end, multi-camera HD production, or a last minute mobile broadcast, the Open PPV platform makes it easier than ever for Ustream’s 12 million broadcasters to expand their audience and monetize content.

“Until now, the multi-billion dollar pay-per-view industry has been a big-boys-only game. Ustream’s Open PPV service blows open the pay-per-view market for broadcasters of any size and skill set to become the next Oscar De La Hoya, who’s generated hundreds of millions of dollars in pay-per-view tickets,” said Ustream CEO, Brad Hunstable. “The monetization possibilities are limitless, as Ustreamers can now transform their live social video streams — from large-scale concerts to global sporting events, to industry conferences to educational seminars — into profitable events.”

More than 4,500 pay-per-view events have been streamed live via Ustream during the course of the beta rollout, including: the Bridge School Benefit Concert; King of the Dot presents Blackout 3; Six Nations Rugby individual games; UFC’s Silva vs. Sonnen II; Insane Clown Posse’s Psychopathic Live; and USA vs. Guatemala World Cup qualifier. Broadcasters utilizing Ustream’s Open PPV can do so with no upfront fees and ticket sales are deposited directly into their PayPal accounts. Some of the most successful pay-per-view events on Ustream have generated upwards of $70,000 for a single event and $300,000 for a season-long series of events.

“Our goals were to find a partner who could provide a stable and secure platform to not only stream our event but also provide secure mechanisms to collect payments,” said Will Mitchell, webcast producer for the Bridge School Benefit concerts. “Setting up and implementing was easy and seamless; Ustream provided rock solid support during our benefit concert which is an 8-hour plus continuous broadcast.”

“Ustream has helped broaden King of the Dot’s audience, and we’ve been successful utilizing the social media push that Ustream’s platform offers,” said Avi Rex, CEO of King of the Dot, Inc; North America’s premier hip-hop battle league. “King of the Dot has seen some great numbers from Ustream and we are very proud of what we have achieved thus far, as our goals were far exceeded.”

Open PPV events on Ustream can be purchased with all major credit cards and watched from around the world on Ustream.tv. Broadcasters can begin streaming their first pay-per-view event and selling tickets in a few easy and risk-free steps. For more information about Open PPV, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/ppv. To learn more about broadcasting on Ustream, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/howto.

“Since we launched pay-per-view in beta, we’ve also seen an increasing number of small, independent broadcasters who are finding success, proving that viewers are willing to pay for quality, niche content,” said Ustream’s Director of Product Marketing, Jordan Meyer. “Pay-per-view is a great addition to any real-world event — if you’re going to charge people entry into a concert or seminar, why not set up a camera and monetize the fans that can’t make it in person?”

Ustream’s Open PPV will be showcased on the main stage of the SF Music Tech Summit in San Francisco on February 19, 2013 by Ustream’s SVP of Marketing, David Thompson.

Fightbox HD, Fashionbox HD and Docubox HD live TV channels now available via Ustream

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New York, February 5, 2013 — SPI International has partnered with Ustream, the leader in live online video streaming, to launch its subscription channels Fightbox HD, Docubox HD, and Fashionbox HD.  The live online streaming channels are currently available 24/7 to subscribers starting at $1.99 per channel each month.

Each premium channel provides specialized thematic content to viewers.  Fightbox is a combat sports channel with martial arts from more than 40 different disciplines.  The February line-up includes scheduled programs such as “Fight Code,” “Fighting Rookies,” and the documentary film “Dream Team—Aiba Road to Dreams.”  Docubox presents non-fiction documentaries and TV shows such as “Antarctica: An Adventure of a Different Nature” and “Venice: Treasure Islands” coming this February.  Fashionbox covers the world of style, beauty, and fashion.  Scheduled programming includes, “Let’s Shop” the world travel shopping series, and “You are the Supermodel—Teen,” a fun daily TV show on fashion, make-up, and styling.

SPI and Ustream are currently in talks to distribute additional channels from SPI’s portfolio, including the art house movie channel from the Filmbox brand, as well as Kino Polska International, and music-TV channel Kino Polska Muzyka. The last two are addressed to Polish-speaking viewers in the U.S.

“We are excited to collaborate with Ustream and provide audiences worldwide with quick and easy access to our premium entertainment programming.  Global internet broadcasting is an important part of our business and we look forward to working with the best in the business, Ustream,” commented Loni Farhi, President of SPI International.