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.

Ustream and Premium Sports Ink Exclusive Streaming Partnership for Six Nations Championship and Gaelic Athletic Association National League

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Full access to live match coverage for rugby, football, and hurling fans available exclusively on Ustream.tv, starting Sat. February 2

January 31, 2013 — San Francisco, Calif. – Ustream, the leader in live video, today announced a continued partnership with Premium Sports, a leading rights provider for international sports, including soccer, rugby, Gaelic football and hurling, and other sports. As the exclusive live streaming partner for the Six Nations Championship and Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) National League, Ustream’s interactive video platform will be the destination for rugby and for Gaelic football and hurling fans to simultaneously watch high-quality live matches and socially engage with other fans this season. Both respective seasons begin Saturday, February 2nd.

The Six Nations Rugby Championship is the oldest annual international rugby union competition involving six European sides: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. The games kick off at Millennium Stadium this Saturday, as champion Wales hosts Ireland. Viewers can watch individual matches for $19.99 or can stay tuned all season long for $99.99. For more info: http://www.ustream.tv/6nationsppv

The GAA National League features county teams clashing in both Gaelic football and hurling matches, from early February until early May. Fans will be able to tune is as the teams prepare for another All Ireland Championship in the summer of 2013. Viewers can watch individual matches for $14.99 ($19.99 for Finals) or a full season pass for $69.99. For more info: http://www.ustream.tv/gaappv

“Our partnership with Ustream over the last three years for the Six Nations Championship and for Gaelic sports has given us the opportunity to connect with a much wider audience and to provide season passes for events. We look forward to building on this success by expanding our market across the US and Canada with the growing use of broadband services,” said Shane O’Rourke, CEO of Premium Sports. “Ustream’s innovative viewing platform not only allows fans to watch live matches, but also adds a level of social engagement that brings the entire community together.”

“Premium Sports has been an incredible partner, as we share similar goals of providing live sports and social engagement at fans’ fingertips,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO of Ustream. “As the leader in the space with the most unique viewers and an unparalleled viewing experience, we’re confident we can further engage this growing community of rugby and hurling of fans.”

Shameless MMA teams up with Ustream to Broadcast Live Pay-per-View Match

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Proceeds from the each PPV ticket purchase to be donated to The Wounded Warriors Project

On February 9, 2013 the Mixed Martial Arts community will come together for “Buckley MMA Fight Night”, Presented by Ring Of Fire MMA and in conjunction with Shameless MMA. This great night of fights features a main event that pits two strikers against each other as UFC vet Tyler THUNDER Toner takes on Bellator veteran Cody Connell. In the co-main event Brazilian fighter and BJJ black belt Fabio JUNGLE BOY Serrao will go head to head with undefeated wrestler Jarred Mercado.

This event marks the first time an MMA event will be held on Buckley Air Force Base and those in attendance will be comprised of both current and former military. Although this event is closed to the general public, Shameless MMA has all MMA and military fans covered with a LIVE PPV stream thanks to Ustream, the leader in live online video broadcasting. Proceeds of the stream will go toward The Wounded Warrior Project.  MMA fans worldwide will have the opportunity to watch the broadcast on Ustream’s platform, which will help insure that the PPV donations will ensure those involved in the Wounded Warrior Project have the resources necessary to make a difference in the lives of those that have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.

“Ustream’s platform allows event producers to extend their viewership, while providing them with the flexibility and tools to cater to their fans,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO of Ustream. “Despite the exclusive nature of this event, Shameless MMA clearly illustrates a true commitment to MMA fans, as well as the service members that are part of the Wounded Warrior Project.”

UFC veteran Tyler THUNDER Toner takes on Bellator veteran Cody Carillo. Both fighters are known for their striking abilities and come from great camps. Toner fights out of EASTON BJJ and the famed GRUDGE Training Center. Toner has been a fixture with ROF since 2006. His position in the sport quickly gained traction with successful bouts in Strikeforce, WEC, UFC and Shootboxing, where he upset World Champion Kenichi Ogata by KO in Ogata’s home country of Japan. Carrillo has a Muay Thai background and hails from Janjira Muay Thai Kansas. He amassed a 14-4 amateur career before turning professional in 2011 on a Bellator FC event.  Since going pro he has fought 12 times with a 7-5 record, with his last 3 bouts all ending by KO or TKO.

Toner quotes on bout:

“I am a big supporter of our troops and am excited about fighting in front of them. It’s an honor to be included in this event, and hope to give the crowd an exciting performance. I love fighting for Ring Of Fire and to be part of this first event on base is awesome. I know that both me and my opponent like to stand and bang, and I am always down to let the gloves fly. It’s should be a great fight!”

Carrillo quotes on bout:

“It’s an honor for me to fight for those that serve our country. What I do is a sport, these men and women put their lives on the line every day. I have the utmost respect for them. Toner is a great fighter and I am looking forward to the fight. I think our styles match up well, but this is MMA so you never know what’s going to happen. I’m just going to come in as well prepared as possible and put on a show for the troops.”

Brazil’s Fabio JUNGLE BOY Serrao was originally slated to face UFC veteran Alvin KID Robinson, but Robinson had to withdraw from the bout due to a knee injury. Several replacement fighters were discussed with Serrao’s camp but ultimately the spot has been filled by undefeated wrestling standout Jarred SHUT OUT Mercado. Mercado steps in on two weeks notice but is in fight shape as he just competed on Friday the 25th stopping his opponent Rocky Johnson improving his undefeated record to 7-0. The win makes him one of the top prospects in the region, and hopes that a win against Serrao would elevate him to national status. The fight also has a special meaning to Mercado

Mercado quotes on bout:

“My friend and wrestling teammate Sandrino Plutino passed away in combat leading his team of Army Rangers. I can’t think of a better way to use my fighting to pay tribute to him than fighting at Buckley Air Force Base with only troops in attendance.”

Fabio JUNGLE BOY Serrao hails from Manaus, Brazil. He is a 2nd degree black belt under BJJ Grand Master Osvaldo Alves. Alves has been trainer to some of the biggest names in the sport including Vitor Belfort, Paulo Filho and the Nogueira brothers. Serrao has a professional MMA record of 5 wins with 2 losses. In grappling competition Serrao is a 4 time NAGA World Champion, Brazil JiuJitsu National Champion, and Amazon State Champion. He is a Team Link competition member and training partner to UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga.

Serrao quotes on bout: 

“I wish Alvin Robinson a speedy recovery, as I look forward to fighting him when he is healthy. I like the match up with Mercado as the style is very similar and has trained with Alvin. I want no excuses and liked that Mercado was in shape and ready to fight. I want no excuses in the bout. I will also be fighting for the troops of the world with my military school background. I represent a big team and a big social project called “Jungle Boy Project” that teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for free to the poor kids in my hometown Manaus. My victory is their victory…I will use the money from the Fight to help the kids of the project.”

In addition to the main and co-main events, BUCKLEY MMA FIGHT NIGHT will also feature the following matchups:

  •  Former 505th Parachute Infantryman Sam Rauch vs. Brian Maronek
  •  Todd “Captain America” Meredith vs. Former U.S. Marine Reed O’Malley
  •   Women’s feature bout with Shannon Culpepper vs. Mercedes Timmerman
  •  Bouts featuring members of the Army, Air Force, Air Force reserves and Marines.

FIGHT! Magazine is proud to be a sponsor of the Buckley MMA Fight Night. FIGHT! is the world’s leading Mixed Martial Arts magazine, covering all aspects of the ever expanding MMA universe. www.fightmagazine.com

The LIVE PPV Ustream will be $14.95 USD with proceeds from each purchase going to The Wounded Warriors Project. The stream will be available to all via http://www.shamelessmma.com, http://www.facebook.com/shamelessmma and can be purchased and viewed from Ustream directly at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shameless-mma.

 

Teradek Makes Webcasting Like a Pro Easy with Revolutionary New Device Called VidiU™

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The Teradek VidiU streams 1080p live video to Ustream at an affordable price.

IRVINE, CA. – January 9, 2013 – Today Teradek is bringing the capabilities of professional video encoders to the masses with the new Teradek VidiU. Created for live video producers, enthusiasts and hobbyists alike, this new device makes it easier than ever before to stream HD live video directly to the Web at an affordable price. VidiU can function as a table- or camera-top encoder and does not require a laptop or PC to stream.

The Teradek VidiU is the world’s first miniature HDMI H.264 encoder aimed at consumers that offers a variety of built-in connectivity options and support for the most popular video streaming platforms. VidiU provides native integration with the leader in live online video streaming, Ustream (www.ustream.tv), which makes setup and streaming quick and easy. The device also includes an unlocked RTMP interface.

VidiU is competitively priced at $699 and for a limited time will include a coupon for 50% off a Ustream Pro Broadcasting account. Ustream Pro Broadcasting allows producers to stream ad-free in high definition, and includes custom branding. To learn more, please visit https://www.ustream.tv/platform/pro.

“We’re always looking for professional and affordable options that allow for high-quality and reliable streaming to Ustream,” said Ustream Product Manager, Alden Fertig. “The Teradek VidiU hits the sweet spot of price and functionality that makes it a perfect choice for many Ustream broadcasters. HDMI means that it works with most modern video cameras from consumer to professional and the built-in rechargeable battery and Wi-Fi and 4G LTE support means that its truly portable. With 1080p support and optional wired connections, this is not just a portable encoder, but also a robust HD desktop encoding option as well, at a fraction of the price of typical stand-alone encoders.”

Like Teradek’s professional encoders, VidiU can mount on top of a camera and offers a variety of network interface options such as Ethernet, dual band MIMO WiFi (2.4/5GHz), and support for 3G/4G USB modems. It includes a built-in Li-Ion battery with up to 2 hours of runtime and features a unique Access Point mode that allows users to setup and monitor their live broadcast locally from an iOS device, even if the phone or tablet is not connected to the Internet. Controlling and changing VidiU’s settings can also be done on its OLED display.

To receive more information about VidiU, sign up at http://www.teradek.com/vidiu

VidiU will be available in Q1 2013 and will be showcased along with the Company’s other products at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, from April 8-11, 2013 at Booth Number C9939.

Alpine Rockfest Partners with Ustream to Offer Exclusive Live Coverage

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Live coverage and highlights available exclusively at www.ustream.tv/AlpineRockfest

For Immediate Release – December 17, 2012— Ski racing fans and sports enthusiasts will have numerous viewing options to catch the third edition of Alpine Rockfest, a free, sports and entertainment festival, taking place at Paganella Ski Resort in the picturesque Trentino region of the Italian Dolomites on December 20th.

Alpine Rockfest has entered into a unique partnership with the leader in live online broadcasts, Ustream.  Ustream has created and designed an Alpine Rockfest channel that will be available worldwide including a live broadcast direct from Europe at http://www.ustream.tv/alpinerockfest.  Enhancing the viewing experience, special “bonus features,” will include multiple live feeds and behind the scenes interviews with racers.

Skiing fans worldwide will be able to watch and interact during the entire event via Ustream’s chat module at http://www.ustream.tv/alpinerockfest, where fans can begin subscribing and following.

“Global live internet broadcasting is the wave of the future and we feel that we have partnered with the best in the business, Ustream,” said Alpine Rockfest organizer and former U.S. Ski Team head coach, Phil McNichol. “Ustream will be broadcasting the Alpine Rockfest worldwide on December 20th and beyond. This combined with our premier line-up of major TV networks is an exciting development taking our event to the next level.”

The 2012 Alpine Rockfest will mark the beginning of the three-year partnership with Ustream running through the 2014 season.  Both parties will be working together to bring a new and exciting package of professional winter sports and entertainment to a global audience through multiple live broadcasts and rebroadcasts of the event as well as exclusive behind the scenes interviews and reports directly from the mountain.  Ustream’s deep social medial integration will enable event organizers, teams and athletes to engage their dedicated fan bases.  For the first time in the history of the event, athletes will leverage the Ustream mobile app as well as Ustream’s Broadcast for Friends mobile app to stream live content to their fans via their Ustream channel and their Facebook fan pages.

“Ustream is thrilled to partner with Alpine Rockfest in order to give fans worldwide an exciting and interactive experience of their favorite winter sports and athletes,” said Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable.  “We’re excited to see how Alpine Rockfest’s world class athletes will integrate Ustream’s website and mobile technology into innovative broadcasts for fans around the globe to watch.”

Ustream, a live online broadcast media company, excels in the social media arena with 1.5 million followers/fans on Facebook and Twitter @Ustream. Ustream will be providing updates and exclusive video segments on their pages/feeds at www.facebook.com/Ustream.  A mobile application for Droid and iPhone platforms is also available.

Alpine Rockfest can also be seen live on ten networks, including RAI Sport (ITA), ORF 1 (AUT), Teleclub Sport (SUI), as well as internationally on Eurosport. In addition, more than thirty worldwide broadcasters will offer highlights and reports. Action continues throughout the winter with more than 1,000 hours of global television coverage.

Programming is designed for both live and television audiences with 20 international ski stars including such favorites as Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR), Ted Ligety (USA), Max Blardone (ITA), Christof Innerhofer (ITA), Bode Miller (USA), Cyprien Richard (FRA), Philipp Schoerghofer (AUT) and Jon Olsson (SWE), among others.

The Rockfest format consists of twenty Olympic ski stars racing through four successive rounds of sprint giant slalom with five athletes being eliminated in each round. The “Winner-Takes-All” final round involves the last five athletes. Past winners have been French star Cyprien Richard in 2009, collecting €108,000 in winnings and Ligety, the 2011 Alpine Rockfest Champion, with winnings of €60,000. On December 20th in Andalo, competitors will race in pursuit of this seasons largest single cash prize in Ski Racing: €70,000.

Ustream (ustream.tv) is the exclusive live global streaming partner of Alpine Rockfest.

Corporate event sponsorship is by Audi, Trentino and Andalo Paganella Italy.

 

Brad Paisley’s ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ Live on Ustream

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Exclusive 24 Hour Music Video Premiere & Fan Chat Monday, December 10, Beginning At 2 p.m. Central/3 p.m. Eastern

 NASHVILLE, Tenn  (Dec. 6, 2012) Country music superstar Brad Paisley will premiere the official music video of his current single, “Southern Comfort Zone,” during a live Ustream broadcast.  Fans will be able to watch the stream beginning at 2 p.m. Central Time/3 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Dec. 10, via www.BradPaisley.com and http://www.ustream.tv/bradpaisley.

Beyond just viewing the music video for the first time, there will be an interactive element to this Ustream event as well.  Brad Paisley fans worldwide may chat with the award-winning entertainer via Ustream’s social stream and Twitter by tweeting #bradpaisleychat.

“Southern Comfort Zone” is directed by Jim Shea, who also directed Paisley’s award winning videos “Waitin’ On A Woman,” “Start A Band,” and “When I Get Where I’m Going,” as well as “Welcome to the Future” and “Water.” “Southern Comfort Zone” is from Paisley’s upcoming album due out April 9 and is currently No. 12 on country airplay charts.

“Southern Comfort Zone” is now available for download on iTunes at Smarturl.it/sczone.

 

Ustream Announces Strategic Alliance with IMG Media to Provide Platform for Streaming and Distributing Live Games and Events

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Ustream to broadcast select IMG Media live sporting events to a global online audience

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– October, 2012 Ustream Inc., the largest live online broadcast network, today announced a strategic alliance with IMG Media,  the world’s largest independent producer and distributer of sports programming, to be the online broadcast platform for IMG Media to distribute live games and events online to a worldwide audience.  The agreement covers select sports content from around the world ensuring global audiences will see these amazing events regardless of platform.

Ustream’s social, live video platform has upended audience size expectations for online video. With 60 million monthly unique viewers enabling over 9 million total views during recent mega streams such as the Mars Rover Landing and Apple’s iPhone 5 announcement. Ustream has demonstrated it is the only live video platform capable of scaling to the size of global audiences for large events.  As part of the agreement with IMG Media, Ustream will access and encode live feeds via satellite and distribute the content on the Ustream platform as well as to partner sites so fans can choose where to watch their favorite sporting events across a selection of top tier sites.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with IMG Media as part of Ustream’s overall strategy of expanding our programming to offer our viewers the best live online content in the world,” noted Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable.  “The combination of IMG Media’s global sports content and Ustreams’ powerful social platform for online broadcast offers viewers unprecedented ways to engage with fellow fans and access live programming.”

IMG Media and Ustream kicked off their alliance on October 12th with various 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

“IMG Media is among the top sports production and distribution agencies in the world and we’re thrilled to initiate this relationship to distribute the breadth of their sports content worldwide,” said Wayne Sieve, vice president and head of sports for Ustream.

To learn more about IMG Media on Ustream and other Ustream sports, and upcoming events, please visitwww.ustream.tv/sports.

Ustream Partners with Video the Vote to Power Live, Up-to-the-Minute Citizen Reports from Polling Precincts Across the USA

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Ustream mobile to provide instant transparency in a contentious voting environment

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. NOV, 1 2012 – Ustream (www.ustream.tv), the leader in live online video, has teamed up with Video the Vote (www.videothevote.org) to power citizen reporters with a seamless platform to broadcast election hotspots across the country with the Ustream mobile app.  On Tuesday, November 6th, citizen reporters will go live on the Ustream mobile app from polling locations to watchdog the voting process through live video in order to help monitor voting intimidation and voter suppression in key states throughout the U.S.

Video the Vote and Ustream are currently looking for volunteers to act as citizen reporters across the country to provide live-broadcast reports directly from the front lines on Election Day. These reporters will monitor the polling locations, providing live video feeds directly from their mobile devices with Ustream’s variety of mobile applications. Especially in states with indications of voter suppression tactics, including: NV, FL, OH, PA, NC, VA, WI, AZ and CO, these reports will help to provide transparency about what is occurring at polling location across the country. Citizen reporters can sign up at (www.videothevote.org/sign_up) to cover Election Day and download the apps directly from Ustream.

In the last three years, Ustream has seen an almost 50 percent increase in the use of mobile devices as the main source of viewing content and 1 out of 8 broadcasts are live from mobile devices.  Ustream’s development team has designed and created theUstream mobile app for theiPhone, iPad andAndroid devices making the process of streaming live broadcasts and viewing this content as easy as a touch of a button.

Citizen reporters are a critical part of the changing journalism landscape, something that has been seen throughout the past year, both internationally (Arab Spring and Russian protests) and here at home with the Occupy Movement. To help these new citizen journalists better share their stories with the world, Ustream is providing tips and training in advance of the election. Interested parties can learn more here.

“Ustream is the #1 platform of choice for citizen reporters around the world to document the emergence of democratic movements. From Tahrir Square, to Damascus, to Moscow, the Ustream mobile app has been a powerful beacon of truth in a turbulent world,” said Ustream CEO Brad Hunstable.  “The power of live video in the hands of committed witnesses to the democratic process allows them to ensure the integrity of that process.  We’re excited to lend our broadcast network to the cause of ensuring a transparent and fair Election Day in the United States.”