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.”

Ustream Celebrates New Live Broadcast Network with the World’s Largest Presidential Debate Watch Party

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From PBS NewsHour to RuPaul’s Drag Race, the new Ustream redefines

the social television experience with hundreds of live perspectives

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– October 1, 2012— Ustream Inc. today announced that they will be throwing the world’s largest presidential debate watch party on Wednesday, October 3, to celebrate the new Ustream live broadcast network. The main attraction of the watch party will be a live broadcast of the debate as well as hundreds of shows featuring real-time commentary and views, from the serious to the seriously funny. With more than 57 million viewers per month worldwide, this event promises to shift millions of viewers from traditional television consumption to a live, social, interactive experience.  The network’s new 24/7 real-time programming guide reflects video viewing trends across both social networks and professionally produced channels such as News, Entertainment, Sports, and Animals/Wildlife.

Click to Tweet: Check out @Ustream to watch & interact at the world’s largest presidential debate watch party! #UstreamDebate RT http://bit.ly/Dt5g

The debate watch party news partners include: A live broadcast of the debate from PBS NewsHour and analysis from WSJ Live; a planned protest by Occupy Denver and Occupy the Debates; a three hour pre-debate special from Breitbart News with Larry O’Connor; a debate panel from the League of Young Voters; and learn what’s at stake for women and get informed with PopSugar Gen Y culture reporters.

Viewers will also be able to tune into alternative perspectives from around the entertainment industry including: queens from Logo TV’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race;” comedian Scott Rogowsky; Cracked.com’s web series “After Hours;” and the 2013 Hooters Calendar Girls, appearing with hosts Al Del Bene and Rich Aronovitch of Ustream’s original comedy series, “Show Interrupted.”  Viewers seeking other ways to express their patriotism can watch live eagle cams or simply relax and enjoy an adult beverage with the Debate Drinking broadcast.

“Ustream’s unique platform has upended audience sizes expectations for online video. We saw 9 million combined total views during the Mars Rover Landing and iPhone 5 announcement on Ustream, in both cases, exceeding traditional broadcast and cable ratings,” said Brad Hunstable, Founder and CEO of Ustream.  “The new Ustream network takes live video viewing to an entirely new level by surfacing and organizing the world’s most compelling live experiences based on both social recommendations and our new team of experienced producers.”

“From serious breaking news, to entertainment, sports, and nature broadcasts, Ustream has become the go-to broadcast network, with multiple live perspectives of unfolding events,” said Cybil Wallace, Ustream’s new Executive Producer and CNN and AP veteran.  “Our new site gives us the flexibility to consistently present viewers with the most compelling live experiences from around the world, whether from professional media outlets or citizen reporters.”

The new Ustream discovery experience surfaces the most interesting live and relevant content from across tens of thousands of broadcasters in the Ustream network. There will be permanent channels for Ustream’s most popular content groups: news, entertainment and music, sports, animals and wildlife; as well as pop-up collections of live videos from breaking news and trending topics. This innovative format allows Ustream to deliver viewers and broadcasters deep, compelling experiences every day.

For viewers looking for a more in depth experience with a broadcaster, they can preview content right from the homepage and then dive into newly designed broadcaster pages. Broadcasters are able to trick out their pages with customized graphics, widgets, recorded video, embed their live broadcasts on Facebook, and much more.  Viewers are able to RSVP to upcoming events, participate in live discussions through the social stream, leave Facebook comments, and follow their favorite broadcasters.  Ustream’s new channel pages and video player have been optimized to enhance viewing and social engagement.

The new Ustream also includes social and personalization features.  When logged-in users can see what content their Facebook friends have watched and keep tabs on broadcasters that they follow. For those on the go, a new mobile version of Ustream is available with all of the great live content that you are able to find on the network.


Ustream to Re-Broadcast 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

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Ustream to Re-Broadcast 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony Sunday at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Chicago, Illinois, USA – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is pleased to announce that the 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be re-broadcast in its entirety and ad-free via Ustream on Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) at www.ustream.tv/channel/hugo-awards.

The original live broadcast of the ceremony was interrupted on Sunday, September 2 when an automated infringement system detected content in the stream that it deemed copyright infringement. Although the material was cleared for Chicon 7 use, the feed could not be restored before the ceremony concluded, meaning that fans around the world were unable to enjoy the remainder of the show.

Ustream founder and CEO Brad Hunstable spoke directly to Chicon 7 Chairman Dave McCarty on Tuesday, September 4, and expressed his regret at the loss of the broadcast. Hunstable’s online blog post notes “Unfortunately, we were not able to lift the ban before the broadcast ended. We had many unhappy viewers as a result, and for that I am truly sorry.  As a long-time Firefly, Stargate and Game of Thrones fan among others, I am especially disheartened by this”…. “I have suspended use of this third-party system until we are able to recalibrate the settings so that we can better balance the needs of broadcasters, viewers, and copyright holders.  While we are committed to protecting copyright, we absolutely must ensure our amazing and democratizing platform allows legal broadcasters to Ustream their events and shows.”

To makeup for the disruption to the original broadcast, Ustream will feature the full un-edited and bot-free ceremony on its Homepage this Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT. Ustream will also run the broadcast ad-free on the Worldcon Hugo Awards channel at www.ustream.tv/channel/hugo-awards, and provide additional marketing and promotional support to raise the profile of the event. The broadcast will subsequently be available from the same channel on an on-demand basis. Ustream has also offered additional support and publicity for the streaming of future Hugo Award Ceremonies for upcoming Worldcons in San Antonio, TX (2013) and London, UK (2014).

According to Dave McCarty, “this incident is just one of several that have been in the news recently, and it reflects a broader challenge faced by the industry. I welcome Brad’s personal response and his commitment to review the way in which channel suspensions are triggered and controlled. And of course, we are delighted that all science fiction fans can experience a great Hugo Awards Ceremony which celebrated the best in recent science fiction literature and media and its fans. As Chair of the Hugo Award Marketing Committee, I also look forward to building this partnership with Ustream over the coming years.”

Ustream Launches “Broadcast for Friends,” First Live Video iPhone App for Facebook with R&B Superstar Trey Songz

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Free New App Transforms Facebook Timeline into a Personal, Live Broadcast Network

SAN FRANCISCO—August 22, 2012—Ustream announced today the availability of its newest free mobile iPhone app Broadcast for Friends (BFF) on iTunes. BFF is the first iPhone app that lets users instantly broadcast unlimited live video to their friends on Facebook Timeline. During a live broadcast, friends’ Facebook comments are displayed in real-time to the BFF broadcaster. BFF also allows the broadcaster to change the look and feel of the live video with 10 Hollywood-inspired filters like “Maltese” (saturated black and white), “Vendetta” (prominent reds) and “Valentino” (silent film look). The free iOS app is available by visiting http://bit.ly/RdrPks. To view a demo of BFF in action, please visit http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/24753525/theater.

Today, R&B superstar Trey Songz announced he will be going live via the Broadcast for Friends app from his personal Facebook page on Sunday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET to celebrate the release of his new album Chapter V.

Click to Tweet: @Ustream launches Broadcast for Friends, BFF, first live-video iPhone app for #Facebook #UstreamBFF http://bit.ly/RdrPks

“Ustream has always been the first to bring live, mobile broadcasting products to market, revolutionizing the way people share life experiences,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and co-founder of Ustream. “Our unique broadcast technology enables Ustream to combine powerful live video events with the powerful reach of Facebook. The live aspect is what really makes BFF special; at the end of the day you would much rather see a concert live, in-the-moment rather than a recorded version.”

Ustream shipped the first mobile broadcasting app, Broadcaster, for the iPhone in 2009 and for Android in 2010. With this announcement, Ustream extends its leadership into the rapidly growing intersection of mobile and social live video. Ustream’s goal for Broadcast for Friends is to empower non-professional, everyday people to broadcast what they believe to be newsworthy, live to their world.

How it Works
The Broadcast for Friends app makes it very easy for any iPhone user to share live “socialcasts” like weddings, concerts, graduations, PTA meetings, breaking news events or even the first time a toddler walks with all of their friends on Facebook. BFF users simply connect to their Facebook account through the app and then click the “Broadcast” button to stream live to their Facebook Timeline.

With a simple finger-swipe of the screen, users can choose among 10 movie-inspired filters to create the mood and ambience they desire for their event. Filter changes are visible in real-time to Facebook friends. Current filters include:
Munchkin: Color style from Wizard of Oz
Wonka: Purplish tint
Chicago: Red flood
Sundance: Old western-style
Titan: Aqua green tint
Requiem: Desaturated, sepia tones
Vendetta: Prominent reds
Valentino: Silent film look
Maltese: Saturated black and white; Film noir
Curiosity: Mars Rover orange tones

BFF users can easily set privacy settings for their socialcasts for friends-only, self-only or public. At the end of the broadcast, a recorded version of the video can be saved to the user’s Facebook Timeline for on-demand viewing.

“Ustream’s investment in network infrastructure and patented streaming technology allows us to scale millions of simultaneous broadcasts across the Facebook global social audience,” notes Gyula Feher, CTO and co-founder of Ustream. “Only Ustream is able to deliver the massive scale required to support a consumer broadcast app like BFF.”

Broadcast for Friends is available today as a free iOS app in iTunes. To get the app, simply visit http://bit.ly/RdrPks and Stream On! Follow Ustream’s Broadcast for Friends on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BroadcastForFriends.

Ustream Partners with PBS NewsHour to Power Live Coverage of this Year’s Conventions

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Ustream Partners with Washington D.C. Media Powerhouse PBS NewsHour To Power Live Coverage of this Year’s Democratic and Republican Conventions

PBS NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni and Anchor Gwen Ifill Will Join Ustream Vice President Craig Mullaney During A Live Announcement Via Ustream at 11 a.m. EST

SAN FRANCISCO– August 22, 2012–Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced an exclusive agreement to power PBS NewsHour’s round-the-clock, 24-hour live coverage of this year’s Democratic and  Republican National Conventions. This Washington, D.C., / Silicon Valley partnership will take online breaking news to the next level by combining three important elements: Ustream’s innovative live-broadcast streaming technology, the platform’s mobility to stream news anytime, anywhere, and PBS’s award-winning journalism.

Viewers can kick off PBS’s coverage of the conventions with a dynamic and interactive conversation about politics, technology and media during a live Q & A session with VicePresident of Ustream Craig Mullaney, PBS NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni and Senior Correspondent and Anchor of PBS NewsHour Gwen Ifill –– live today at 11 a.m. (EST) via Ustream.

The partnership between PBS and Ustream will extend the reach of PBS’s coverage of the convention to today’s generation of social media and mobile-savvy consumers by having live-broadcast streaming of breaking political news action at the convention. Voters and viewers can provide their perspective and engage in the discussion while watching the coverage online by sharing their views on Ustream’s social streaming chat room.

“PBS NewsHour has been increasingly dedicated to providing our readers with our unique brand of MacNeil/Lehrer journalism where ever and whenever they want it.  Live online streaming content has been key to making that possible. Our partnership with Ustream for the 2012 Democratic and Republican conventions is reinforcing our commitment to telling the stories that need to be told by tapping into a wide range of voices,” said Linda Winslow, executive producer of PBS NewsHour. “We want our viewers to share their perspectives and thoughts on this year’s presidential campaign via Ustream’s social stream alongside NewsHour’s live coverage.”

During the convention coverage, PBS will be streaming at least five streaming channels via Ustream including one channel for Spanish speaking viewers.  Other features during the convention only found on Ustream include:

  • Arena Cam: Showcasing the hustle and bustle on the convention floors
  • Workspace Cam: Viewers can get up close and personal and see daily actions of the speakers rehearsing, writers preparing speeches, the ins and outs of the booths on the convention floor and politicians working together
  • Helmet Cam: During the daytime hours, viewers can be down on the convention with a special helmet-mounted Android phone
  • Share Your Views Via Ustream’s Social Stream: This feature allows users to chat instantly with broadcasters and viewers alike while taking the concept of watching live broadcast streaming and being an on-the-spot commentator to a whole new level.

“Today’s social media generation wants to have the ability to interact and share their voice while watching live broadcast streams of breaking news, political scandals and on-the-spot protests via their mobile devices, tablets or computers,” remarks Craig Mullaney vice president of operations and strategy at Ustream.  “It’s a perfect combination: mixing the power of Ustream with 24-hours of politics with an established media outlet like PBS NewsHour. We cannot wait to see the debates on Ustream’s social stream heating up during the conventions.”

Ustream’s development team has designed and created the Broadcasters mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices making the process of streaming live broadcasts and viewing this content as easy as a touch of a button along with viewers providing instant commentary.  Over the last two years, Ustream has become the online headquarters for thousands of citizen journalist due to the mobility of this app allowing them to break news anytime and anywhere by having a live-satellite truck in their back pockets.