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.

Ustream Names Co-Founder Brad Hunstable as CEO

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Ustream Names Co-Founder Brad Hunstable as CEO

Company Reports Accelerating Growth in Subscription Revenues and Users

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– August 13, 2012— Ustream Inc. today announced that its board of directors, after completing an extensive external search, has named Ustream Co-Founder Brad Hunstable as the CEO. Hunstable has been serving as interim CEO since November of 2011. Ustream also announced accelerating momentum across its business, including a 170 percent growth in subscribers to its Pro Broadcasting service, 290 percent in subscriber revenue growth and 300 percent growth in Pay-Per-View revenue, all in the six-month period ending June 2012 vs. June 2011. Register users and mobile downloads have increased by more than 100 percent: a strong indication of the fututure growth of Ustream.

“The board has been very impressed by Brad’s leadership as interim CEO, building an impressive team of A players, driving growth in Ustream’s core business and putting the company on a firm financial footing for accelerated growth,” said Gen Isayama, Ustream director and partner at DCM. “The board is very excited by Ustream’s opportunity to extend its leadership in the live, social video space to capture a dominant share of live broadcasting revenues.”

“I am thrilled to be leading the Ustream team at a time of rapid growth in the live video broadcast market,” noted Hunstable. “With new broadcast products and our editorial strategy coming into sharp focus now, we are poised to build on the momentum we announced today. We foresee very strong financial performance in 2012 and even faster expansion in 2013.”

Hunstable co-founded Ustream more than five years ago with a vision to bring live broadcast technology to the entire world. Since then, the company has established itself as the leading live, social video site. Hunstable has been ranked among 50 “Digital Power Players” by the Hollywood Reporter and on Variety’s Producers Guild of America’s Digital 25: Visionaries, Innovators and Producers for his work at Ustream. Brad is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds an MBA from Ohio State.

Discovery Channel & Georgia Aquarium Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ‘Shark Week’ with Shark Cam

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DISCOVERY CHANNEL & GEORGIA AQUARIUM CELEBRATE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF ‘SHARK WEEK’ WITH SHARK CAM

– Visitors to SharkWeek.com Can Control First Underwater 360-Degree Live Streaming Camera from Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager Exhibit –

(Silver Spring, Md. and Atlanta, Ga.) – As Americans prepare to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, thoughts turn to summer rituals: trips to the beach, barbeque’s with friends and…SHARK WEEK. The annual summertime pop culture event will return to Discovery Channel on August 12, marking 25 years of celebrating the often misunderstood and feared creatures of the deep. Beginning today, viewers are invited to get a jump on the festivities and dive with sharks (no wet suit required) through Shark Cam, a live streaming underwater experience from the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager Exhibit at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the world’s largest single aquarium habitat, inside the world’s largest aquarium.

In an online first, visitors to SharkWeek.com, GeorgiaAquarium.org and USTREAM will have 360-degree access to the home of 33 sharks spanning seven species, which includes the largest species of shark, the whale shark, in addition to elegant rays and a full underwater ecosystem. Shark Cam audiences will be able to pan, tilt and move the 360-degree camera, powered by Immersive Media, to find their favorite shark-filled perspective. A second camera on the north side of the exhibit will offer an alternative stationary underwater view.

From August 12-16, Shark Cam visitors will be treated to twice-daily feedings and can participate in daily live chats with an underwater shark expert, submitting their questions in the social stream and to @SharkWeek on Twitter. Fin-atics can also visit SHARK WEEK on Facebook for regular updates, follow SHARK WEEK on Socialcam for Shark Cam selects, pin their favorite #SharkCam photos to a special Pinterest board and more.

For super shark fans, there is also the opportunity to go from watching to diving by participating in Georgia Aquarium’s Journey with Gentle Giants Program. Guests twelve years of age and older are given the opportunity to get face-to-fin in the Ocean Voyager exhibit while friends, family and fellow Shark Cam lovers watch the underwater adventure from home. Participants in this one-of-a-kind experience can choose to swim at the surface or dive down deeper (with SCUBA certification). For more information, visit www.georgiaaquarium.org/swim-with-whale-sharks.

Discovery Channel’s SHARK WEEK is cable’s longest-running programming event and will celebrate its 25th anniversary with eight all-new specials beginning Sunday, August 12 at 9pm ET/PT.

Ustream Adds Former WebEx and Yammer Executives to Accelerate Company Growth

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Ustream Adds Former WebEx and Yammer Executives to Accelerate Company Growth

Live, Social Video Streaming Leader Welcomes David Thompson as SVP of Marketing and Matt Imbach as VP of Finance

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– August 06, 2012 – Ustream Inc., the leader in live, social streaming video, today announced the appointment of two new executive team members: David Thompson, the former CMO of WebEx, joins as senior vice president of marketing and Matt Imbach, the former VP of Finance at Yammer, joins as vice president of finance.  Thompson and Imbach bring extensive leadership experience from both startup and large established companies to further drive growth and market awareness for Ustream.

“Today, live, social video is the new way to broadcast, from everyday life events, to celebrity announcements, corporate communications and protests around the world,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and co-founder of Ustream. “We are rapidly expanding our business to monetize both live video content and broadcaster products.  David and Matt’s experiences in both media and Saas companies will enable Ustream increase momentum as the leading live, social video platform.”

“I’m very excited to join Ustream as the live video market is poised for massive growth,” remarked Thompson.  “The rapid growth stage Ustream finds itself in now is highly reminiscent of the early stages of the web conferencing market and Ustream already enjoys a dominant position in the market.  I’m looking forward to increasing the company’s brand footprint and helping drive significant upside in revenue and traffic.”

“Ustream’s unique business model gives it significant competitive advantage,” noted Imbach.  “We have an exciting opportunity to drive scalable growth with both high margin products and media properties that will allow the company to grow very rapidly.”

Thompson joins Ustream with more than 20 years of both startup and established software company experience. Prior to his current position, Thompson was the CEO and co-founder of SaaS marketing company Genius.com, where he grew the company to more than 70 employees, achieved over 2,000 percent revenue growth and raised more than $45 million in venture capital from top tier venture capital firms such as Accel and MDV. Earlier, Thompson served as the CMO of WebEx, where he named and launched the company, positioned it as a leading business brand and managed award-winning branding campaigns and  IPO communications.  Thompson is a graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities.  He will lead the company’s branding, product marketing and corporate communications.

Matt Imbach joins Ustream with more than a decade of experience in emerging growth companies, specifically in the social network industry in Silicon Valley. Prior to Ustream, Imbach was the vice president of finance for Yammer, where he led finance aspects of venture capital and built core financial functions for the company. He has also held the title of vice president of finance for Ning, Inc., Joyent, Inc. and Zoom Corporation. Imbach is a graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and major in finance.  He will manage the company’s finances and HR.

Over the past year, Ustream has seen an increase in adoption and growth for its live video stream capabilities and content. In 2011 global viewers tuned into more than two million live and recorded broadcasts. Every month, about 51 million viewers visit Ustream and all together those viewers have watched 49 million hours of content per month with an average view time of 43.6 minutes per unique visitor. In 2012, Ustream has become ubiquitous with citizen journalist as citizen unrest erupts around the world and Internet access is limited.

UrtheCast Signs Exclusive Deal with Ustream to Air Space Programming

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UrtheCast Signs Exclusive Deal with Ustream to Air Space Programming

UrtheCast – the first high-definition (HD), streaming video platform of Earth – and Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, announced today an exclusive partnership to power UrtheCast’s weekly live

Vancouver and San Francisco (PRWEB) July 09, 2012-  UrtheCast – the first high-definition (HD), streaming video platform of Earth – and Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, announced today an exclusive partnership to power UrtheCast’s weekly live programming to Ustream’s wide audience. The UrtheCastTV program provides insight into the realm of a space technology startup, moving toward launch in early 2013. Viewers can tune in to UrtheCast’s Ustream channel at http://www.ustream.tv/urthecast every Tuesday, at 4:00 p.m. PST.

“We’ve been airing our live discussions since March of 2012, and we’re excited to begin working more closely with Ustream as our vision becomes a reality. Ustream’s leading-edge live platform is already being used by innovative teams, such as those at NASA,” said UrtheCast President, Scott Larson. “We expect this new partnership to extend our reach towards a new audience, grow our community, and offer valuable live programming to the masses.”

In 2010, UrtheCast launched its vision to install two cameras to the bottom of the International Space Station and offer a platform to view the Earth for people across the globe. This vision transformed to include the creation of a global community – part of this community has already begun to take shape in the form of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and now even more so with Ustream. UrtheCast intends to create not only a new perspective on the world, but a new interactive community. UrtheCast covers issues big and small, with an industry-specific and worldwide perspective. In the live, interactive Ustream chats, viewers can join discussions on app development, rocket science, technology, ground station technology, and social media.

In early 2013, UrtheCast’s two cameras – constructed by the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Labs – will be mounted to the underside of the Russian segment of the ISS. The imagery and video from these cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the globe. Once on Earth, this data will be processed into HD video.

This video will then be streamed to viewers to experience on their computers or mobile devices. The cameras will provide high-resolution, color image strips of Earth, up to 40-km wide, with a ground pixel size (ground sampling distance) of up to 1.1 meters. As the Space Station passes over a particular geographic location, video data and imagery will be collected of that area, providing the opportunity for awareness of current events across the globe. As another layer of interactivity, users will be able to track the Space Station along its orbital path.

“Ustream is thrilled to help broadcast truly inspiring space experiences with UrtheCast,” said Ruby Tugade, Ustream’s Senior Business Development Manager. “Ustream’s technology makes it possible to share both UrtheCast’s weekly programming, and videos of planet Earth, from space. We are proud to be bringing this extraordinary content to our users across the globe.”

The beta version of the UrtheCast platform goes live in summer of 2012. For a chance to become a beta subscriber, visit http://www.urthecast.com.

Huffington Post and Ustream Announce Exclusive Agreement for Live Citizen Journalism Content

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HUFFINGTON POST ANNOUNCES WEB-EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AGREEMENT WITH USTREAM FOR LIVE CITIZEN JOURNALISM FOOTAGE OF RAW BREAKING NEWS CONTENT

Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream to Cheers Partnership with a Live-Broadcast Press Announcement Exclusively on Ustream at 3:30 p.m. EST

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– June 27, 2012–Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced an exclusive agreement with Huffington Post that grants the media outlet access to live-streaming videos from Ustream’s citizen journalists to embed on its breaking news pages. As citizen journalism continues to rise, Ustream has become the popular choice to stream live breaking news reporting. Now by partnering with Huffington Post, Ustream’s live on-the-street content will reach the media outlet’s almost 37 million monthly readers and viewers to provide a diverse perspective of late breaking events around the world.

At 3:30 p.m. (EST) sharp, be part of the groundbreaking exclusive live-press announcement event with Editor-In-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream Brad Hunstable by watching and providing commentary through Ustream’s exclusive social stream at Ustream.tv/huffingtonpost.  Additionally, after the live-announcement, Ustream’s up-and-coming Citizen Journalist Luke “We Are Change” Rudkowski will give his perspective on why being a citizen journalist is important for today’s society especially with this generations’ greater access to mobile devices worldwide.

“We launched Off The Bus in 2007 to go beyond the one-dimensional horse-race aspect of election coverage and actually respond to the widespread dissatisfaction about the way campaigns are covered,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. “So I’m delighted that we are partnering with Ustream for Off The Bus 2012, and renewing our commitment to holding politicians accountable and telling the stories that need to be told by tapping into a wide range of voices and perspectives.”

In the last 3 years, Ustream has seen an almost 50 percent increase in use of mobile devices as the main source of viewing content and 1 out of 8 broadcasts are live from mobile devices. With Huffington Post’s exclusive partnership with Ustream – its readers will now have access to on-the-spot footage of historical events such as:

In addition to the partnership, Huffington Post and Ustream are giving a call out for nominations to anyone who thinks they or someone they know has what it takes to be a citizen journalist for this year’s “Off the Bus Cover the Conventions Contest.” Winners selected from the nomination pool will have all their lodging and expenses paid as they report from on the scene of this year’s political conventions in Charlotte or Tampa. Additionally, Ustream will be offering exclusive training and support to the winners to enhance their skills to become an All-Star Ustream citizen journalist.

To be considered, send a video (less than 2 minutes) and reasons why you or someone you nominated should cover the convention then email it to offthebus@huffingtonpost.com.

“Citizen Journalism is increasingly democratizing the internet with live Ustream news events playing an important role,,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and co-founder of Ustream. “Our partnership with Huffington Post will further push forward this trend and our mission to enable anyone, anywhere to share their stories. By combining Huffington Post’s world-class news reporting with Ustream’s live video citizen journalism viewers everywhere will now have a raw and unedited perspective of diverse voices on the world’s most important events.”

Over the last three years, Ustream’s development team has designed and created the Ustream 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.
Download the Ustream app and be an Off the Bus Citizen Journalist today! Sign-up at Ustream.tv/huffingtonpost.

Ustream and Clear Channel Team to Celebrate and Broadcast LGBT Pride Parade

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USTREAM AND CLEAR CHANNEL SAN FRANCISCO TEAM TO BRING GLOBAL AUDIENCES LIVE, INTERACTIVE COVERAGE OF THE SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE PARADE

The 42nd Annual San Francisco Pride Parade Will be Ustreamed Live on Sunday, June 24 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– June 18, 2012–Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced it will team up with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment San Francisco to provide exclusive live, interactive coverage of the 42nd Annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Parade at 10:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, June 24. Tune into www.ustream.tv/sfpridelive for the live parade coverage and on Monday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. PT for a live announcement and preview of San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade with the parade host Donna Sachet, who will be joined by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and her parade co-hosts Michelle Meow and Sebastian Kunz.
CLICK TO TWEET: @Ustream & @SFPrideLive to share @SFPride with the world – live announcement with Donna Sachet at 3p.m. PT today www.ustream.tv/sfpridelive
“Pride’s theme this year is Global Equality and Clear Channel San Francisco cannot think of a better way to celebrate than to provide the world with the opportunity to experience San Francisco LGBT Pride live through Ustream,” said Val Klein, director of marketing & promotions at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment San Francisco. “With Ustream, we are finally able to realize our dream of reaching a worldwide audience. Ustream is making it possible for even the most isolated or closeted people to participate in the LGBT community and perhaps become empowered in the process.”
Viewers can join the festivities at the official San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade channel starting at 10:00 a.m. PT on Sunday, June 24. Viewers from around the world will experience the parade through multiple perspectives and angles throughout the day. This year San Francisco’s Donna Sachet will host the parade, along with Michelle Meow, host of Swirl Radio, Sebastian Kunz, on-parade reporter, Alicia Kimbrell, social networking director for Clear Channel San Francisco, and guest host Lenny Broberg of the San Francisco Police Department. The parade commences with the Dykes on Bikes® followed by more than 200 contingents representing a wide variety of the LGBT community, politicians and celebrity Grand Marshalls Sarah Silverman, Dot Jones (Glee) and Carmen Cararra (RuPaul’s Drag Race).
For more information on the 42nd Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade, please visit http://www.sfpride.org
Join in the conversation at: facebook.com/sfpridelive.com or @SFPrideLive on Twitter #SFPRIDELIVE

Decorah Eagle Fledge Watch Begins June 20th!

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STARTING JUNE 20, FLEDGE WATCH BEGINS FOR DECORAH EAGLES: #1 MOST VIEWED LIVE-STREAMING VIDEO ON USTREAM EVER

Exciting times for bird lovers all over—it’s time for Ustream’s popular Decorah Eagle chicks to spread their wings and fly! To catch the highly anticipated fledge on June 20th, fans can tune in at ustream.tv/animalcams, a curated portal that also showcases some of the many other high quality bird and animal cams on offer. Last year, the live-streaming Decorah Eagle channel garnered more than 200 million views making it the number one most viewed live streaming video ever.

Between now and the first fledge, the junior eagles are practicing their techniques to prepare for their first flight. Currently the eagles are wingercizing, which entails flapping their wings and hopping. At times, they might catch a gust of air causing them to hover. After that, the junior eagles will start branching, which are small hops and lifts onto the closest branches around their nest. Lastly, the junior eagles will fledge or self-propel away from and back to the nest. This is all achieved with watchful parents on the sidelines.

The channel will go off air on Saturday, June 30 4:00 p.m. CT for the remainder of the 2012 season as volunteers focus on upgrading cameras, technology and the viewing experience for the 2013 season. The live video stream will go back on the air in November 2012 and the chat will return in early 2013.

To celebrate National Bald Eagle Day on June 20th, Ustream’s editors will be featuring www.ustream.tv/baldeagles showcasing all of the wonderful bald eagle cams, including live content, highlights, and recorded video on Ustream.

DECORAH EAGLE TIMELINE:

●  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: About 35 days

●  Hatch Watch: The eggs hatched in late March: First egg hatched March 27, the second egg hatched on March 28 and the Third egg hatched on March 31.

●  Fledge Watch: Starts June 20th

●  End of Season: Saturday, June 30 4:00 p.m. CT

POSSIBLE INTERVIEWS:

●  The man behind the camera and the founder of the Raptor Resource Project, Bob Anderson, would be happy to discuss his love for birds, education, and background information on the Decorah Eagle project. Anderson provides the world a glimpse of the nature that surrounds us through his more than 30 animal cameras across the country.

●  CEO and Co-Founder of Ustream TV, Brad Hunstable would be happy to discuss live-streaming, the Decorah Eagle phenomenon, and the growing trend of live-streaming animals.

USTREAM CHANNAL:  http://www.ustream.tv/decoraheagles

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Ustream For Android Hits 2.5M Downloads, Rolls Out Ad-Free App For Those Who Pay

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Ustream is celebrating reaching 2.5 million downloads of its Android app today with the release of a major new version, Ustream 2.0. It’s been a long time coming for Ustream to hit this milestone – the original Android app waslaunched back in 2009, and the Android tablet version arrived just last year.

With the update, the company is finally providing a way for users to disable the banner ads within the app – news whose timing is critical, given the recent reports about Android ads and the related battery drains.

Explains Ustream of its in-app ads: “to maintain its development, the app is supported by unobtrusive banner ads appearing at the bottom of some screens.”

How “unobtrusive” those ads may be, however, is certainly subjective.

And with the report (PDF) that ads in these so-called “free” Android apps drain the phone’s battery at incredible rates – some even use twice the power they actually need to operate – any ad-disabling option will be a welcome addition for regular users.

Starting today, Ustream users can choose to purchase a premium membership, available to buy both in the app and on Ustream’s website, in order to have access to an entirely ad-free version.

While that’s the biggest news with Ustream 2.0, the app has also received a makeover as well as a new “quick broadcast” widget, as a part of the overhaul.

The updated user interface now offers a dark theme, and supports device rotation to landscape mode, swiping-based navigation, an improved “actionbar” (the screen header) functionality and other minor improvements.

Also new is a “Quick Broadcast” widget which Android users can place directly on their homescreen. When you see something you want to record, just tap the widget to immediately begin live streaming.

Although of lesser importance to stateside users, but of strategic importance to the company itself, version 2.0 of the Android app now supports the Korean language too, in addition to English and Japanese. This comes on the heels of last week’s announcement ofUstream’s launch in Korea. The company had partnered last fall with KT Corporation, a leading telecommunications provider in South Korea, while simultaneously raising an additional $10 million funding round from Japanese telecom provider Softbank. Korea is the second non-English platform for the company, following Ustream Asia, which launched in January 2010.

The updated version of Ustream for Android will roll out to the Android Market Google Play storetoday. For those who already have the app installed, just check for updates.

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.