Ustream.TV Joins Bebo’s Open Media to Introduce Live, Interactive Video Broadcasting to Social Networking

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Ustream.TV, a live, interactive video broadcast platform, today announced a partnership with Bebo, the global social network, to integrate its one-to-many live video broadcast application into Bebo’s new Open Media service (also announced today). The Ustream application will be integrated with the Bebo service, adding real-time, interactive video broadcasting to social networking. The first demonstration of the Ustream/Bebo combination was a concert streamed live online for Ustream and Bebo audiences during the Bebo Open Media news conference held today in New York, featuring popular Hollywood Records’ artists The Plain White T’s.

“Ustream.TV provides a new capability for Bebo members and enables powerful, real-time, interactive content in their profiles,” Joanna Shields, President of Bebo. “As live video becomes an important feature of social networking, the potential will be unlimited, from musicians sharing music with fans to professors broadcasting lectures for distanced learning.”

Ustream.TV connects people everywhere with an open and distributable live, interactive broadcast video platform. It allows anyone with a camera, computer, and Internet connection to broadcast live video to a global audience. Ustream.TV provides access to friends, family, entertainers, politicians and events like never before. Bebo members will be able to broadcast Ustream live video to all 40 million members or privately, to only the friends they choose.

“Bebo provides content creators, whether individuals, groups, or large organizations, with a means to reach targeted audiences through live video,” said Brad Hunstable, president and co-founder, Ustream.TV. “Bebo represents a significant new distribution channel for Ustream content, and we believe the synergies between our two platforms will redefine social networking as a fully realized, live, interactive communications medium.”

About Bebo

Bebo is a global social networking website which aims to bring together like minded individuals who are creative, expressive and socially aware. Bebo has a membership of more than 40 million world-wide and ranks as the world’s most engaging Social Media Network with users spending an average of 40 minutes per usage day on the site*. Bebo won the People’s Choice award in the Social Networking category at the 2006 Webby awards and was named as the number one search term in the Year-End Google Zeitgeist 2006. Bebo was founded in 2005 by Michael and Xochi Birch.

*Source: comScore World Metrix. www.bebo.com