Introducing Networks, More Control, And New Look!
After several months of tireless effort by the Ustream Engineers, we introduce to you an upgraded, and even easier Ustream.TV. This launch is jam packed with features from the ability with one click to send your video to 20 different video sharing sites, to brand new channel page customization, to our elite Networks. Explore more below!
Some shows will now be organized based on common themes to bring together broadcasters with similar interests and making content easier for viewers to discover. The new network categories include: The Stage (music; performing arts), Video Games/Sports, People, Tech (technology and innovation), The Zoo (pets, outdoors, animals), and, Religion.
Ustream.TV-designated moderators will select shows to include in networks ensuring consistency with the network theme and improving the viewerâ€™s experience. In addition, each network will have its own landing page featuring a network-wide chat room where viewers can interact and discuss the networkâ€™s content, share content discoveries, especially, long tail content, and express thoughts related to the networkâ€™s topic. Imagine for The Zoo network, people can talk about their pets in the network chat. This allows viewers with common interests to meet on the networks page, thereby building community.
The People Network
We now have a new and improved Broadcaster panel. It easier than ever to broadcast and record live video. Look for much more functionality here in the future!
Viewers can now scroll through a horizontal carousel displaying thumbnails of live broadcasts. This allows viewers to quickly browse through the live broadcasts to find interesting content.
Recorded Video Favorites (Clips)
A broadcaster can select specific videos from their recorded videos archive to be highlighted on their show page while they are off air. Now a broadcaster can control his brand and image to viewers as well as retain viewers on his site longer by selecting videos to display. Additionally, broadcasters can now increase their off-air presence by choosing to run favorite recorded clips on their show page when they are not broadcasting live. This allows broadcasters to have a 24X7 video presence, whether they are live or not – visitors to their show page can always get great content.
Recorded Video Conversion Tools
Broadcasters now have a simple, easy-to-use process to edit, share and distribute Ustream.TV content across the Internet. They can convert their Ustream.TV recorded video into MPEG-4, QuickTimeâ„¢ (.mov) or Windows WMV file formats. Typically, broadcasters pay for such a service. Today, Ustream.TV is providing this service free to its broadcasters. (Powered by HeyWatch)
Broadcasters now have an easy-to-use way to syndicate their Ustream.TV content to other sites. With a few clicks, they can syndicate to video sites such as YouTube, Facebook , and Revver. (Powered by Heyspread)
Ustream Partner Shows – Multiple Video Streams on a Single Page
This new functionality combines the capabilities of multi-user video conferencing and webcasting. Broadcasters can feature up to six additional, simultaneous broadcasts on their individual show page. This will promote collaborative online broadcasts as well serve as a teleconferencing feature. For example, a broadcaster who is a musician can â€˜jamâ€™ with other musicians remotely as they collaborate to write a song together. Or, you can add your favorite shows to your page to show your support for them!
Customizable Show Pages
This new feature allows Ustream.TV broadcasters to personalize their show pages with different color palettes and customizable banners. An example follows.
Customization Panel in Ustream.TV
With Ustream.TV’s new Show Page Customization interface, users can upload colorful show banners and backgrounds, and choose colors for headers and text. With these enhanced customization tools, broadcasters will be able create unique show identities and fully make their show pages their own. Furthermore, broadcasters will also be able to include â€œPartner Showsâ€ on their show pages; partner shows are shows that the broadcaster has chosen to highlight on their show page.
Ustream.TV broadcasters can now designate permanent moderators for their showâ€™s chat room. Broadcasters can recruit trusted viewers to serve as moderators, enhancing community, and allowing broadcasters to focus on their show.
Ustream.TV World Records
A fun page for users to see interesting first time events and feats performed on Ustream.TV. Ustream.TV staff will now identify broadcasters who have been the first to perform a certain task or notable feat while broadcasting live. Category examples include:
– Do a magic trick
– Get married
– Go on a date
– Shoot a 3-pointer
Broadcasters submit their recorded videos to be reviewed by the Ustream.TV World Recordsâ€™ judges and, if they qualify, there video will be posted on the Ustream.TV World Records for the entire world to see.