Last night, we witnessed another example of the power and proliferation of citizen journalism, and I’m proud that we were able to provide a platform to empower individuals to do so. In the wee hours of the night, citizen journalists broadcasted the SB5 bill proceedings in Texas, allowing hundreds of thousands into the courtroom in real-time via the online streams. This filled a void for many, as traditional media outlets instead littered their programming with infomercials and re-runs that have become the standard for late-night television.
Summer has officially started, and with that comes the likes of beaches, barbecues, and our topic of the day: wedding season. At Ustream, we’ve seen a huge uptick in wedding webcasts, as an increasing number of couples nowadays are weaving technology into their wedding planning. In fact, nearly 20 thousand weddings have been streamed live on Ustream over the last 12 months, and we expect the numbers keep climbing. Check out the infograph below for more numbers. Wedding planners and videographers are well aware of the growing trend, as they realize the opportunity to further expand their offerings.
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Another Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is officially in the books, and we saw incredible online engagement across the world for this popular event three-day event in Manchester, Tennessee. This was the first year Ustream teamed up with Superfly Productions to live video stream the event, and the results were pretty remarkable — over 11 million fans tuned in, marking the event as one of the highest-viewed streaming festivals to-date. This was also one of Ustream’s top-viewed events in company history, falling short only to Sony’s PlayStation 4 press conference earlier this year.