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Democracy in Action: Ustream.TV OFFICIAL Live Video Provider for 2008 GOP National Convention

Confirming the power of live video interaction in the political arena, Republican Convention President and CEO Maria Cino today announced Ustream.TV as the event’s Official Live Video Streaming Provider. The announcement was made during a news conference broadcast live over the Convention’s official Ustream.TV channel, featuring Cino and our very own, Brad Hunstable.

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“Partnering with Ustream.TV sends a clear message that the Republican Party wants the Internet generation and all people – from Party loyalists to casual observers – to be part of the 2008 Republican National Convention,” said Cino. “Anyone with computer and Internet access will be guaranteed a front-row seat to history through www.GOPConvention2008.com, as we formally nominate the next President and Vice President of the United States.”

In addition to live gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, the Ustream.TV broadcasting platform will be used to proactively engage bloggers and traditional media outlets unable to travel to Minneapolis-Saint Paul for the event. As part of the pioneering effort, convention and other Republican officials will be scheduled to participate in live video web chats and other online interviews, using Ustream.TV’s platform, leading up to and during the Republican National Convention.

“The Republican Party continues to embrace innovative means to communicate our strong message to the American people and the rest of the world,” said Republican National Committee Co-Chair and Convention Chairman Jo Ann Davidson. “New and existing mediums alike are being utilized to promote the ideas of lower taxes and less government; keeping America secure; and letting patients and doctors, not government, make important health care decisions.”

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The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul’s Xcel Energy Center from September 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPconvention2008.com.

Check out the bubbling blogsphere buzz that has beaten us to the punch here and here.


“Tresa Street Live” Concert Series Debuting on Ustream, Feb. 1

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Singer, songwriter and performer Tresa Street s set to debut her live concert series this Friday, Feb 1, 7:30 PM Central. The hour long show called “Tresa Street Live” will be broadcast on Friday nights from the Long Hollow Jamboree, just outside Nashville in Goodlettsville, TN.

In another progressive benchmark typical of Ustream’s artists, Tresa’s music performed during the show will be licensed through B.M.I and ASCAP via their new “Media License”. The new license allows Tresa flexible, DIY control of her music in all of her online endeavors to promote shows, attract new fans, introduce and sell new Indie music (both CD’s and downloads), and offer talent buyers a front row seat to see Street perform.

Tresa Streets is pioneering a balance between online brand building and content control in the emerging new music industry. The cost of music production, distribution and promotion has lowered to the point that artists can now start to build viable music careers without major label backing. Ustream.TV is a great example of an available online platform that offers artists a tool to distribute live content and grow a fan base with genuine, real-time interactions – free of cost and limited only by the artists’ imagination. David Byrne, legendary frontman of Talking Heads, recently penned a great, expansive (and at times, even metaphysical) guide for musicians reviewing the various strategies of traversing the emerging new music industry.

All due respect to all our savvy, talented Ustream artists!

About Tresa Street

Tresa Street first gained international recognition with her 2002 release of a song she wrote called “Naturally”. She has since released two commercial studio CD’s, and developed a worldwide fan base via her web site and her touring activities. She is a member of the CMA and regularly attends the CMA Music Festival.
You can watch the show at www.ustream.tv/tresa or learn more at www.tresastreet.com , www.Ustream.tv , www.ascap.com , www.bmi.com .


Hannah Montana Mania Coming to a Ustream Channel Near You!

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It was the entertainment story of the year: a ticket to Hannah Montana’s colossus “Best of Both Worlds” tour could cost you (or your poor parents) a pretty penny, with prices spiraling up to $3,500 a pop.

But in just a few hours (5:30 PM PST / 8:30 EST, 1/17/08), Miley Cyrus a.k.a. Hannah Montana will be walking the Red Carpet for her “Best of Both Worlds” 3-D premiere… and Ustream will be there LIVE, bringing you the best seats in the house to ask your chatroom submitted questions.

Today, Thursday, January 17, 5:30 PM PST/8:30 PM EST live from the legendary El Capita Theatre in Hollywood — tell a friend, tell a fan, tell your family. Don’t forget to join in on the chatroom to submit your questions while chatting with Hannah Montana fans from around the world.

Walt Disney Pictures is going all out on this one, confirming red carpet appearances from teen stars Jonas Brothers and Ashley Tisdale, as well as Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, Vanessa Williams, and more.

This one’s for the kids!

What: Hannah Montana’s Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie Red Carpet Premiere

When: Thursday, Jan. 17
5:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM EST

Channel: www.ustream.tv/channel/hannah-montana

About HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT
Hannah Montana fans everywhere will have a chance to see their favorite singer, songwriter and actress, Miley Cyrus, perform her sold-out concert tour on the big screen in HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT. Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theatres for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

Walt Disney Pictures’ HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT is rated G and opens Friday, February 1, 2008

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Ustream.tv Goes to Hollywood

dirtysexymoney3.jpg This past Sunday, Ustream.tv Founder John Ham and I attended the exclusive premiere of ABC’s new show “Dirty Sexy Money” – starring Donald Sutherland, Billy Baldwin, and Peter Krause. Working in association with Entertainment Tonight producer John Pattyson, Ustream helped launch Starbiz.tv, the first live streaming celebrity entertainment show. Conceived by John Pattyson, Starbiz.tv gives viewers live access to Hollywood red carpet events and celebrities.

Equipped with just a Sony VAIO laptop and Handycam, we were able to stream high quality celebrity interviews live to fans around the world. When we told the actors they were live on the Internet, they seemed genuinely surprised and excited. When actor Seth Gabel – who plays Jeremy Darling on the show – heard he was live on Ustream, he even called his mother to tell her to go to Ustream and watch him.

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Plus it was tons of fun to be able to ask questions on behalf of the chatroom audience. We even got Billy Baldwin to tell us what kind of sandals he was wearing. Just another example of how live video connects people.

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If you liked the show, be sure to tune into future Starbiz.tv broadcasts, as well as tonight’s “Dirty Sexy Money” premiere.

Ly Chheng


Guy Kawasaki Helps Launch Black Book Series

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Yesterday we were lucky enough to have Guy Kawasaki – veteran entrepreneur, published author, and former Apple Evangelist – in the uStream office! He was the very first interviewee for the highly anticipated launch of Ustream’s Black Book Series, a viral interview program featuring the most exciting individuals in Silicon Valley.

I got to pick Guy’s brain about the iPhone, entrepreneurship, his upcoming book, and even the new Transformers movie. However, hands down, my favorite part of the interview had to be when Guy took off his Reef sandal and showed me the stash compartment in the sole.

Then, having Guy field questions from the chatroom was truly exhilarating because it took advantage of the interactive aspect of Ustream. The chatroom was buzzing with great questions for Guy. It’s not everyday that you get to ask Guy Kawasaki a question or have him show you how cool his Reef sandals are.

I look forward to the next Black Book Series interview, which should be coming out in the next few weeks. Be sure to look out for it. I am also looking forward to the “Black Book Series” editions that will spring up in the future, a“Black Book Series: Hollywood Edition,” for example, or a “Black Book Series: Music Edition.”

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We at uStream are all excited for the future and look forward to seeing all the amazing content our users will create.

Ly Chheng, Ustream.tv


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