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Live Tech Keynotes to Stream Apple WWDC 2015 Keynotes

When Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today, audiences around the world will be able to join in live via the Live Tech Keynote (LTK) Ustream channel.

LTK commentators John Coles, Joe de Max and Brian Monroe will deliver live coverage from San Francisco’s Moscone Center from June 8 through June 12. The event’s proceedings are expected to cover the upcoming iOS 9, OS X operating system, iTV and more. Keynote speakers will include GoldieBlox Founder and CEO Debbie Sterling, Walt Disney Animator Floyd Norman, and California Institute of Technology astronomer Mike Brown.

To follow all the action, tune in to the LTK Ustream channel beginning today, June 8 at 10am Pacific Time.


Europe’s Biggest Software Craftsmanship Conference Sells Out: But You Can Watch It on Ustream

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Europe’s biggest software craftsmanship conference, CRAFT, is streaming live on Ustream this Thursday and Friday. The Craft Ustream channel will provide free access to more than 60 presentations from industry-recognized leaders.

The Craft Conference, a non-profit event about software craftsmanship organized by Ustream, Prezi and Ericsson in Budapest, is sold out. Making knowledge accessible for everyone is a core value of the organizers’ mission. More than 60 percent of the 800 attendees will come from outside Hungary. Speakers will discuss which tools, methods, and practices should be part of the toolbox of a modern developer and company. The conference will also cover new technologies, trends and the future of software development. Attendees will learn from the peers, practitioners and leaders in the developer community.

“This year’s topics have been carefully selected to meet modern developers’ demand for knowledge—microservices, functional programming, distributed systems, devops, data infrastructure, concurrency, infrastructure automation and software architecture make up just a selection of the subject matter that will be covered,” said Gergely Hodicska, Ustream VP of engineering and conference organizer. “Ustream’s goal is to make knowledge accessible for all and to show that the Ustream platform is a great innovative tool for anyone with these objectives.”

The speaker line-up is star-studded and includes:

  • Marty Cagan, founder of Silicon Valley Product Group. Before founding Silicon Valley Product group, Marty was the senior vice president of product and design for eBay, where he was responsible for creating and building the product and design organizations, and defining the products and services for the company’s global e-commerce trading site.
  • Mary Poppendieck, consultant, teacher and author. Mary will discuss ‘The New New Software Development Game: Containers, Micro Services and Contract Tests.’ Besides an amazing career as a programmer, Mary also wrote The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions, in A popular writer and speaker, she continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.
  • Dan North, programmer and organizational change specialist. Dan applies principles from lean operations and agile software development to help organizations align their technology capabilities with their business objectives.
  • Alf Rehn, professor, speaker, consultant, author and currently the Chair of Management and Organization at Åbo Akademi University. Alf has taught worldwide, including at China’s Shangdong Economic University, Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology and the UK’s Manchester Business School. Alf will provide Thursday’s closing keynote “How To Save Innovation From Itself.”

Other noted speakers are from Google, Pivotal, Twitter, PayPal, IBM, Netflix, Atlassian, Fastly, Etsy, Gilt, Red Hat, LinkedIn, Basho, Typesafe and Aerospike.

Watch the live stream here: http://www.ustream.tv/craft.


Ustreamer Broadcasts Ferguson Shooting Live with Mobile App

When two police officers were shot during a protest in Ferguson, Missouri early this morning, a Ustreamer captured and broadcast it live via their Ustream mobile application.

As of Thursday afternoon, the recording had more than 130,000 views. The integrated live Twitter feed has enabled viewers to comment on and share the developments in real time.

More citizens are taking a journalistic turn and broadcasting live breaking news via social channels. Just last year, three Ukrainians captured the attention of more than 50 million viewers with their coverage of the Kiev protests via their Ustream channel.

In 2014 alone, Ustream hosted more than 75 million broadcast sessions, and our mobile app — a vital tool for citizen journalists — has been downloaded more than 15 million times since it was introduced.

The days of waiting for the evening news to catch up on events are long since past, and citizen journalists are playing an ever-larger role in bringing events as they happen to a worldwide audience. Before a news station has time to deploy a crew, citizen journalists on the scene have already broadcast that live action to viewers across the globe.

You’ll find more broadcast coverage and chatter on Twitter using the hashtags #ferguson and #Ustream.


Ustream Live Video Channel Racks Up 309 Million Views

A Ustream channel broadcasting from a certain livecam in Decorah, Iowa has become the latest Internet video sensation. In fact, it is possibly the most popular live video of all time with more than 309 million views and 94,000 subscribers.

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The camera, operated by the Raptor Research Project, is located above a bald eagle nest, and last Wednesday night it captured the mother eagle laying her first egg of 2015. By Thursday morning, the channel has racked up an additional 181,000 views.

The Decorah eagles aren’t the only feathered friends building a worldwide audience on Ustream. The OKC Great Horned Owl-Cam channel broadcasts live from a second-story planter ledge at a home in Oklahoma City, where a family of Great Horned Owls made its home in 2012. Now in “Season 4,” the channel has more than 9,000 subscribers and has amassed more than 5.7 million views worldwide.

While these windows into nature are always appealing to a broad audience, they are also a testimonial to the power of live video. Live video is a powerful, tool engaging people with emotional content. Yet, it enables the broadcaster to reach a much larger audience than would ever be possible in-person at a live event. That’s why live video as a communications tool is gaining traction in the enterprise and being used to share exciting corporate events like conferences, product launches, shareholder meetings, executive presentations, trainings, and more.

Here are a couple of tweets you can use if you’d like to share this exciting event with others:

Eagle lays egg live: http://bit.ly/17AmVcC 309+ mil views, 35 days to #Ustreameaglet@foxnews http://fxn.ws/1z5vouW

Power of live video, 309+ mil views: http://bit.ly/17AmVcC, 35 days to #Ustreameaglet@foxnews http://fxn.ws/1z5vouW


Century-Old Event Goes High Tech with Ustream

When the nation’s top dogs take center stage next week at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, viewers around the world will enjoy the event live via Ustream.

Dating back to 1877, the Westminster show is the second–longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, behind only the Kentucky Derby. Despite the WKC’s roots in the 19th century, it has embraced modern, high-tech communications with Ustream live video streaming to bring the action and emotions to viewers around the globe.

On Monday, February 16, beginning at 8 p.m. EST, the hound, toy, non-sporting and herding groups will be in the spotlight. On Tuesday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST, viewers will enjoy the sporting, working and terrier groups … and the highly anticipated Best in Show announcement!

Of course, the event entails far more action than can be captured on a single channel. That’s why the Westminster Kennel Club has dedicated 8 Ustream channels to bring you live action from every single ring, plus a live Twitter feed tracking the hashtag #WKCDogShow.

For a list of breeds, ring assignments and schedules, check out the 2015 Judging Program.

By the way, the Ustream team has a number of four-legged coworkers who will be watching and rooting online for their favorites. Here are the dogs of Ustream:

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Odie

Odie

Lucy

Lucy

Maverick

Maverick

Aja

Aja

Ray

Ray

Meagan

Meagan

Valentino

Valentino


To follow all the action from the Westminster Kennel Club Dog show, visit any one of their channels (see list above) beginning at 8 p.m. EST on Monday!


Times Square + New Year’s Eve + Ustream = worldwide party!

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When that famous ball in Times Square drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve, audiences around the world can join in the action from the comfort of their own homes, thanks to Ustream.

Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of New Year’s Eve in Times Square, have announced that revelers across the globe will again be able to experience the excitement of the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration via a six-hour, live commercial-free webcast via Ustream.

Beginning at 6 p.m. EST, the worldwide audience will enjoy live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown — and, of course, the famous Ball Drop. Last year’s webcast was watched by more than 1.5 million unique viewers, representing nearly 200 countries.

“Times Square New Year’s Eve is thrilled to partner with Ustream, providing revelers around the world with the best HD video streaming service to watch the global celebration,” said Jeffrey Straus, President, Countdown Entertainment.

National television and radio personality Allison Hagendorf returns to host the live webcast joined by Maggie Rulli, Andrea Boehlke and Jeremy Hassell. Among the featured musical acts will be the rock group O.A.R., who will perform “Peace” from their new album and deliver the traditional performance of “Imagine” moments before midnight.

To join in the fun, visit ustream.tv/2015 beginning at 6 p.m. EST on December 31.

 


Customers Heart Ustream!

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Every Ustream customer knows our door is always open for their feedback — but every once in a while, we like to make it official by asking them a few questions.

As for the results of our latest customer survey … well, let’s just say that the holidays came a little early this year.

When we asked customers why they chose Ustream, here’s what they had to say:

“Best platform on the market”

“Reliability, ability to customize”

“Very efficient, very professional, very fast, very easy installation”

Providing reliable service continued as a theme when we asked what they’d like us to continue doing, in addition to:

“Keep making excellent video tutorials”

“Continue to provide quality streaming”

“Continue the great and quick service provided by Support”

Responses were equally positive on the quantitative side. When asked to rank on a scale of 1 to 10 how likely they were to recommend Ustream, the average response was 7.5. More than 74 percent agreed that it was easy to get started with Ustream, and more than 80 percent agreed that it was easy to use.

In another exciting outcome, results showed that a majority of our customers are using Ustream for both internal and external audiences. This is terrific news as it tells us that streaming video is moving beyond the “internal communications box” as more brands recognize its power as a marketing tool.

Thanks to all the customers who participated in our latest survey, and if there’s anything we can do to serve you better … well, you know where to find us!

 


LinkedIn: Taking Care of Business Through Live Video

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Remember when LinkedIn was seen as just a place for job seekers to connect with employers? How times have changed …

While other social network companies struggle with their identities, LinkedIn remains the undisputed king of online business networking. The average LinkedIn user is educated, accomplished, and keenly interested in the latest insights from the business world — in other words, the perfect audience for live streaming video.

Several years ago, LinkedIn’s leadership embarked on an ambitious quest to join the ranks of Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other power players in the world of business content publishing and thought leadership. Beginning with articles from a handful of key influencers, the network quickly made the leap to live video on Ustream to take their program to a whole new level.

Today LinkedIn is one of the most active brands in the streaming video space, broadcasting several times each week to a variety of audiences.

LinkedIn Speaker Series

Through the LinkedIn Speaker Series, the social network is leveraging live video to strengthen its position in the thought-leadership sphere. Talks by Arianna Huffington, Barack Obama, Deepak Chopra, and other luminaries have been broadcast live from the LinkedIn campus to a global audience.

To date the LinkedIn Speaker Series channel has garnered more than 250 million views worldwide. Most recently, LinkedIn hosted its first live broadcast from its Singapore office, featuring David Lim, leader of the first Singapore Everest Expedition in 1998.

Job Seeker Webinars

Every month, the LinkedIn Job Seeker Webinar channel presents a live 60-minute webinar to teach job seekers — from recent grads to seasoned professionals — the strategies and best practices that can help them in their job searches.

Download our whitepaper and learn how you can leverage live video for internal communication.


Ustream Delivers Out-of-This-World Footage of Cosmic Drive-By

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When a comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars a few weeks ago — coming within 87,000 miles of the Red Planet — a fleet of scientific observatories, including NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft, were there to record the action. And thanks to NASA’s Ustream channel, thousands of people around the world were able to observe the historic event. (Read more in “Comet takes near-miss route to Mars,” USA Today)

Speaking to USA Today, planetary scientist Roger Yelle of the University of Arizona called the happening “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” For Mars and the comet to be “coming right next to each other … right after this very sophisticated spacecraft [MAVEN] gets there — it just boggles the mind,” he added.

Comet Siding Spring, named after the Australian observatory where it was discovered in 2013, came from the Oort cloud, one of the coldest, most remote regions of the solar system. While most comets in the Oort cloud tend to stay put, this one appears to have been bumped by a passing star and sent on a trajectory towards the sun.

The “cosmic drive-by” occurred on Sunday, October 19, while most Americans were preoccupied with football. “If your team loses, forget about it and just go to the Ustream,” Padma Yanamandra-Fisher of the Space Science Institute advised at a NASA briefing before the event. “This is a lot more exciting.”

Read the USA Today article, “Comet takes near-miss route to Mars” or download the DemandGen Report On-Demand Webinar to learn how your business can be successful with live video streaming.


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