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Three Key Takeaways from “Live Video for Hiring, Firing, and Everything in Between”

In case you missed our webinar today — Live Video for Hiring, Firing, and Everything in Between, featuring Brad Hunstable (Ustream Founder and CEO) and Steve Vonder Haar (Sr. Analyst, Wainhouse Research) — we’ve compiled together three key takeaways:

1. Ignorance is bliss — until you miss the boat 

The more you use live video, the more you realize the value it can have for your business. Consider how the more frequent users strongly agree with the statement below:
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Deathowl creation – Openduty

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Ustream as a company likes to challenge employees to think outside of the box and fuse in creativity. We believe that being surrounded by unique, innovative people helps develop new ideas.

In February, we hosted an internal Hackathon to give engineers the freedom to work on things they love and to hack solutions that could solve problems to find better ways of doing things at our company.
(To learn more, check out this previous blogpost)

We hoped that in a few months, one or two of the Hackathon projects would become a reality and make it into the product as a feature or a completely new application.

Some of our developers needed a tool to make their life easier. Instead of purchasing an already available product, they gathered together and developed their own tool, now called Openduty. (You can see the source on Github)

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The OpenDuty project is an alarm aggregation and dispatching service built for system administrators and support teams on call duty. When an incident happens regarding our server or service, this tool provides a proper alerting system for quick notification. This development will automatically route actionable alerts when a problem occurs and determine whom to contact.

Till the end of the Hackathon contest an internal SMS gateway, a Pagerduty compatible REST API, and a basic admin dashboard was developed. The team succeeded to send automated SMS and phone call notifications for a given alert, escalate it according to a calendar, and see logs according to the failures in the system.

In 2 months they have build a Beta version and started implementing new bells and whistles.

Today, Openduty collects alerts from monitoring tools, provides an overall summary of the alerts and allows users to build notification rules. It provides also the freedom to set up multiple levels of coverage, so if the “primary” on-call person doesn’t respond to an alert in a timely fashion, it’s automatically escalates to a “secondary” person, and so on. The system integrates with GTalk, Push notification, Phone and Text Message (operates through Twilio).

The idea came from Bálint Csergő (Deathowl) who works as an Infrastructure engineer at Ustream Hungary. He and his team constantly work on new ideas to make Ustream’s service better.

We welcome any feedback or ideas regarding this project!


Tackling Broadcast Delays, Audio & Syncing Issues from Streaming

Tackling Broadcast Delays, Audio & Syncing Issues from Streaming

Looking for some tips to combat broadcast delays caused from streaming? Plagued by audio and syncing issues and need some help? Buffering got you down?

Join us as one of our Customer Success reps focuses on how to tackle some of the most common issues our broadcasters face.  The advice is broken into four parts, each focused toward tackling top issues related to live video streaming. Use the navigation below to jump to a particular issue, including tackling the general equipment workflow. If you are looking for more in-depth studio setups, though, please reference our Video Studio Recommendations white paper.


Trend Watch: Live Box Breaking on Ustream

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Box Breaking has become big business over the last year. Even sports card manufactures, like Topps and Panini America, have taken notice; showing signs of encouragement for some of the top box and case breakers. By adding the element of live video, box breaking has become an innovative facet of the sports card hobby, revolutionizing the game of card collecting.


Biz 101 – Tackle Broadcasting Like a Pro

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Last week, the Seattle Seahawks raised the 12th man flag atop the Space Needle; creating a powerful visual for an entire city to rally behind their winning team. Thanks to their Ustream broadcast, this special moment was not only shared by onlookers and the city of Seattle, but Seahawks fans around the world. By harnessing the power of live, the Seahawks have initiated a hub for fans to connect and engage with their favorite team.

We can’t guarantee a Super Bowl ring, but these helpful tips inspired by the Seahawks and other NFL teams will definitely help you win big in your broadcasts (insert end-zone dance here).


5 Tips for PR Pros to get started live streaming in 2014

As public relations professionals we are always looking for new ways to create social chatter around a product, make a big company announcement, or launch a new product. With the help of live video and the New Year filled with personal and professional goals, live video could be exactly what your company needs to boost a product launch, company announcement, or internal town hall to the next level.

1. Figure out what you can use live video for

Narrowing down what you can use live video for is always the most difficult part. Whether you are considering launching a new product, having a Q&A session, streaming a conference, creative a LiveAd, or only using live video internally; determining what will help you reach your goals, will help determine everything from who will go live on video, to what equipment you need.


Be Here Now: Connect with Loved Ones Live During the Holidays



Live video technology is quickly becoming an innovative solution for friends and family to stay connected when it matters most. From lavish holiday feasts to New Years celebrations, Ustream allows anyone, anywhere to share the ultimate gift with their loved ones: their presence.

Looking to optimize your holiday experience this season? Transform standard audio phone conversations on your smartphone into visual, interactive experiences in live time. Be here now.


Ustream’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide For All Of Your Live Video Needs

Getting started with live video streaming doesn’t require the best, most expensive, or high-tech equipment.  With just a few simple gadgets you, and the people on your holiday shopping list, can be ready to easily stream high quality content for a low price.

If you are looking for that last minute gift for a novice streamer or a professional; read on for some of our favorite devices and accessories from 2013.


Best in Show: Put Your Best Paw Forward with These Live Tips

This past weekend, Ustream celebrated an epic overload of cuteness thanks to the AKC Eukanuba Dog Show. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of their prestigious event, and shed some insight on how to make your animal cam (or any broadcast for that matter) go from AWW to Awesome.

Get ready to put your best paw forward with these great tips inspired by the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships!


Lights, Camera, USTREAM! Your Gif Guide to Looking Your Best Live

Lights, camera, USTREAM! As the term ‘social video’ permeates the technology trending space, consumers and brands alike are looking for innovative ways to benefit from live broadcasting. And when it comes to being in front of a camera, you must always have your best foot forward. So my ‘gif’ to you this holiday season, dear Ustreamers, is a blog stuffed with amusing animations on how to look lovely while live streaming. 


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