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Ustreamer Chris Pirillo in BBC News Online

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Chris Pirillo, one of Ustream’s earliest adopters and most prolific broadcasters, was recently covered by none other than the internationally renowned BBC News. Darren Waters, official BBC News tech blogger @ dot.life, pens an entry matter-of-factly entitled “In praise of Pirillo” which it then – matter-of-factly — goes on to do. Thanks to Pirillo, Ustream.TV is now also a BBC News worthy entity – thanks Chris!

The entry ostensibly celebrates Chris’ 1000th YouTube posting as a jumping point to delve into the innovative, multi-point models Chris has employed to self-publish and distribute content online. The Ustream community is lucky enough to follow Chris’ entrepreneurial adventures everyday on both his Ustream channel and his own site, Chris.Pirillo.com

The entry runs through many of the developing hallmarks of successful video content distribution in the new online world, including long-tail sensibilities…

“My model for publishing video on YouTube is not to have seven people watch one video but to have one person watch seven videos.”

… interactivity, especially of the real-time variety…

“During live broadcasts viewers can leave comments that appear live on screen and are later embedded in the YouTube video.”

… multi-point distribution and social networking…

“He has a blog, a Twitter feed, the YouTube channel, a live channel and is one of the most networked people imaginable.

… which all leads to a groundbreaking formula for success in the new media world:

“Audiences for his YouTube videos are in the hundreds and in total more than 668,000 people have watched them. But it’s not about the size of the audience it’s about the strength of the community… Pirillo talks to his audience in a way that mainstream media – the BBC included – is only beginning to understand.”

Chris Pirillo is an instructional example of utilizing Ustream as a critical component of an overall media brand building. Social media platforms like Ustream.TV are lowering the barriers for distribution on many fronts, so you can concentrate on what you do best: producing compelling content.

As the bottlenecks of limited distribution break apart in the new media age, it’s possible for anyone for anyone to become the next Chris Pirillo. That is, content producer as owner and entrepreneur. Marc Andreessen — founder of Netscape, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and overall really smart guy –- intelligently writes at length about the emerging new media entertainment industry as “Hollywood Rebuilt in Silicon Valley’s Image”, and the attendant “producer-as-entrepreneur” filling its ranks. Both entries are great, detailed reads for anyone seeking to become the next Chris Pirillo of (fill in your passion here).

So go ahead and let Ustream.TV do all the heavy lifting for you, so you too can produce the type of content that will find you in the BBC News; the online edition, of course!

Watch the man preach the good word:


The Miracle of Birth: Daemondox Demonstrates Dachshund Delivery Dramatics

Ustreamer Daemondox yesterday demonstrated the power of live video broadcasting when he streamed his pet dachshund, Magic, giving birth to a litter of puppies. Around 50+ viewers had a chance to experience the thrill and miracle of birth, before 2 year old Magic fell completely exhausted and could not push anymore. The viewers, sharing the worries and concerns of Daemondox, chimed in with invaluable advice and support in the chatrooms. You can just feel the tension of the moment in the chatroom dialogue recorded in the screencaps below (click on image to link to full size image):

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The viewers were then left in breathless suspense as Magic was rushed to the vet for oxygen treatment and c-section.

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Alas, the advice proved invaluable, as Magic returned from the vet alive, well, and a proud mother of a liter of four healthy puppies! Tune into Daemondox’s Ustream channel to keep track of the brand new happy dachshund family!

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Barack, Rudy, and John: Election Season Heating Up at Ustream

As the presidential elections makes its steady march through the primaries, the viability of candidates take on a quantifiable momentum, producing breakthrough campaign activity both tragic and triumphant. Today, the Ustream community witnessed both extremes of the spectrum, live and in the moment.

Rudy Guiliani officially announced his withdrawal from the White House race, and thanks to our friends at Politico, we saw it all live from a front row seat at the press conference.

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Giuliani coupled his exit announcement with an endorsement of fellow Ustreamer — and presidential candidate — John McCain.

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On the democratic side of the campaign aisle, the Ustream community saw not one, but TWO speeches from Ustreamer – and presidential candidate — Barack Obama. Bouyed by his big win in South Carolina, Obama delivered a rousing speech to a massive rally in Denver, featuring Caroline Kennedy, before video-conferencing a talk with a Baptist organization. Barack’s team made sure to deliver both events live over Ustream.TV.

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Political news junkies take note – when we say “LIVE” update we actually mean it. Here’s to the next President of the United States, whichever Ustreamer it turns out to be!


Chick-chick-boom: The First International Beatbox Battle Convention to be on Ustream this Friday!

Beatboxing: the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice, all while sounding freaking sweet. Its one of those things that pushes the limits of human creativity and musical talent, and when its done with skill there isn’t much else that’s cooler. This Friday beat boxers from around the world will be meeting in Berlin to show off their skills. Get pumped, this is going to awesome.

Channel: http://ustream.tv/channel/beatbox-battle

Check out the schedule:

31.01.2008 Meet & Greet – 21:00-01:00 Uhr – Generator Hostel

TAG-TEAMS (10min each)

Bodizzle & Misko – Germany
Rey & Cuba – Estonia
Fany & Nasty – Czech Republic
Mastee & King Exxx – Germany
Ceto & Beathead – Belgium
Blady Kris & Tik Tak – Poland
Erni33 & Holmster – Germany
Nabil & Sniggy – The Netherlands
Lytos & MarkOoz – Spain
Skiller & Red One – Bulgaria

INTERNATIONAL STYLES (10min each)

Dhap – Italy
Marquant – United States
Marcel – Switzerland
Karim – Austria
Slizzer – Luxembourg

01.02.2008 Showcase 21:00-02:30 Uhr – Studio Osthafen

SOLO ARTISTS (10min each)

ZeDe – Switzerland
Roxorloops – Belgium
Revolution – Hungary
Micspawn – France
Robeat – Germany
Ezra – France
Boy Kot – Czech Republic
Dharni – Singapore

FEMALE SKILLS (30min Block)

Fati – France
Steffe la Chef – Switzerland
Cheryl – The Netherlands
Squeak – Poland

TEAM INTERNATIONAL (10min each)

Massive Beats Crew – Austria
Oralic Sound Machines – Germany
Beat Warriors – Finland
Beatburger Band – Czech Republic
4X Sample – Germany
Leading Voices – Worldwide
Switch – France
Ruff, Rugged´n Raw! – Iceland

SPECIAL SHOWCASE (10min each)

Eclips – France
Camero – Switzerland
Adam Matta – United States
Beatbox Eliot & MC – Germany
Zeero & P-RZM – Germany


LiviSciFi.TV to Visit Haunted Union Cemetery Tonight!

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Our ghost-hunting friends over at livescifi.TV have an especially chilling, and yet heartwarming event lined up tonight. livescifi.TV’s Ustream show “In Search of the Paranormal” will hold a live investigation and fundraiser at the haunted Union Cemetery. The broadcast is planned to air tonight, Tuesday, 1/29/2008, 7:00 pm pacific / 10:00 pm eastern, and is scheduled to last for 6 hours!

Union Cemetery, in Los Angeles, California, is full of ectoplasmic history and reputation! The livescifi.tv team will be raising money for the historic cemetery that was severely vandalized two weeks ago, during which 64 headstones were toppled over and damaged. A direct donation button will be posted on www.liviecifi.TV to help repair the damages.

The team will be streaming live head cams, a variety of multi-cam/DVR views, thermal cameras, and environmental measuring data equipment on the site!

This broadcast is completely FREE, and gives you the luxury of participating in a real investigation. It will also allow you to watch how our investigators endure through the course of the night. Be sure to chat and interact in real time with the team, as well as other viewers and investigators watching!

Also, if you’re tuning in, give a chatroom “Hi” to the mysterious “White Lady” on behalf of the rest of the Ustream community too spooked to brave the real-time discoveries!


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 .


Sen. Ted Kennedy Endorses Barack Obama For President – Obama Time?

Ted Kennedy Endorsing ObamaToday Senator Ted Kennedy endorsed publicly Presidential candidate Barack Obama live on Ustream.TV.  The endorsement comes on the heals of Senator Obama handedly winning the South Carolina primary.  This isn’t the Senator’s first time on Ustream.  He recently streamed his massive rally with Oprah Winfrey.

If you missed the speech, you can view it here:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/Yxj2JnO4Zd8S7FyKT.HhuE0MZvteE4Pm
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Chuck Norris Virtual BBQ For Gov. Mike Huckabee

Gov. Mike HuckabeeFor those of you who haven’t heard, Chuck Norris is publicly supporting Gov. Mike Huckabee for President. This weekend to show his support for Huck, Chuck threw a virtual BBQ to help raise money for the Huckabee campaign.

Supporters were able to get a private tour of Chuck Norris’ ranch and home, as well as attend the BBQ. Governor Huckabee’s band, “Capital Offense” even made a special appearance to play live.

Did you miss it?  Watch the recorded version!

Gov. Mike Huckabee Speaking at the BBQ:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/V9Gxr3ADQtBuoX.84PPsjq3x2z1KUZHp

Chuck Norris Speaking at the Virtual Event:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/pyy21kaMBlSNiodBwhAfT1Zd,eCuwYyq

Gov. Huckabee’s band Capital Offense Jamming:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/,3VCpiIcuL3TCfDrnORWJ7mVyZs1EGo5

For more information on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign and position on issues important to you, please visit www.mikehuckabee.com.

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