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Be Inspiring: Top 6 Tips for Streaming Religious Services and Other Events

Top 7 Tips for Streaming Religious Services and Other Events Point your camera at a religious service, touch the “Go Live” button, and your stream could reach dozens or even thousands of people in places you’ve never heard of.  You can’t be sure what effect it might have on your audience.

Maybe you’re a rabbi sitting in front of a webcam in your office, about to play guitar and chat online with visitors to your weekly online-only synagogue. Or maybe you’re behind a camera that will sweep across 4,000 parishioners in a megachurch and send the service out to 50,000 viewers around the world.

Both these examples are among the roughly one thousand religious organizations that share their services on Ustream.tv each week. Whether the audience is vast or small, each producer wants to offer a high-quality, reliable video stream that is a gift for viewers to receive.

We asked experienced producers who stream religious services to share with us the top tips that make their work successful and rewarding. Read on to get their advice.  And get started free with IBM Cloud Video (includes Ustream) to stream your own religious service.

  1. Start with an abundance of bandwidth
  2. Harness social media
  3. Emphasize audio to build your impact
  4. Make viewers feel present
  5. Connect everyone with the chat module
  6. The biggest impact might come with the smallest audience


World Jousting Championship This Weekend: Think Game of Thrones Without Stunt Planning

World Jousting Championship“If you haven’t seen jousting before, picture your worst nightmare come true,” says Luke Campbell, chief operating officer at Epicentre.tv, which is streaming the first World Jousting Championship this weekend on IBM Cloud Video. “It’s two guys running on horseback, down a tilt line, 60 kilometers an hour (about 40 miles an hour) using wooden lances with metal tips to knock each other off. It’s insane, actually. You have to witness it to believe it.”


The Hottest Trend on the Red Carpet This Year? USTREAM!

 

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The People’s Choice Awards made major buzz in the Entertainment universe last week, engaging fans around the world with the power of live video. Showcasing the best of television, movies, and music, this year’s award show was not only decided by the fans, a record number of viewers took advantage of watching every moment in live time on the Ustream platform.



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. 


The Revolution Continues – Protests in Ukraine: A Week in Review

As Ukraine is rocked by the largest protests in history since Orange Revolution, take a look through the eyes of a Ustream broadcaster as they record their nation’s history in live time. Here is a recap in video and pictures of the intense pro-EU demonstrations happening as we speak; as protesters march through Kiev in protest of President Viktor Yanukovich’s refusal to sign an EU trade deal.

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Protesters, Police Clash in Ukraine Amid Massive Pro-EU Demonstration

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The Revolution Won’t Be Televised: It Will Be Ustreamed from Your Smartphone

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As a swarm of police invaded the thousands of Ukranian protestors before his very eyes, citizen broadcaster Aronets realized he had to take action. With no TV station crew or news reporters in sight, the world sat unaware as a nation demanded change from their government, and faced fierce retaliation. Before your imagination takes this story into Rambo mode, or any McGyver tactics to save the day, Aronets utilized a device each of use in our everyday lives (sorry James Bond). By simply using his smart phone and the Ustream Broadcaster App, Aronets placed a bright spotlight on the political unrest currently escalating in the Ukraine. LIVE. Before you scoff at the notion of live news, remove from your mind the traditional image of a rain soaked TV reporter being whisked away by strong storm winds. Thanks to technology, and the power of social media, not only can breaking events spread quickly via word of mouth, we now have the privilege to witness history through the eyes of the common man. In real time. This unprecedented, instantaneous access to the world is a concept assisting citizens of various nations, by giving transparency to their plights for democracy.


LAUNCH: Explore.org Polar Bear Week

Starting Tuesday, November 14th, Explore.org will bring Ustream viewers an intimate look at a bunch of seemingly cuddly (and might we add lethal) polar bears from Wapusk National Park in Cape Churchill, Canada. The bears traditionally gather there starting in October, waiting for enough ice to form in the Hudson Bay so they can feast on fat, juicy seals for the winter. However, ice melt due to rising global temperatures has been the single greatest threat to their survival. Explore, in partnership with Polar Bears International and Frontiers North, hope that revealing the bears in their natural habitat and exposing them to a worldwide audience will inspire people to become involved in preservation and ensure the continued survival of these arctic giants.

Got questions? Daily moderated chats with polar bear experts will take place between 10am PT and 1pm PT, so be sure to tune in daily right here.


Ustream wants U!

Ustream wants U.

There’s the Republican party, the Democratic party and the Ustream party. Join our party.

Ustream is hosting a presidential debate party tonight as only Ustream can.

We’ll bring you the first presidential debate of 2012 live from Denver with the help of our major media partners including CBS News, the Wall Street Journal and the PBS NewsHour. And yes, the PBS NewsHour hatcam is back.

But wait there’s more … much, much more.

You can also occupy the debate by following protesters and citizen reporters. You can debate the debate with watch parties big and small from around the country and even one live from Thailand. You can even play along with a live debate drinking game.

And because we’re Ustream, we will have the best animal cams, this time with a political theme, including the Cat-pital.

We have celebrity commentators and… wait for it… Hooter Girls.

Why? Because Ustream can. Because you should get a choice. Because you should get a vote on what you watch.

Here’s your official invite:
Time: 5 pm Pacific
Where: Ustream.tv
RSVP: #Ustreamdebate
Attire: Red, white and blue

The debate schedule on Ustream.tv:
Today’s debate schedule on Ustream.tv

DEBATE PRE-PARTY: (All times Pacific)
9 am: PBS NewsHour: Political checklist with Christina Bellantoni

10 am: PBS NewsHour: Medicaid questions answered with Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News

11 am: PBS NewsHour: Historical debates and exclusive interview video footage between Jim Lehrer and past presidential candidates.
11 am: Occupy Denver

1 pm: Smithsonian: Great Debates in American History

3 pm:
PBS NewsHour
Breitbart News with Larry O’Connor from the media center at the University of Denver
Bibi the Bird, the talking patriotic political parrot

4 pm:
PBS NewsHour Hatcam live from the Newseum watch party
Peta Lindsey, presidential candidate from the Party of Socialism and Liberation party

4:30 pm: Occupy Denver protests streaming from the Occupy march

5 pm: USTREAM DEBATE WATCH PARTY BEGINS
5 pm
Pop Sugar TV
The Sports Joc Special Debate Show
Animal Planet’s Too Cute Cam: Kittens playing at the Cat-pital
Decorah Eagles: Return to the Nest
Debate protesters

5:30 pm
Debate Drinking Game
Hooters Interrupted: Show Interrupted + Hooter Girls
Wall Street Journal: coverage includes Romney economic adviser Glenn Hubbard, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and WSJ personalities like DC bureau chief Jerry Seib, Sara Murray and John Bussey. All hosted by WSJ Managing Editor Alan Murray.
ItsOurEconomy/Occupy the Debates: Occupy the Debate panel
Chicago Young Republicans watch party
Louisiana State University Reilly Center, School of Media and Public Affairs watch party
Michigan State University watch party
Golden State Tea Party watch party

5:45 pm:
Running Late Show with Scott Rogowsky
“Play by Play” from Mario Nunez: HuffPo Citizen Journalist

6-7:30 pm: PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
University of Denver, Moderator: Jim Lehrer
6 pm:
PBS NewsHour special debate coverage
Wall Street Journal
CBS News
Ru Paul’s Drag Race chat for Logo TV
Pauly-tics with Pauly Shore
Obama San Francisco watch party
Republicans Abroad in Bangkok watch party

7:30 pm: POST DEBATE
7:30 pm:
PBS NewsHour
Wall Street Journal
Breitbart News inside the “Spin Room”
CBS News
Comedian Jo Koy

7:45 pm
Obama for America: Vice President Joe Biden gives a brief live response after the debate.

8 pm
PBS NewsHour: Google hangout with undecided voters about their thoughts on the debate.
Streaming Garage comedians


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