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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!


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.


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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Hannah Montana Bursts On To Ustream.TV

hmn6.jpgWow. Ustream.TV experienced the phenomena of Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus first hand tonight.

Thousands of fans from across the country came to Ustream to catch a glimpse and see the red carpet event for Miley’s new movie “HANNAH MONTANA & MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDShm2.jpg CONCERT.” Shot during Cyrus’ 69-city tour and exhibited in state-of-the-art Disney Digital 3D™, the film will be coming to theaters for a special one week engagement on February 1, 2008.

Red Carpet VIPs from the film we saw live were: Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, director Bruce Hendricks, producer Art Repola, concert tour producer Kenny Ortega and executive producer Douglas C. Merrifield.

Red Carpet Special Guests: Ashley Tisdale, Jim Belushi, Donny Osmond, Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna, Madison Pettis, Rick Fox, Rob Morrow, Tony Plana, and Vanessa Williams.

This almost reminds me of the craze of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. This girl is a star.

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Iowa Meets New Media: Candidates, Bloggers Go Live On Ustream.TV

iowa5.jpgLast night was one of the most active political nights I have ever seen on Ustream to date. The results of Iowa Caucuses came in throughout world of new media last night, and Ustream was no exception.

Probably the most interesting live stream was by the Politico.com, a political organization started in early 2007. James Kotecki, a video blogger who does Politico’s PlaybookTV videos, gave great play by play coverage from Iowa Caucus Media Center as the results came in. It was a simple setup: laptop, EVDO card, built in webcam and Ustream by a guy who had opinions and understands the dynamics. This is New Media at its finest.

Two major Republican candidates streamed their post Iowa Caucus press conferences live on Ustream. Republican Senator John McCain was the first of the evening streaming live from New Hampshire to his supporters in Iowa and across the country.

Watch the full video here: McCain Iowa Caucus Speech.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney streamed his post Iowa speech live on Ustream as well. Gov. Romney placed second in the Iowa Caucus telling supporters they got the silver, but will get the gold in New Hampshire.

The next major caucus night is New Hampshire and we expect another great, interactive night!

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Thousands Celebrate 2008 New Year On Ustream.TV

ny8.jpgWelcome to 2008! And Wow, what a way to end the year!!

Last night Ustream was BY FAR the most happening place on the web to celebrate 2007 and the arrival of 2008.

Tens of thousands of you joined the numerous live concerts, events, podcasts and celebrations with us. I know I personally had a blast.

The highlight of the night was Rock legend Paul Rodgers LIVE in Concert. This was brought to Ustream by our friends at EQ.TV and it was a smash hit. We saw unreleased concert footage and a special interview live with the former Bad Company lead singer.

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich also celebrated with Ustream bringing us his “Resolution For Peace” event. Numerous bands and artists performed for his supporters around the country in preparation for the Iowa primaries.

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We were also treated with several hours of great Salsa dance and music by Salsaunlimited.com!

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Playcafe.com hosted a special New Year’s Eve gameshow. Playcafe is the internet’s first live gameshow on the net. Viewers get to answer a series of questions to win prizes. I’ve played a few times and its a blast!

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Finally, the great people at SQPN (www.sqpn.com) did a New Year’s Eve podcasting marathon to raise money for their 2008 events. From my understanding they raised $14,000 in donations yesterday alone! Fr. Roderick and Greg Willits congrats!

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From all the people at Ustream, we wish you a happy and wonderful new year!

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