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Ustream.TV: AlwaysOn and ShowingOff

aohollywoodlogowinner200px.jpgDoes it sound count as showing off if we announce an award with a healthy dose of blushing?

Either way, I’m bashfully proud to announce that Ustream.TV has been chosen by AlwaysOn as an OnHollywood 100 company. And of the 100 top private tech companies in digital media, AlwaysOn’s editorial staff picked out Ustream as “Best Up & Coming Company”. We were one of two companies distinguished amongst the top 100, along with “Best Overall” winner iLike.

I’m blushing, and so should you. Without our broadcasters, our viewers, our Ustreamers… without YOU… none of this would be possible. It’s been a wild upswing of a ride thus far, and hopefully you’ll be around when “Best Up & Coming” converts to “Best Already There”.

Other winners include mainstays Slide, RockYou, Flixter, Kongregate, Mochi Media, and about 94 other outstanding social media peer comanies.

Here’s the proper announcement here, and the full list of all 100 winners here.


Ustream Scavenger Hunt! (on hold until Twitter is stable)

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Prizes! Scores! Leader boards!

We’re psyched to announce the out of the blue, ridiculously addicting and exhilarating, Ustream Scavenger Hunt!

Using Twitter we’ll give you things to find on Ustream ranging anywhere from “a high school basketball game” to “a band jamming”. Your goal is to find it on Ustream as fast as humanly possible and then tweet us back with “@ustreamtv I found it! http://ustream.tv/WHATEVER-I-JUST-FOUND”.

Oh right…you better hurry up because if you don’t find it within 5 minutes of the announcement… it expires.

If you are the first to correctly answer the question – you get 1 point. Later, once you’ve dominated the game and built up a nice pile of lovely points, you can trade them in for a Ustream T-Shirt! (We’ll publicly track who has has points and how many)

10 points = 1 Ustream Shirt!

So, fellow Ustreamers, good luck. I send you into this battle with confidence – just stay strong and make sure you can search really fast. I wouldn’t worry though…chances are you’ll win.

Unless one of our other 4,000 twitter followers beats you to it!

**Rules
You must be following us on Twitter to participate/win


Live Coverage of the Phoenix Lander’s 7 Minute Decent to Mars

This mission to Mars cost around 380 million dollars!
The Phoenix Lander has been in transit for ten months!
There hasn’t been a successful power landing on Mars since 1976.
There is a 20 minute delay in communications between us and the Phoenix Lander. So we’re almost blindly guiding it.

No pressure.

The Phoenix Lander was sent to the martian planet, Mars, with the intention of looking for signs of life. It is prepared to dig for ice – aka frozen water – aka signs that life was possible. This Sunday we will find out. Its just got to land first…

The decent will take, in total, seven minutes. Seven – tension-filled-fingernail-biting – minutes. Luckily we have the SpaceVidcast to cover it for us. Come join us at 3:30pm PST for a play by play, they won’t stop streaming until we know this thing has safely landed. We’re all anxious to find those little green people…


Pretty Ricky Introducing New Member Tonight

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R&B Superstar Group Pretty Ricky just might be the first Platinum-certified group to reveal a new member via live online video broadcast. Don’t let all the qualifiers fool you — this is an exciting first here on Ustream!

Pretty Ricky will host a live webcast today, Monday, May 19th from their hometown of Miami, where the group will not only introduce their new singer, 4Play, but will also premiere their new single, “Cuddle Up (Feat. Butta Crèame).” Fans can log onto Pretty Ricky’s official website, located at www.prettyricky.com, at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m PT.

“Pretty Ricky is more than just a group; it’s a lifestyle, a state of mind,” says co-founder Diamond Blue. “4Play is the perfect addition to the Pretty Ricky family.”

In addition to Monday’s live webcast, a series of exclusive webisodes, entitled “21 Days of 4Play,” began steaming earlier this week at www.prettyricky.com. The clips – which answer the question on everybody’s lips: “Who is 4Play?” – feature never-before-seen footage of the group both at work and at play – recording in the studio, chilling in Miami, kicking it at home, and relaxing on the beach.


Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Be Live On Ustream.TV

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Have you heard of this company called Google? In case you haven’t, we have something special for you.

Ustream.TV proud to present a live broadcast of the New America Foundation’s interview-style discussion and Q&A session with Google Co-Founder and President Larry Page. And guess what, you can participate!

During the discussion, Mr. Page will describe Google’s strategy for expanding access to the Internet and allocating spectrum more efficiently — and explain why opening the vacant TV channels for unlicensed access after next February’s DTV transition is the most important thing the FCC can do this year to promote broadband deployment and tech sector innovation.

Larry Page will take questions live from the chat room and preselected questions from the comment section of this blog post. So be sure to post your questions in the comments here or be there live to ask.

You can watch the live stream from the New America Foundation’s Ustream channel page:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/naf-live-events

For more information on the event please visit:

http://www.newamerica.net/events/2008/google_unwired


Digg Town Hall Numero 2 Went GREAT!

Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson.

Yes a dog kept running back and forth behind them, yes they were drinking soda instead of their usual imported beers, and YES they both matched at the beginning of the Town Hall…

BUT!

They had a great Town Hall. They answered tons of questions and enjoyed themselves throughout. It looks easy, but lets give them a round of applause, or at least a golf clap as you sit there behind your computer screen. Bravo Digg, Bravo.

If you missed the recording, I included the embed below. Enjoy 🙂


Stream 50 or Die Trying: G Unit Live on Ustream

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50. Cent. On. Ustream.

When it comes to music superstardom, it’s hard to top the plateau that 50 Cent continues to ascend. Thanks to savvy of his G-Unit label folks, 50 Cent has officially flirted with the cutting edge of social media.

This past Saturday, May 3rd, 50 Cent decided he wanted to interact live with his fans, all the way from his hotel room in Cape Town South Africa. With zero promotion save for a last minute email blast to his registered fans, 50 Cent drew thousands of fans to his stream. Originally scheduled for 1 hour, 50 Cent and his G-Unit comrades — Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo — clearly were having so much fun interacting live with their fans, that they ended up streaming for nearly 3 hours!

Here are the first two hours of the stream. We had to cut out the last hour because 50, Lloyd and Yayo were having a bit too much fun ;-). Catch it LIVE next time around so you don’t miss out on the unedited hi jinks of cultural icons! Still, plenty of entertaining stuff, enjoy!


SF. Music. Tech. What’s not to like?

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Have you ever *ahem* not-so-legally downloaded music? Or perhaps the better question is, have you ever actually paid for music?

Either way, you might want to tune into the SF MusicTech Summit. Going strong off their inaugural event in February, the good folks at San Fran MusicTech Summit are not waiting around a whole year to come back bigger and better. Try Thursday, May 8, 9:00 am Pacific. And wouldn’t you know, Ustream is broadcasting it LIVE, in tune and on time, from the Kabuki Hotel in Japantown San Francisco.

Guests represent digital music purveyors from imeem, Pandora, RockYou!, SomaFM, Rhapsody, Warner Records, CD baby, TAG Strategic, and a lot more. Also, Tim Ferriss of Four Hour Work Week fame will be making a keynote.

Furthermore, our very own John Ham will be speaking on the video panel, moderated by our friend, Eddie Codel of Geek Entertainment TV.

Get the full speaker list and schedule here: http://www.sanfranmusictech.com/speakers.html

About SF MusicTech:
The SanFran MusicTech Summit will bring together the best and brightest developers in the Music/Technology Space, along with the musicians, entrepreneurial business people, and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We will meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.


Have Car, Will Drive. Have Internet, Will Stream.

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The One Lap of America, the legendary 24/7 cross-country automobile endurance event, is being broadcasted live on Ustream, having started on May 3 and ending on May 10.

The One Lap guys will be live streaming their trek, straight from their on-the-road, in-car camcorder setup, all from their Ustream channel page here. Forgive them the occasional streaming drop-outs, as they are dependent to the internet connection of their ever-changing area. And, aren’t we all dependent on the internet? I knew you’d understand.

Started in the early 1970’s by legendary Car and Driver editor Brock Yates, the Cannonball Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a flat out, no-holds-barred race from New York City to Redondo Beach, California. The race drew a cult subculture following, especially given the main cause of the event: to protest the federally mandated 55 MPH speed limit. And haven’t we all pushed nudged just a wee bit past the legal speed limit? I knew you’d understand.

The race became the stuff of legends, created a legend, and even received several treatments from Hollywood, including one starring David Carradine and a remake starring Burt Reynolds.

The 2008 edition of the CannonBall Run builds upon the tradition set forth from the legendary run, running at legal speeds with daily time trials at designated race tracks along the way. Go to One Lap’s site to get more info on the event’s illustrious, twisting history.

Here are the remaining track dates on the tour (all times Central):

May 5: Lonestar Motorsports Park
1830 – 2000 (6:30pm to 8:00pm)

May 6: No Problem Raceway
0830 – 1530 (8:30am to 3:30pm)

May 7: Carolina Motorsports Park
0830 – 15:30 (8:30am to 3:30pm)

May 7: BMW Performance Center
1630 – 1930 (4:30pm to 7:30pm)

May 8: Virginia International Raceway
0830 – 1600 (8:30am to 4:00pm)

May 9: BeaveRun
0900 – 1700 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

May 10: Tire Rack Testing Center
0900 – 1200 (9:00am to 12:00pm)


Your Daily Music Lesson With Walt

Recently I’ve seen an increase in out of the box thinking on Ustream – Comics drawing new strips on camera, cooking shows, screen casts of new video games, the list is endless…

Now we have music lessons. The teacher, singer-guitar-player- extraordinaire, goes by “Walt”.

walt_screenshot.pngEvery weekday Walt goes in front of his camera and gives music lessons to 200-300 people. Using our co-host feature he encourages willing viewers come on and perform their various musical talents – giving them a chance to have some one of one time. His show is well produced, consistent, and he posts on Twitter whenever he goes live – Walt gets it.

According to his bio Walt started playing guitar at the age of 16. He has an associates degree in Jazz Performance and a Bachelor’s in Music Composition. Over 50,000 total Ustream viewers and 750+ YouTube subscribers. Walt’s audience is growing rapidly and shows no signs of slowing down – at this speed he’s going to teach the entire world to sing and then he’ll have nothing left to teach!

Walt – Ustream commends you on your expertise in music and your ability to captivate an audience and handle a class of over 200. Keep it up.

P.S. – We usually post on Twitter when he goes live, so follow us here and subscribe to our blog here.

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