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President Obama Speaks Live Tonight

Be sure to tune in tonight at 6pm PST for a LIVE address from President Barack Obama on Air America’s Ustream show page. Only a week after Obama signed a stimulus bill of $787 billion and two days before Congress receives a summary of his 2010 budget, President Obama will be addressing the world regarding foreign policy, the deficit, and where he plans to take the nation.

Tune in here to watch:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/air-america


Today, Ustream launches Watershed

Watershed is a self-serve platform for organizations both large and small who need private-label live, interactive video. Flexible for everyone, Watershed offers plug-and-play widgets to robust API integration solutions as well as Pay-As-You-Go pricing: No monthly fees, No contracts, and No wasted bandwidth. Ever.

Here’s what my partners have to share in this Watershed moment:

Brad Hunstable, founder and President, says, “Watershed gives customers flexible pricing that traditional content delivery networks (CDNs) are not able to provide due to their legacy capital costs. Thus Watershed is a perfect solution for IT managers who need that flexibility.”

Dr. Gyula Feher, founder and CTO, says, “Watershed was designed and developed to be the most flexible platform for live, interactive video. With that in mind, the solution offers everything from plug-and-play widgets to robust API integration solutions. And our Pay-As-You-Go pricing means no monthly fees, no contracts, and no wasted bandwidth for our customers. As a value proposition to the market, Watershed truly marks an industry watershed moment.”

In summary, we’re bringing the most flexible platform with the most flexible pricing to market. It’s truly a Watershed Moment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful users and employees. Today, we’ve brought a compelling live streaming solution for businesses. Without you, none of this is possible. Thank you.


Twitter Founder joins Ustream Advisory Board

Jack Dorsey founded Twitter in 2007 and grew it to be one of the most popular communication platforms on the Internet. “Ustream has amazing technology and great timing. The environment is ready to accept a real-time broadcast platform that allows everyone in society to live stream,” says Dorsey. “I look forward to working with the Ustream team and look forward to assisting the company.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Jack,” says John Ham, Ustream’s CEO. “His strategy in ‘all things real-time’ will be invaluable as Ustream navigates the many opportunities that face us today. We look forward to working with Jack and welcome him to the Ustream Advisory Board.”

The Ustream Advisory Board includes GEN(R) Wesley Clark as well as Former Head of Monetization at You Tube Shashi Seth.


Featured Interview with Zedalza New York

We’ve decided to feature guests on our blog, and from time to time we’ll feature interviews with interesting people who are involved with Ustream. We took time with one of our broadcasters, Frank Valbiro, to ask him a few questions about himself and his show, Zedalza New York, which airs every Tuesday and Thursday.

Zedalza New York is self described as “Fearlessly revealing and emotion!” Founded in 2006 at Manhattanville College, The Zedalza Radio Show began broadcasting on WMVL 88.1 FM. After brief stints on various internet sites, The Zedalza Radio Show found its home on Ustream.tv, incorporating both video and audio for the first time in the show’s history. Hosted by Frank Valbiro, Anthony Valbiro and Mike Alonzi, Zedalza incorporates an open talk forum and encourages viewers to participate in the broadcasts by calling in live and interacting through the chat room during the show.

U: How did you come up with the idea to live stream?
FV: We have been broadcasting since February 2006. We started on college, FM radio and moved the show to the internet in May of the same year. We broadcasted on LIVE365 for over a year, before we were face to face with live video-streaming technology at the July 7, 2007 Youtube Convention in Manhattan – we knew what needed to be done. Needless to say, we were off and running with the newly-launched Ustream within the next ten days. It’s been one helluva ride since… Brad deserves the Purple Heart for all the problems he’s had to solve for us… So, in present day, Ustream powers what has now expanded from just a solitary show into our own Network. Evolution is fantastic!

U: How do you envision yourself using Ustream this year?
FV: We are going to be broadcasting live from remote locations all over New Uork and beyond, expanding the network globally by building unique programming that you will only be able to see on our channel. Live from sporting events, sponsored parties, live musical performances, night clubs, lounges, sports bars and beyond! The party is just going to get started in 2009 and Ustream is going to be pulling people along for the ride.

U: What’s the first thing you look at when you turn on your computer?
FV: E-mail or the number of views on our YouTube videos.

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