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Vote for Ustream! And, Events for Week of April 1

Vote for Ustream

Ustream is a finalist for the Webware 100 awards! Vote now for Ustream as your favorite!

For April Fool’s Day, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern Time, Josh and Chuck from HowStuffWorks.com will be doing a show about April Fool’s Day. Tune in to hear all about the day, the nature of laughter and other hijinks.

On Wednesday, Apr. 1, join Chef Bud at 1 p.m. Pacific Time as he hosts a special guest chef and teaches viewers how to prepare a signature dish in the picturesque town of Telluride, Colo.

At 10 p.m. PT on Wednesday, tune into “the fastest show on Ustream late night,” Driving Sports TV. The DSTV crew will show off the latest in new cars and automotive performance here.

On Thursday, April 2 at 11 a.m. PT, the Frontline Club will host a lecture with Stephen Grey called “Investigative Journalism at the Sharp End.” Tune in here.

At 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, join the Plain White T’s for a live chat! Check it out here.

Alfred DiBlasi hosts his weekly show at 6 p.m. PT on Thursday, April 2 and discusses the latest tech tools. Tune in here.

The Rock and Worship Roadshow continues on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. The show launched last month and the diverse line up boasts current GRAMMY® nominee and multi-platinum band MercyMe, Award-winning  and multi-Gold selling male vocalist Jeremy Camp and Hawk  Nelson, as well as new and burgeoning bands Tenth Avenue  North and Addison Road. The tour will hit over 20 U.S.  Markets.

On Friday, April 3 at 11 a.m. PT, John D. McHuge presents War in Multimedia for the Frontline Club here.

100 Hours

Starting on Thursday, April 2 and continuing through Sunday, April 5, Ustream will host the official 100 Hours of Astronomy event, a celebration for the International Year of Astronomy. Featuring webcasts from some of the best telescopes and planetariums from around the globe, 100 Hours of Astronomy brings together a global community to highlight exciting interactive highlights, including “around the world in 80 telescopes.” For more information, click here.

On Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Dan Aykroyd will be on Ustream! Gary’s Wine and Marketplace, a fine wine and spirits retailer in New Jersey, will host Dan Aykroyd as he launches his new line of vodka and answers questions from the Ustream chat room. Check it out here.


H.264 Available On Mac- Meet Wirecast!

I’m glad to announce you can now get H.264 on a Mac and Ustream through Wirecast.  This is HUGE!

Wirecast is a live video production tool that allows Mac and PC users to create real-time or on-demand video broadcasts for the web.   You can do video switching, overlays, movies and text and really give your broadcast a professional look.   The great part about it is Ustream HD quality is built into the software for Mac AND PC.

For less than $500, Wirecast users can quickly and easily capture live events and create professional video webcasts on computers or laptops for real-time web distribution from any location.

Wirecast is useful for a broad range of users and business needs, including broadcasting of live press or sports events, entertainment, university lectures, live business presentations, marketing or training and more. Wirecast makes it easy for anyone to share live experiences and build a global community.

You can try Wirecast for free by downloading from the links below:
Buy Wirecast for Mac OS X
Buy Wirecast for Windows 2000/XP/Vista


Ustream + Tricaster = Sweet.

We are pleased to announce you can stream directly to Ustream from the powerful Newtek Tricaster.

Tricaster

For those of you who don’t know what a Tricaster is, let’s just say it is the gold standard for high quality video production.  It allows you to add tons of elements to your live broadcast like lower thirds, movies, audio, intros, powerpoint, chroma key etc.

Now anyone can have a high quality broadcast like the professionals.  The Tricaster is very portable and great for on-site events.  If you already have a Tricaster, you can download the latest patch from Newtek’s website to get direct Ustream support.

The team from CBS Buzz Out Loud is using a Tricaster if you want a sample of the quality and power:


Adele, Big Lebowski, Pete Cashmore Kick Off Ustream Studio

It was the place to be last night. I’m downtown in Austin for the world’s largest music festival, LIVE from the Ustream Studio at The Belmont. We have the coolest venue in Austin decked out with a live production studio, 2 stages, plasma TV’s everywhere, and lots of great food and drinks.

We kicked it off with panel discussions yesterday with Peter Himmelman, Mark Rizzn Hopkins, Lucas Hendrickson, Evan White and myself.

Adele started us out right also with some great music for the star-studded party. I hung out with everyone from Pete Cashmore, to Gary V and even Jeff Dowd the real “Big Lebowski”.

If you are in Austin, make sure to come by the Belmont each night – still to come many more BIG NAME artists.

Also watch us online at www.ustream.tv/studio

More action from the night- I’ll post more photos as they come in:


Join me at Southby!

(Southby in Austin: so easy even a Ustream founder can do it)

Starting Friday, March 13 Ustream is inviting the world to the
first-ever Ustream Studio “Live from The Belmont” in Austin, TX! For
11 days, the Ustream Studio will feature amazing musicians, thought
leaders, journalists, futurists, artists, and more showingoff their
talents!  I’ll be there even to shake everyone’s hand

Some of the people you can expect to see include: Adele, Indigo Girls, Peter Himmelman, Manchester Orchestra, Von Bondies, Robert Scoble, Conal Byrne, Steve Jang, Chris Pirillo, Tony Hsieh, and many more.

The Ustream Studio will combine ideas and music with the interactive power of live streaming, and we invite you come and enjoy through the live stream or, if you’re in Austin, stop by!

To watch live, check out all the news and events here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ustream-studio

Follow us on Twitter for live updates: http://twitter.com/UstreamTV

If you’re in Austin:

Come hang out: http://www.ustream.tv/studio
Directions: http://bit.ly/11maKW
Upcoming – http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/2129557/
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=68011852224

If you won’t be in Austin, be sure to check out everything from the
Ustream Studio:


Ustream Announces Mobile Division with Premium Applications and Celebrity Users

Ustream MobileWe’re announcing our Mobile Division by releasing Ustream Mobile. Ustream Mobile Applications were designed and developed by Ustream for Ustreamers. Consistent with our brand promise for amazing live + interactive experiences, our mobile applications are Truly Live, have Audience Activation with Twitter and are Fully Interactive with Yes/No one-click polls and real-time chat, and even are GPS enabled.

Celebrity Ustreamers Lil Wayne, Heidi and Spencer from The Hills, Josh Groban, and Slipknot are on Ustream Mobile. Lil Wayne ustreamed The Grammys!

My partners would like to share:

Brad Hunstable, Founder and President, “Mobile allows any Ustreamer to broadcast live to their Ustream show from anywhere. Now you can show and share more with your audience.”

Dr. Gyula Feher, Founder and CTO, “We solved a major technical challenge by processing the mobile stream in a new manner that decreases the amount of induced latency. This allows the rich broadcaster to audience interactivity even in a mobile environment.”

We’re committed to bringing both amazing products and experiences to the Ustream community. Thank you to our wonderful community and our amazing staff. We are very excited about 2009!

Get Ustream Mobile at http://www.ustream.tv/mobile

Best,

John

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