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Gotham Independent Film Awards on Ustream

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Creativity is a common thread within the Ustream community, and we’re thrilled to be part of an awards ceremony that brings together the best of film for the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Awards on Monday, Nov. 30. The nominees for these awards were announced live by The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on Oct. 19–watch the video here.

The Gotham Independent Film Awards will be streamed in its entirety to a worldwide audience on Ustream from the Cipriani Ballroom in New York City starting at 5p PT/8p ET on Monday, Nov. 30. The evening will include appearances by Alec Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, the Coen Brothers, Willem Dafoe, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Chris Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Meryl Streep, Kristen Wiig and more. Watch and interact here, or on our free viewing applications on the iPhone or Android platform, which are available by download from the iTunes App Store or Android Market.


Ustream Viewer beta for Android in the Marketplace

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Today we’re marking another company milestone with the launch of the Ustream Android Viewer beta, the first live viewing application for the Android platform, which enables users to watch any Ustream show on Wifi or 3G.

From Shakira’s new music video, 50 Cent’s movie screening, the Twilight: New Moon Red Carpet premiere, and tonight’s concert with KISS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the premium, entertaining content Ustream has come to represent is now available on Android devices, and is available for free download in the Android Market. Watch any Ustream show from anywhere!

This is our second application for the Android platform, as we launched the Ustream Android Broadcaster several weeks ago, enabling users to stream live from their phones on 3G or Wifi. We recently made an updated version — check it out. The Android Viewer provides chat and functionality with Android 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 platform devices.

The combination of Viewer and Broadcaster on Android allows the first mobile-to-mobile functionality available on the market.

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We welcome your feedback on our newest mobile offerings at beta@ustream.tv. For more information, go to ustream.tv/mobile


Shakira Debuts Music Video on Ustream and Ustream on Facebook

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Musicians are embracing the Ustream platform as a way to build community and connect directly with fans.

The most recent example was international superstar Shakira who conducted a world premiere of her latest video using Ustream and our Ustream on Facebook app on Monday, Nov. 16, “Give it Up to Me” featuring Lil Wayne, off her new album “She Wolf.” Nearly 95,000 unique viewers tuned into the broadcast — the highest Ustream has ever seen for a broadcast that lasted only 10 minutes. This was a first-of-a-kind release event with the support of the label, Epic Records. We believe this could change the dynamic of premieres and release of content.

The recorded video can be viewed here.

Fans could log onto Shakira’s Facebook page or Ustream to watch, interact or embed the first-ever live video premiere of “Give It Up To Me” through Facebook comments or our Social Stream.

Epic chose Ustream and Facebook to broadcast this event to bring Shakira’s fan community together and interact in a more social way around a common, shared experience.


The Twilight Saga: New Moon Red Carpet Webcast sets New Ustream record

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Ustream may be playing a part in making history with its involvement in The Twilight Saga: New Moon movie. On Monday, Nov. 16, more than 2 million unique viewers tuned into our exclusive red carpet broadcast with partner MySpace as the stars made their way into the first screening of the film, which hits theaters on Friday, Nov. 20.

The webcast was the farthest-reaching event Ustream has streamed to date with more than two million unique viewers. The event was also the largest number of total viewers for any Ustream red carpet broadcast with an astounding nearly three million viewers, exceeding a previous record set by our broadcast with Sony Pictures of Michael Jackson’s This is It red carpet several weeks ago.

If you missed seeing Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and other stars on Monday, check out the recorded video here.

Going to watch New Moon on opening night? Broadcast or record your experience live using one of Ustream’s mobile applications for iPhone, Android or Nokia phones! Check out details here.

Courtney Glynn, the winner of MySpace’s Red Carpet Correspondent contest, was granted the opportunity to interview the stars during the webcast and attended the premiere. The broadcast was co-hosted by Anya Marina, writer and performer of “Satellite Heart” on The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Quddus, current host of “The MySpace Music Feed.” In attendance from the film were Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Nikki Reed, Noot Sear, Jamie Campbell Bower, director Chris Weitz, author Stephenie Meyer, along with celebrity guests 50 Cent, Richie Sambora, Joan Jett, Cat Deeley, Emma Roberts, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jamie Kennedy and more.


ABC News and Ustream Collaborate for Nightline Twittercast Weekly Broadcast

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Ustream and ABC News today are announcing the debut of the “Nightline” program airing on Ustream every Monday at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time/12:30 p.m. Eastern Time here.

ABC News is collaborating with us for the “Nightline Twittercast,” which is a half-hour web program that is hosted by the show’s anchors and correspondents that provides news analysis on topics of the day.

This program will add even greater depth and breadth of news coverage and analysis to our high-quality premium programming and enables dynamic conversations.

We’re excited to announce this new weekly program to the Ustream line up!

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