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Obama’s Afghanistan Speech and Other Events for the Week of 11/30

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On Tuesday at 6pm PST, tune in to CBS’ channel here to watch President Obama unveil his new plan for Afghanistan from West Point Military Academy. The address will outline the President’s going-forward plan for the region and include Ustream’s chat and Social Stream. Don’t miss this historic speech, and you can watch on your iPhone or Android too!

On Tuesday at 7:30am PST, tune in here to see Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and two-time Spirit Award Winner Matt Dillon as they announce the 2010 nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards! You can chime in with your questions and comments via chat or social stream as well!

On Tuesday at 6pm PST, tune in to The Room Live to see alternative pop musician Andy Davis answer questions and perform live. The Room is your place to see in-depth interviews every week with a live in-studio audience. Tune in here.

Also on Tuesday at 6pm PST, join Blip.fm as they host a live chat with Indie rockers Big Light. This is the first of a series of live chats they’ll be doing over at Blip.fm headquarters, so be sure to keep checking in to their channel to see what other guests they have in the pipeline. You can watch the Big Light live chat here.

On Tuesday at 6:45 pm PST, Infiniti is doing a live stream from the LA Auto Show at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where they’ll be unveiling their new 2011 Infiniti M and the 2010 Infiniti G line. Come see what the cars of tomorrow will look like by tuning in here.

Autoline Live will also be covering the LA Auto Show. Tune in on Wednesday at 11:30am PST to see live coverage of all the major auto makers’ newest models for the coming year. The auto industry experts at Autoline will be serving up their usual dose of incisive commentary as well, so it’s sure to be an educational experience for anyone in the market for a new car! Tune in here.

Starting Tuesday morning and lasting through Thursday, tune in here to catch live coverage of the Supernova conference, which “explores the transformation of computing, communications, business, and society in the network age.” In other words, it’s a time for 500 leading executives, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, and business leaders to come together and discuss emerging trends and discover innovative new ideas and companies. Tune in here to watch the different panel discussions live.

On Wednesday at 2pm PST, join Jason Calacanis and the rest of the This Week in Startups crew to welcome poker player extraordinaire Annie Duke as his first-ever female guest! Annie has been a high-stakes player for over 20 years, and has taught celebrities like Ben Affleck how to win big at the poker table. Tune in here to see the interview.

Thursday at 10am PST, join pastry chef and cookbook author Gale Gand and McCormick for a quick lesson on holiday cooking. The hour-long demo will also feature viewers’ questions to Gale live! Tune in here to brush up on your holiday cooking knowledge.

On Thursday at 10:30am PST, join Jewish Reggae artist Matisyahu for the third live fan chat in his holiday series. Last week, he invited viewers into his home to get a peek of his Thanksgiving festivities, this week he’ll be taking questions and chatting about topics you choose! Tune in here to watch, interact, and learn about this unique and talented artist.

On Friday at 9am PST, tune in here for some Holiday PC Entertaining with internet guru Amber MacArthur (aka AmberMac) and Intel for a 1-hour holiday webcast that will melt away all your tech stress! Amber will be discussing how to buy the perfect video or still camera, how to make holiday movies, and how to take perfect pictures!


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


Miss California USA and The American Music Awards LIVE on Ustream!

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On Sunday, Nov. 22, fans will be treated to front-row seats during exclusive events on Ustream. At 2pm PST/5pm EST, Miss California USA pageant will broadcast live here. The pageant is not available on TV outside the state of California, so Ustream will be the only place nationwide where audiences can tune in to watch and interact during the pageant. For the first time this year, two winners will be crowned with the title of Miss California. You won’t want to miss this live broadcast, as you never know what’s going to happen!

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We also have live red carpet coverage from the American Music Awards in Los Angeles! We’re working with Dick Clack Productions to bring viewers the “Official AMA Pre-Show,” featuring hosts Julie Moran, Jenni Pulos, Jai Rodrigeuz, Taryn Southern, and others! See all the stars as they make their way down the red carpet and answer questions live starting at 3pm PST/6pm EST right here. See you there!


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!


Jason Mraz Live and Other Events for the Week of 11/9

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On Wednesday at 11am PST (2pm EST), and again at 6pm PST (9pm EST), singer Jason Mraz will hold two separate live chats where he’ll be answering questions submitted by his fans! Want him to ask one of your questions on the air? Tweet at him with the hash tag #JasonMrazChat and he might answer it live. Be sure to tune in on Ustream to watch right here.

Other Events for the Week of 11/9:

Today at 6:15pm PST/9:15pm EST, Switchfoot will be going live on Ustream to celebrate the release of their new album Hello Hurricane. Switchfoot have been doing monthly fan chats on Ustream since September, but this broadcast will be the first time they’ve actually performed during a broadcast, so fans won’t want to miss it! Tune in here.

Tuesday at 12pm PST/3pm EST, tune in to Link-Live for a panel discussion with California Public Utilities Commissioner Rachelle Chong, California Emerging Technology Fund President Sunne McPeak, a representative from the online vets campaign Operation Free, and a representative from Veterans and Military Families for Progress right here.

Tuesday night at 7pm PST/10pm EST, tune in for the weekly episode of Peter Himmelman’s Furious World. Live musical performance, introspective philosophical musing, and interviews with legendary musicians and authors are par for the course on Furious World. Don’t miss this week’s episode to see who the special guest will be! You can tune in here.

Wednesday at 4pm PST/7pm EST, tune in for the second episode of DukeReads, an online book club discussing contemporary works of fiction and nonfiction with industry scholars and academics. This week, the title under discussion will be “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga. Professor Ranjana Khanna will be leading the discussion. You can watch live right here.

Wednesday night at 7pm PST/10pm EST, Joanna Hernandez, aka Cocktail from VH1 will go live for another candid Q&A session. She calls her show “Hangin’ with JoJo” because that’s exactly what it gives her fans a chance to do–chill with her just like one of her closest friends! If you’ve never checked out her show before, why not try it out on Wednesday night right here.

Thursday at 9:15am PST/12:15pm EST, Duke University goes live for a panel discussion on fixing the health care problem. Duke University’s leading health care scholars will discuss the pros and cons of the different reform proposals on the table. We’ve all heard the politicians weighing in, now it’s academia’s chance to voice an opinion. Tune in here.

Thursday at 10am PST/1pm EST, John Yemma, editor of the Christian Science Monitor, goes live from his offices to talk current events and the crisis in the Middle East with other experts in the field. Stay abreast of current happenings in Iraq and Afghanistan and get your dose of intelligent analysis right here.

Thursday at 4pm PST/7pm EST, singer/songwriter Coffey Anderson goes live from the studio to give fans and aspiring musicians a sneak peak of what it’s like to record in the studio. He’ll perform live too! Tune in here to catch all the action.

Thursday at 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST, Donny Osmond will broadcast live from behind-the-scenes at Dancing with the Stars. He does it every week for his fans, so be sure to tune in here to watch.

Friday at 9am PST/12pm EST, Duke University goes live again for an Office Hours chat with Don Taylor to discuss Health Care Reform. You won’t want to miss this in-depth analysis of the current state of our health care system, and all the options on the table. Tune in here.

Friday at 1pm PST/4pm EST, Jason Calacanis takes This Week in Startups live for another installment of candid discussion with CEOs, Founders, and other startup execs. These are trailblazers in their industries opening up to Jason with their personal stories, secrets for success, and insights on the future of their industry. Tune in here.


Win Tickets to Nike’s “Under The Hood” with Boxing Legend Manny Pacquiao

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When Nike’s exclusive new program, “Under the Hood,” premieres on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on Ustream with Manny Pacquiao, fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the boxing star’s life. In addition to the live webcast here, the Ustream community has a chance to win 10 tickets to be in the live audience in Los Angeles! Imagine getting front-row seats to hear legendary fighter Pacquiao and his trainers talk about reaching the top of professional boxing. Ustream is giving away 10 tickets to those who live in the Los Angeles area and can provide a valid ID to collect the winning tickets at Will Call.

To win the tickets: become a Twitter follower of Ustream at twitter.com/ustream and send a tweet with the hashtag #UnderTheHood telling us why YOU want be part of the live audience during the event. We’ll pick 10 winners on Friday and let them know via direct message. Good luck!


Nike’s “Under the Hood” with Manny Pacquiao

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On Saturday, Nike presents the first episode of their web series “Under the Hood” which gives fans a chance to get to know their favorite athletes. The first guest will be boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, aka Pac Man, the current IBO and Ring Magazine Light Welterweight Champion, who has also been called “the #1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.” Don’t miss this chance to tune in and see Pacquiao and his trainers answer your questions live! It all starts at 2pm PT/5pm ET right here.

On Tuesday at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET, join the world’s youngest teacher, 12-year-old Adora Svitak, as she takes the stage at Perry Meridian Middle School to address the student body. Then at 2:30pm PT, Adora goes live again from the IPUI School of Education, and finally, Thursday at 7:30am PT, Adora goes live from the National Middle School Conference. If you haven’t heard of Adora, she’s a nationally recognized author who completed her first book at age 7. Since then she’s been touring middle schools promoting literacy. Tune in here to catch her live!

Also on Tuesday at 4pm PT/7pm ET, The Carter Twins go live to promote the release of their self-titled EP. This country duo are only 19, and yes, they really are twins. You can watch their live chat right here.

Tuesday at 7pm PT/10pm ET, comedian Gabriel Iglesias is bringing his “I’m Not Fat…I’m Fluffy” tour to Ustream. This gifted entertainer is making his mark with his first hour-long Comedy Central special debuting this month, so don’t miss this chance to hang with him and ask questions! Tune in here.

Wednesday at 7pm PT/10pm ET, join Alison Rosen, the comedian, journalist, blogger, and television personality for an hour of candid live chat where she’ll tackle such diverse topics as whether or not to be friends with an ex, and hosting parties at Scores. Join her for some classy fun right here.

Also at 7pm PT/10pm ET on Wednesday, join Cocktail from VH1 for her weekly webchat with fans. She’s had guests like Aubrey O’Day, former America’s Next Top Model alums, and former Real World cast members on in the past, so tune in this week to see who her special celebrity guest will be. It all goes down right here.

Thursday at 4pm PT/7pm ET, tune in to Duke University’s channel for the first in their DukeReads online book club series. The first novel up for discussion will be William D. Cohan’s ‘House of Cards.’ You can Tweet questions early with the hash tag #dukelive. Tune in here to watch.

Thursday at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET, join students at the University of North Texas College of Music for a Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert. The school will continue to broadcast live concerts and events throughout the semester, so remember to keep checking back! You can watch the concert live right here.

Also at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET on Thursday, join Donny Osmond backstage at Dancing with the Stars! He goes live every week from the show to connect with fans and answer their questions, so be sure to tune in here for a chance to see him live!

Friday at 4pm PT/7pm ET, join Grammy Award Winning, multi-platinum producer, songwriter, motivational speaker, and trendsetter Maestro, as he goes live from his studio to answer questions for aspiring musicians, rappers, and producers. It’s like a crash-course in the music industry every Friday night! Tune in here to catch all the action.

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