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Ustream Helpers Two Year Anniversary

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This past week was a special monument for Ustream’s history, as Feb 25 marked the two-year anniversary of the creation of the Ustream Helpers program. For the past two years, a select group of individuals have dedicated their time to providing 24/7 live support to the Ustream community. The group was founded in 2008 with five members, and has since expanded to provide an increasing level of support to Ustream’s growing community. If you have ever received live help from a Ustream helper, please know that this individual is not paid by Ustream. They are a volunteer who took time out of their day to help resolve your issue. It is safe to say that Ustream would not be the place it is today without the outstanding commitment of this elite group. So thank you, from Ustream, to each and every Helper. We appreciate your continued support!

If you need to contact a helper, they can usually be found in Ustream’s live help channel here: http://ustream.tv/channel/help

Obsessed with Ustream and want to become a Helper? The Team is always looking for new recruits, so if you think you would add value to the team, please apply here: http://www.ustream-helpers.com/page.php?13


Ustream Named A “Most Innovative Company” by Fast Company

MIC_logo_wbackgroundFast Company just released its annual Most Innovative Companies list that honors businesses  across the economy and around the globe that define business innovation for 2010. Ustream was recognized as No. 8 on the list of the Most Innovative Companies in the Web category!

We’re humbled by and excited about this recognition. We’ve come a long way since Ustream started nearly three years ago. Expect us to continue providing tools for our community to produce the best live streams. Keep checking in for updates!

Fast Company determined its 2010’s Most Innovative Companies based on its analysis of information on thousands of businesses across the globe. The distinction aims to identify creative models and progressive cultures, and to define the many forms of innovation that exist across the business landscape. Check out Fast Company’s March 2010 issue for more details.


Tiger Woods Press Conference and Other Events for the Week

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On Friday, don’t miss Tiger Woods’ press conference live from Florida, provided by Ustream partner CBS News. He will be breaking his silence publicly for the first time and is expected to formally announce his return to the PGA tour. Tune in here to watch.

Other Events this Week:

On Thursday at 11:30am PST/2:30pm EST, tune in here to watch Naomi Campbell’s Fashion for Relief runway show from London Fashion Week! If you didn’t get a chance to see last week’s runway show from New York Fashion Week, be sure to check it out here. Naomi Campbell, Chris Brown, and other celebrities walked the runway!

Thursday at 7pm PST/10pm EST, tune in here for a weekly chat with recording artist Macy Gray. She’ll have a special surprise guest on with her, so tune in to see who it is!

Friday at 9am PST/12pm EST, tune in to Duke University’s channel for an episode of Office Hours. The topic of the day will be Duke’s ROTC program. The director will be taking your questions live via Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to tune in if you have questions or are curious about what it takes to train leaders in the ROTC program.

Starting Friday at 2:30pm PST/5:30pm EST and going through Sunday, tune in to OTBnTV for live coverage of the 2010 USBA National Championships. They’ll be streaming the final 3 days of the 3 Cushion National Championships from Tacoma, WA. Tune in here to see the best pool players battle it out for the top prize!

Beginning Friday at 3pm PST/6pm EST, tune in here for the start of the 2010 THON Dance Marathon at Penn State University. Each year, the event draws thousands of participants who dance for 48-hours straight to raise money for childhood cancer research and treatment. Don’t miss this act of philanthropy with an artistic flair!

Friday at 5pm PST/8pm EST, tune in here for the Alice in Wonderland Ultimate Fan event, hosted by Youtube star Phillip DeFranco, aka PhillyD. Also making an appearance will be the film’s director Tim Burton, and members of the cast including Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, and Crispin Glover. This will be followed by live performances from some of the bands who contributed songs to the film’s soundtrack, including 3OH!3 and Metro Station.

Friday at 6pm PST/9pm EST, tune in for the premiere party of the new web series The Steps. It will be the first-ever ‘device party’ where attendees will tune in to the show on their mobile devices and laptops. Check out the premiere and the first episode here.

Starting Friday, tune in here to watch live broadcasts from Budweiser’s Club Bud at the Vancouver Olympics. Friday at 10pm PST/1am EST, the top snowboarders and skiers in the world will be feted at the Club Bud Burton Party, and Saturday at 10pm PST, hockey’s biggest players will be attending the Club Bud NHL Party. Don’t miss your chance to hang with US Olympians, including Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Graham Watanabe, Faye Gulini, and more!

Saturday and Sunday, tune in to watch the Men’s and Women’s USBC Bowling champs compete in the qualifying rounds and finals. For a complete schedule of events, visit their channel page here.

Saturday, tune in for raw cage-fighting action at NAAFS. Top Mixed Martial Arts fighters will duke it out for the ultimate title–and ultimate bragging rights. Watch it here starting at 3:30pm PST/6:30pm EST.


Events for the Week of 2/8

Lots of big events this week happening on Ustream!

SI upcomingWednesday and Thursday, Feb. 10th and 11th, be sure to tune in to Sports Illustrated to see the beautiful women from the 2010 Swimsuit issue! Sports Illustrated and Ustream are giving fans an exclusive chance to hang out with some of the most gorgeous women in the world as they make press appearances, go on shopping sprees, and give us a peek inside the life of a cover model! Be sure to check their channel page here for updates.

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Wednesday at 1:30pm PST, R&B legend Toni Braxton will be live from New York giving fans an exclusive chance to see her in the studio! See what this extremely talented singer has in store for the future, and ask her questions live right here.

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On Thursday at 4pm PST, tune in here to see CBS’ coverage of the Heart Truth Fashion Show from Fashion Week in New York. They’ll be streaming the Red Dress Collection fashion show to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Even better–the models on the runway will actually be some of today’s hottest celebrities, including Heidi Klum, Kim Kardashian, and more! You don’t want to miss this “behind the seams” look at NY Fashion Week. Tune in here.

nat&alexOn Thursday at 5:30pm PST, join Nickelodeon stars Nat & Alex from the hit show The Naked Brothers Band for a live fan chat. These real-life brothers have been amassing a huge fan following for their hilarious antics on their show, and this will be a unique opportunity to see how they are when the cameras stop rolling! Don’t worry–they won’t be naked. Tune in here to watch!

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On Thursday at 7pm PST, singer/songwriter Terra Naomi will make her triumphant return to Ustream after a long European tour. She’ll be back on deck singing her own songs and chatting with fans, so grab a glass of wine and join her here!

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Starting Friday Swimnetwork goes live with their coverage of the Missouri Grand Prix Prelims. The superstars of the swimming world will be there racing for the top prize, so go here to see a complete schedule of events, and tune in on Friday and Saturday to watch.

leo laporte upcomingOn Friday at 12pm PST, join Leo Laporte as he streams from MacWorld Live, a variety show of sorts for the technologically inclined. “Performers” include Leo himself, Heather Gold of the Heather Gold Show, Adam Savage of Mythbusters, and more! Tune in here to see it.

jason twis upcomingOn Friday at 1pm PST, join Jason Calacanis and his guest James Segil, president and co-founder of Edgecast for another hard-hitting episode of This Week in Startups. Find out how Segil went from being responsible for $150 million in sales while at Mattel, to founding his own “next generation content delivery network.” Tune in here.

naomiOn Friday at 4pm PST, join Naomi Campbell from New York Fashion Week for a special Fashion Show for CARE, benefiting earthquake victims in Haiti. Don’t miss this chance to see the legendary model strut her stuff on the runway for a good cause. You can catch the show here.

hoops2On Saturday at 10:15am PST, Nike Basketball presents the 2010 All-Star Hoopstalk. This East vs. West battle will pit some of the top NBA players against each other, including LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash, and more! Don’t miss it! Tune in here.


Ustream Enters Asia Pacific with Softbank Corp. of Japan

In this memorable milestone and moment, I would like to provide the color behind the fundraising announcement.

When we first founded Ustream in the summer of 2006, we believed that Asia was a strategic environment for a service like Ustream to flourish. Since then, we’ve made strategic decisions to partner with DCM, our lead series A investor and strong US/Asia VC firm, and now Softbank Corp., a major mobile carrier and internet conglomerate in Asia, to march toward our vision.

What really excites us is the vision that billions of web and mobile users will go-live and watch-live content on Ustream in Asia.

We’re honored to announce this relationship with Softbank and look forward to working with Softbank.

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