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World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

The San Francisco Giants are celebrating their second World Series title in 3 years, and you can watch all the action as fans welcome them back to the City by the Bay!
Wednesday October 31st
11am PDT
If you’re lucky enough to be going to the parade and want to stream live from your mobile device, tweet us!
Until then, check out some pics we managed to snap of a few of the floats!

UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy central on Ustream

UPDATED Oct. 29 9:12 p.m.:

Whether you’re in the middle of Hurricane Sandy or thousands of miles away, there’s no better place on the Internet to follow the historic superstorm than Ustream.

We’re tracking more than 50 live storm cams, citizen reporters and news outlets from Florida to Massachusetts. The list continues to grow by the hour, giving viewers around the world an unprecedented level of hurricane coverage.

Below is the latest list of Hurricane Sandy-related streams, as of 1 p.m. ET Monday. The best of them will be featured on our homepage. Please tweet us @UstreamNews or e-mail if you find other ones or want to add yours to the list.

CBS News Live
WSJ Live
(NEW) NewsBreaker (

Hurricane City  
(NEW) Chaser Cam

WNCT-TV 9 in Greenville, N.C.
WVEC in Norfolk, VA
ABC27 StormTrack in Harrisburg, PA
NBC Connecticut


Wallingford, CT
North Haven, CT

(NEW) Dewey Beach

Melbourne Beach, FL

Marblehead, MA
Framingham, MA
Lynn, MA
Berlin, MA
Winthrop, MA
(NEW) Boston, MA
(NEW) Natick, MA
(NEW) Boston, MA
(NEW) Western MA

Salisbury, MD
Accokeek, MD—snowstorm-2010
Annapolis, MD
(NEW) Emmitsburg, MD

Wildwood, NJ
New Brunswick
Atlantic City
Atlantic City
Weehawken, NJ – on the Hudson
(NEW) Jersey City, NJ
(NEW) Haddonfield, NJ

GFQ Network from Queens
Hudson River from Weehawken
Empire State Building
Green-Wood Heights / South Park Slope Brooklyn
Lower Manhattan skyline from Hoboken, NJ
Lower East Side Williamsburg Bridge in Manhattan
Long Island City
Belle Harbor
New York City
New York City 1st Avenue
Across the East River
Across the East River toward lower Manhattan
East River by Adam Gabbett of The Guardian
10 Jay Street, Brooklyn
South Shore Long Island—south-shore-long-island-stream
(NEW) South Williamsburg
(NEW) Brooklyn, NY
(NEW) New York City
(NEW) Manhattan
(NEW) Dumbo, Brooklyn
(NEW) Chelsea, Manhattan

Cape Hatteras, NC
Nags Head, NC

Lititz, PA
Lansdale, PA—lansdale

Fairview Beach

Hurricane Sandy in DC
(NEW) Occupy Carlise:
(NEW) Georgetown

Capon Bridge, WV

(NEW) Rhoade Island

Streaming Wars: Ustream thinks YouTube’s numbers not so Stratos-pheric

“And since we’re in debate season, I’m willing to debate YouTube at Streaming Media West about their arithmetic” – Brad Hunstable, CEO
Over the past few weeks, several large live broadcasts on the Internet highlight the tremendous popularity and growth of live events.  Whether it was the Mars Rover landing, the first Presidential debate or a live PSY concert from Seoul, live broadcasting is on a roll at Ustream.  Our chief competitor in live video, YouTube, has run into a few bumps in the road lately.  In the face of huge demand, YouTube goes down when pounded with requests for live streams while still claiming “record breaking” audiences. This forced them to use a third party CDN, Akamai.

With all three of their most recent large broadcasts, including the Red Bull Stratos Jumper, YouTube’s claims keep getting bigger and bigger, and frankly harder to believe.  In the case of the RedBull Jumper, YouTube claims they had 8 million concurrent views, the largest live broadcast “ever.”  Dan Rayburn of Streaming Media called out this claim in his blog yesterday. He pointed out that YouTube’s assertion is probably off by a factor of 8 according to Akamai’s public reports.

Meanwhile, Ustream is able to easily scale to millions of simultaneous viewers.

During the most recent Presidential debate on October 3rd, Youtube was unable to support the load.  Ustream easily supported over 3.5 million views during the debate.   The next day, Ustream streamed 1.5 million viewers for a live concert by PSY, the viral music phenomenon of “Gangnam Style” fame.  Ustream received double the viewership of Youtube and ultimately Youtube crashed around the world.

We will follow-up with more posts about Ustream’s world class infrastructure and the differences from YouTube.

Welcome to the New Ustream

Hey there Ustreamers, It’s our pleasure to introduce you to… (drumroll please)…. the brand new Ustream Broadcast Network, the best way to broadcast and view live content online!

The New Ustream is designed from the ground up to give you, the viewer, the best way to find the most engaging content on Ustream. The new homepage features the best live and recorded videos from around the globe, hand picked by our content team. Along with the freshest news, entertainment, sports and animals coverage; our team is able to group together a 24/7 real-time programming guide that reflects multiple perspectives of unfolding events, giving you a 360 degree coverage on the issues you care about.

Interested in a more personalized experience? Logged in users get a brand new category called “You” where you can see videos from broadcasters you follow, content that your Facebook friends have been watching, or channels that you previously watched.

With the new preview player on the homepage, you can quickly see if a stream interests you before committing to it. Once you find a good one, click “Expand Video” to dive into the full viewing experience.

The new channel pages are re-designed to give the best experience for the viewer and broadcaster. Users can RSVP to upcoming events, participate in live discussions through the social stream, leave Facebook comments, and follow their favorite broadcasters (note to long-time users: in this new version, the group previously known as your “crowd” are now simply called your “followers”.)

Ever been on the go when you were trying to watch your favorite Ustream show? With the new Ustream mobile site you’ll be able to browse through Ustreams content and keep up with all of your favorite broadcasters

Our team has worked very hard on this new network and we are thrilled to be able to share it with all of you. There will be many great features rolling out in the near future, so stay tuned for more announcements.

– Team Ustream

Ustream wants U!

Ustream wants U.

There’s the Republican party, the Democratic party and the Ustream party. Join our party.

Ustream is hosting a presidential debate party tonight as only Ustream can.

We’ll bring you the first presidential debate of 2012 live from Denver with the help of our major media partners including CBS News, the Wall Street Journal and the PBS NewsHour. And yes, the PBS NewsHour hatcam is back.

But wait there’s more … much, much more.

You can also occupy the debate by following protesters and citizen reporters. You can debate the debate with watch parties big and small from around the country and even one live from Thailand. You can even play along with a live debate drinking game.

And because we’re Ustream, we will have the best animal cams, this time with a political theme, including the Cat-pital.

We have celebrity commentators and… wait for it… Hooter Girls.

Why? Because Ustream can. Because you should get a choice. Because you should get a vote on what you watch.

Here’s your official invite:
Time: 5 pm Pacific
RSVP: #Ustreamdebate
Attire: Red, white and blue

The debate schedule on
Today’s debate schedule on

DEBATE PRE-PARTY: (All times Pacific)
9 am: PBS NewsHour: Political checklist with Christina Bellantoni

10 am: PBS NewsHour: Medicaid questions answered with Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health News

11 am: PBS NewsHour: Historical debates and exclusive interview video footage between Jim Lehrer and past presidential candidates.
11 am: Occupy Denver

1 pm: Smithsonian: Great Debates in American History

3 pm:
PBS NewsHour
Breitbart News with Larry O’Connor from the media center at the University of Denver
Bibi the Bird, the talking patriotic political parrot

4 pm:
PBS NewsHour Hatcam live from the Newseum watch party
Peta Lindsey, presidential candidate from the Party of Socialism and Liberation party

4:30 pm: Occupy Denver protests streaming from the Occupy march

5 pm
Pop Sugar TV
The Sports Joc Special Debate Show
Animal Planet’s Too Cute Cam: Kittens playing at the Cat-pital
Decorah Eagles: Return to the Nest
Debate protesters

5:30 pm
Debate Drinking Game
Hooters Interrupted: Show Interrupted + Hooter Girls
Wall Street Journal: coverage includes Romney economic adviser Glenn Hubbard, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and WSJ personalities like DC bureau chief Jerry Seib, Sara Murray and John Bussey. All hosted by WSJ Managing Editor Alan Murray.
ItsOurEconomy/Occupy the Debates: Occupy the Debate panel
Chicago Young Republicans watch party
Louisiana State University Reilly Center, School of Media and Public Affairs watch party
Michigan State University watch party
Golden State Tea Party watch party

5:45 pm:
Running Late Show with Scott Rogowsky
“Play by Play” from Mario Nunez: HuffPo Citizen Journalist

University of Denver, Moderator: Jim Lehrer
6 pm:
PBS NewsHour special debate coverage
Wall Street Journal
CBS News
Ru Paul’s Drag Race chat for Logo TV
Pauly-tics with Pauly Shore
Obama San Francisco watch party
Republicans Abroad in Bangkok watch party

7:30 pm: POST DEBATE
7:30 pm:
PBS NewsHour
Wall Street Journal
Breitbart News inside the “Spin Room”
CBS News
Comedian Jo Koy

7:45 pm
Obama for America: Vice President Joe Biden gives a brief live response after the debate.

8 pm
PBS NewsHour: Google hangout with undecided voters about their thoughts on the debate.
Streaming Garage comedians

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