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3rd UPDATE: Ustream Election Day Central

We’re all about politics on Nov. 6. All day on Election Day, the world will tune into Ustream for the most comprehensive coverage online — or anywhere for that matter. Throughout the year, we’ve seen live news events like the Mars Rover landing and the presidential debates score big on Ustream. Election Day is shaping up to be another major draw as viewers increasingly turn to the Internet for live, interactive experiences.

Ustream has teamed up with some of the country’s leading news organizations to bring you real-time results and analysis, on-the-ground reports and exclusive behind-the-scenes access inside newsrooms. We’ve got an eclectic array of perspectives and commentary, as well as live monitoring of polling stations from Video the Vote volunteers in key battleground states. With so many choices, you can truly build your own news experience.

We’ll be adding to the schedule as Election Day nears, but here’s the lineup as of Monday morning:

  • Six streams from PBS NewsHour, including in-studio interviews with political insiders, historical campaign footage, a live newsroom cam, a closed captioned stream and two hatcams dispatched to Obama and Romney headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Seven hours of live coverage from CBS News with Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Norah O’Donnell, John Dickerson and correspondents in battleground states.
  • Hours of coverage from WSJ Live starting at 8 p.m. EST. Guests include Rudy Giuliani, Gov. Bill Richardson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Karl Rove.
  • Live election monitoring from Video the Vote volunteers across the country.
  • WGBH with special election night episode of daily news magazine show ‘Greater Boston’ 
  • UPI Live with all-day coverage featuring panel discussions, reports from Obama campaign headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the White House.
  • Freedom Foundation with live results and analysis of national and Washington state races.
  • And another appearance by our good friends at “Live Drinking” with Election Night festivities.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @UstreamNews. See you on Tuesday!

Video the Vote seeking Ustreamers on Election Day

Video the Vote to protect voter rights!

Video the Vote is a national network of citizen reporters working together to document voter suppression and disenfranchisement ( – citizens getting kicked off the voter rolls, long lines or intimidation at the polls.

Video the Vote is seeking Ustreamers for this important Election Day project and is offering a $100 stipend for broadcasting live from polls in key areas. If you want to participate on Nov. 6 — and you can help in the counties below — please contact contact Barni as soon as possible at

Counties that need streamers:

 – Denver
 – Mesa
 – Jefferson
 – Boulder

 – Miami-Dade
 – Hillsborough
 – Palm Beach
 – Orlando area

 – Hamilton
 – Franklin
 – Cuyahoga
 – Montgomery

 – Lehigh
 – Northampton
 – Luzerne
 – Chester

 – Fairfax

 – Outagamie
 – Racine
 – Dane

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!

‘Uscream’ Halloween

Whether you’re ghost hunting, trick-or-treating, or getting ghoulish this Halloween, we’ve got tons of events to check out!

Tuesday, October 30th

Live Paranormal Halloween programming
5pm PT/8pm ET Karl Pfeiffer Ghost Hunters Academy Winner Q&A
6pm PT/9pm ET Fabio Costa of Project Runway LIVE interview
7pm PT/10pm ET How to Ghost Hunt 101
8pm PT/11pm ET Ghost Hunting Investigation

Ouija Movie Trailer: I am ZoZo
4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET
Catch the world premiere of the new movie “I Am ZoZo”: the partially true, completely terrifying story of a real Ouija board experience gone horribly wrong.

Gagaween Party on the Hillywood Show
5pm PT/8pm ET
Join sisters Hannah and Hilly Hindi for their annual “GAGAWEEN” broadcast. Wigs will be donned, makeup will be applied, and good fun will be had by all!

Wednesday, October 31st

Rifftrax Rebroadcast of Voodoo Man
1pm PT/4pm ET
Join the Rifftrax crew for an encore presentation of their screening of the 1944 film ‘Voodoo Man.’ Rifftrax is made up of former members of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and they still bring their signature brand of irreverent humor to some of our least beloved films.

Beatport live with Kill the Noise
2pm PT/5pm ET
Beatport will be live with producer Kill the Noise, and he’ll be dropping a spooky Halloween set from their studios. Possibly in costume. It’s guaranteed to be frightful.

“Spooktacular Orchestra” at the Univ. of North Texas College of Music
6pm PT/9pm ET
Enjoy a Halloween-themed orchestral performance of seasonal classics like Thriller, plus film scores from Twilight, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

Live Paranormal
6pm PT/ 9pm ET Monsters & More Radio Zombie chat with Cleveland Browns NFL Player Ryan Miller
7pm PT/10pm ET Paranormal Uncensored Halloween special
9pm PT/12am ET Live Investigation Tampa Florida

Live Ghost Hunt with the Mystique Paranormal Research Society
7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET
Not for the faint-of-heart, the Mystique Paranormal Research Society will be conducting a live ghost hunt in Chattanooga, TN at the old Crombie Funeral Home & Mortuary.


How to Stream to Your Facebook Page with BFF

Hey there Ustream! We are pumped to announce the release this morning of the next version of Broadcast for Friends, our free and simple broadcaster for Facebook. Using BFF, you can go live any time to your Facebook Timeline and News Feed. Check out the great coverage of this new version over at TechCrunch.

There are some great new features in this version, including the ability to delete videos and Open Graph support, but most importantly, in this new version, you can now go live to your business and fan pages!

This is how you do it:

1. First, if you haven’t already, download BFF in the app store.

2. Open the app. It will prompt you to connect to Facebook. This is necessary to go live to Facebook 🙂

3. When the broadcast screen loads, you will see your user picture in the upper left. Click your picture to go to your profile page.

4. In the upper right corner, press the gear icon to go to the settings page.

5. You should see a heading that says “Enable Broadcast to Pages.” You need to enable Broadcast to Pages first, which will require additional Facebook permissions. When you have successfully enabled these permissions, the button should change to brown and say “Enabled.” It may take a couple seconds to change. Click “Done.” (Note: if you can’t enable this feature, it means you don’t have any Facebook pages for which you are an admin. You can set one up here.)

6. Now, when you click “Broadcast” on the camera screen, you should see a menu where you can choose onto which page you want to go live.

7. When you click “Start,” your video will stream right to your Facebook page!

We are very excited about this new release, as so many of you have asked for this feature and we can finally get it out there. I’m looking forward to seeing all of your broadcasts!

Also new in this release:

  • Delete your videos permanently (for those embarrassing party moments)
  • Broadcasting support for connections as low as 200 kbps (that’s almost any 3G connection)
  • Stability improvements as well as some helpful pointers on making the best quality videos
  • Faster broadcasting process–no more countdown!
  • …and lots of little changes to make the experience even better

Enjoy Broadcast for Friends! Here’s the download link again:

Ustream watch party contest starts now!

Ustream Debate Contest Oct. 3

Hey political party animals: We’re having a debate night contest and you’re invited!

On Oct. 3, President Barack Obama and prez hopeful Mitt Romney square off for the first of three presidential debates at Denver University starting at 9 p.m.

In celebration of the democratic process, we’re throwing the world’s largest watch party, complete with a contest.

We want you to BYOB (Bring Your Own Broadcast)!

To guide you a bit when planning for the contest, we’ve determined a few categories. The best watch parties of the night will be featured on our front page for millions to see. And if that’s not enough, the organizer of the winning party will receive some cool Ustream prizes.

The categories are:

  • Loudest and proudest for Obama
  • Loudest and proudest for Romney
  • Party with the best costumes/outfits
  • Best animal mascot
  • Editor’s Pick (we pick this winner in house)

If you want to win, you’ll have to do a bit of campaigning. Get people to tweet to @Ustream with the hashtag #UstreamContest, plus your Ustream user name (sign up here) and the category. For example: “Hey @Ustream, my vote goes to DemocracyRocks for best animal mascot. #UstreamContest”.

Without #UstreamContest we won’t be able to track the winners so don’t forget that part!

The party with the most votes in each category is crowned winner. We will tally them at the close of the debate, contact the winner and mail out the prizes. Winners have until Oct. 5 to respond and claim the prizes.

To register, fill out the form here or scroll to the bottom of this post. A Ustream rep will be in touch to confirm your party.

If you’ve never broadcast on Ustream, we have some useful information on how to get started. It’s easy, and you can use almost anything to broadcast – your smartphone, webcam or any higher-end video camera. For more information about broadcasting on Ustream please visit: or

So, if you love politics, if you love Obama, if you love Romney, if you just love a party, go live on Oct. 3!


Broadcast for Friends Now Available in App Store!

Hey Ustreamers!

I am happy to announce that our new app, Broadcast for Friends, is now in the App Store!

It can be downloaded for free here:

Some of you may remember how awesome BFF is from our post about it last week. We are super excited about the possibilities here, including the fact that Trey Songz will be going live from his personal Facebook page using BFF this Sunday, August 26 at 7pm PT/10pm ET!

What will you BFF?


Broadcast for Friends: The Future of Social Broadcasting

Hey Ustream fans!

At a super charged event tonight we announced and demo’d our newest and coolest product, Broadcast for Friends for iPhone! Over 300 people got a sneak peak of the app tonight at our office in San Francisco, so I wanted to give all of you a preview, too!

Broadcast for Friends (or BFF for short) is a brand new app from Ustream that allows anyone with an iPhone to broadcast live video direct to their friends on Facebook. It’s so dead simple and easy to use, yet this is the first time our live streaming technology has been used like this, and as far as we know, no one else has done it like this, either.

Here’s how it works. Anyone can download Broadcast for Friends from the app store (click here to find out when we launch!). Once you load the app, you can connect directly to your Facebook account in order to start broadcasting. You don’t need a Ustream account to broadcast, and best of all, it’s absolutely free!


BFF not only has a high quality camera, we also have 10 Hollywood-inspired filters to make your video pop.  Favorites around the office are Maltese (film noir style) and Vendetta (graphic novel style).  We also have a “Curiosity” filter inspired by the recent expedition to Mars.

You can change filters by swiping or by selecting a filter on the bottom.  You can also choose your camera.  When you are ready to broadcast, it’s fast and easy.  We ask you how you want to share your broadcast first.  We have three options right now: Public, Friends, or Only Me.  Then you can go live.


Here’s the coolest thing about BFF:  As soon as you are live, you are live right on Facebook.  That means your friends will see your video in their news feeds, and you can find your videos right on your Facebook timeline.

As you know, Ustream has always been at the forefront of live video streaming technology, and BFF is no exception.  There’s a ton of engineering power behind this simple app that allows us to get live video streaming on 3G and WiFi to our servers and back to Facebook instantaneously.  The result is an experience that doesn’t exist anywhere else.  That’s right, we’re the only app that allows you to send live video right to your Facebook Timeline.

Here’s the best part:  When you are done broadcasting, your video is saved automatically on your Timeline so it can be viewed by any of your friends even if they missed the event.  Your videos can also be viewed from the app itself.

Check out this AWESOME VIDEO showing you how the app works, and don’t forget to sign up to find out when we go live!

Get excited: The Mars rover landing will be live on Ustream

With the Mars Rover scheduled to make its historic landing on the red planet on August 5, we’re in a total space frenzy. And thanks to our partnership with the space junkies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (that’s JPL for short) we’re excited to offer a series of live events, tweetups, and chats leading up to the big landing!

About the mission: The dune buggy-sized Curiosity has been in transit since it launched in November of 2011. Once it lands, it will be able to collect and record valuable information about the rocks and soil of Mars that could help us understand whether the atmosphere ever supported microbial life. Yes, this means we may finally be able to answer David Bowie’s age-old question: Is there life on Mars?

Be sure to RSVP for these events on the NASA JPL channel here:

Full schedule of live events below:

Thursday, August 2
NASA’s Next Mars Rover
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT
NASA News Conference: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission Science and Engineering Overview

Friday, August 3
Mars Rover NASA Social
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. PDT
NASA will host its first-ever multi-center NASA Social on Aug. 3 to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory’s Curiosity rover on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT).

Saturday, August 4
NASA Previews Mars Landing
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT
NASA Science News Conference – Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Mission Status and Entry, Descent and Landing Overview

Sunday, Aug. 5
NASA Mars Rover Update
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. PDT
NASA Science News Conference Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Pre-Landing News Conference – Rover Communication overview

Sunday, Aug. 5
NASA Previews Mars Landing
3 to 4 p.m. PT
NASA Science News Conference – NASA Science Mission Directorate

Sunday, August 5
NASA Mars Rover Landing
8:30 to 10:45 p.m. PT
Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Landing Coverage and Commentary #1 – Entry Descent and Landing

Sunday, August 5
NASA Mars Rover News
No earlier than 11:15 p.m. PT
NASA Science News Conference: Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity Rover Post-Landing News Conference.

Need to bone up on your space knowledge? Here are some fast facts:

Mission name: Mars Science Laboratory
Rover name: Curiosity rover
Size: About the size of a car — 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide and 7 feet tall
Weight: 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds)
Features: Geology lab, rocker-bogie suspension, rock-vaporizing laser and lots of cameras
Mission: To search areas of Mars for past or present conditions favorable for life, and conditions capable of preserving a record of life
Launch: Between Nov. 25–Dec. 18, 2011, from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Arrival: August 2012 at Mars
Length of mission on Mars: The prime mission will last one Mars year or about 23 Earth months

Ustream and Huffington Post announce web-exclusive content agreement for live citizen journalism footage of raw breaking news content

Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream to Cheers Partnership with a Live-Broadcast Press Announcement Exclusively on Ustream at 3:30 p.m. EST

 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– June 27, 2012Ustream Inc., the leader in live, interactive, streaming video, today announced an exclusive agreement with Huffington Post that grants the media outlet access to live-streaming videos from Ustream’s citizen journalists to embed on its breaking news pages. As citizen journalism continues to rise, Ustream has become the popular choice to stream live breaking news reporting. Now by partnering with Huffington Post, Ustream’s live on-the-street content will reach the media outlet’s almost 37 million monthly readers and viewers to provide a diverse perspective of late breaking events around the world.

 At 3:30 p.m. (EST) sharp, be part of the groundbreaking exclusive live-press announcement event with Editor-In-Chief of Huffington Post Arianna Huffington and CEO of Ustream Brad Hunstable by watching and providing commentary through Ustream’s exclusive social stream at  Additionally, after the live-announcement, Ustream’s up-and-coming Citizen Journalist Luke “We Are Change” Rudkowski will give his perspective on why being a citizen journalist is important for today’s society especially with this generations’ greater access to mobile devices worldwide.

“We launched Off The Bus in 2007 to go beyond the one-dimensional horse-race aspect of election coverage and actually respond to the widespread dissatisfaction about the way campaigns are covered,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. “So I’m delighted that we are partnering with Ustream for Off The Bus 2012, and renewing our commitment to holding politicians accountable and telling the stories that need to be told by tapping into a wide range of voices and perspectives.”

In the last 3 years, Ustream has seen an almost 50 percent increase in use of mobile devices as the main source of viewing content and 1 out of 8 broadcasts are live from mobile devices. With Huffington Post’s exclusive partnership with Ustream – its readers will now have access to on-the-spot footage of historical events such as:

In addition to the partnership, Huffington Post and Ustream are giving a call out for nominations to anyone who thinks they or someone they know has what it takes to be a citizen journalist for this year’s “Off the Bus Cover the Conventions Contest.” Winners selected from the nomination pool will have all their lodging and expenses paid as they report from on the scene of this year’s political conventions in Charlotte or Tampa. Additionally, Ustream will be offering exclusive training and support to the winners to enhance their skills to become an All-Star Ustream citizen journalist. To be considered, send a video (less than 2 minutes) and reasons why you or someone you nominated should cover the convention then email it to

“Citizen Journalism is increasingly democratizing the internet with live Ustream news events playing an important role,,” said Brad Hunstable, CEO and co-founder of Ustream. “Our partnership with Huffington Post will further push forward this trend and our mission to enable anyone, anywhere to share their stories. By combining Huffington Post’s world-class news reporting with Ustream’s live video citizen journalism viewers everywhere will now have a raw and unedited perspective of diverse voices on the world’s most important events.”

Over the last three years, Ustream’s development team has designed and created the Ustream mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices making the process of streaming live broadcasts and viewing this content as easy as a touch of a button.

Download the Ustream app and be an Off the Bus Citizen Journalist today! Sign-up at

About The Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is a Pulitzer Prize-winning source of breaking news, features, and entertainment, as well as a highly engaged community for opinion and conversation. The Huffington Post has 36.9 million monthly unique visitors (comScore April, 2012) posting over 6.5 million comments each month. The site has over 30,000 bloggers — from politicians, students and celebrities to academics, parents and policy experts — who contribute in real-time on the subjects they are most passionate about. The Huffington Post has editions in the UK, Canada, Quebec, France, and Spain, with L’Huffington Post Italia scheduled to launch this year.

About Ustream

Ustream Inc. is the leader in live and interactive video streaming. The interactive platform connects broadcasters and viewers of unlimited size through innovative technology including co-hosting video features, IRC chat, Facebook, and Twitter. Ustream’s free and premium solutions allow any broadcaster to create their own customizable channel with robust social and notification features to enhance visibility and virility across multiple platforms. In addition to activating the embeddable features on external websites, users are able to broadcast and view content while interacting in real-time directly from mobile phone devices, tablets, streaming players, smart TVs, and more. The company attracts millions of users ranging from music artists, celebrities, politicians, athletes, corporate executives, animal enthusiasts and gamers, all which have contributed to Ustream’s Guinness World Record for the “Most Content Ingested by An Online Video Service.” For more information, visit and follow Ustream’s socials: Twitter (@Ustream); Facebook (

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