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Back by Popular Demand: The Decorah Eagle Cam!

We all knew there would be an adjustment period–a grieving period if you will–following the shut-down of the Decorah Eagle Cam on July 29th. After all, many “eagleholics” devoted the past 6 months of their lives to tracking the developments and progress of the eaglets. However, the outpouring of grief was so profound and so heart-wrenching that Ustream decided to work with the Raptor Resource Project to bring the cam back to life. So we’re happy to announce that as of today, the cam is back on!

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And there is one major notable improvement…you may notice there’s a map in the Channel info section. This map is updated weekly and tracks the path of the eaglets now that they’re fully grown and exploring their world. One of the eagles (dubbed, “D1”) has been equipped with a tracking device that allows RRP Executive Director Bob Anderson to closely monitor the eagle’s whereabouts. The tracking device will also allow eagleholics to obsessively monitor and track where they’ve flown off to!

The eagles have fledged, but there’s still plenty to see from the cam. Stay tuned and you may just see them alighting on the old familiar branch where we all watched them grow and learn to fly…far above the rolling hills and bucolic farmland of Decorah, Iowa.

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Ustream in the News: Nearing 100 Million Views, Decorah Eagles Become The Most-Watched Live Video Stream Ever!

[From Techcrunch by Rip Emerson May, 13 2011]

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“When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber”.

– Winston Churchill

It seems that the “Decorah Eagles” have officially become America’s biggest reality-TV stars. For those who haven’t yet heard, the Decorah Eagles are a family of Bald Eagles nesting in Decorah, Iowa. The Raptor Resource Project, a non-profit organization that specializes in the preservation of falcons, eagles, ospreys, hawks, and owls, established a Ustream channel, consisting of live, round-the-clock footage of a pair of Bald Eagles and their 3 eaglets.

In the last month, the Decorah Eagles have become a full-blown national phenomenon. The stream has been live since February of 2010, but the majority of traffic has arrived since the pair’s eggs began hatching on February 23rd of this year. The Huffington Post wrote a story on the Decorah Eagles in April and, at the time, the channel had attracted 25.6 million views. Today, less than a month later, that number has passed 95 million (currently at nearly 95.9 million). Thus, in 29 days, the stream has tallied over 70 million views, which breaks down to roughly 2.4 million views-per-day over that time.

Ustream told TechCrunch that the Decorah Eagles stream has become the most-watched live stream in the company’s five-year history, passing the 34 million views garnered by Ustream’s Canal 5 news page (which covered the Chilean miner saga in September of last year) over the course of the last month.

According to the live video platform, the average time spent watching the Decorah Eagles in April, per-unique-viewer, was 6 hours and 10 minutes, and over 2,400 human years have been invested in watching the “eagle cam”. Of course, many people are likely leaving the stream on for 24-hours-a-day, so this skews the figures a bit, but the point remains: People love the eagles. And I don’t mean Don Henley’s Eagles.

YouTube’s coverage of the “Royal Wedding” generated 72 Million total live streams, so, considering that Ustream expects the Decorah Eagles to pass 100 million views within the week, the video platform believes that it now has the most-watched live stream (emanating from a single source, or provider). Ever. Though it’s true that the Royal Wedding’s 72 million viewers watched over the course of a much shorter time frame.

Ustream Marketing Manager Tony Riggins tells me that the company has been hearing from people from all walks of life, who have been tuning in to watch the eagles go about their day-to-day bird business. He said that they’ve been receiving calls from hospitals, where cancer patients are routinely checking in with the eagles to get a few minutes of much-needed distraction from their treatments.

The “Real World Decorah” live stream has also become an inimitable educational opportunity, as classrooms of grade-schoolers through colleges are watching the live stream to learn about biology, natural history, and more. With scientists, bird lovers, seniors, kids, and even bloggers all tuning in, this has truly become what Beverly Macy called a “global social learning experience in realtime”.

This is obviously a big moment for Ustream, just as it is for this family of eagles, who are giving the world the best damn reality show it’s ever seen.

So far, my pleas to the Eagle Family for an exclusive interview has not been granted, but stay tuned. This just might be my opportunity for some unprecedented embedded reporting.

And just for good measure, to appropriately commemorate the occasion, here is John Ashcroft singing “Let The Eagles Soar”.

Taylor Swift Live Album Release and Other Events for the Week of 10/25

Taylor Swift Live Chat and Concert at the United Nations
Monday, 10/25 at 4pm PT
Join Taylor to celebrate the release of her new album, “Speak Now.” She’ll be doing a meet-and-greet with fans and an intimate live performance for her Ustream viewers! Check it out right here.

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Paypal X Innovate 2010
Tuesday, 10/26 – Wednesday, 10/27
Ustream is the official streaming partner of the Paypal X Innovate developer’s conference, and will be covering all the speakers, keynotes, and action from the official channel page here. [clear here]

Jane Goodall Interview with Lara Logan
Tuesday, 10/26 at 10:30am PT
Join CBS News correspondent Lara Logan as she interviews Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall. Goodall just spent time in Uganda and Tanzania researching chimps in the wild, and she’ll be taking questions from Ustream viewers on the CBS news channel page here.

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Take That Live Press Conference
Tuesday, 10/26 at 2:00am PT
Fans of Take That won’t want to miss this special announcement on Tuesday. Will Robbie Williams and the band reunite? Start an exclusive line of lipgloss? Fly to the moon? We don’t know, and we couldn’t tell you even if we did, but tune in here to see for yourself. [clear here]

Green Mountain Coffee Fair Trade Tasting
Tuesday, 10/26 4pm PT
The only thing better than coffee is fair trade coffee. Join Green Mountain’s Director of Coffee Sourcing for a live tasting and discussion of the company’s new Fair Trade Our Blend, and Fair Trade Country Blend. Watch it here. [clear here]

Selena Gomez UNICEF Concert
Tuesday, 10/26 at 5pm PT
Selena Gomez is live again for a very special pre-Halloween concert to benefit UNICEF. She’ll be performing live from the Roxy in West Hollywood with her band The Scene, so don’t miss it right here. [clear here]

Stella Artois World Draught Masters Pouring Competition
Thursday, 10/28
Join beer maestros for the Stella Artois World  Draught Masters Pouring competition. They’ll be competing for the perfect pour–which is achieved through a 9-step process worthy of its own college course. Tune in here to see how to do it right. [clear here]

Chase Jarvis Live: Creativity and the New Social Art of Photography
Thursday, 10/28 at 8:30am PT
Award-winning photographer Chase Jarvis will be sharing his insights on the convergence of photography, technology, and social media from his channel page here. Find out how Facebook, Twitter, and the internet in general are changing the profession. [clear here]

Goldenboy Fight Night Club
Thursday, 10/28 at 7pm PT
It’s going to be another night of knockouts on Oscar De La Hoya’s Fight Night Club. See up-and-coming fighters battle it out in the ring right here. [clear here]

Taylor Swift Chat and Other Live Events This Week

Taylor Swift Fan Chat
Tuesday, 7/20 at 2pm PT/5pm ET
Join country music sweetheart Taylor Swift for a live chat where she’ll be taking YOUR questions about her new album live from her official Ustream channel page here. To put it in Taylor’s own words, “I want [the fans] to be the first to know about my new music, and I can’t wait to talk to everybody as directly as I can.”

Killers Premiere Melbourne
Monday, 7/19 at 11pm PT
You watched the US Premiere of Ashton Kutcher’s new movie Killers (see the video here). Now watch Ashton, Katherine, and the rest of the cast walk the red carpet from Australia! Drink some coffee, stat up late, and tune in here.

Katy Perry
Wednesday, 7/21 at 1:30pm PT/4:30pm ET
“California Gurl” Katy Perry is inviting Ustream viewers to be the first to catch a glimpse of her new album artwork created by artist Will Cotten. She’ll follow the unveiling with a live chat where she’ll take questions from fans in the social stream. Tune in and RSVP here.

Wine Market “Be Your Own Backyard Sommelier”
Wednesday, 7/21 at 6pm PT/9pm ET
Join Sommelier Courtney Cochran for a live virtual wine tasting. She’ll help you negotiate the complex and intimidating world of wines and recommend some well-priced bottles to try at home. The bottle may set you back $10, but remember, impressing guests at your next dinner party with your sudden impressive wine knowledge is priceless. Catch it here.

WOWiO at Comic-con
Thursday, 7/22-Saturday, 7/24
Join WOWIO, the only place where comic book fans can access thousands of high quality ebooks for free, at this year’s Comic-con. They’ll be hosting a virtual tour of the mayhem from their channel page here.

Goldenboy Fight Night
Thursday, 7/22 at 7pm PT/10pm ET
Join Oscar De La Hoya’s Fightnightclub for another explosive round of up-and-coming fighters. These guys may not be household names yet, but they’re talented, hungry, and they’ll be slugging it out in the boxing ring. And you don’t even have to put yourself through Pay-Per-View prices to watch it! Just tune in here.

Spartacus Webchat
Friday, 7/23 at 5pm PT/8pm ET
The greatest stories deserve to be told and retold, which is why the Starz network has embarked on an ambitious quest to portray the legendary Spartacus. On the eve of the show’s second season, join the stars for a live chat to talk about working on the set and what’s to come in the next season. Watch it here.

Saturday, 7/24 at 8am PT/11am ET
On Saturday, Duisberg, Germany will become home to one of the largest music festivals in Europe–the 19th Annual Loveparade. Viewers on Ustream will get an unprecedented peek into the festival from 30+ different camera angles on the channel page here. Loveparade is for mature audiences only, so you’ll need to enter your birthdate before you can check it out.

Miss Teen USA
Saturday, 7/24 at 7:30pm PT/10:30pm ET
Watch the pageant hopefuls strut their stuff from the official Ustream channel page here. Then stay tuned to catch the crowning moment live!

Real L Word
Sunday, 7/25 at 8pm PT/11pm ET
Every week, join host Natalie as she chats with the “Celesbians” of Showtime’s The Real L Word. Think of it as a behind-the-scenes aftershow when the new episodes end on Sunday night. If you haven’t checked it out, or you want to watch some of the previous weeks’ chats, check out the channel page here.

Twilight Eclipse Premiere!

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Thursday, 6/24 at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET

Whether you’re Team Edward or Team Jacob, you definitely won’t want to miss this live stream from the red carpet premiere of the new Twilight Eclipse movie. All the film’s stars will be in attendance, including Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz, and Robert Pattinson. Watch it here!

Kate Nash Live Chat

Tuesday, 6/22 at 11am PT/2pm ET
See recording artist Kate Nash in a live chat and exclusive performance of her new album, My Best Friend is You, out now. Watch it here.

Allstar Weekend

Tuesday, 6/22 at 1pm PT/4pm ET

Tune in for a live interactive chat with the band Allstar Weekend hosted by Radio Disney’s Jake Whetter! The band will do a fan signing and perform a few songs, as well as a live chat just for their online audience! Watch it here.

TV Guide Chat with JB Smoove
Tuesday, 6/22 at 6pm PT/9pm ET

J.B. Smoove plays Leon Black, the accidental houseguest and hilarious foil to Larry David’s dry wit on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Tune in here to ask him questions live about what it’s like being a part of one of the most hilarious shows on television.

Los Angeles Film Festival

Tuesday, 6/22 at 8:45pm PT/11:45pm ET

Zoneperfect is bringing Ustream viewers live coverage from the Los Angeles Film Festival, and they’ll be streaming a concert with Zee Avi, Honeyhoney & Chris Pierce from their official channel page here. Then on Thursday, tune in again for coverage of the Twilight Premiere!

Golden Boy

Thursday, 6/24 at 7pm PT/10pm ET

Watch another Goldenboy Fight Night event on the official Goldenboy channel here. See some of the up-and-coming boxers spar in the ring, pick your favorites, and tweet about the fight with the hash tag #fightnightclub!

Bill Cosby Live

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Today at 4pm PST, the viewers will get a chance to chat with Bill Cosby about his latest venture: a hip-hop album called “Bill Cosby Presents Cosnerati: A State of Emergency.” This socially-concious project focuses on critical issues facing young people. Watch the townhall live on Bill Cosby’s Ustream Show at

On any given day, fans usually get a chance to hang with Soulja Boy as he travels the world, goes shopping, or goes live to clown around, but on Tuesday at 6pm PST, he’ll have a specific purpose: to try and break a world record. He’ll be marching in to the history books, and if you want to see how, you’ll just have to tune in and find out! You can check out his channel here.

On Tuesday night, Peter Himmelman, the award-winning composer, musician, and songwriter is going live for his weekly show with star-in-the-making Matt Cusson, a singer/songwriter who blows audiences away with his soulful voice and original material. Tune in here at 7pm PST.

On Wednesday at 4pm PST, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will be doing a live press conference to discuss their new album with fans! The Grammy-winning group has been hard at work in the studio for the past two years, so be sure to check out the new album and ask them questions during their live chat! You can check it out right here.

Also on Wednesday at 6pm PST, San Francisco Mayor and Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom will go live for another public townhall where he’ll address voter concerns. Be sure to tweet questions to #GavinNewsomLive and he might answer live on the air! Tune in here.

On Thursday, Jack Johnson will debut his new movie on Ustream. Tune in here all day to catch the 25-minute film.

Also on Thursday, internet sensation Coffey Anderson will chat, answer questions, and perform live from his bedroom for fans on Ustream! Then, for 24 hours his music from the streamed event will be available to fans. Don’t miss this chance to hear him play some new tracks, some old favorites, and take your requests! Tune in here.

Finally, tune in to the Smithsonian’s channel starting Tuesday morning to watch Mural artist Michael Kirby recreate an image from the exhibition “Falnama: The Book of Omens.” Using pastels and tempera paint, Kirby will recreate the masterpiece using the street as his canvas. You won’t want to miss watching him work live and answering questions on Ustream. Tune in here to see it.

Duke University has three events this week, starting on Wednesday at 12:15 pm PST, when Google’s senior copyright counsel, William Party, will deliver a Frey Lecture in Intellectual Property Law at Duke Law School. Friday at 12pm PST, don’t miss Office Hours with Sam Wells. He’ll be discussing leadership in difficult times. And finally, Friday at 2pm PST, Robert Bonnie, the Senior Adviser for Environment and Climate to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, will deliver a keynote at the DELPF Symposium on Ecosystem Services Markets. You can find all three events on Duke’s channel page here.

Monty Python 40th Anniversary Live Broadcast

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Monty Python fans are in for a very special treat this week. The Independent Film Channel will be streaming live from the 40th Anniversary Monty Python Reunion, an invitation-only event being held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. Starting at 6pm PST/9pm EST, viewers will log on to Ustream to see a live Q&A session with the five surviving members of the original Monty Python team– John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. You don’t want to miss it! Tune in here.

Other Events for the Week of 10/12

On Tuesday at 9:15am PST/12:15 EST, Ohio Gubernatorial candidate John Kasich will be joined by former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for a live interactive broadcast discussing ways to boost Ohio’s ecomony. The event will be filmed with a live studio audience, and John Kasich and Mike Huckabee will be taking questions from Twitter as well. Got a question for either one of them? Tweet it to @JohnKasich or @GovMikeHuckabee and be sure to tune in here when the webcast starts on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, tune in for another episode of CBS’ exclusive web series @KatieCouric, where the news anchor interviews big names and asks the hard-hitting questions. So far, she’s had Glen Beck, Hugh Jackman, and others as guests on her show. You don’t want to miss it to see who the guest will be this week, starting Tuesday at 4pm PST/7pm EST. Tune in here.

On Wednesday at 5pm PST, the band Switchfoot will do their second live Ustream broadcast for fans. Their new album, Hello Hurricane, is scheduled for release November 10th, and they’ll be embarking on a coast-to-coast tour later this year. Spend an evening getting to know Switchfoot right here.

Also on Wednesday, Ashton Kutcher and friends will be sitting in for another hour of Fantasy Football analysis. The season is underway, and if you need help choosing your defenders, upgrading your offense, or choosing a wide receiver, these guys have you covered. Tune in at 6:30pm PST/9:30pm EST right here.

On Thursday join country singer Whitney Duncan for a live fan chat on Ustream and Facebook. This country sensation has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and currently lives in the country capital of Nashville, TN. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get to know this Nashville Star alum, so tune in here at 3pm PST.

Also on Thursday, join auto industry experts for an in-depth discussion of the happenings in the tumultuous auto industry. Peter De Lorenzo of leads discussions on “what’s wrong, what’s right, and what’s up” with the auto industry. Tune in Thursday at 4pm PST/7pm EST right here.

Friday night, join Grammy Award-winning hip-hop producer Maestro for his weekly broadcast. This guy is a legend in the hip-hop community, and his resume includes work with Aubrey O’Day, Lil Wayne, The Game, David Banner, Clipse, and many, many more. Tune in to see him work live in the studio and dispense tips to other aspiring producers in the business. It all goes down Fridays at 4pm PST/7pm EST right here.

Finally, check out Rescued German Shepherd Puppies and Mom Juno!

Watch out Shibas, there’s a new puppy cam in town. Mom Juno was found by Animal Control wandering the streets of Perris, CA, between San Diego and LA. But this girl wasn’t just another stray. Rescuers soon found that she had given birth to a litter of 11 puppies just one day before. Ever since then, German Shepherd fans all over the world have gotten a chance to watch them grow on the rescue’s Ustream channel. The puppies are scheduled to be adopted the weekend of October 18, so tune in to watch these adorable guys while you can! It all goes down right here.

2009 Miss Universe Presentation Show on Ustream

Thousands of viewers tuned in on Sunday, Aug. 16 to watch the 2009 Miss Universe Presentation Preshow live from Paradise Island in The Bahamas. While the televised Miss Universe Pageant isn’t for another week on NBC, The Miss Universe Organization streamed a special preshow exclusively for web viewers. The online broadcast provided viewers with a chance to get to know the contestants and see them strut their stuff on stage in preparation for the big show next week. The 2 1/2 hour webcast drew 166,000 unique visitors and 244,000 total viewers–numbers that are considered outstanding even by cable network standards.

All in all it was a smashing success, filled with all the swimsuits, evening gowns, and blinding smiles you could ever hope to see. Thanks to the Miss Universe Organization for giving web viewers a chance to see a sneak peek of the pageant. Tune in to NBC on Sunday, Aug. 23 for the final competition.

Miley Cyrus Live on Saturday 3/28!

Miley Cyrus is hosting a live chat on Saturday March 28 at 10:30a PT/1:30p ET! Ask her questions on Twitter–directed to @mileychat–and hear about her upcoming album and new movie, “Hannah Montana The Movie.”

For more information, click here.

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