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Introducing: Channel Managers

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Today we’re excited to roll out a new feature for our Enterprise Pro Broadcasters — these users now have the ability to add users to manage channels within their Ustream accounts.

Why is this important?

The Channel Managers feature allows you to add users to manage specific channels within your account. This is perfect if you have multiple departments within a large organization and want to give each its own channel, or have multiple clients and want them to only access their own channel. This is also helpful if you want to add an additional user to manage all the channels within your account, but don’t want to give them access to your email, password or billing information.

Each manager can have access to multiple channels (as many as you designate) and each channel can have multiple managers.

Channel managers can:


Never lose track of your audience with Email Capture

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Have you heard the term ‘the money is in the list’?

The phrase describes the relationship between email lists and internet marketing success. Having a list of dedicated fans and clients is the single most important asset any business can have.

Check out this video to see how Ustream allows you to build your own list:


Live Playlists Lets You “Go Live” Longer

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Ustream’s Live Playlists feature was launched last Spring by our Broadcaster Experience team, so that broadcasters could reuse previously recorded videos and schedule them to run as “live” content at specific times, or as continuous loops. The innovative feature is available in all Pro Broadcasting packages and allows you to provide instant content all the time, by filling you channel with linear programming. Reach audiences around the clock long after their transmission has ended!


Ustream Launches Producer 2.0!

Hi!

Alden Fertig, Product Manager for Broadcasting here at Ustream.

We’re very excited to announce today we will be releasing version 2 of our popular Producer broadcasting software.

Learn more and download it here.

Version 2 is packed with new features and improvements to make your broadcasts better than ever.

In addition, we are announcing a new professional-grade option: Ustream Studio.

What’s new in Producer 2.0

All Versions: Free, Pro, Studio

  • Improved encoding engine.
  • Clear on-air / off-air indicator.
  • Optimized encoding presets, updated for higher quality.
  • Real-time bandwidth monitoring.
  • Desktop presenter now features audio capture as well as video capture.  Making it easier to incorporate sources such as live Skype video chat calls.

Pro

  • User defined encoding settings.  Make your own custom presets.
  • Record to disk.  Record to your local hard drive at the same time as your Ustream account.

Studio

  • Chroma Key and Virtual Sets. Give your broadcasts a professional edge.
  • Audio Inspector.  Full control over your audio sources including an audio delay to ensure perfect a/v sync.
  • Support for IP Cameras.  Built-in support for select popular models: Axis 211W, P1344 and M1104, Sony SNC-RZ50, Cisco WVC80N

Pricing

The basic version of Producer is still Free, Pro is still $199 and the new Studio version is $549.  Existing users who have a Pro license can upgrade to Pro version 2 for free.  Simply download the update and the license carries over.  Pro license holders can upgrade to Studio for $349.


Get the new version now!


The iPad meets Ustream

We have updated our Ustream application for iOS devices with a great new interface designed specifically for iPad users.  In addition to native support for Apple’s tablet we have made some key improvements to the application for iPhone and iPod touch users including access to all content through some extensive backend server updates.

You can download the application directly from the App Store or grab your iDevice and search for Ustream.

Want More ?!?  Check out these key features and some sweet eye candy while your waiting for your download to finish!

Navigate through featured channels, browse by categories or search for live and recorded content on Ustream… The best of Ustream at your fingertips on Apple’s beautiful 9.7 inch screen 😀

You can also start a live broadcast from your iPad 2 (from either camera) or switch in the middle of your broadcast using some intuitively placed controls 😉

Share live moments with millions of potential viewers with the touch of a button across all Ustream applications including: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, desktop browsers, Google TV, Boxee, Panasonic Viera Cast, Ustream Lounge, and Ustream for Facebook.  Pretty much, Ustream Everywhere!

Some other cool features to check out…

Film Strip Button – While watching full screen video on iPad you can easily check out what’s going on across Ustream without stopping what you are currently watching.

AirPlay Support – Have an AppleTV then check out our sweet implementation of Airplay.  Just press the Airplay icon while watching a video and BOOM! You are now watching video on your TV set and best of all you can continue the conversation on your iPad or iPhone through Chat and Social Stream for the truly multi-screen interactive living room experience.

Thank you for your continuous support and we hope you’ll like this update as much as we do. Stay tuned for more updates and keep on streaming!


Ustream for Android tablets

Hey, it’s Gergo from the Ustream Product team! Today, I am thrilled to announce the major update for our Ustream app on Android, which now brings the full power of the Ustream experience to Android tablets and mobile phones.

Ustream for Android

The new Ustream app, supported on Android 2.1 and newer, boasts a whole set of tablet optimizations in addition to several important mobile updates. Let me guide you through the top highlights.

Explore and Go Live on tablets

  • Discover live, upcoming, and recent events, or explore by category.
  • Go live and interact with your audience by issuing a poll or chatting.
  • Access shows from your Ustream Crowds and events that you’re attending.
  • Watch featured shows of recommended Ustreamers.
  • Navigate through brand new screens with spiffy dark design theme.

New tablet screens

Enjoy improvements on your phone

  • Move the app to SD card to free up storage space.
  • Watch even more shows and videos on mobile with new, enhanced format handling.
  • Use the app on even more supported devices, now including Nexus S.

Mobile features

Get it now!

  • QRread the QR code with your device or click it in your browser
  • you can also search for ‘Ustream’ in the Market app on your device

We’d love to hear from you! We are inspired by our users’ valuable feedback. Go ahead, drop us a note at feedback@ustream.tv. Also, we’re working on other exciting features to give you the best personalized Ustream experience, anytime, anywhere. Stay tuned for more updates!

Gergo Radnoczi
Android Product Owner
Ustream, Inc.

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Gergo is responsible for the Android products at Ustream. He works in tight cooperation with the Android developer team, the designers, product architects, sales and marketing. He defines strategies, approves designs and specifications, prioritizes development tasks, reviews implemented features and schedules their release. You can follow @GergoRad on Twitter.


Popular WildEarth Broadcasts to Deliver Live Multi-View Exclusively on Ustream

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Ustream, the leader in live online video, and wildlife broadcaster, WildEarth, announced the launch of a new interactive video channel that will engage viewers with a compelling array of professionally produced live wildlife streams. Using technology that adds immersion to nature from virtually anywhere, a new Multi-View Experience will provide unprecedented views of the spontaneous and exotic wilderness only rarely witnessed in-person. The various streams capture a diverse selection of animals including elephants, lions, giraffes, and more through global locations such as Africa and the United States. Available exclusively on Ustream, WildEarth will go live with seven new channels of around-the-clock wildlife broadcasts starting on July 1, 2011.

Ustream is introducing its Multi-View screen functionality on the WildEarth hub at Ustream.TV/PetesPond, giving viewers full control to customize their own experience alongside an active social stream and chat room. Available whenever connected to Ustream – on mobile devices, internet connected TVs, Google TV and Boxee – all 7 of the WildEarth channels will feature this immersive Multi-View capability from the Pete’s Pond Channel.

Live from Africa

In the heart of Botswana, viewers will encounter exotic wildlife at Pete’s Pond, where a camera overlooking this watering hole provides a rare glimpse into life on the African savannah, 24 hours a day.

Live from the Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa, the Djuma Water Hole features an unobtrusive camera that is virtually controlled by an international team of volunteer wildlife enthusiasts called “zoomies”. For the virtual traveler, Ustream.TV/wildearthsafari is a twice-daily, expert-presenter led, live safari that travels the bush and open plains of the Djuma Game Reserve.

“As we’ve seen with the now-famous Ustream Decorah Eagles,” says Ruby Tugade, Manager of Content & Distribution at Ustream, “interactive broadcasting is incredibly powerful in building, educating, and inspiring a community of millions. Now, with the addition of simultaneous live cameras via Ustream’s Multi-View technology, communities may share a panoramic view of the world together.”

The American Wilderness

Operation Migration will entertain viewers at Ustream.TV/migratingcranes, where endangered whooping crane chicks will be taught to accept and follow a specially modified ultra-light aircraft that will teach them a migratory route from the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area in Wisconsin to Florida.

Additionally, WildEarth and PixController have teamed up to broadcast live Multi-Views, using PixController cameras positioned near an automatic feeder that operates 24/7 all year round, where an array of wildlife is attracted.

“We’re hoping our WildEarth broadcasts become more than just a center of attention for wildlife buffs,” says Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth. “By not only bringing people to these Multi-View Ustream camera options, we are offering them a much broader and more visceral experience, and we’re putting a degree of virtual tourism on-line with an interactive learning environment that will ultimately help conserve these amazing animals and their environments.”

The WildEarth hub of channels available with the Multi-View Experience can be found at Ustream via these links:

www.ustream.tv/petespond

www.ustream.tv/djumacam

www.ustream.tv/wildearthsafari

www.ustream.tv/migratingcranes

www.ustream.tv/pixpredator

www.ustream.tv/pixwildlife

www.ustream.tv/pixwoods


This Week in Product: Total Views in Player

Oh, why, hello there Ustreamer. You caught me while I was in the middle of hatching plans for the next glorious version of Ustream Skynet, which goes live in 2031. I would do another post when it’s ready, but by then it will be too late for all of us.

Anyhow, it’s time for “This Week in Product” — the first time, actually. As we’ve started to push more new features your way over the last few weeks, we thought it would be worthwhile to tell you about them (brilliant, I know). You may have seen Matt’s post about our Facebook App or Felix’s about the new channel page. If you haven’t, check them out.

Well, my name is Peter and I’m the head of product management at Ustream, and I want to tell you about a change that is going live as you read this (or maybe not — maybe it’s already out; I can’t predict when you’ll read this. Ustream Skynet will have that feature, though.): Total Views in Player.

You’ll start to notice some new text in the video player on all of our channels, as well as our embedded players that reached 65 million people worldwide in April, who watched for over 90 million viewer hours (more about that in another post).

Previously, our video player showed only the concurrent viewers. These are the number of people watching a broadcast at that exact moment. Concurrent viewers can go up and down as people tune in and out. A show can have zero concurrent viewers or it can have hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers, like the Decorah Eagles did a few days ago.

Now, our video player shows two numbers: the first (108 in the screenshot of Spacevidcast to the right) is labeled current. These are the old “concurrent viewers” and the logic has not changed.

The second (2276 in the screenshot) is labeled total views. This is the total number of views the show has since it started the current broadcast. If the show goes off-air and comes back later, this number will reset to zero. This number can only go up: as people come and go, concurrent viewers will go up and down, but total views will only grow.

We hope this change helps improve your experience on Ustream, both on our site and across the web. Enjoy!


Introducing the New Ustream Facebook Application

Update: Please note that the New Ustream Facebook Application feature described in this article has since been depreciated. It is no longer supported. It has been replaced by Inline Video Playback for Facebook and Twitter. The Inline Playback feature works over both social networks, and is as easy as posting the channel URL to a Facebook wall post or Tweet to implement. There is no application to install or other steps involved. It just requires a channel page that does not have advanced security features on it, like support for Single Sign-On. Read the Inline Video Playback article for more details.

 

When you broadcast live on Ustream we make sure that your event is viewable everywhere – on your Ustream channel page, on our mobile applications, and on embeds in blogs and websites throughout the internet.

Today we are excited to announce that you can showcase your Ustream events on your Facebook Page – giving you yet another place for your fans to view your content. It is viral, it is customizable, and it is absolutely free for everyone through the new Ustream Facebook Application.

New Ustream Facebook Application


Ustream Adds Live Video Applications for Television and Mobile Platforms to Complete Three-Screen Strategy with Panasonic, Verizon and Boxee

We are announcing exciting news today from Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to kick off 2011! For the first time, our live content and interactive experience will be available across all “three screens” — television, mobile and PC — through new relationships with Verizon Wireless, Panasonic and Boxee. [clear here]

The live Ustream content you enjoy – red carpets, movie premieres, celebrity chats, concerts, breaking news events and more – will be available later this spring across devices in the digital living room and on next-generation mobile networks. Ustream Lounge, our 10-foot television experience, is optimized for Google TV and Boxee, and works in most modern browsers to provide a refined experience optimized for larger screens. Here is a glimpse of what’s to come: [clear here]

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• The Ustream Android application for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network combines low-latency, high-quality broadcasting and viewing over Verizon’s 4G LTE Network into a single application. It also allows users to watch and RSVP to live events, join crowds, and share with social networks. It’s slated to launch later this winter. [clear here]


• The Panasonic VIERA Connect Ustream application, a first for live online video, provides instant streaming access of live and recorded content on Panasonic 2011 VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs. [clear here]

Ustream Lounge on Boxee gives you access to the most popular live and recorded content in a simple interface tailored for the big screen. This will be available on Jan. 9th. [clear here]

Click here to test drive the Ustream Lounge experience.


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