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Be Here Now: Connect with Loved Ones Live During the Holidays



Live video technology is quickly becoming an innovative solution for friends and family to stay connected when it matters most. From lavish holiday feasts to New Years celebrations, Ustream allows anyone, anywhere to share the ultimate gift with their loved ones: their presence.

Looking to optimize your holiday experience this season? Transform standard audio phone conversations on your smartphone into visual, interactive experiences in live time. Be here now.


Ustream’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide For All Of Your Live Video Needs

Getting started with live video streaming doesn’t require the best, most expensive, or high-tech equipment.  With just a few simple gadgets you, and the people on your holiday shopping list, can be ready to easily stream high quality content for a low price.

If you are looking for that last minute gift for a novice streamer or a professional; read on for some of our favorite devices and accessories from 2013.


Best in Show: Put Your Best Paw Forward with These Live Tips

This past weekend, Ustream celebrated an epic overload of cuteness thanks to the AKC Eukanuba Dog Show. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of their prestigious event, and shed some insight on how to make your animal cam (or any broadcast for that matter) go from AWW to Awesome.

Get ready to put your best paw forward with these great tips inspired by the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships!


Lights, Camera, USTREAM! Your Gif Guide to Looking Your Best Live

Lights, camera, USTREAM! As the term ‘social video’ permeates the technology trending space, consumers and brands alike are looking for innovative ways to benefit from live broadcasting. And when it comes to being in front of a camera, you must always have your best foot forward. So my ‘gif’ to you this holiday season, dear Ustreamers, is a blog stuffed with amusing animations on how to look lovely while live streaming. 


Live Video is Reshaping the Ad Game – Here’s How to Make it Work for Your Brand

What does Martha Stewart, Playstation, Salesforce, HBO’s True Blood and radio station Hot97 have in common? Each have become digital influencers in their own right, by utilizing the latest, innovative tool reshaping the advertising landscape: Live Video. In an era when technology and human interaction are intersecting in new ways, adapting multi-dimensional means of engaging your audience is key.

 Curious on how to optimize the effectiveness of your advertising campaigns to global audiences? Get ready to take notes, people. In this week’s live webinar, SVP of Marketing David Thompson showcased each brand’s boundary pushing strategies on the Ustream platform, and the number shattering stats surrounding their successful live-streamed campaigns.

 Read more for a recap of our SVP’s informative webinar and educate yourself on the latest trend in digital engagement optimization: the live video experience.


Live on the Go: How to Ustream from your Smartphone or Tablet

How to Ustream from your Smartphone or Tablet

What if I told you (in my Morpheus voice, of course) that an entire global audience sits right in your palm, within the convenience of your smartphone or tablet? Yes, my dear Neo, there’s an app for that. With Ustream’s mobile app (for Android and iPhone) you can easily share moments or capture breaking news events in real-time, wherever and whenever they happen. Integrated chat? Check. Audience polling and GPS mapping? Double check.

How do you broadcast from your mobile device? I thought you would never ask 😉

Read below for more details on broadcasting using your mobile device. If you are looking instead, though, for advice on doing a higher quality broadcast using cameras and a mobile Internet source, please watch our Wireless Multi-Camera Live Streaming webinar.


Live Video Meets Public Relations and Advertising: How to Extend Your Reach and Win New Customers

Last week Ustream’s SVP of Marketing, David Thompson, and the Vice President of Digital & TV Entertainment at Emmis NY, Lin Dai, hosted a workshop at PRSA’s 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia titledLive Video Meets PR and Advertising: How to Extend Your Reach and Win New Customers.”  It became clear during the workshop that publicists are interested in integrating live video into their publicity plans, but many of them either didn’t know where to start, or they already had a plan, but weren’t sure how to get the best ROI.  Integrating video into your B2B and B2C plans has been such a hot topic lately; we’re fielding inquiries like these more and more lately. And because we get questions like these so often, I decided to write an article highlighting David and Lin’s five points for how to seamlessly integrate live video into your publicity plan.


I Stream, Do You Stream? Here’s How to Ustream Pt.1

 I stream, do you stream?

Better yet, do you know how to Ustream?

Knowledge IS power, and today is your lucky day to bulk up on some broadcast know-how. Welcome to my weekly How-to blog series, nicely packaged in a Cliff-Note format – for those whose heads immediately begin to throb when the conversation gets too technical.

Let’s start with the basics shall we?

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Ustream Like a BOSS: 5 Tips to Take Your Broadcast from Lukewarm to Legendary

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What is the most memorable thing you have seen on Ustream in four years?

Having covered all different aspects of curation at Ustream for such a long period of time, this is a question I am constantly asked, and I am always ready with the same response:

I remember sitting down at my desk in the morning, turning on my computer, and one of the first channels to catch my eye was a black screen that for some reason had 20,000 simultaneous views. I checked the profile for a location and it was located in Egypt. We were witnessing in live time a whole nation’s cry in the dark for help. The power of Egypt’s chants for freedom resonated loud and clear, and we soon realized we were witnessing a nation’s history being written. That morning we watched the birth of Egypt’s Arab Spring.


Streaming Weddings As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Streaming Weddings As Easy As 1, 2, 3

Summer has officially started, and with that comes the likes of beaches, barbecues, and our topic of the day: wedding season. At Ustream, we’ve seen a huge uptick in wedding webcasts, as an increasing number of couples nowadays are weaving technology into their wedding planning. In fact, nearly 20 thousand streaming weddings have been broadcast on the Ustream live platform over the last 12 months. Not only that, but we expect the numbers to keep climbing as well.

Check out the infograph below for more numbers. Wedding planners and videographers are well aware of the growing trend, as they realize the opportunity to further expand their offerings. If you are a first time broadcasters, though, and want some generally applicable advice please read our 5 Pro Tips for Live Video Production before your first live stream.


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