Major Release: A New Ustream!

New Look!  New Homepage!  Broadcaster Overlays!  Broadcaster Metrics!  Out with the old and in with the new.  In addition to unveiling two brand new features,  we’ve given the overall site a new look and feel.

New Look!

New Navigation

We’ve implemented a new header with drop down menus for easier navigation.  In addition, we’ve added “Live” and “Upcoming” buttons so users can, at any moment, get caught up on what’s going on now and what events are coming up.

New Favicon

You’ve also probably noticed that we have a new favicon to reflect our new look!  Look out for it in your browsers!

New Homepage

In addition to revamping the overall look, we’ve added new items to the homepage:

Announcements section

Announcements will keep everyone up-to-date on all Ustream developments — big events, new releases, and anything else an inquiring Ustreamer mind would want to know.  Be sure to check in regularly to find out what’s going on at Ustream (note:  you can also subscribe to this section via RSS.)

Upcoming Events

The dynamic nature of live often makes it challenging to tune in at the right time, so we’ve implemented a new feature to keep viewers updated:  an Upcoming section.  This section will list the most interesting broadcaster events upcoming on Ustream — from Barack Obama’s next campaign appearance to Rhett and Link’s next episode.  Dates and times will be provided to ensure that viewers never miss out on an event.

Want your Event to show up in this Upcoming section?  Then make sure to go into your “My Shows” and schedule an event!

Follow Us On Twitter

Get all your info through Twitter?  Well, now you can get Ustream updates via Twitter by clicking our “Follow Us On Twitter” button in the upper right.  Be sure to look out for our Tweets!

Flash Overlays!

You asked for them and we delivered.  Now anyone can have a professional looking Ustream broadcast without having to use a third-party application.  With our new Text Overlay feature, you can add scrolling text, lower third nametags, or any other text you can imagine.  You can also hyperlink text, so users can click on them in the video player.

With our new YouTube overlay feature, you can add any YouTube video directly to your broadcast.  Once you’ve selected the YouTube video you want to overlay, you can cue them up and play them at any point during your show.

(Be sure to look out for Image, RSS, and Chat overlays in the next few weeks!)

Broadcaster Metrics!

Want to get viewer statistics for your shows?  Well, now you can see metrics for all your Ustream broadcasts!  Simply login then go into your “My Shows” page and click the “Metrics” tab.  In addition to viewing your Metrics, you’ll be able to email and export them.

We’ll be adding more metrics in the future, so look out for those.

The Next Few Weeks

In the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out even more new features.  This release was just the tip of the iceberg.  So stay tuned and check in regularly for all the newest Ustream developments.

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