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Weekly Events Calendar: 5/30

AIDS/Lifecycle: Preparing to Ride

Tuesday, May 31st at 6:30pm PT/9:30pm ET

Tune in to see riders prepare for the 7-day ride through some of California’s most breathtaking scenery to bring awareness to the AIDS pandemic. [clear here]

NASA Shuttle Endeavor Landing

Wednesday, June 1 at 11:35 am PT/2:35pm ET

After its final 16-day mission, tune in to NASA’s live feed to see the Shuttle Endeavor re-enter earth’s atmosphere. [clear here]

Date Unknown

Wednesday, June 1 at 2pm PT/5pm ET

Watch LIVE first dates of people who have met online. Sound creepy? Awkward? Romantic? It will probably be all of the above. [clear here]

Afterbuzz TV Live from the 2011 MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite

Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd at 12pm PT/3pm ET

Come check out all the free swag celebs are getting at the MTV Movie Awards with your Afterbuzz Hosts! [clear here]

Locked in the Cage 8

Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET

Watch live MMA fights from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia. [clear here]

Dalai Lama Introductory Teachings on Buddhism

Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be giving introductory teachings on Buddhism to Tibetan high school and college students on June 3rd and 4th. [clear here]

KROQ Weenie Roast

Saturday, June 4th at 12pm PT/3pm ET

The stellar lineup at this year’s KROQ Weenie Roast includes Linkin Park, Rise Against, Bad Religion, Lykke Li, Neon Trees, and too many more to name! For a complete lineup check out the channel page! [clear here]

2011 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet with PopSugar

Sunday, June 5th at 7pm PT/10pm ET

Your favorite PopSugar correspondents will be front row to stream all the red carpet arrivals, so be sure to tune in! It’ll be the perfect pre-show to watch before the Awards start.


Big Things Poppin’: Techcrunch Disrupt!

The time is nigh for the Tech Geeks, Entrepreneurs, Journalists, and Michael Arrington fanboys to convene in NYC for the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference. Ustream is TechCrunch’s primary live streaming partner for the high profile event which kicks off Sunday with the results of the 24-hour Hackathon (the Olympics for computer hackers) being announced live. The conference begins Monday with Disrupt Battlefield–a startup competition designed to identify and reward the most innovative startups, and an impressive lineup of speakers, including:

Tim Armstrong CEO, AOL
Ashton Kutcher Co-Founder, Katalyst Media
Susan Lyne CEO, Gilt Groupe
Charlie Rose Host, The Charlie Rose Show
Kevin Systrom Co-Founder, Instagram
Stephanie Tilenius VP eCommerce, Google
David Karp Founder & CEO, Tumblr

The primary goal of the Disrupt Conference, besides documenting what happens when Ashton Kutcher meets Charlie Rose, is to discuss how the Internet is ‘disrupting’ industry after industry–from Fashion to Entertainment to Finance. So no matter what you do to earn your peanuts, you’ll definitely want to tune in to glean some pertinent information from the broadcast. See you there!


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”.


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