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The Rescue Bowl — where every dog wins!

This Sunday just keeps looking better and better for animal lovers — one of our favorite Ustream animal broadcasters, Bill Foundation has just announced that’s the day they’ll be kicking off (get it?) the first-ever Rescue Bowl.

Team Shelter Dogs will go nose-to-nose with Team Street Dogs while Bill Foundation ‘refs’ clad in sporty football jerseys call the plays. As a viewer bonus, a selection of dog ladies promise to glam up the sidelines as cheerleaders. Viewers can also expect half-time surprises.

Of course, all of this adorable action is absolutely free to watch, but those viewers who donate $5 via the Bill Foundation channel page will be able to vote for their favorite team. All donations will go directly towards the Bill Foundation’s efforts to match rescue dogs with their well-deserved forever homes.

Winning team will be announced on Monday morning on facebook. May both teams win!

Another groundbreaking world’s first — LIVE on Ustream

Late last night (early morning, local time) thousands of fascinated Ustream viewers looked on as Nina, a pregnant chimpanzee, gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  The first-ever live streaming of a chimpanzee birth went off without a hitch and mother and baby are now resting comfortably under the watchful eyes of the entire world.

Nina and her infant will continue to live and stream from a private suite within the Jane Goodall Institute’s South African “Chimp Eden” for the next 30 days — at which point they will be slowly re-introduced to the center’s existing chimpanzee troop. At that point, the new baby will all also be named, although many Ustreamers have unofficially christened him “Squeak.”

The upcoming month is sure to hold many surprises as Nina and her son begin to bond. She’s already proving herself to be quite maternal, despite her being orphaned as a young chimp. (For more on Nina’s story, click here)

Nina and the new arrival:

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Inauguration Central on Ustream

If you can’t be in Washington on Monday (or just want to stay warm), Ustream is your online home for live coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. It’ll be deep. It’ll be dynamic. It’ll be historic.

Here’s what our news partners and citizen reporters have in the works. Streams start this weekend with festivities, on-the-ground reports and some protests. Check back for updates and follow @UstreamNewsAll times are in Eastern Standard Time.


“Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival of Music, Dance and Story” hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian. A three-day festival to commemorate the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Featuring daily performances of live music, dancing and storytelling in the museum from a variety of cultural traditions.

Friday, Jan 18 — 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sat, Jan. 19 — 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Sun, Jan. 20 — 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Click here for detailed festival lineup

MLK Day of Service – Unite America in Service Event on Sat, Jan 19.  Thousands of volunteers will gather at the DC Armory to assemble care kits for deployed military and their families. Journalist Jenni Hogan will be helping and streaming live exclusively on Ustream starting 4 p.m.

Official presidential swearing-in. Sun, Jan. 20. Approximately 11:45 a.m. CBS News and  WSJ Live will carry a live feed of President Barack Obama taking the oath of office. Because Jan. 20 falls on a Sunday, the public ceremony will be held the following day.

Additional coverage by CBS on Sunday includes Vice President Joe Biden’s swearing-in at 8:10 a.m., followed by a wreath-laying at Arlington Cemetery at 9 a.m. In the evening, the president and vice president attend a candlelight event at the National Building Museum.

Also on Sunday is America’s Sunday SupperJenni Hogan will go live at this star-studded event held at the United States Institute of Peace to inspire dialogue. Speakers include General Colin Powell, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Smithsonian 2013 Inauguration Cam. Live camera of the Capitol and National Mall that will broadcast 24-7 through Monday.


Politico Live. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony, mixed with rich analysis and insight from the Politico team. Featuring Jim VandeHei, John F. Harris, Maggie Haberman, Mike Allen, Lois Romano, Juana Summers and more.

The White House. Live all day starting 9 a.m. Coverage kicks off with video highlights, with the swearing-in ceremony taking place around 12:30 p.m. The channel will then stream a highlight loop until the parade begins at approximately 3:30 p.m.

CBS News. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full coverage of the day’s events starting with the third hour of CBS This Morning. Details to come.


The Wall Street Journal. Special live coverage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jerry Seib, Wendy Bounds and Simon Constable lead an all-star lineup of guests to analyze the historic event. The lineup includes Sen. Charles Schumer, presidential historians Douglas Brinkley and Richard Shenkman, Sen. John Barrasso and more.

PBS NewsHour. Live broadcast with anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. Coverage includes President Obama traveling to and from The White House, all events on Capitol Hill, the parade, views of Lafayette Park. Details and schedule to come.

U.S. Department of State. Live coverage starts at 10 a.m. and includes the swearing-in ceremony with a view from the National Mall. Following the oath of office, President Barack Obama will give his inaugural address, setting out his vision for America and goals for the nation.

Newseum. All-day inauguration fun starting 10 a.m. Featuring hosts Sonya Gavankar and Frank Bond. Segments include inauguration trivia, JFK, behind-the-scenes with broadcasters, early-morning prep and interviews with VIPs. The festivities continue after the swearing-in ceremony with humorous presidential stories and a “Who’s your favorite Hollywood president?” contest.

League of Young Voters. Live exclusive coverage and analysis starts around 9 a.m. and continues until about 30 minutes after the president’s swearing-in ceremony. Lineup includes both political commentators and man-on-the-street interviews.



Citizen streamers will hit the ground in Washington, D.C. to document the Inauguration as they see it. Raw, unfilterd and real. Expect rallies and protests, scenes of massive crowds and of course, the unexpected. Below are some Ustreamers who plan to go live from the nation’s capital on Monday:

Bill Foundation hosts live adoption event

Ustream Animals and Wildlife is home to a wide variety of animal streams from household pets to wild animal streams alike. Though we love them all equally, there is a special place in our hearts for our shelter, rescue and adoption groups that use Ustream as a means to get others involved in their cause and find animals loving homes.

This Sunday, one of these broadcasters, Los Angeles-based rescue organization Bill Foundation,  is holding the first ever live rescue event from Healthy Spot in Santa Monica, from 11am-3pm PST.

Bill Foundation will feature 4-5 dogs at a time (with a roughly 30-35 dogs to be featured), and will rotate new dogs in and out over the 4 hours so everyone gets a moment in the spotlight.

Volunteers will be chatting live through the Ustream chat and will share stories about each dog’s rescue, their personality and the like. They’ll also be discussing the joys of fostering and volunteering for Bill Foundation and animal rescue.

While most dogs will be adopted locally in Los Angeles, Bill Foundation makes exceptions for excellent applicants. These applicants will be required to visit Los Angeles in person and be willing to allow a local rescue to do a home check.

Bill Foundation will also be accepting donations through the PayPal link on their channel page as a means to continue doing their fabulous rescue work.

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The miracle of life — LIVE on Ustream Animals

Nine years ago in the Congo Basin, an infant chimpanzee looked on as its mother was brutally massacred by poachers. Today, that same chimp rests safe inside the Goodall Institute’s Chimp Eden sanctuary, ready to give birth herself, as the entire world watches.

This chimpanzee’s sad beginning is far too common, as thousands of the species are killed each year, victims of the bush meat trade. Although poachers will usually spare the lives of the very youngest chimpanzees, even if they survive their early years these orphans are often doomed to a life of misery and abuse as illegally kept pets. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Jane Goodall, the world’s leading primatologist, supporters and volunteers, the young female chimp now known as Nina escaped this fate. After first being kept in a Sudan zoo, she was rescued and removed to the animal sanctuary Chimpanzee Eden. Nestled within the Umhloti Nature Reserve, it is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa dedicated to rehabilitating rescued chimpanzees.

As in most rescue centers, Chimpanzee Eden has a strict no-breeding policy, but somehow Nina’s contraceptive implant malfunctioned (hey, it happens.) After much careful consideration, the Institute has decided to share this rare event with the world. Filmed around the clock, special care has been taken to ensure that the filming process does not disturb Nina.

Now in maternal isolation and due to go in to labor any moment — the story won’t end here. Because Nina was deprived of both a normal chimp childhood and chimpanzee mother role models, it’s not known if she will accept her infant once it is born, or if it will need to be hand-raised by Chimpanzee Eden staff. Watch events as they unfold and join Ustream Animals for this awareness (and eyebrow)-raising internet first.

Check out the birth watch: 

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Follow the Twitter conversation about Nina on #ninachimpbirth and donate to Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Eden Sanctuary.

Not scheduling events? You’re missing out.

If you’re broadcasting, you probably want people to watch. And if you want people to watch, you have to tell them when you’re going to go live. Creating an event is a great way to do this. It lets you communicate your programming with not only your followers and fans, but with people who may randomly stumble across your channel.

Being able to tell the world when you’re broadcasting by creating an event allows a one-click RSVP to the event, sending them an alert 60 minutes before the event goes live. Letting people know and alerting them before you go live has the potential to increase viewership and the broadcast’s success rate. Additionally, you can share your event with the Ustream content team at The content team may choose to schedule it into Ustream’s “Upcoming” page or place the event on the home page or one of the four main sub pages for further exposure.

Here’s how you create an event — like the screen shot above:

  • Go to your Dashboard.
  • Click “Channel”.
  • Some of you may have more than one channel so make sure you choose the correct channel for which you want to create an event. Once you choose the channel, click “Events” in the subset categories.
  • You’ll then see “Schedule a New Event”. Click it!

  • Fill out the fields in the box that pops up. You’ll need a title, date, length (up to four hours), if it repeats, the time zone (double check!), and a description of the event.
  • When the event is created it will show up on your channel page below your channel info under the headline “Upcoming Shows.”

  • Self promotion! Even after you create your event be sure to promote it through your social networks. Tell people about your events, regularly update them, and keep your followers and fans updated on your programming. Planning and programming are key to creating a viewer habit and a viewer habit is key to a successful broadcaster.


ASUtv — Arizona State University Television

Arizona State University Television broadcasts a variety of programs from news to sports to even vintage movies. Yes, vintage movies! Because it broadcasts so much, ASUtv is using scheduled events as a “TV Guide” to plan and promote its programming. ASUtv currently has nearly a half million views and 750 followers.

Have a question about broadcasting? Want us to tackle something specific? Have an idea to improve the Ustream experience? Tell us.


Feathered family baby fever!

Just four days into the new year, two of Ustream’s animal broadcasters welcomed three new additions.  Southwest Florida Eagle Cam welcome two eaglets on January 1 and 3 (see blog post here), and early this morning, Hummingbird Nest Cam welcomed egg #1 into the world. The baby hummingbird was named Sandy in honor of the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook shootings.

Sandy’s mom, Phoebe Allens, is a non-migratory Channel Islands Allens Hummingbird from Orange County, California. This stunning HD cam has been on Ustream since 2009 and has seen Phoebe give life to dozens of new hummingbirds. Hatch watch continues on Sandy’s sibling, egg #2.

Below, watch Phoebe feed Sandy her first meal and join Hummingbird Nest Cam live for hatch watch on egg #2. Learn more about Phoebe on her website here.

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Southwest Florida Eagle Cam welcomes new eaglets

Update: eaglet #2 hatched on January, 3 at approximately 9:45 pm EST. Watch its entrance into the world:

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Happy New Year, indeed! Ustream’s Southwest Florida Eagle Cam welcomed eaglet one on New Year’s Day and eaglet two is due any minute. Parents Ozzie & Harriet have been guarding the nest and keeping everything under control as “Hatch Watch” continues.

Check out some exciting moments from the past few days, and join us as we welcome eaglet #2 into the world. Follow @UstreamAnimals and @SWFLEagleCAM on Twitter for breaking news about the Southwest Florida bald eagles.

First pip from eaglet one:

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Eaglet one is revealed to the world:

Eaglet one’s first lunch:

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Watch live as hatch watch continues:

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