Celebrate 2014 Around the World in Real Time

As the leading video technology platform for live business, Ustream puts the world at your fingertips; allowing anyone around the world to reach new audiences through the power of LIVE. In true live fashion, today’s special edition NYE blog will capture Ustream broadcasters as they ring in the New Year the globe. Never attended international parties around the world, while standing in one place? Welcome to 2014.

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Have you used live video to climb the corporate ladder?

Live video is quickly coming of age as a way to quickly disseminate information to large, engaged audiences. Enterprise users have been our fastest growing segment, and we recently partnered with Wainhouse Research to gather more insight into this growing movement.

Last week, we released the first report in our ongoing Business Video Now series, entitled “Executive Visions of Video in the Workplace.” After surveying 1000+ executives, we got a baseline view into perceived effectiveness of live video in the workplace. Download the full paper here.

In case you missed it, Brad Hunstable, Ustream CEO and founder, and Steve Vonder Haar, Wainhouse senior analyst, hosted an interactive webinar today to talk about the findings. 


Hollywood Goes Digital for Live Announcement of the 71st Golden Globes Nominees

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Thanks to live, interactive video, movie and television  (not to mention social media) buffs alike experienced uber-talented stars Aziz Azari, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana reveal this year’s big contenders for the 2014 Golden Globes Awards 2014. Center-stage to an audience engaged across a spectrum of social platforms, Hollywood appeased the entertainment gods with their swift delivery in live time, to the delight of Twitter blogger fingertips worldwide. In case your snooze button caused a lack of attendance to the live event, here is a two-part replay of Golden Globe’s nomination reveals.



Learn How Live Video Can Help You Climb the Corporate Ladder

Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen incredible growth within the enterprise sector, and as you may have seen in a previous post, Determining the State of LIVE, we’ve partnered with Wainhouse Research to better understand this growing phenomenon.

Live video is here and it’s here to stay; there’s no looking back. Our constantly connected society craves transparency and instant-gratification, and nothing can achieve this better than the live experience. Our early existence was largely consumer-driven, and while we continue to help bring transparency into societies through the power of live video (check out recent activity in Ukraine), we’re also here to help businesses harness this very same notion. 


The Revolution Continues – Protests in Ukraine: A Week in Review

As Ukraine is rocked by the largest protests in history since Orange Revolution, take a look through the eyes of a Ustream broadcaster as they record their nation’s history in live time. Here is a recap in video and pictures of the intense pro-EU demonstrations happening as we speak; as protesters march through Kiev in protest of President Viktor Yanukovich’s refusal to sign an EU trade deal.

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Protesters, Police Clash in Ukraine Amid Massive Pro-EU Demonstration

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The Revolution Won’t Be Televised: It Will Be Ustreamed from Your Smartphone

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As a swarm of police invaded the thousands of Ukranian protestors before his very eyes, citizen broadcaster Aronets realized he had to take action. With no TV station crew or news reporters in sight, the world sat unaware as a nation demanded change from their government, and faced fierce retaliation. Before your imagination takes this story into Rambo mode, or any McGyver tactics to save the day, Aronets utilized a device each of use in our everyday lives (sorry James Bond). By simply using his smart phone and the Ustream Broadcaster App, Aronets placed a bright spotlight on the political unrest currently escalating in the Ukraine. LIVE. Before you scoff at the notion of live news, remove from your mind the traditional image of a rain soaked TV reporter being whisked away by strong storm winds. Thanks to technology, and the power of social media, not only can breaking events spread quickly via word of mouth, we now have the privilege to witness history through the eyes of the common man. In real time. This unprecedented, instantaneous access to the world is a concept assisting citizens of various nations, by giving transparency to their plights for democracy.


Enter the PS4… So What?

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Exactly seven years ago, Sony dramatically changed the gaming landscape with the launch of the PlayStation 3 (PS3) game console. Fast-forward to the present, and Sony is uniquely-positioned to repeat history with the launch of the PlayStation 4 (PS4).

One of the most important features of the PS4 will be its live video streaming capabilities, with both Ustream and Twitch integrated into the console. It’s a game-changing feature (literally), and earlier this year, I chatted with EngadgetForbes, and The Wall Street Journal about the potential for the PS4 to become the “modern day cable box.”


Who Put The Consumer In My Enterprise?

Consumerization, the growing tendency for new technology to emerge first in the consumer market and then spread into the enterprise sector, has and will continue to pave the way for innovation. What first started as “BYOD” (Bring Your Own Device), has led to the harsh (yet exciting) realization by enterprise companies that software in today’s constantly connected world needs to be both easy to use AND easy to the eye.

At Ustream, we’ve also experienced consumerization, and I’m happy to say that — as a result of all the hard work from our Ustreamers across the globe — the dual notions of “easy to use” and “easy to the eye” can indeed co-exist in this live video streaming world we thrive in. We’ve got a ton of work to do in order to meet the growing needs of our customers, but we can certainly credit our early adopters (largely consumers) and plan to continue to improve the user experience.

I’ve started writing regular posts on Medium, check out the full post here: Who Put The Consumer In My Enterprise?, via Medium


Learning is fun again, the Mustang way!

Yesterday, we went back to school… and boy have things changed! Paperback books, heavy binders, multi-colored pens for note-taking, even lockers — all things of the past. Instead, students are given iPads, classrooms are set up with big TV screens, and even the library looks like a lounge!

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Now this just isn’t any ordinary school (nor is it the high school I went to). Tucked at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains and wedged in between Watsonville and Gilroy, is the 100-acre digital Disneyland, formally known as Monte Vista Christian School (MVCS). Home to nearly 1000 students (middle and high school), MVCS fuses old and new, bridging the gap between education and new media. 


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