USTREAM is an American live video streaming and video hosting
company. It is based in San Francisco and has more than 180 employees
in their San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Budapest offices. Company
CBS News , PBS
Viacom , and IMG Media . It received $11.1 million in
Series A funding for new product development from DCM (Doll Capital
Management) and investors Labrador Ventures and Band of Angels . It
is owned by an American company of the same name, Ustream, Inc., based
in San Francisco, California.
Ustream was one of the live game
streaming services for Sony's
PlayStation 4 .
* 1 History
* 2 Paid service
* 3 Automatic content blocking
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Ustream was born when the founders (John Ham, Brad Hunstable, and Dr.
Gyula Feher) wanted a way for their friends in the Army, who were
deployed overseas in
Iraq during the war, to be able to communicate
with their families. A product like
Ustream would provide them with a
way to talk to all of their relatives at once when free time in the
war zone was limited.
Launching their public beta in March 2007,
Ustream is one of a series
of live video sites, including
Livestream , and
The company has seen significant growth in the political,
entertainment, and technology fields.
Ustream has witnessed many notable people streaming from politicians
Hillary Clinton ,
Barack Obama ,
John Edwards , to artists
Tori Amos and the Plain White T\'s . Notable lifecasters such as
iJustine and E-TARD The LifeCaster have made their mark on
well. The technology community has also adopted
Ustream to include
Robert Scoble ,
Leo Laporte , and
Chris Pirillo .
On January 21, 2016,
Ustream . It will be combined with
Aspera, Clearleap, and
Cleversafe to form IBM's cloud video unit. IBM
envisioned the use of its technology as part of an enterprise video
Ustream's basic service is free and supported by advertising revenue.
A paid service called Watershed was formerly available, charging
broadcasters on a per-viewer basis and allowing either ad-free service
or broadcaster-supplied advertisements. In 2013,
Ustream phased out
the Watershed program for their Pro Broadcasting Services, based on
monthly charges to broadcasters.
AUTOMATIC CONTENT BLOCKING
Ustream uses a copyright enforcement service provided by Vobile,
which uses a proprietary fingerprinting system to automatically detect
copyrighted content. This system has been known to generate what are
considered by some to be false positives , blocking content that
should fall under fair use , or which has been specifically licensed
by the stream originator. In one such incident, the official livecast
of the 2012
Hugo Award ceremony was terminated because it incorporated
authorized clips of nominated television shows and movies, causing "a
flood of livid Twitter messages". The following day, Ustream
apologized for the incident and temporarily disabled automatic
blocking while they adjusted the system to "better balance the needs
of broadcasters, viewers, and copyright holders".
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Alexa Internet ,
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Ustream Company Profile"
CrunchBase , April 19, 2013
* ^ Cynopsis: Digital. April 14, 2008.
* ^ "PS4 gameplay can be broadcast via
Ustream profiles, says
Ustream\'s David Thompson".
PSU.com . June 18, 2013.
* ^ WebWare , Merry Christmas, Mom:
Ustream links soldiers with
home, December 14, 2007
* ^ "Ustream.TV Experiences Significant Business Growth; Company
Adds New CEO, Industry Partners and Thousands of Users".
Businesswire.com. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
* ^ Mark 'Rizzn' Hopkins View Comments (2007-11-26). "YouTube and
UStream Go Political". Mashable.com. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
* ^ Brad Hunstable, Founder November 16th, 2007 (2007-11-16). "The
Ustream.TV Blog » Blog Archive » Plain White T’s Event Serves
130,000". Ustream.tv. Retrieved 2010-08-23. CS1 maint: Multiple names:
authors list (link )
* ^ "E-TARD The 24/7 LifeCaster". E-TARD.TV. September 5, 2006.
Retrieved November 4, 2015.
* ^ Konrad, Alex. "
Ustream Acquisition As Part Of
Cloud Video Unit Targeting "$105 Billion Opportunity"". Forbes.
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