September 4, 2008

Ustream and Google News Team Up to Provide Live Streaming for the Republican National Convention

Voters around the country have a front row seat to history in the making as the Republican Party formally chooses its nominees at the Republican National Convention (RNC), Sept. 1-4, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. The GOP chose Ustream, the leader in live streaming online, today as its exclusive live streaming partner because of its innovative technology platform, proven ability to handle enormous amounts of web traffic and large community of millions of monthly viewers who gather to share live moments. Through this agreement, Ustream is enabling its expansive community to view the Republican National Convention through Google News. Google News features an embedded Ustream player, which is broadcasting the RNC, in its Election News section.

Historic Political Access with Google News and Ustream

-- The RNC coverage via Ustream represents the first time Google will be providing live streaming content on its site. Viewers are participating in another political milestone - giving people the power to watch and interact with a major political convention on the Web. The Republican National Convention is utilizing the Internet to directly broadcast messages to voters.

-- Special chat is enabled for viewers to interact with each other while watching the convention. The Republicans are utilizing Ustream's unique communication channels. Ustream broadcasted the Big Tent of 500 bloggers, hosted by the Daily Kos and ProgressNow, and sponsored by key companies Google and Digg, at the Democratic National Convention last week.

"Our partnership with Google News and the Republican National Convention illustrates our ongoing commitment to providing unfiltered live access to the moments and events that matter most," said Brad Hunstable, founder, Ustream. "There is an incredible level of interest in American politics, and Google News, through Ustream, is giving people an insider's view of everything that's happening at the convention."

GOP Convention President and CEO, Maria Cino said of the deal inked in January: "Partnering with Ustream sends a clear message that the Republican Party wants the Internet generation and all people - from Party loyalists to casual observers - to be part of the 2008 Republican National Convention. Anyone with computer and Internet access will be guaranteed a front-row seat to history through, as we formally nominate the next President and Vice President of the United States." (January 29, 2008)

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About Ustream

Ustream connects people through shared online experiences. It's the leading live interactive broadcasting tool that enables anyone with a camera and an Internet connection to easily broadcast to a global audience of any size. In less than two minutes, anyone can become a broadcaster by creating a channel on Ustream, and by embedding the personalized Ustream channel into any website.

Ustream is a destination for community to share live moments. Since its launch in March 2007, Ustream has grown to nearly 500,000 registered users broadcasting thousands of live shows a day. Ustream is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and is privately held.