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Ustream is a company founded in 2007 that provides video
streaming services to more than 80 million viewers and broadcasters.
It is based in San Francisco and has more than 180 employees in their
San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Budapest offices. Company partners
It received $11.1 million in Series
A funding for new product development from DCM
(Doll Capital Management) and investors Labrador Ventures and Band
It is owned by an American company of the same name, Ustream, Inc.,
based in San Francisco, California. Ustream will be the live game
streaming service for Sony's PlayStation
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 Justin.tv,
The company has seen significant growth in the political,
entertainment, and technology fields.
Ustream has witnessed many notable people streaming from
politicians such as Hillary
to artists like Tori
Amos and the Plain
such as iJustine
& E-TARD The LifeCaster
have made their mark on Ustream as well. The technology community has
also adopted Ustream to include Robert
Pirillo and Klasic Kumputerz.
In 2007 and 2008, Ustream won a CNET
"Webware 100" Award.
In 2008, Ustream won the SXSW
People's Choice Award.
In 2010, Ustream, Inc. was recognized as one of the "Hottest
Silicon Valley Companies" by Lead411.
In 2013, Ustream in partnership with SuiteSpot, Mullen and Unit 9
won a Shorty Award for "Best Mid-Sized Agency" for their Jet
Blue Getaway With It campaign.
In 2013, Ustream won Streaming Media Magazine's Readers' Choice
Awards for Best Live Video Platform. 
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.
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
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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