blinkx Partners with Ustream for Live Bonnaroo Broadcast
Festival fans can catch all their favorite bands LIVE, June 13-16, at www.blinkx.com
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- blinkx, the Internet Media platform powered by CORE, the world's most advanced video engine, today announced a partnership with Ustream, the leading technology platform for live social video streaming. Through the partnership, Ustream events will now be available live on blinkx.com. To kick off both the partnership and 2013 summer concert season, the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, will be streamed live to blinkx.com. Dates for the event are June 13th to 16th . Ustream will place advertising against the stream and participate in a revenue share with blinkx.
Whether crazy for classic rockers, like Paul McCartney and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, or the current rulers of radio, such as Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men, music lovers will have a chance to catch the hottest acts without braving the heat, by crashing the entire festival on blinkx.com. Moreover, virtual concert-goers won't have to worry about trekking from stage to stage just to catch a glimpse of the dozens of amazing acts at this year's festival. Instead, they'll be able to trade crowd-surfing for channel-surfing – Grammy-winning producer Hank Neuberger will orchestrate a multi-camera shoot throughout the course of the festival, allowing blinkx viewers to flip between stages and unique backstage content in one video player.
"We're very pleased to partner with Ustream to broadcast live events, and thrilled to launch this opportunity by bringing a legendary festival like Bonnaroo to blinkx.com," said S. Brian Mukherjee, CEO of blinkx. "Ustream's live Bonnaroo coverage will allow music-loving blinkx users around the world to enjoy the same fantastic lineup on their laptops as enjoyed by fans camped out on location in Tennessee."
"This is the first time viewers everywhere will have access to the lineup of Bonnaroo performances through Ustream's interactive, socially integrated platform – so we want to ensure as many music fans as possible get the chance to check out their favorite bands," said Brad Hunstable, CEO of Ustream. "blinkx, with its wide audience of video-savvy users who have come to expect high-quality, professionally produced content, offers a perfect fit to engage even more digital festival attendees."
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to find highly targeted, relevant rich media on the Web. The company has signed more than 800 partners and indexed over 35 million hours of video and audio content to date.
blinkx (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the Internet Media platform powered by CORE, the world's most advanced video engine. blinkx links viewers with content distributors and monetizes those interactions through advertising. Through its flagship site, blinkx.com, the company pioneered video search on the Internet and today has an index of over 35 million hours of searchable video and more than 800 media partnerships. In addition, blinkx powers video search for many of the world's most frequented sites, including Ask.com and AOL. blinkx continues to develop innovative approaches to digital video distribution, and has expanded into mobile video and Connected TV through partnerships with Samsung, Sony, Roku and other industry leaders. blinkx is headquartered in San Francisco, CA and London, England. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
Ustream is the leading technology platform for live social video streaming, powered by the company's proprietary Ustream Cloud Platform. The company was founded in 2007 with a vision to bring live broadcasting technology to the entire world; Ustream was originally created to connect military service members to family and friends across the world. Since then, the company has established itself as a socially-fueled communications platform for businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals of any size to easily reach an infinite audience and share experiences in real-time.
The core of the Ustream Cloud Platform centers around the company's proprietary Ustream Content Delivery Network (UCDN), Ustream Media Server (UMS) and Ustream TCP Congestion Control Algorithm (UTCP). Together, this advanced technology stack provides users with unmatched redundancy, resiliency, and reliability to broadcast quality live video streams. Founded in 2007, Ustream is a San Francisco-based company that has grown to more than 250 employees within their San Francisco, Los Angeles, Budapest, Tokyo, and Seoul offices. Company partners include Dell, Sony, Georgetown University, Panasonic, Samsung, CBSi, and Viacom.
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