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I just wanted to see if anyone else has use Ustream for campus wide events with success or failure?

We recently had our presidential inauguration and we used Ustream (http://wcs.wayne.edu/blog/2009/04/08/presidential-inauguration-and-...). I had been pushing for it for a while but our university television department always insisted on using their own streaming server. Having the live chat during the event was invaluable. We had questions ranging from how much the event cost to how do I apply.

Have you had success using Ustream? Is your institution open to the live chat?

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We have used Ustream and also our own streaming for different events. Ustream was a good tool, but IT prefers for us to use their streaming, which is fine by me.

The chat feature is something we have had interesting results with lately. A live show was streamed from campus last month (by an outside videoing company) and was wildly popular with alumni and parents across the country. However, the first night they let the chat go unmonitored and it was filthy, with disparaging and sexual comments about our students performing. Long story short, I panicked and they brought the chat down as soon as it was made known what was happening.

The next night it was moderated chat, which was good although had a lag.

Overall, I was willing to sacrifice the chat to keep vulgar/insulting comments off of our site. I know it seems big brotherish to some, but unmoderated chat in a very public venue like that isn't something I'd want to do again.
We tried it on an event once as a test before a bigger event that we wanted parents to watch live. People reported getting ads from Jackass World and the US Navy (we're pacifists). Needless to say, we didn't use Ustream for the big event. :-)

Intrigued by their new white label option, though. It didn't exist at the time.

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