Pentagon Channel Taps Ustream to Enhance its Live Broadcasts with Social/Interactive Functionality

--Ustream Raises Another $2 Million, Is Sued by Fight Promoter, Square Ring, for Copyright Infringement

The Pentagon Channel (note: the channel, which is operated by the US Department of Defense, broadcasts military news and information for and about the 2.6 million members of the US Armed Forces) announced Monday that it is streaming its programming via live Internet broadcasting service, Ustream. A link to the new Ustream channel--which offers DOD news briefings, military news, interviews with DOD officials, short features on the work of the military, and "military lifestyle" programming--is featured on the newly relaunched Web site. According to the Pentagon Channel, it selected Ustream to live-stream its programming, because of the interactive/social features offered by the latter's service, which it says will "allow servicemembers and their families to connect with each other while they view live Pentagon Channel programming." "We are delighted to add Ustream to our arsenal of social media distribution," Pentagon Channel general manager, Brian Natwick, said in a prepared statement. "For the first time servicemembers from all over can connect with each other while watching the channel any day, any time, 24/7." Added Ustream founder and president, Brad Hunstable: "We're thrilled to work together with the Pentagon and the Department of Defense to provide a quality streaming experience that allows our servicemen and women to connect with each other. Ustream's early beginnings came from our own service in the military and we are glad to enable these connections to occur."

In other Ustream news:

  • Boxing promoter, Square Ring, is suing the company for copyright and trademark infringement, claiming that a March 21st fight between Omar Sheika and Roy Jones Jr. was illegally retransmitted through its service to around 2,400 viewers, and that Ustream refused to cooperate with its pre-emptive attempts to ensure that coverage of the fight was not pirated. Ustream on Monday issued a statement stressing that it is "serious about complying with the copyright laws and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act" and that it is "aggressively taking short- and long-term steps to work with the content industry to meet their needs. We believe the Square Ring lawsuit does not have merit and that we're fully protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe Harbor provisions," the statement concluded.
  • According to a recent SEC filing first uncovered by Contentinople, the company has raised $2 million in additional funding from Doll Capital Management and other existing investors from its Series A round (in which it raised $11.1 million).


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