Video site Ustream has big plans for live streaming on Android phones using Verizon’s 4G network, as well as for bringing video streams to big screens.
Yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company gave me a brief demonstration of its new offerings. Ustream has developed a slick new Android app that can both broadcast live video, as well as let you view and interact with live video streams. Previously, the company offered two separate apps for broadcasting and streaming.
As you can see in the video below, the live video stream running on Verizon’s LTE 4G network looks smooth and surprisingly clear, even on a large TV screen. Ustream says that its Android app will be included on all of Verizon’s 4G phones. Other Android users can still take advantage of the new app, but Ustream says it was specifically fine-tuned to take advantage of Verizon’s faster 4G network.
Additionally, the company has developed a large screen viewing interface meant for Google TV, dubbed the Ustream Lounge. It’s accessible by any web browser by simply visiting ustream.tv/lounge. Like YouTube’s Leanback and Vimeo’s Couch Mode, it’s meant to be consumed from the couch. The Lounge has the potential to open up Ustream’s content to an entirely new set of users.
The company also says that its programming will be integrated in Panasonic’s televisions with its Viera Connect IPTV software later this year. It’s also introducing an app for Boxee’s web video platform.
Check out a demo of Ustream’s Lounge below, as well as the new Android app running on HTC’s upcoming Thunderbolt LTE 4G phone: