How to watch TEDGlobal 2009 live from home with friends or family

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Later this month, you can watch the TEDGlobal 2009 conference live from the UK through an Associate membership — offering a virtual front-row seat at the conference via a private, live web stream of the main-stage events.

TEDGlobal Associate membership costs $995 and includes a password-protected, single-computer, live web stream of TEDGlobal 2009 as it unfolds in Oxford, and the right to watch with up to 10 other people. Most talks from TEDGlobal 2009 will eventually become TEDTalks, available free on TED.com. But Associate members will be able to watch the full main-stage sessions live as they happen, including introductions, short talks, musical performances, video interstitials and audience interactions that are not shown on the website. Associate membership groups who watched the last TED conference live from Long Beach gave us enthusiastic feedback, persuading us to repeat this service. We learned that people who carve out the time and gather with friends for a multi-day virtual TED experience can gain as much inspiration as those attending live.

TEDGlobal 2009 will explore “The Substance of Things Not Seen.” Speakers this year include world-renowned philosophers, scientists, religious leaders, entertainers, artists, musicians and technologists — see the lineup here. The event will take place July 21-24 in Oxford, UK.

TEDGlobal Associate members will be issued a noncommercial license that allows them to share their webcast with up to 10 viewers in the same room. Also included with each Associates membership: a full year of the legendary TED Media Club, with 5 shipments of books, DVDs and other media throughout the year; enhanced social networking on TED.com; and an exclusive welcome kit that’s not available to any other TEDsters, with a viewing diary, postcards and other keepsakes.

Learn more about TEDGlobal Associates membership >>