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You may have heard, but Barack Obama gets to ditch the “-elect” part of his title today as he will be sworn in (shortly) as our new President. We’ve already provided an comprehensive list of where to watch the inauguration online, but here’s a quick review […]

You may have heard, but Barack Obama gets to ditch the “-elect” part of his title today as he will be sworn in (shortly) as our new President. We’ve already provided an comprehensive list of where to watch the inauguration online, but here’s a quick review of what to expect from some of them, so far.

C-Span‘s coverage is not very impressive. The video window was small, and choppy. Avoid.

CBS is offering 7 HD streams of the event, and they look awesome. Definitely the best of the lot — worth watching.

MSNBC, FOX (which is providing Hulu‘s feed) and ABC News‘s video is solid, nothing too flashy. They all work just fine (and I love that MSNBC allows embeds).


I had problems with CNN. It was the only network that asked me to install an update to Flash as well as another plug-in. I skipped the second plug-in and it worked fine. The video’s in widescreen, which is nice, and the Facebook integration gives you a running commentary.

The Presidential Inauguration Committee‘s stream is pretty dull, offering just imagery and no commentary.

If our internal stats are any indication, this is going to be a huge day for live-streaming, and it looks like for the most part, every network involved is holding up and the Internet won’t crash (of course, we still have an hour to go).

  1. [...] A Quick Review of Obama’s Inauguration Streams « NewTeeVee on January 20th, 2009 at 8:02 am – Permalink [...]

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  2. The CBS stream uses Silverlight but with the Move Networks plugin, which uses the On2 VP7 codec.

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    1. I am loving the Facebook/CNN stream. It took a while to get all the plug-ins in order, but it’s much more relevant to me than Twitter chatter on Current or Meebo chatter on Joost. It’s like I’m watching the live stream w/ my friends.

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  3. most internet video streams went down during the main inaugural speech by Obama like abc, cbsnews, cnn :( hulu is like so choppy here like 3 frames a second shux.

    it’s also surprising that MSNBC would use flash instead of Microsoft’s Silverlight in the streaming.

    windows media servers and apple quicktime streaming not relevant in the delivery of live web broadcasts anymore? :)

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  4. THEY ALL SUCKED. I tried EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. starting at 10:00 AM and they were all bogged down and laggy.

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  5. CNN’s stream worked great for me. But for some reason it was about 3 minutes behind.

    PCTVCables.com

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  6. I also tried them all, and they were all choppy (the ones that loaded at all). I ended up hearing part of the speech on wbbm780.com (audio was perfect). Luckily, I recorded it at home on my Tivo to watch later.

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  7. Since the streams were having problems and the internet at my work sucks even in normal times:

    Does anyone know of a place to watch this when I get home tonight?

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  8. What about Livestation?

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  9. I watched the whole thing on MSNBC.com, worked great. But I also listened to NPR…their coverage was nice for audio.

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  10. The same Silverlight 2 and Move Networks HD quality videos are also available for the DNCC at http://gallery.demconvention.com. Both sites were built by Vertigo (see http://www.vertigo.com/cbs for more info).

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