Clicker has added live streams to its online video programming guide, enabling users to now easily search for and find online programming as it happens. Clicker Live, which is launching today, aims to catalog all the premium live shows that are being broadcast for free on the web.
Users can either browse an easy-to-use list of available live streams or view a calendar of upcoming live video events. In addition, Clicker Live will provide a countdown to upcoming live shows, and will provide links to previously aired live shows if they become available on-demand later.
Clicker says it will only index live feeds that are legal and from trusted sources. That includes a wealth of professionally produced content from major broadcast and cable networks, such as ABC, CBS News, CNN, Fox and Fox Business. Clicker will also have local market broadcasts from ABC, Fox and others in its guide, as well as live sports video from ESPN3, MLB, CBS Sports and Fox Sports.
In addition, Clicker Live will have high-profile live shows that appear on YouTube, Ustream, Livestream.com, Justin.tv and Stickam, as well as streams from celebrities like Ashton Kutcher or Shaq. Clicker Live will also have live concert and red carpet events from those providers.
The addition of legal live broadcasts to Clicker’s guide highlights the growing amount of linear programming that is available online, and makes Clicker Live look more like a traditional programming guide that is found on your cable set-top box than just a directory of on-demand TV episodes. The startup, which officially launched its programming guide last November, recently raised an $11 million Series B round led by JAFCO Ventures and including previous investors Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures.
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