UPDATE: This story was updated with new links and live video embeds. Check out The Ultimate Video Guide to the Democratic Convention.
It’s hard to believe this marathon of a presidential election is just getting warmed up. Blue folk will descend on Denver over the weekend as the Democratic National Convention kicks off on Monday. Not a delegate? No worries, you can catch all the action like never before thanks to the wonderful world of web video.
The Democrats themselves will be streaming the whole shebang in HD-quality at DemConvention.com (along with a Spanish language simulcast).
Ustream will be streaming live coverage from “The Big Tent” at the convention. The Big Tent will be a gathering place for new media journalists and bloggers, as well as home to the Digg stage, which will feature speakers such as T. Boone Pickens, John Conyers and DailyKos’ Markos Moulitsas. Until showtime, you can watch The Big Tent being built (thrilling!).
Normally stodgy C-Span is jumping into the online video game with both feet as it unveils a new video site that will incorporate citizen journalists’ YouTube videos and Qik livestreams along with its normal coverage.
And from the big networks: ABCNews.com will provide live-streaming coverage as well as behind-the-scenes footage and interviews; Katie Couric is doing special live Web-only programming from the convention; MSNBC.com will also be providing live streaming coverage.
The Huffington Post, which is hosting a new media and politics panel during the convention, and public radio station KCRW are each providing live updates from the show via mobile vidcasting service Kyte.
Basically, you won’t be able to escape the impending Barack barrage. But the nice thing about putting this list together is that I can easily knock out another post in September when McCain takes the stage (and just swap out “Democrat” with “Republican”).