Watching the Inuaguration Online

On my campus, there will be TV monitors set up in many areas for people to watch the inauguration of President Barack Obama. But I suspect that this new President, who is sometimes called the first "Internet president," will also have a significant number of people watching the ceremonies via the Internet.

Millions of people will be watching TV, but since inaugurations, by law, happen at noon ET on Jan. 20, that means they’re often on weekdays, when most of the country is at work. Live streaming of video from a number of news sources will be available.

I found links from Belfast and other foreign cities that will be covering the inauguration online. 

C-SPAN will have extensive live web coverage using Mogulus to webcast a multichannel grid of inauguration activities that started on Saturday through today's inaugural balls.

On the peer-to-peer app Livestation, you can switch between a variety of international perspectives on
the inauguration including Al Jazeera English, the BBC World News, euronews, and France 24.

Traditional big media like CBS News will be streaming its broadcast coverage from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, along with the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric at 6:30 p.m, Couric’s one-hour inauguration special at 9 p.m.,and her CNET webcast.

ABC Newswill provide online coverage from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET on It will embed coverage of Obama taking the oath of office directly on its homepage from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET.

MSNBC will live stream inauguration coverage on its home page and, and it will be embeddable onto your own site or blog.

The Associated Press will provide a webcast to its 2,000-plus affiliates starting at 7 a.m. ET with anchored coverage from 10 a.m. on its Online Video Network syndication service, including live camera feeds from the parade and various landmarks in D.C.

The New York Times will stream Obama’s speech and swearing-in on its home page.

The Hispanic-focused outlet Terra will show both Spanish and English webcasts of the proceedings.

Fox News will webcast throughout the day at

Fox News will also be hosting a discussion of the day’s events on its Facebook page.

But CNN has made the biggest promotional push to move viewers from Facebook to its coverage on CNN Live,and will incorporate Facebook status updates from users logged onto Facebook Connect at CNN will also have an on-camera anchor
live at the Facebook offices to report.

Will social networks be able to handle the data? Will the Internet audience worldwide approach the traditional video broadcasts? We'll see...


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