Online Inauguration Video Fail

January 21, 2009 — 9 Comments

My experience at 3:45 AEDT this morning:

Hulu: audio/ video out of sync, could only be fixed by closing the stream and restarting it…then slowly the same thing would happen again

CNN/ Facebook: people are gushing over this. I’m sure it was great, except that I got a message that it was full and I’d have to wait to get in. Yeah, I’m going to wait in the middle of Obama’s speech. Fail.

Livestation: I love Livestation, but I don’t have the client installed on my laptop, only my desktop, and I had no intention of getting out of bed. Page time outs, and when you got anything up only half would load. Couldn’t download the client to watch.

MSNBC: seriously delayed, maybe 10-30 seconds or more. So I’d switch to MSNBC from Hulu, then have to sit through parts of the speech I’d already heard.

Suprisingly though, there was one site I like, but admitedly I only hit it AFTER the speech.

Fox News, no, not the Hulu feed, the actual feed from the Fox News website.

Quality was ok, not brilliant, but in sync, and easily went full screen. They also offered different camera angles in the same box, so you could watch raw footage, or footage with comentary, and you could also switch to Fox Radio. Next time there’s something live like this, I know where I’m heading.

I didn’t get a a chance to hit Ustream, but I’ve heard quality wasn’t great, but it’s also a possible.

CBS was suppose to be good from reports.

9 responses to Online Inauguration Video Fail

  1. What happened to watching real TV? TEN showed CBS' great coverage and in HD. It looked fantastic

  2. I watched the whole thing on Yahoo. Good quality and no problems at all. 😉

  3. CBS == Silverlight

    Mono guys also did a Linux version for Moonlight: http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Jan-20.html (but to a different feed; but still OK)

  4. Didn't consider watching ABC TV HD?

    They had it live and no ads in 1080p….

  5. I watched it through the Hulu feed (embedded within the inquisitr) with hardly any problems (i.e. no lag, just the occasional glitch that fixed it self after a second or two). I guess the difference is that I'm using a genuine high speed Internet connection in Europe and your using a not so genuinely high speed Internet connection in Australia. 😉

  6. Development of digital technologies occurs prompt rates. Does not lag behind progress and digital TV. Speaking about digital TV, we first of all mean satellite TV. The digital satellite TV becomes more and more accessible to simple users. The market paid satellite tv also is not necessary on a place. The new digital standard of TV of high clearness HDTV actively develops and takes root. The satellite TV becomes more and more directed on the spectator. Besides digital quality of the image, advantage of satellite systems also is also the extensive cover zone of the companion.

  7. bingo! even I watched it on Yahoo without any problems whatsoever!!!

  8. Nobody wants to watch tv nowadays having the internet

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