Friday, April 25, 2008

Turn Your PC into a Live News Room!

Yesterday over at Mashable they introduced me to one sweet website! I've always wanted to have as much news feeds available to me as I could in one place. The problem is that no such service or website really existed. i could always go tripping around from site to site but it was burdensome and time consuming. In other words I had better use of my time!

Well consider my needs now met and the problem solved! Enter They have over 100 feeds available to be viewed. Many of them are from US Broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, & Fox affiliates). There are also feeds from Fox News & C-SPAN. In addition there are international feeds from the BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera, NHK (Japan). There are also a tab for weather radars and cameras for the latest weather forecasts and news. Apparently this is only the tip of the iceberg at this point and they plan to add more feeds all the time.

During peak hours of the day there are hosts that are on camera and in the chat room that is also there. For example the host right now is Kat and she is telling us where the hot news feeds are. At the time of this posting the hot news item is the acquittals in the Shawn Bell murders (and the crowds gathering in New York to protest that). the 3rd Chicago feed will have pictures soon from a helicopter en route to a situation. Also on one of the Greenville, NC feeds is a Hillary Clinton rally.

I really like the layout of the site. On the left side of the page is a square with feeds in small boxes. You can get a preview of the feeds and if they are live the preview will update ever so often (still pictures). In the middle is a video box and if you click on one of the feds it will show up there. On the right side of the page is the host (at peak hours) with a chat room and it gets really interactive in there. Every so often someone in the studio (the host is from the Fox affiliate in Chicago) might come by and say hello.

This is one of the coolest and most awesome sites I have found in a long time. You should check it out. When major news breaks This is exactly where I will turn. It will also be neat to check this out during peak times of severe weather. The other time I can't wait to use this site is on New Year's Eve to check out celebrations all over the world. I am sure that this site will really be hopping by that time.

Go check it out!!

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