Watching the Inauguration online

While I’ll be braving the frigid weather at the Washington Mall for Obama’s presidential inauguration ceremony, many of you will be watching it in a warm room on the TV.   But…. what if you aren’t near a TV at the time?

Here’s a good list of websites to watch the inauguration live online:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=812

As for subtitles or captioning of the live video streams, you may have to jump from one link to the next until you find one that offers this feature since none of the links make any mention of live captioning online.  I bet the all of the network infrastructure guys behind the any of the live video streams are still blockheads and haven’t given this feature more than a passing thought.  It’s 2009, for god’s sake, guys!  We’re merely talking about overlaying short time-coded text characters on the video stream.  It’s already being done on TV (just turn on CC1 on your TV)… time to bring it over to the web!

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  • mm

    Watch the British coverage captions are the rule here !

  • Rosaline

    The first site on the list of websites says:

    “To get it from the horse’s mouth, head to the website of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which is in charge of all the inaugural activities at the Capitol. They’re streaming the whole shebang on their site with closed captioning.”

    Website address is http://inaugural.senate.gov/. See the “CC” symbol on the bottom of that page.

  • great… I checked that same site earlier and the CC logo wasn't there.

  • That's great – hopefully they won't go down from traffic. Probably not since every news site will try to have it broadcast and people who aren't searching specifically for captions won't think of the senate site.

  • That's great – hopefully they won't go down from traffic. Probably not since every news site will try to have it broadcast and people who aren't searching specifically for captions won't think of the senate site.