Some Online TV Links

I’m going to be teaching English as a second language for about 3 weeks. As part of that, I decided to pick up a bit of Portuguese (they are from Brazil). Along the way, I found some interesting links to online TV sources. Several will be in Portuguese, but several others are in a variety of languages and many are in English. Putting a link here is not any particular endorsement, it’s just a handy place to put them while I wander through them. I have looked at a few of them (so some trash has been filtered out) but not for long enough to really judge most of them.

So here, in no particular order, is a small basket of links. Feel free to add any favorites of yours in comments. This listing will likely grow a bit in the next few days as I continue looking around. If any of these put up anything obnoxious or does anything bad, let me know so I can flag it or remove it.

Aggregations and Misc.

News from many places in many languages:

The parent link with a whole lot of other channels and topics:

European News with a language selector in the upper corner:

Another ‘aggregator’ that led to some interesting links:

A French channel:

Where I’m getting Al Jazeera these days:

They would not let me watch the regular feed as I’m in America and that makes me somehow ‘special’… sigh…

And since The Dish has dropped Fox News (probably to return after tribute is negotiated…)

with video here (though it wanted me to sign in with some credentials to watch – so I can, if I already have it on DirecTV or cable, which I did via the DirecTV account in California that I’ve not cancelled…):

Also found a decent feed for CBS news (who at least don’t give you the same commercial 10 times in a row like some, or make you click something every 2 minutes to get to the next story, but it did start to repeat after 20 minutes? or so..)

Religious Channels

There seem to be a lot of free religious channels. I found a couple doing online mass as the spouse was sick one day and could not make it.

And a generalized Catholic News Network…

(While the spouse has converted to Catholic, I’m not. I’m not sure what I am at the moment ;-) I was raised mostly Southern Baptist, but with occasional forays into Methodist, Episcopalian, Lutheran, and some visits to Mormon (yes, I’ve read lots of their book…) and Presbyterian and more. Even went to a couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings. It can be fun to see how other folks do things. I’m an ordained minister of the Universal Live Church, but don’t take myself too seriously…)

United Christian Broadcasters live in the UK (whoever they are…)

And Revelation TV, again, whoever they are…

Don’t know who Pastor Chris is either, but he has a TV channel…


An aggregation of links in Portuguese, so could go in either list I suppose:

TV Brasil:

Direct from Portugal:

That Euronews site from above with Portuguese already selected:

Seems to be a legal oriented channel:

A Brazilian newspaper in / for the USA, so not technically a video / TV thing:

Similarly, the BBC in Portuguese:

what a web search pops up:

In Conclusion

I’m sure there are thousands more channels. This is just some that I turned up in a semi-directed search or two recently. Why do this?

There were three drivers. Well, four if you count finding that the HP Chromebox does a fine job driving the TV and me wanting to play with it ;-)

The spouse needing a mass to meet her obligations (why one would join a church that gives you guilt and obligations is beyond me… but a lot of folks do it ;-)

Then The Dish keeps screwing around with what channels I can get (and since it is included in my rent, I can’t really say no…); so I’ve broadened my online choices with the DirecTV login to home, some online free news, and Netfix that makes the special channels kind of silly on other services… like, oh, Dish and DirecTV…)

And finally that dive into minimal Portuguese. Between French and Spanish I can more or less read it; but the verbal form is hard for me to track – they use some odd sounds and I need to get the mapping and cadence down. Technically I don’t need too, as it is English Immersion… but I want to make them think they can’t talk in Portuguese in secret ;-)

But other drivers may come along too, and frankly, sometimes it’s just fun, like the time I found Irish news online…

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15 Responses to Some Online TV Links

  1. pboucher1 says:

    Well, since you’re inviting video links, here is one for lesea’s WHT which has a lot of religious programming. (This is also DirectTV’s WHT 367.) I certainly make no endorsement of the channel as a whole. However, tonight, 27th of December (like most Saturdays) at 9pm eastern, we are scheduled to air another of our non-religious “religious” (unless you consider studying the Bible “religious” :) ) programs that generally focuses on why are there so many “religions”, and how to rightly divide the word of truth. Tonight’s airing should be a program named, “Choosing To Be Chosen”
    The program is called “Forgotten Truths”, supposedly not serendipitously named after Sir Robert Anderson’s book of the same name. The First Page on Amazon begins to explain pretty quickly where the “Right Division” needs to be taken.
    Video tonight:
    Forgotten Truths book:
    Wiki Sir Robert Anderson:
    Forgotten Truths TV Program:

  2. philjourdan says:

    My mother is doing that down there (in Fla). I have not asked her what the first language is of her students, but from her narratives, it sounds like they are from all over, but primarily Spanish speaking.

    If you had told me this 2 weeks ago, I could have gotten you in touch with my Boss as he is a Mormon who did his missionary work in Brazil. His Portuguese is still pretty good (he resigned 2 weeks ago to take a much better position elsewhere).

  3. Power Grab says:

    Some of my buds have spent some time learning Portuguese. They have gone to Brazil a few times. Sometimes they pop off a phrase or two in Portuguese. They got most of their instruction online from a friend down there.

  4. Sandy McClintock says:

    Here is a link to Australia news seems to prevent Somali news from being delivered outside Australia – sorry ;)

  5. LG says:

    The Mini Ice Age Youtube Channel.
    Latest video: Animal migration patterns: Early indicator of a cycle change ?

    The channel:

  6. Gail Combs says:

    A bit of “Dig Here” and we find something quite interesting.
    We already know that the sun varies in the EUV, UV and visible wavelengths more than it does in Total Solar Insolation. Studies on broodmare stock for racing horses has found that a exposure to a specific wavelength of blue light for a certain number of hours a day is needed to kick a broodmare into estrus. A mare’s cycle stops during the fall and winter months and starts again in the spring. This produces foals around April/May. Since a race horse is ‘officially’ two years on January first, breeding early for a January foaling date is very advantageous. Horses do not actually quit growing until they are seven years of age so every month counts as more growth/strength for the racing two year old.

    Why am I mentioning this? Because I notice a few years ago during the deep solar minimum ~2008 my Shetland ponies didn’t finish shedding their winter coats until June and were already shedding the summer coats and growing their new winter coat by July first. Now that we are in the ‘maximum’ of cycle 24 The shedding is done by May and the coats are coming in at the end of August. The animals are on pasture 24/7/365 unless we have freezing rain. I am at lat 35.6° N in mid North Carolina, not exactly in the Arctic so I should not be seeing winter coat growth in July.

    Is the growth of an animals winter coat more dependent on a particular wavelength of light in the visible and above and therefore ‘flexes’ with the output of the sun and not the temperature? Certainly would be a real useful adaptation for animals surviving glacials and interglacials.

    Here is the graph showing“… the fractional 11-year solar cycle variability as a function of wavelength over much of SIM’s measurement band pass. The y-axis of the graph is logarithmic between 104 and 100, and linear below that value. For most wavelengths, the light intensity increases at solar max, but in the infrared, especially in the neighborhood of the 1.6 µm H- opacity region, the variability is very small and is out of phase with the solar cycle. The graph also shows the spectral regions of importance to the Earth climate system. Solar variability in the 174 to 300 nm spectral region is critical to both the dynamics and chemistry of ozone in the middle atmosphere (L. L. Hood, 1999). However, visible and infrared radiation penetrates deeper into the Earth’s atmosphere and therefore contributes an important component to solar forcing of climate.” Interesting that the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Colorado make it sound like we do not get any UV/EUV because of ozone… So why dark skin in the tropics?

    blue light has a wavelength of about 475 nm ( 450–495 nm) so it is in the window of relatively large variation while still having a decent solar flux (photons per unit area per unit time)

    The prevailing wisdom is it is the number of hours of daylight per day that is the trigger. But that is not what I have seen in the Shetlands. Perhaps it is a combination of hours per day of the correct wavelength with a threshold amount per hour.

    So let’s see what a few hours of “Dig Here” turns up.

    A puff piece: White for Winter Seasonal Camouflage Handy in Alaska

    The Diagnostic Potential of Equine Hair‎

    Effect of climatic variables. Through the effect on melatonin and prolactin production, day length clearly affects pelage growth in mammals including horses, although no direct effect on equine mane and tail growth has been demonstrated. The effects of other climatic variables such as temperature, intensity of solar radiation, and relative humidity have not been extensively studied. Cold-housed young (7-month-old) Standardbred horses produced 1.4 to 2 times more coat hair than warm-housed horses of the same age and breed (Cymbaluk, 1990)….

    Melatonin. The effect of melatonin on mammalian pelage change is well-known. Light receptors in the eye ultimately relay changes in daylight length to the pineal gland, which synthesizes melatonin. As daylight decreases, melatonin synthesis increases and vice versa (Bergfelt, 2000).

    …Seasonal increases in circulating prolactin levels have been shown to be statistically related to shedding of the winter coat in male ponies (Argo et al., 2001)….

    Thyroxine. Hair growth also appears to be influenced by systemic thyroxine levels. Increased thyroxine levels have been shown to stimulate hair growth in both humans (Parker, 1981) and dogs (Gunaratnam, 1986). Thyroxine deficiency has also been shown to be a common feature in diffuse alopecia (Ebling, 1981). There have been no extensive studies to investigate the effect of thyroxine levels on hair growth in horses; however, coarser coat hair growth occurs in thyroidectomized mares (Lowe et al., 1987)…..

    melatonin as E.M. mentioned in the last article plays an active role in protection against UV, solar radiation.

    Prolactin is a multi functional hormone produced in the pituitary gland and plays a major role in thermoregulation. SEE: The Role of Prolactin in Thermoregulation and Water Balance During Heat Stress in Domestic Ruminants

    Thyroxine, produced by the thyroid is also part of the hair growth regulation system. “..The production and secretion of thyroxin are controlled by another hormone, thyrotropin, or TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) which is synthesized by and released from the pituitary gland…”
    As far as I can tell no one has looked at the actual wavelength involved as they did with the estrus cycle. The blue light is also need for at least 90 days prior to the expected foaling date to prevent prolonged gestations and a tendency for low birth weights. (Natures way of insuring the foal and mare the best possible chance.)

    So lets go back and dig into the story I recall about broodmares and blue light.
    Mobile blue light therapy is as effective as stable lighting at advancing seasonal reproductive activity in mares

    Artificial lighting is commonly used to advance the breeding season in horses. Recently, we developed light masks that direct low intensity (50 Lux) short wavelength light at a single eye to inhibit the production of melatonin, the decoder of photoperiod for seasonally breeding animals. In this study we investigate whether low intensity blue light (468 nm) from head-worn light masks was effective in advancing the breeding season in mares maintained outdoors under pasture conditions. Fifty nine non-pregnant, healthy Thoroughbred mares were maintained on a farm in Kentucky, USA at longitude W-84.4 and latitude N 38.1.

    And there she is. Blue light is the trigger and blue light varies with the solar cycle. During the deep minimum in 2008 measurements by several NASA spacecraft show that the sun’s brightness has dropped by 0.02% at visible wavelengths and 6% at extreme UV wavelengths compared to the solar minimum of 1996. link

    Another interesting study:

    Effects of Solar Radiation on Animal Thermoregulation

  7. Gail Combs says:

    E.M. WordPress tossed me into moderation.

    OH, and I have a link you would like:


    That is about as close as you can get to primitive Ice Age herding today. – Amazing animals.

  8. Tom Bakwell says:

    A book on pronunciation for actors showing the correct tongue, lips etc. positions to correctly make some of our awkward English sounds might be helpful. Alas, I do not have a title to offer you. I have done something similar in getting a young Latina to the point where she could read an article out loud from the WSJ and was perfectly understandable. She was in finance/banking and wanted to be more marketable as a bilingual.

  9. Baa Humbug says:

    Hi E.M, just popped in to say happy new year. Sorry I missed wishing you a merry christmas.
    Thank you for the many interesting and informative posts.

  10. Here’s some practical work for your ESL students to translate to English.

  11. Graeme No.3 says:

    Happy New Year to you and thanks for some very interesting subjects.
    And a Happy New Year to all your readers.

  12. Paul Hanlon says:

    I’d just like to reiterate what Baa Humbug said and apologise for not sending you New Year good wishes. So a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and spouse, and thank you for the wonderful posts.

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, the new year’s parties are over, and the demands of Christmas are past. I’m now (more or less) ready to ‘catch up’ some things… so I’m going to start with catching up on comments here (and I’ve freed a few things from Moderation Jail too ;-) See up-thread for a note with ‘too many links’ that got caught… I think I have the limit set to 7 or 8… up from the default 3 that’s just way too few…)


    More the merrier. I find most religious links to be interesting in one way or another. Either as the type of thing I do, or as window into ‘what others do’. Often there is non-religious info of merit in them too. ( I actually find more insight into global political things from The 700 Club than from CNN – unless a war broke out somewhere…)


    In theory it is “English Immersion” and I’m not supposed to let anyone speak Portuguese… so my interest is only in being able to imply I know what they are saying when the break the rules ;-) And maybe get a little clue about what they are saying… So “no worries”.


    I’ve found a few decent Youtube tutorials and some others. More than enough to say something like “I don’t speak Portuguese” in Portuguese ;-) I’ve also started to lock on to the Spanish to Portuguese mapping so that helps.


    Nice! I have a fondness for Australian news…


    Hmmm…. Interesting idea, a “youtube channel”… I tend to think of YouTube as a monolithic thing with a search engine, but they do collect things together into ‘channels’… so it fits.


    Yes, moderation is the fate for things with “too many links” where the default is 3 for WordPress, but I’ve upped it to 7 or 8 IIRC. It catches a certain type of SPAM that’s worth it…

    Interesting stuff… Add in that blue light changes your sleep patterns ( see my article on LED lights and insomnia) and we start to get a connection to not just “winter SAD”, but perhaps also some hibernation effects too. (I’m more active in summer…)

    The blue effect also explains my observation that HW engineers were morning people while SW guys were more likely night people… staring at blue monitors kept the SW guys awake into the night… and now we see it might do different things too…

    This could also explain various ‘folk wisdom’ bought things like woolly caterpillars… Hmmm…

    @Tom Bakwell:

    I’d not call the English sounds “awkward”, just “interesting” ;-)

    Especially the “th” sounds (yes, plural) and some of the diphthongs that other languages don’t do… (Think Cockney saying “Ow Naow Gov…”

    I’ve had a Linguistics class (many years ago) so can likely explain the tongue / teeth aspirant / resonant / sibilant process… but don’t know if I can get it across in English to non-speakers…

    @Bah Humbug, Graeme No.3, and Paul Hanlon:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Years to all! (even if belated). I tend to avoid getting too wrapped up in that well wishing process figuring folks are already running around too much as it is ;-) But thanks!


    Nice link. And I can read a fair amount of it (via the Spanish similarities)…

  14. cdquarles says:

    If you’re into linguistics and like philology (I have a bit of that bug :), too), you might like JRR Tolkien, Professor of Old English and a member of the Oxford English Dictionary staff in the 1920s, if I’m remembering correctly. There’s a treasure trove of stuff in his letters and lesser known works, some of which his son Christopher has published. Much of the originals are held by Marquette University.

  15. E.M.Smith says:


    Tolkien was a prof of Olde English, eh? That explains a lot ;-) Always like the Oxford Dictionary too … Nice pointer…


    Finally got around to reading the link on Yak. Very interesting stuff. (Not likely I’ll take up Yak herding in Florida, though ;-)

    Where else but here can we range from the recent performance of RUT vs SPY, to news in Portuguese, to Yak Herding Made Simple ;-)


    Well, I’m done with teaching English for now. It was a good experience for all, IMHO, but now I’ll have more time to explore other interests…

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