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..)
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:
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:
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…