I’m going to add these to the TV Tab up top, but just thought I’d put a few notes here about them so folks would know what I’ve found lately.
First off, PBS Public Broadcasting Service. Their site asks you to confirm their guess as to your ‘local station’. I think since it depends on nagging folks for ‘donations’ and needs to know who PBS ought to share with at the station level. For me, I live in an area where my satellite feed has at least 4 “local” PBS affiliates AND I can get PBS directly (IFF I pay extra…) At any rate, it also lets you enter a zip code to search for your ‘local’ station, so you can pick anyone anywhere if you like. I let it default to the San Francisco giant one for now (since I’m not donating anything at the moment it doesn’t really matter, but they do show you that station’s schedule). I may swap it to a Florida station later when I’m on the other coast (or, heck, pick some place in Alaska and give them a few nickles ;-) As I use several browsers on several systems, I’ll likely choose a different “local station” for each one.
In addition to news programs, they seem to have many other shows up. The Nightly News was from one day before… so they were talking about the ‘coming’ Presidential Debate… Unclear on the concept of “news” and confusing it with “history” it would seem… Still, lets you pick up the Overly Constrained Polite Left POV.
When you chose the “video” tab up top, you go to this page:
Which presently has a scrolling banner of photos of the shows available at the top, with left and right arrows at each edge to rotate it faster… Scrolling down the page gives a Netflix like roster of dozens of shows to watch. It looks like just individual recent episodes, not whole series like Netflix. At the moment I’m watching this short about “Is an Ice Age coming?”
I’m putting this link in partly just to see how long individual shows stay available… so I’ll check the link from time to time. It seems to be doing an OK job of explaining Ice Ages and things like obliquity and sediment cores. At the end, it does put in the obligatory genuflect to Global Warming…
Also up is DW Deutsche Welle. It had occasional pauses in the feed earlier on the tablet, but is now smooth on the ChromeBox, but that might just be my particular network behaviour or time of day. For them, you get to ‘click around’ to find the live feed and hope it is something you want. They also let you do the hunt and peck through recorded things. OK, first off, you click on the “TV” tab up top (that is faded out as you land on a different tab by default). That gives this odd looking URL at the moment. Now my normal behaviour when given odd looking formula URLs is to try shortening them to see if it still works (i.e. is the number tagging me). This one didn’t work, so we’ll see if it changed over time:
There’s a language selector at the top where you can choose German, English, Spanish, or a squiggle that I think says Arabic in Arabic… This page also has that sideways scrolling banner approach to show selection and auto-changes the displayed picture, so may be ‘chatty’ if left open in a browser. Scrolling down also gives many more shows than just news that you can choose to watch.
I’ve also found that I really like France24 English news. They cover a lot of real news from Europe not to be found on US news outlets. Things like a police ‘demonstration’ while in uniform in a few cities to protest a group of malcontents who firebombed a police car and burned a couple of officers very badly. Causing a bit of a stir as it is not allowed to ‘protest’ in uniform, yet they did. I’ll be putting up some stories based on news I saw there. (Such as one about Egypt destabilizing again on inflation and food issues…)
DW News is a bit harder to work out. It isn’t just “click and let run” in quite the same way as France24 (where you just hit the ‘news’ tab and play it). I found a ‘story’ headed ‘news’ and clicked it and got this long URL:
Which does seem to give a nice big panel of news stories I can pick through. Yet what I really want is not an ongoing ‘click relationship’ with my tablet. When doing things like canning soup in the kitchen, a ‘click’ requires stopping work, washing and DRYING hands (water drops seem to confuse the capacitive touch surface) fooling around with the tablet, then going back to work… What I really want is the “Value Added” by the Editor and Director. A “turn it on and let it run” news program for an hour to occupy the mind while the hands are dirty in the food prep or dishes… Maybe I’ll find it yet… There is a “Live TV” heading on the left of that page that claims to be live TV:
Yet when you click that, you get to right-click to make Flash or some such run, and THEN click the ‘watch live TV’ statement in the lower right to make it actually go… it seems to be live “news” though, even though several segments are “happy talk” (like one about some food making machine for the kitchen) or sports-soap-opera about who likes / doesn’t like / is pissed at whom in soccer… Oh, and it seems to be repeating in a loop the same stories I saw a couple of hours ago, so maybe “canned show live on tape”?…
In any case, I’ve now got a very good selection of online news programs to watch, from all around the globe, though the things you need to click are a bit variable per site, and not all browsers and systems work with all sites.
Oh, and Sky News has again decided they don’t like my country. Seems they have flaky geolocation blocking, as my IP and location have not changed and we’ve oscillated a couple of times now. Oh Well! VPN when you must, or just watch France24 instead ;-)