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The View from Japan

January 21st, 2009

There’s no lack of coverage of the inauguration here, but not because Japanese TV is doing a great job–only NHK is paying attention right now it, aside from the obligatory CNN coverage. But streaming Internet coverage (the old Internet pipes must be at full pressure right now) is just fine. Oddly, CNN is blocking Internet video streaming outside the U.S. But other networks make up for it. AP is streaming over lesser web sites, but the major news networks have their own broadcasts on. I’m watching MSNBC; I can’t resist Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow ushering in Barack Obama, I must admit. And the picture, at full-size on my 24-inch screen, is actually pretty darn good.

Strange: NHK’s video is slightly ahead of MSNBC’s Internet stream, but CNN’s TV video is a full second or two behind MSNBC’s. Go figure.

Quick thought: whatever satellite is over the East Coast right now should be taking high-res images of DC. Are you listening, Google? Get those snapshots and let’s browse them later.

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  1. Todd
    January 21st, 2009 at 15:43 | #1

    CNN streaming video worked for me just fine (in Japan, with NTT Hikari Fiber/Plala).

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