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Live Streaming News and The Role Of Broadcast TV In The Aftermath of The 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

March 11, 2011

Doc Searls of Harvard Law School comments on the  role of Broadcast TVs coverage of the 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami.

I just looked at ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, CBC and BBC online, and all have recorded reports. None have live coverage on the Net. They are, after all, TV networks; and all TV networks are prevented from broadcasting live on the Net, either by commercial arrangements with cable and satellite TV distributors, or by laws that exclude viewing from IP addresses outside of national boundaries.

Television has become almost entirely an entertainment system, rather than a news one. Yes, news matters to TV networks, but it’s gravy. Mostly they’re entertainment businesses that also do news. This is even true (though to a lesser degree) for CNN.

The blog post continues to plug a new service aimed at combining the internet with Television stations in order to get information in one place (the internet) as the population moves there as a primary source of information. Very informative indeed.

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From → Asia, Media, News

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