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DNA09: Livestation and ‘people aggregation’

Speaking to Journalism.co.uk at the Digital News Affairs 2009 (DNA) conference, Matteo Berlucchi, CEO of Livestation, explained why building participation around live news is the next step.

A live channel next to Al Jazeera programmes on Livestation has been used by the channel’s producers to get audience questions and feed these back into the live show, said Berlucchi.

“Live TV news online isn’t perceived as a premium product. Live content is perfect for aggregating people, because we’re all watching the same thing at the same time,” he said.

Participation is where the value and potential revenue streams can lie, he added.

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Live coverage dominates media’s inauguration plans

Following up from last week’s post on CNN and NPR’s plans to get social with their coverage of Barack Obama’s inauguration as US President, the Associated Press (AP), Al Jazeera and Sky News have all announced plans to host their own online broadcast events:

AP
The agency will live stream the inauguration day events from 7am on its online video network, which is syndicated to partner newspaper and broadcaster websites, in a development of its live coverage of election night in November.

“AP Television News will provide unanchored coverage, from morning coffee at the White House, to the swearing-in ceremony, to the multi-camera shots of the inaugural parade. APTN, with access to dozens of pool cameras along with a dozen of its own, will have cameras in the crowds to capture the sounds and emotions of the millions who plan to attend,” says a release.

Al Jazeera English
The broadcaster will make the most of its recent deal with Livestation by hosting a live webchat on the platform between senior Washington editor Rob Reynolds and viewers on Thursday (Jan 15) at 9pm GMT.

Sky News
Sky News made use of plenty of multimedia and some streaming technology in its coverage of election night. On January 20 a news package ‘Obama: The Inauguration’ will be shown in high definition online and live streaming of the inauguration ceremony from 5pm GMT will also feature.

Al Jazeera Arabic joins Livestation

Livestation, the online TV provider with more than 2,500 channels, has added Al Jazeera Arabic to its line up.

The channel, which joins a host of other Arabic-language content on the service, is ‘an important addition’, Matteo Berlucchi, Livestation CEO, said in a press release.

“Recent feedback from our users confirms a strong demand for Arabic news channels. We are also looking forward to working closely with Al Jazeera Arabic to utilise our interactive tools,” he said in the release.

Phil Lawrie, director of global distribution at Al Jazeera Network, said the deal would bring Al Jazeera content to millions of broadband users.