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Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
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Nov. 4, 2008, 8:38 p.m.

Election video, straight into the vein

Amid all the innovation on news sites tonight, there are a wealth of live video streams from which to choose. So many, in fact, that you might as well ditch your television and load up all the major networks on your computer. The video quality isn’t as good, but the experience is better. We tried to create the ultimate Election Night viewing screen to demonstrate how the line between TV and the Internet has evaporated. (The videos were far less grainy than they appear in our recording.) It’s not for the faint of heart.

Videos on our screen, from left to right and top to bottom: MSNBC’s live simulcast, ABC News’ live simulcast, The Washington Post’s live feed of polling places,’s live video (occasionally switching to a simulcast of what’s on television), Twitter’s election stream, CBS News’ live simulcast, Talking Points Memo’s Qik channel (loading very slowly or not at all right now), TPM’s live election map (in partnership with Google), The Washington Post and Newsweek’s live election coverage with reporters in studio, C-SPAN’s live camera at McCain headquarters in Phoenix, C-SPAN’s live camera at Obama headquarters in Chicago.

POSTED     Nov. 4, 2008, 8:38 p.m.
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