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Streaming sights and sounds

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First Published: Tue, Feb 02 2010. 09 50 PM IST

Keep in touch: You can access both live news and recorded clips
Keep in touch: You can access both live news and recorded clips
Updated: Tue, Feb 02 2010. 09 50 PM IST
You still have time to catch the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Youtube.com. Till then, if you’re a serious TV-holic and can’t do without your daily fix of cricketing action, live breaking news, saas-bahu serials or Sex in the City reruns, read on. Think out of the box, the idiot box that is, and hook on to your PC or laptop to watch TV, anywhere, anytime. And you don’t need any add-on hardware hook-up for this either. Of course, for some sites you may need to install a program. But many others are free, and you don’t even need to register. All you need is a good broadband connection to stay in sync with these channels. NDTV’s there, so is the Star bouquet, CNBC, IBN and some regional TV channels. There are music and Bollywood movie channels too there. What’s more, you can even save the content on your PC.
A pick of the best sites you could check out.
Keep in touch: You can access both live news and recorded clips
News and events
• Log on to http://is.gd/6YwdT to watch NDTV 24x7, NDTV India and NDTV Profit live. The streaming works perfectly most of the time, with an occasional drop in sound and picture. The image quality too is tolerable. However, a mishmash of ads placed all over is distracting and makes the page appear a tad random. As with several other streaming video websites, aesthetically this page also seems to have been designed by a Web programmer rather than a Web designer. Apart from the live feed from the three NDTV news channels, you also have access to recordings of vital news clips of previous news stories presented chronologically with the latest clips on top.
• The video microsite of the world’s largest international multimedia news agency, Reuters (www.reuters.com/news/video), is not about live TV. Instead, it features clips of major global news developments covering top news, politics, entertainment, business, technology, lifestyle, environment and trivia for free. Excellent audio-video quality, almost instant start-up, virtually glitch free, quick-loading and clutter-free pages make this one of the most viewable video-streaming sites around for current affairs buffs. On the downside, it is not updated as frequently as you would want a news-related website to be. However, to catch up on breaking news you can always jump to the regular (non-video) Reuters website in a single click.
Sports
• No, you needn’t wait for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to launch (or rather relaunch) its www.bcci.tv site to get your fill of cricket.
• You can follow the game from across the world live on www.action8cricket.com. Remember, you need to register here. The process is simple, involving just your name and email. You can pick as many teams as you want. A fairly detailed schedule of upcoming matches globally is published chronologically on the home page so you can be aware of all forthcoming action. Another good alternative is www.cricketlivestreaming.com
• To catch up on golf, the Internet window of the Golf Channel is where you head, (www.thegolfchannel.com/golf-videos). Video clips on this green include news, tutorials and information on shows. You can also pick up tips about golfing equipment here.
• For streaming features on life in the fast lane with cars, trucks and motorcycles, vroom off to SpeedTV (www.speedtv.com).
If you are a football fan, get ready to watch World Cup 2010 at?Eurorivals.net (http://is.gd/6YJzm). But you’ll need to shell out some moolah to get access.
Entertainment
• TV Channels Free (www.tvchannelsfree.com) is a treasure-trove of video-streaming resources, with around 3,500 TV channels from around 60 countries. To find an entertainment channel of your choice, you type in the channel you want and with a little luck, you ought to find it here. Apart from channels from Doordarshan, Star and 9X, it encompasses regional channels such as Zee Telugu and Punjabi. For more desi entertainment TV such as Star Plus and Zee TV, as well as Urdu channels, you can also log on to http://is.gd/6YM56. The site is very badly designed, but it works and does the job.
• Hulu (www.hulu.com) streams some wonderful ad-supported videos of both television shows and movies from NBC-Universal, Fox and a handful of their subsidiaries, with shows such as The Simpsons, The Office and Battlestar Galactica. Unfortunately, Hulu is a US-only service. To view video content off Hulu, you need to install a program called Hotspot Shield (http://is.gd/6Y9Ty). This allows you to view US-restricted content (without censorship as well as bypass firewalls) by hiding your IP and connecting you to the Internet via the Hotspot Shield virtual private network. Mind your bandwidth capabilities with this one, though.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 02 2010. 09 50 PM IST