Not that you're likely to have any trouble locating a broadcast channel on which to watch President Obama's State of the Union address tonight, but should you decide to go a little more high tech, you'll have nearly as many options to watch it stream online.
The speech, which is set to start at 9 p.m. EST, will be live streamed on www.whitehouse.gov/live, and can also bee streamed through the White House iPhone application (available free on the iTunes App Store). You can also watch it on Facebook at apps.facebook.com/whitehouselive, which is the officials White House channel for the social networking site. Both CNN and C-SPAN will have live streaming coverage (live.cnn.com and www.c-spanvideo.org/program/id/218508) and of course YouTube and Hulu will have coverage as well. YouTube will start its programming at 8 p.m. on its Citizentube channel (www.youtube.com/citizentube#p/c/5D6163EE3E51CB06), including streamed suggestions from viewers. The White House has said that user questions will be answered next week by President Obama. If you want to embed the speech on your site, check out Hulu (www.hulu.com), which will allow you to use its embed code to do just that. Ustream and MSNBC.com also are carrying the speech (www.ustream.tv/cbsnews and www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032553/).
Last year, Obama's inauguration ceremony set records for streaming, with CNN.com along reporting more than 21.3 million online video streams over the course of nine hours, reaching 1.3 million simultaneous streams. Akamai reported it recorded some 7 million streams at once during the president's inaugural address. Additionally, Facebook said it recorded some 600,000 comments during the address, and MSNBC.com and FoxNews.com said they saw 14 million and 5 million streams respectively.
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