Nine News streams live online

By David Knox on June 19, 2008 / Filed Under News 3

Channel Nine has announced it is now streaming its 6pm News bulletin online via ninemsn.

Internet users can choose between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane services.

“The Net has changed the way we live our lives and gather information,” said Nine Network Director of News and Current Affairs John Westacott. “These days, many people are still at their desks at 6pm each night. Now our audience will be able to watch the main news bulletin of the day at a time, and place, of their choosing.

“Interstate or international, business people and travellers can keep up with latest Nine News simply by clicking on our ninemsn site.”

Press Release:

Video-on-the-net leaders Ninemsn and the Nine Network have combined for another industry breakthrough – the live streaming of the flagship National Nine News bulletins at 6pm.

For the first time in Australia, the main evening TV news bulletins are being streamed live on the internet.

Ninemsn streams 10 million videos a month – twice the number of nearest rival Yahoo7 – and through its close relationship with the various Nine newsrooms is setting new standards in delivering all forms of video online.

Ninemsn Editor in Chief Max Uechtritz said video was a key component of a rapidly converging industry and that the integration of the ninemsn and Channel Nine newsrooms had kept them ahead of the industry curve.

“There has been a remarkable uptake of our unedited news vision, called 9RAW, as well as individual packaged stories on demand, while a lot of Australians also click onto our daily live streams of major news events from around Australia and the world,” said Mr Uechtritz. “This can only happen because the teams work hand-in-glove so that audiences can get their video when and where they want. Now we’ve taken it a step further by providing the day’s flagship bulletins as they happen.”

“The Net has changed the way we live our lives and gather information,” said Nine Network Director of News and Current Affairs John Westacott. “These days, many people are still at their desks at 6pm each night. Now our audience will be able to watch the main news bulletin of the day at a time, and place, of their choosing.

“Interstate or international, business people and travellers can keep up with latest Nine News simply by clicking on our ninemsn site.”

With an internet connection, people now can watch their local Nine bulletins from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane on a desktop or laptop.

There’s finger tip access whether still at the office desk, waiting at the airport, online at an internet café, or even in another room at home while the kids rule the TV remote.

A ninemsn user simply clicks on the live bulletins tag then selects a tab to get the Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne news at 6pm. Ninemsn has invested in the latest technology, through its joint partner Microsoft, to provide the best viewing experience for people regardless of the bandwidth of their connection.

3 Comments »

  1. itsross June 20, 2008 at 12:03 pm -

    Good to see them making more effort online. I was pleased to see them doing a live stream at 5pm from the opening of the new Apple Store in George Street. Unfortunately, a 3G video phone call doesn’t really hack it in the quality department, and when thousands of people are screaming behind you, the audio sounds like one big garble and you can’t hear the reporter. It doesn’t help when the reception keeps cutting in and out either.

  2. neonkitten June 20, 2008 at 2:37 am -

    They’ve already been “vodcasting” it for many months. This comes as no surprise; in fact I’m surprised they weren’t already doing it.

    Presumably they’re watching their viewership plummet for two reasons: the much wider scope and depth of coverage on free online news sites (local and international) as well as the very real fact that “evening peak” for commuters is no longer 4pm-6pm, but now more like 5pm to 9pm. A 6pm “welcome home from your day in the office” news bulletin is almost irrelevant in the age of work-till-you-drop-then-keep-working.

    I do love Westacott’s quote, by the way – “The Net has changed the way we live our lives and gather information”. Not only does it win the Stating The Bleeding Obvious That The Rest Of Us Realised Years Ago Award, it also sounds like the opening sentence of a Year Five student essay.

  3. johntv June 19, 2008 at 9:06 pm -

    this is really great… I am often still in the office at 6pm so while I have something compiling or rendering, I watch the news because by the time I get home, there is no news on!

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