Thursday, July 05, 2007

Chatting during the news

I know that I am biased, but I do not usually get excited about things going on with television, but this is cool. Over the past few weeks, NBC11 has been doing a live chat during the 5 p.m. news. Jessica Aguirre recently moved to the station and has shaken up the newscast, but the chat is definitely the coolest new thing they are doing. All you have to do is log on to the home page and click on the red bar at the top of the page. Then enter a screen name and you are good to go. On the left side of the screen is a box with the video stream (about 30 seconds behind real time), and on the right is the chat box.

In addition to other people watching the news, you can chat with some of the reporters and producers. It is neat to chat with others about what is going on and talk with people from NBC about the newscast. Right now the chat is still an experiment, but log on and check it out. Hopefully they will soon expand it to the other newscasts as well.


Andrew Venegas said...

that's a pretty neat idea. I haven't seen many ads for it though.

Kyle Hansen said...

They are still testing it out. It is mentioned at the beginning and during the newscast, but I don't think they will advertise it heavily until it is proven and expanded.

Kyle Hansen said...

Update: The Chronicle did a front page story on the chat:
Here's my post about it.