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State of the Union: What News Networks Are Doing with Their Bandwidth

BarackObama.jpgPresident Barack Obama will give his first State of the Union address live Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, immediately followed by the Republican response, and all of the news networks are prepping their online coverage.

ABC: ABCNews.com will live-stream its coverage from its Washington, D.C.-based team of political correspondents, using Facebook Connect to allow viewers to comment during the live presentation of the event. Terry Moran will moderate a preview of the speech in a half-hour Nightline Twittercast at 8:30 p.m., also available via ABC News NOW. And ABC News NOW’s live coverage will be anchored by Rick Klein, ABC News’ senior political reporter and author of blog The Note, and ABC News White House correspondent Yunji de Nies.

CBS: CBSNews.com will present a special two-part Webcast, with part one, prior to Obama’s speech, focusing on hot-button issues such as health-care reform, jobs and the economy, as well as expectations for the speech, and the second part, after the conclusion of CBS’ Special Report: State of the Union, featuring Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, continuing the conversation, as well as further analysis from the CBS News political team, special guests and reaction from the Web and from citizens from Elyria, Ohio, where Obama’s town-hall meeting took place last week. Interactive elements will include real-time chat via Twitter, Facebook and other social networks; poll questions based on the speech; and real-time Twitter commentary from voices on both sides of the political spectrum.

CNN: CNN.com established a dedicated page for the State of the Union address, and the speech will be streamed live on CNN.com and via the CNN App for the iPhone and iPod Touch. User-generated news community CNN iReport is encouraging iReporters to submit their own 60-second State of the Union addresses.

C-SPAN: C-SPAN.org will live-stream the State of the Union address and Republican response by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Fox News Channel: FOXNews.com will stream live coverage of the State of the Union and the Republican rebuttal, and the site will feature live blogging throughout the night.

MSNBC/NBC: The Politics page on msnbc.com will offer multimedia features, reporting and video from NBC News and MSNBC, including a live stream of the speech. The site’s embeddable video player will enable viewers to watch State of the Union addresses from past presidents, and its exclusive “State of the Union video player” will let viewers search the video by using keywords, select the portion they want to watch and embed it on their sites and blogs.

YouTube: See WebNewser post from Monday.

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