Where to Watch the State of the Union Online

by Avinash Saxena

The State of the Union will be streaming online in several locations; here’s a quick rundown of URLs to tune into to hear and see U.S.President Barack Obama‘s speech tomorrow.

Here are some details you’ll need to know: The address will begin Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific Time. The speech, which is entitled “Winning the Future,” should last for about one hour. The President will be addressing a joint session of Congress from the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol.

The address will air on television as well as online, of course; but online viewing might give you a more interesting and informative experience than TV viewing alone.

For example, there’s the White House’s official portal, which delivers a unique and media-rich experience. With WhiteHouse.gov’s official “enhanced viewing experience,” you’ll be able to see data displayed on charts and graphs as the President speaks.

Also, the White House will offer special online events in the hours and days following the address to answer questions and address important issues raised. Interested parties can submit questions via Twitter,Facebookor a web form.

For those who favor commentary, PBS’s NewsHour is hosting an Annotated State of the Union in partnership with UStream (here’s an example from 2010). This interactive feature will bring “analysis during and after the president’s address by NewsHour correspondents and experts on a variety of topics.” NewsHour’s UStream video will also be embeddable.

If you prefer a more cut-and-dry look at the speech, you can check out Hulu’s embeddable live stream. You can also check it out on C-SPAN, which will also offer enhanced coverage via its Twitter account.

Will you be watching President Obama’s speech tomorrow? If so, will you be tuning in online, on a TV or on the radio? Let us know in the comments.


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