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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:05 PM

BBC just launched it's world news channel.

I get it on channel 346 on DirectTV. Along with Free Speech TV and Al Jazeera, we have some alternatives to Fox and CNN for straight news reporting.

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Reply BBC just launched it's world news channel. (Original post)
Cleita Mar 2015 OP
shenmue Mar 2015 #1
Blue_Tires Mar 2015 #2
Cleita Mar 2015 #3
Logical Mar 2015 #8
Blue_Tires Mar 2015 #11
Cleita Mar 2015 #12
Cleita Mar 2015 #4
elleng Mar 2015 #5
Cleita Mar 2015 #6
elleng Mar 2015 #7
2banon Mar 2015 #9
Cleita Mar 2015 #10
2banon Mar 2015 #21
Diclotican Mar 2015 #13
Cleita Mar 2015 #14
appalachiablue Mar 2015 #15
KoKo Mar 2015 #18
appalachiablue Mar 2015 #19
KoKo Mar 2015 #22
KoKo Mar 2015 #16
Cleita Mar 2015 #17
ananda Mar 2015 #20

Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:10 PM

1. The BBC rules

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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:13 PM

2. It's been there for a bit...

along with CNN International...

And you've always had the option to watch it/listen online...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:17 PM

3. No it wasn't. I just got notified today and am sure I would have noticed since

it's right next to Al Jazeera and Free Speech TV, which I monitor all the time. Also not of us have enough bandwidth to do a lot of watching on line.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:25 PM

11. Really?

I have DirecTV and I noticed it a couple weeks ago...I've been watching it at least that long...

Maybe DirecTV does their updates regionally instead everybody at once?

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:30 PM

12. Maybe. I don't really know.

All I know is that I'm doing a happy dance and wanted to share.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:26 PM

4. Also, I wish I did get CNN international. I don't.

Who is your carrier?

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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:44 PM

5. GOOD! Where's Al Jazeera on DirectTV?

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Response to elleng (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:45 PM

6. Right next door on channel 347. eom

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Response to Cleita (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 01:51 PM

7. Thanks! Things to watch for next weekend,

when I'm at my DirectTV abode.

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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:02 PM

9. Just launched? PBS and NPR have been airing it for over a decade at least.

 

and I don't need to cable or satellite to watch or hear it. If direct tv is just now giving you access, that's just one more reason to cut the cord/drop their service. Imagine a ton of other broadcast news service you're not getting because direct tv refused to offer it.

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Response to 2banon (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:12 PM

10. Actually we could get it at 3 am PT in my time zone on the regular BBC TV

entertainment channel. I used to record it but the news wasn't current by the time I played it back. This channel is 24/7 in real time, like the old Ted Turner CNN was back in the day. Also my PBS and NPR don't air it. I don't know where you live, but across the country many of us are in the midst of a real media drought, where the Rush Limbaugh stations and Fox News prevail. Yet, the reason I and many who have DirectTV is because we do get more choice than the local cable outfits offer. This is an excellent addition and I hope they eventually get CNN International too.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 06:43 PM

21. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area..

 

local npr radio station is KQED and KAWL, KCMS, and there's a couple of other smaller ones - I don't do cable or sat. I just use digital tv antenna for local tv stations (including all the pbs stations) I even get English speaking German, French, Japan and other International news feeds. some vis a vis MHz World. all through my indoor tv antenna. I also use Roku for streaming other sources.

No contracts monthly bills or subscription fees. obviously, I don't have access to CNN or MSNBC nor do I want it. For years I paid exorbitant fees for cable and/or sat for 2000 channels of mostly garbage, especially wrt to "cable news". Screaming at my tv listening to these shills spewing bullshit and hype day after day, hour after hour.

For years I vowed to cut the cord, but it wasn't until economics forced it's hand in my life and finally did. When I think of all that money that I wasted supporting the very Corporations who act against my interest, it amazes me that I continued on with it as long as I did. I kept hoping MSNBC would finally meet at least half of my expectations when they hired Maddow, but then Olberman was canned and Rachael lost her edge with me, especially with her silly schtict.

So I continue to seek alternative news sources mostly on-line, and put up with PBS news hour to be briefed on what's considered of national importance, local news for local information. At this juncture I generally know what I'm not hearing about from those sources, because I've already pursued from my alternative, it's often interesting to compare how the same news item is delivered, what level of importance certain aspects of the story is given or not, and what's being omitted. ..

I really encourage folks to cut that cord. get a set of rabbit ears, roku or chrome cast, internet. It'll preserve your sanity, you'll find yourself better informed, and save a whole lot of money to boot. !






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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:42 PM

13. Cleita

Cleita

Hm - I have had BBC World service on my Cable for at least 18 years now - but then Im not in the US.. Great thatt BBC World is also in the US - as a counter to fox news and CNN.... But be adviced - what you learn is maybe not what you expect to get to know - from an american wiew...

Diclotican

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Response to Diclotican (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 02:51 PM

14. I know that. I've been watching, listening and reading them for years on and off when I could get

them. Although I find them more middle of the road conservative, at least they attempt to practice some real journalism and report on other things than the made up crisis' and lies that our corporate media feeds to us on a daily basis. I live in what has become labeled a media desert. We only get one POV, a corporate, conservative one, in our common radio and TV accesses, so I'm always looking for other media to get at the truth and I know across the country more people than less are in the same dilemma. So since DirectTV is national, it's important as a provider. I hope DishTV follows as well. I have no hope for the crappy cable companies we get.

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Response to Cleita (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 03:23 PM

15. I don't think many people are aware of the extent of US media deserts or the wide range of programs

depending on the cable or satellite service and where you live. But discussing it provides an opportunity to find out what others receive. When visiting DE, through a small cable media carrier we get a very different set of programs; sometimes interesting broadcasts of national news together with a weather channel screen insert, or 'combos' as I call it.

A relative lives 5 miles away in a major metro area, yet we receive entirely different programming from the same local PBS station because of our different carriers.~ Having a variety of news sources, especially foreign outlets is terrific, happy for you. We are with Dish where FSTV is a lifesaver, also 3 PBS channels, AJ, RT and Link at times. France 24 seems to have disappeared. 'BBC America' isn't for us but I'll check into 'BBC World News'. BBC online is great, also the Guardian. In 2003 I first saw AJ in Paris, an evening drama that was fairly decent.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 05:59 PM

18. Thanks for this post...it's so true what you say. Not equal access for Millions

of Americans. And that lack of diversity in Media allows CNN, MSNBC to rule for One Crowd and the rest thinks that FAUX NEWS tells them the Truth!

Our Media Access is a Mess across the USA.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 06:10 PM

19. It's a mess since deregulation in the 90s & Reagan's dismissing the fairness doctrine before.

Makes it weird discussing 'news' with folks, even non news programs. Fox (GOP TV), Roger Ailes and Hate Radio/Internet are huge and highly damaging yet effective propaganda unfortunately. It's incredible, hosts like rabid, fomenting carnival barkers to attract attention and it succeeds- ugh.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #19)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 07:15 PM

22. Yep..n/t

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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 05:15 PM

16. I can understand your excitement!

back attcha!

When we got our ROKU Box four years ago (and through an "Add On App" were able to get International News) it was like having my sanity restored. Seriously!

I'd gotten to the point of yelling at the TV and even MSNBC started to get me crazy. The constant commercials and the same old, same old interview style and lack of point of view and diversity except by the same old Media pundits/Talking Heads from the Think Tanks...were too much.

I can switch around now and the lack of constant commercials and more diversified reporting means I can focus and not get crazy.



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Response to KoKo (Reply #16)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 05:18 PM

17. Yes, the restoration of sanity is one of the most important IMHO.

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Response to Cleita (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2015, 06:11 PM

20. I've had it for awhile now.

I like it too.

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