Watch Streaming Live TV News Online with Livestation

livestation   Watch Streaming Live TV News Online with LivestationWhen desktop apps become web apps, the result is usually happiness. That’s how I feel about Livestation, an online TV service we last reviewed in 2008. The site’s made huge strides since then, of course, offering streaming news stations from within your browser as well as expanding its players to many platforms. Whether you own an iPhone, a Blackberry, a Playstation 3 or even a Boxee box you can get live streaming news with this app.

In my recent article about websites where you can watch news online I mentioned that Al Jazeera offered 24 hour a day streaming news. It makes sense, then, that Al Jazeera is offered at Livestation, but what I wasn’t prepared for were the other stations offered here. Let’s take a look around!

Web Interface

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Head over to Livestation’s web site and you can start watching streaming news immediately. This is a huge improvement over the previous model, which required users to sign in before they could do so.

On the web you’ll have access only to Livestation’s partner stations. These include:

  • Al Jazeera, English and Arabic
  • BBC World Service (Radio Only)
  • BBC Persian
  • France24 (French, English and Arabic)
  • NasaTV (live feeds from space missions!)
  • UN TV

There’s more, of course; check out the full list of official stations here and start watching immediately. The formal partnerships Livestation has with these stations ensures they will be online 24/7 (or when available for stations like NASA that only broadcast during events.) Overall, Livestation’s web interface is a great way to quickly find a news broadcast to watch.

Desktop Client

But of course Livestation is more than a website. There’s a very nice desktop client available. It works for Windows, Mac and Linux computers, and has improved a lot since 2008. For example, the service now offers picture-in-picture:

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Another cool feature is the “carousal,” a slick interface that makes for quick browsing of your channels:

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The desktop also gives you access to the many user-generated stations Livestation offers. These streams are similar to services such as UStream (check out this article for more information on starting your own broadcast with UStream.) Because these streams are unofficial, and frequently pirated, they tend to go down a lot. Still, it’s nice to have access to more content and these streams certainly deliver that.

Another new feature is the ability to pay for premium channels, including CNN International and Bloomberg. This is probably useless if you have cable, but could prove interesting for those who only want to pay for stations they actually watch.

Other Clients

If the web and your desktop just aren’t enough don’t worry: Livestation offers many ways to access it’s content, including:

Naturally the site keeps adding new services, so check frequently to see what’s being added.

Conclusion

I don’t have cable TV, so to me this is a wonderful addition to my web TV lineup. What I really love is the sheer diversity of ways to access the content, and the international nature of the content.

Can you find a use for a program like this? Do you like the changes Livestation’s made since our most recent review? As always comments make me happy, so do your part and say something!

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Kohan

There is already Zattoo.com with an even wider selection of channels with the only downside being that it is only available for a few selected European countries, but other than that it beats livestation hands down.

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Kohan

There is already Zattoo.com with an even wider selection of channels with the only downside being that it is only available for a few selected European countries, but other than that it beats livestation hands down.

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webguybill

Hugely disappointed with Livestation. The only channel that played reliably was al Jazeera. Most wouldn’t even load at all. Those that did load suffered frequent and annoying dropouts. Worse, when I first installed it, a preview of the premium, paid version of al Jazeera kept playing and playing, with no way to stop it or delete it from “my favorite channels.” The desktop application hijacked the volume control on my computer. And there is no “uninstall” option. Total waste of my afternoon. Don’t bother.

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Aibek

What OS do you have? i have been using Livestation for a while and have never experienced the issues you have mentioned.

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jhpot

Nobody likes this one? Oh well; I’ll keep enjoying it on Boxee.

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Jacksion Reo

Online live News is like everyone, it is a quickest way to know everything from any where. I always keep in touch with Star News Live from http://www.watchlivechannels.com/star-news/ and being able to know all recent events. It is a very great channel.

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Jacksion Reo

Online live News is like everyone, it is a quickest way to know everything from any where. I always keep in touch with Star News Live from http://www.watchlivechannels.c… and being able to know all recent events. It is a very great channel.