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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

question of the day: How did you watch the inauguration coverage?

I was at screenings all day yesterday, then out to dinner, and so by the time I got home last night, around 10pm, the cable news channels were down to watching the Obamas run around visiting all the parties. Which of course I watched for hours.

And then I watched more hours of coverage from earlier in the day that I’d recorded on my DVR — I would have preferred to watch MSNBC’s coverage (to get the commentary by Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow), but MSNBC doesn’t broadcast in HD (at least not as far as my cable company is aware), so I DVRed hours of CNN’s HD coverage instead, because I thought those millions on the Mall (and everything else) would look better in HD. And I think I was probably right.

If I’d been home watching it all live, I’d have been flipping back and forth between CNN and MSNBC all day, but you can’t flip back and forth easily between two DVR recordings. So I didn’t even bothering recording the whole day’s worth of MSNBC broadcasting. Just the two hours of Olbermann’s and Maddow’s regular evening timeslots, which the DVR is programmed to record all the time anyway. So then I watched those.

And that’s why I’m getting such a late start today, because I was up till 5:30am watching the day unfold.

So: How did you watch the Inauguration coverage? Live on TV? Live on the Net (and if so, did you encounter any of the server crashes and slowdowns that seem to have interrupted the online coverage)? Later on DVR? Or not at all?

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