Video Puts You in Charge of the Newsroom
Review of the MSN Video Service
haven't heard much about MSN's video service, I certainly hadn't.
In fact, I don' even remember how I ran across it since I traditionally
have hated MSN's site. However, I found something there that I like
very muchMSN Video.
is simple and one I've been preaching for since the early days of
broadband. Since most TV news channels are just clearinghouses for
random news stories, why not just let us pick which stories we want
Similar to the
way Tivo and PVRs have revolutionized the way we watch entertainment
TV, MSN Video may revolutionize News Channels. The main difference
being that so far it's only available on your PC.
The MSN Video
page (Fig.1) is pretty clean and embraces the "clip" concept.
At the top of the page is the viewing window, along with some advertising.
On the lower left is a list of news categories. The center of the
page contains a grid of video thumbnails. Finally on the right is
the video queue, where the videos to be played are lines up.
That's it. Pretty
simple. Making it even simpler is the drag and drop nature of the
page. All you need to do is drag a video thumbnail into the queue
on the right and it's added to your playlist. Roll over the first
video in the queue (Fig.2), select "Play," and the videos
will begin playing one after another.
The video quality
is very clear, similar to ESPNMotion and the sound stays synched
well, unlike other video streams I've seen.
The video selection
is relatively deep with current events and offers several categories
(e.g. Sports, Home, Entertainment, etc.)
Video is definitely worth checking out and even though they haven't
eliminated the commercials, it makes for a solid, innovative news
Tech Scores scores (1-5):
you could watch MSNBC instead.
is key. Ease of use is right behind.
junkies will wow for sure.
None listed, but you'll need broadband and a relatively fast PC.