Prepare now: C-SPAN is coming to Albany

c-span local content vehiclesNot content to restrict itself to broadcasting floor speeches from empty Congressional chambers, incredibly thorough book reviews, and every panel discussion at every think tank in DC, C-SPAN has decided to extend its reign of terror to Albany.

That's right, mamas, lock up your wonks and hide your policy nerds, Brian Lamb's horde of marauding content buccaneers is descending upon our fair city.

The renegade, no-holds-barred network will be in town under the guise of highlighting the history and rich cultural heritage of Albany for an entire week on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3 (yes, while you weren't paying attention, the C-SPAN beast has grown another high-channel-number head):

C-SPAN videojournalists are travelling in specially detailed Ford Transit Connect vehicles, which C-SPAN is calling Local Content Vehicles (LCV's), visiting various literary and historic sites and interviewing local historians, authors and civic leaders. Outfitted with the most current digital camera, editing and other recording technologies, each member of the LCV team is equipped to shoot and edit video on location as well as make presentations to schools and community organizations about C-SPAN and its public affairs content.

Its pre-invasion forces having already infiltrated the highest levels of Albany, C-SPAN will be welcomed next Tuesday (November 13) at Albany city hall by Jerry Jennings, artist Len Tantillo, and William Kennedy. (Bill... It's gonna be OK... Blink twice slowly if you require extraction... We have a team ready to lift off.)

Albany is just the latest stop in C-SPAN's rampage across the American landscape. Montpelier was the last city to be hit -- and, as we understand it, the Green Mountain capital will never be the same.

photo: C-SPAN

Comments

We have the very basic's of Basic Cable.
Time-Warner eliminated C Span from that catgory.
They sent us a device that we can use free to acess C-Span for a limited time.
Hope we can find someone to connect it for us in time to watch Albany's coverage!

Mg, this happened to us too. It's really disappointing. CSPAN is surprisingly entertaining. I'm a big fan of Washington Journal, I really miss it.

@Mg and @Valerae I had the same issue being on basic cable, but thankfully the folks at CSPAN allow you to stream their great content online (all of it and live as far as I've seen when I go on their site). I am not shy about watching my t.v. on the computer (or on my T.V. through Apple T.V.), so this is great, but understand some folks may still be bummed about being confined to their computers.

The cutting back of C-SPAN by TW was one of the reasons I ended up dumping cable. While, with standard cable, I had access to something like 10 channels dedicated entirely to sports and an additional 15 channels or so that would show as much sports as they could get their hands on, standard cable only had two public affairs channels-- C-SPAN 1 and 2. Then I believe they dropped 2 and pushed it to digital cable.

It is great that C-SPAN is streamed online, but the picture quality is terrible-- not that I need to see my Congressman in fine detail, but he looks like a giant blob when I go full screen.

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